Monthly Archives: March 2014

If You’re Good At Something…

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If you’re good at something never do it for free. – The Joker, via The Dark Night

I can think of many applications to this (besides chaos, murder, and mayhem a’la Mr. Joker), especially in the technology sphere.

On occasion I’m still asked to do consulting here and there and 99 out of 100 times it’s an easy “No” as I simply do not have time but once in a while there’s a project or client that presents a very different and unique challenge.

And those clients and projects always pay.

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Another Round of Alpha Testers…

My hope is to have another round of Alpha Testers join the “fray” this week – I’m finalizing the next build this week and should have that out to a few more shortly.

My plan is to open the Alpha Testing in stages every week or two – if you don’t get in this week then there’s a chance that you’ll have some access in the next stage. I’m being pretty strategic with the Alpha rollout because it can be incredibly distracting trying to manage a growing list of testers and their incredible feedback as well as build product.

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Chief Support Officer

My title at The Iron Yard, at least publicly, is Chief Strategy Officer. If you know me at all then you’re already aware that I am not terribly fond of titles to begin with and I oftentimes find myself doing everything but that of simply “strategizing” – every person on this team kicks serious ass and works incredibly hard doing work that is pragmatic and sensible.

And, to be honest, the internal title that I’ve given myself is simply “Asian” and is a much better title I think (organizational culture that allows fun and a bit of light and healthy mischief is always the best!) than my more official one but I understand the need of one to help facilitate general understanding for the outside world.

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None of Your Business

One of the natural consequences of a growing and changing business is the increased level of complexity that continues to appear. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily and can be positive signal that things are headed in the right direction as long as the complexity isn’t for its own sake and unnecessary.

Consequently, I love it when there’s enough trust with the partners that we can say, oftentimes very candidly, this remark to one another:

Hey, that’s none of your business.

Of course, we then punch each other in the face (virtually, perhaps) and giggle a bit.

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Peter Drucker: Ideas vs Company

peter-druckerPeter Drucker, most famous for his work in business management, once posed the question of whether or not one wanted to build ideas or a company and if one wanted to manage ideas or manage a business.

If it was the former then he has suggested that you not build a big organization because you will end up managing that organization instead of the idea(s) that made you successful.

Definitely some stuff to chew on for more than one sitting…

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Pressgram v2.0 Tips

With Pressgram v2.0 now in the wild, we thought that it’d be nice to have a library of tips for Pressgrammers . In time this list will grow with gifs, videos, screenshots, and text, so add to it by using #pgv2tips, then tweet to @Pressgram or @DiscoverPress on Twitter. Remember to put a period at the front of your @(mention) tweet, like Zoe, if you want to have the tweet seen by your followers.

 

 


Check out this tip on how J.C Thompson is using Pressgram and the Pressgram WordPress Plugin to publish photos to his site.

Simply swipe from right-to-left to delete drafts!
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Edit, delete, or re-take an image by swiping the image that you’ve taken to open up a new menu!

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It’s not too hard to set default Tags and Categories for your blog posts! Just head to settings and then choose the blog that you’d like to set.

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More to come!

Full Screen

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It shouldn’t be too hard to believe that I’m working on a Full Screen mode for the app.

There’s nothing entirely special or unique about this view which has made me wonder if there are any opportunities for improvement or any special experience that would make our implementation stand-out a bit.

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