Monthly Archives: November 2014

On Energy and Startups

I appreciate what Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList, shared here a year or so ago. It’s still as true today as it was then and, well, for as long as their have been creative and ambitious people doing stuff that matters.

But I think it’s also worth noting that some startups really do die when they run out of cash. In fact, I’d argue that it may happen as often than the lack of energy or enthusiasm for a venture, for many reasons.

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The Importance of a Developer’s Blog

I wrote the other day a post that was personally very impactful – most simply a reminder about how powerful a newsletter is and how it can really spur life change, among other things.

And a few days ago I was reminded how important my blog is to the process of not only sharing news about the app (i.e. marketing, essentially…) but also how it plays a very important part of the actual sales process.

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Signing Your Work

I couldn’t be more in support of Seth Godin’s words this morning as he shared his thoughts about being “proud” of the work that you do:

We expect authors, painters and singers to identify themselves, to sign the work they do.

And surgeons and lawyers as well.

What about managers, committee members, engineers and everyone else who makes something? Who made this policy? Who designed this menu? Who approved this project?

If you’re not proud of it, don’t ship it. If you are, sign your work and own the results. We’ll know who to thank. If you work for a place where work goes unsigned (internally, in particular) it’s worth asking why.

Love that, and that’s why I decided very early on that I was going to try to find a way to do that as well in the way that I built my app and how I talked about it.

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New Glasses

I got some new glasses recently.

This is not really news or anything special but I thought the process was kind of neat as they took a number of measurements of my face, eyes, and head and created a very custom pair of spectacles.

It was all so magical.

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Desk Dev Docs – Ep. 007: $71.65!

I celebrated two wins yesterday! The first is somewhat obvious as we were featured in the app store! Again, so humbled and thankful that we (and that’s the right word… “we”) can celebrate together this accomplishment!

Secondly, I reached “profitability”… at least from one perspective and how post-launch I have made a whopping total of $71.65! I share more of the context of how I got this number and the road ahead.

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Celebrating with Family

Awesome Job!

#1 App in the App Store!

My oldest daughter made this for me yesterday after her mother informed her that her Appa accomplished something really cool (it got “Featured“) with his small app, Desk.

I know that she didn’t fully understand what had transpired but it was enough for her to get excited (and we decided to celebrate with popsicles as well because the app became “profitable” pulling in a net total of $71.65! I share some more thoughts on the context of that here via the Desk Blog).

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