Ramblings of an Eccentric Soul...

Husband to @HariniSaladi, moving web media forward, a musician, a gadget-freak, a committed geek, an artist, a babbler, a cook, a Tbird, Dark Knight on call.


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But burn rates are exactly that. Burning cash. Losing money. Emphasis on the losing.

I’m really happy that I’m not alone in thinking this way. At some point you have to build a real business, generate real profits, sustain the company without the largess of investor’s capital, and start producing value the old fashioned way. We have a number of companies in our portfolio that do that. And I love them for it. I wish we had more.

Thank you. More please.

You could say that writing iOS and Mac apps is like living in a town where one company provides most of the jobs. (Sure, you could work at the diner, but all your customers work at this one company.)

And writing web apps is like living in New York City, where choice and contrast is everywhere, and sometimes A and B (and C and D) are all equally cool but different.

The web is the cosmopolitan environment.

Brent Simmons on web development

Selling Your Soul
DOGHOUSE DIARIES, thedoghousediaries.com

And here’s today’s installment of Will harassing Ray & Raf with the most mundane things he can think of.

I agree. I agree….


Great tool for Chromebook buyers by @dantup

Ian Servantes, complex.com

"Community" fans just found a Donald Glover easter egg in "The Amazing Spider-Man"

#community - all forms of awesomeness.

Announcement: Readers who feel threatened by equality no longer welcome
Tim Colwill, on.net

When it comes time to make a point about an important issue the tool I usually default to is humour, or satire, because I find it’s easiest to change people’s minds if you can make them laugh along with you. A lot of awful things have happened thi…

You can replace gamers with people here. Well worded. The context where anyone is mistreated is just terrible.

Leslie Jamison, slate.com

This article is excerpted from “52 Blue,” the newest single from the Atavist. You can purchase the full story from the Atavist’s website. It is also available on Amazon.Dec. 7,…

This is so very interesting. Via @harinisaladi

The most common trap here is the early iOS app which gets some buzz. All of a sudden, the founders hear “When are you building for Android?” The natural, enthusiastic response to sincere requests of the Android chorus is to go ahead and build for Android and seek more downloads, more growth, more revenue. I have a different view though. The proper response is: “No. Buy an iPhone.”

I know that Semil is targeting early mobile companies here. And intuitively, go with one OS where the problems are easier and you can focus on the product seems the right thing to do. However, the product market fit that Semil is talking about is something everyone should consider.

By definition, product market fit requires you to give your app a best shot from two perspectives - the product and the market. Artificially limiting yourselves to one OS also seems just as intuitively wrong. It is important to not treat anything, yes, even what Semil says as gospel.

I am providing a few counterpoints to Semil’s reasons to go Android first.

  1. Early-stage startup teams cannot afford to handle the hardware fragmentation that plagues Android.

The world typically points me to the compasses not working the same in every Android phone as an example of this. Yes, not everything works exactly the same. However, hardware features being exactly the same has never happened in computing.

In fact, the very tenet of Android is that hardware diversity is a requirement to target the right hardware for the right person. As a developer, you are mostly focused on the system and OS level APIs to target the variety of devices. If that weren’t the case, Windows wouldn’t have the apps that it needed to succeed.

For anyone bringing up OS fragmentation, I urge you to look at the numbers -

  • Ice Cream Sandwich+ - 90% of all monthly actives - 900MM+ devices
  • Jelly Bean+ - 70% of all monthly actives - 700MM+ devices
  • KitKat+ - 20% of all monthly actives - 200MM+ devices (~25% of all iOS devices) and fastest growing

So, targeting KitKat+ only devices is a strategy and something that can work very well for you.

  1. Study after study demonstrates iOS users are not only growing in key geographies, but are more valuable customers.

Le sigh.

I am not going to address this. Your goal is to reach people for whom your product/service is of value and they share a certain price for that value. But any generalization here seems moot. Product market fit also means trying different business models and the argument becomes moot when it comes to engaged users. That’s purely a function of your product and service, not the amount of money a customer is willing to part with.

  1. iPhone 5c and future low cost models will likely steal share from Android relative to yesterday.

Yup! As much as cheaper Android phones or better Android phones are stealing market share from the iOS userbase.

I respect Semil and his advice is certainly well intended and founded. However, my advice, treat nothing as gospel. Do what’s right for you.

Eugene Mandel, jawbone.com

The Napa Earthquake was the strongest to hit Northern California in 25 years. See how it impacted the sleep of UP wearers in the Bay Area.

The power of aggregate data. This is fascinating

Two Countries, Two Vastly Different Phone Bills
By ANNA BERNASEK, nytimes.com

If your monthly cellphone bill seems high, that may be because American cellphone service is among the most costly in the world. A comparison of two similar plans, one in the United States and one in Britain, reveals a marked difference.

Both pl…

'Murica! \m/


Sam and The Monster


(via pinstripe)


Sam and The Monster

(via pinstripe)

The very first company I started failed with a great bang. The second one failed a little bit less, but still failed. The third one, you know, proper failed, but it was kind of okay. I recovered quickly. Number four almost didn’t fail. It still didn’t really feel great, but it did okay. Number five was PayPal.
Max Levchin, former CTO of PayPal (via krisnair)

Why Are American Police Trigger-Happy?

by Dish Staff The Economist blames Americans’ easy access to guns: Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero….

In the 4 years of 2010-2014, the police force of Albuquerque, NM shot and killed 23 civilians - 7x what all of England and Wales’ fuzz during the same time :O