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Nick Szabo -- The Mental Accounting Barrier to Micropayments
A micropayments system assumes a solution to the mental accounting problem. If somebody could actually solve the this problem, rather than merely claiming to have solved it via some mysterious means ("intelligent agents", et. al.), the savings would be enormous even in existing business such as long distance and Internet service -- not to mention all the new possibilities possible by lower transaction costs.
business  economics  internet  micropayments 
october 2015 by deusx
I, Cringely The U.S. computer industry is dying and I’ll tell you exactly who is killing it and why - I, Cringely
American companies have been pretending to offer a superior product for a superior price while simultaneously cutting costs and cheating customers.
business  economics  it 
june 2015 by deusx
What Twitter could have been
As I understand, a hugely divisive internal debate occurred among Twitter employees around this time. One camp wanted to build the entire business around their realtime API. In this scenario, Twitter would have turned into something like a realtime cloud API company. The other camp looked at Google’s advertising model for inspiration, and decided that building their own version of AdWords would be the right way to go.
advertising  twitter  api  design  business 
september 2014 by deusx
Alex Payne — Letter To A Young Programmer Considering A Startup
Maybe your goal is best met by building a stable yet undemanding career that leaves plenty of time for family, friends, community, and self improvement.
self  career  life  advice  business  startups 
may 2013 by deusx
Gumroad - How It Works
Your creation and a price → → a short link you can share to sell.
gumroad  makers  sales  business 
december 2012 by deusx
Daily Kos: Inside the Hostess Bankery
I keep hearing how this strike forced them to liquidate. How we should just take it and be glad to have a job. What an unpatriotic view point. The reason these jobs provided me with a middle class opportunity is because people like my father in law and his father fought for my Union rights. I received that pay and those benefits because previous Union members fought for them. I won't sell them, or my coworkers, out.
politics  unions  hostess  to:fb  business 
november 2012 by deusx
On Patents : The Word of Notch
If you own a software patent, you should feel bad.
patents  notch  minecraft  copyfight  to:fb  legal  ip  business 
july 2012 by deusx
The real reason we’re upset about Sparrow’s acquisition
You see, for a long time we’ve chanted this refrain wherever we could: If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold. We point to Facebook and Delicious and ad-supported sites and lament the fact that we’re all just a set of eyeballs being sold to advertisers. So we came up with a solution. We decided that we don’t want to be free users any more. We decided that we want to pay independent developers directly so that they can have sustainable businesses and happy lives.
to:fb  software  indie  google  sparrow  business 
july 2012 by deusx
Why Publishers Don't Like Apps - Technology Review
Last fall, we moved all the editorial in our apps, including the magazine, into a simple RSS feed in a river of news. We dumped the digital replica. Now we're redesigning, which we made entirely free for use, and we'll follow the Financial Times in using HTML5, so that a reader will see Web pages optimized for any device, whether a desktop or laptop computer, a tablet, or a smart phone. Then we'll kill our apps, too.
publishing  apps  web  html5  business 
may 2012 by deusx
Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out -- Daily Intel
When people write critically about Facebook, they often say that “you are the product being sold,” but I think that by now we all get that. The digital substance of our friendships belongs to these companies, and they are loath to share it with others. So we build our little content farms within, friending and upthumbing, learning to accept that our new landlords are people who grew up on Power Rangers. This is, after all, the way of our new product-based civilization — in order to participate as a citizen of the social web, you must yourself manufacture content. Progress requires that forms must be filled. Thus it is a critical choice of any adult as to where they will perform their free labor. Tens of millions of people made a decision to spend their time with the simple, mobile photo-sharing application that was not Facebook because they liked its subtle interface and little filters. And so Facebook bought the thing that is hardest to fake. It bought sincerity.
instagram  facebook  to:fb  business 
april 2012 by deusx
Congrats, US Government: You're Scaring Web Businesses Into Moving Out Of The US | Techdirt
The federal government has been paying lip service to the idea that it wants to encourage new businesses and startups in the US. And this is truly important to the economy, as studies have shown that almost all of the net job growth in this country is coming from internet startups. Thankfully some politicians recognize this, but the federal government seems to be going in the other direction. With the JotForm situation unfolding, where the US government shut down an entire website with no notice or explanation, people are beginning to recognize that the US is not safe for internet startups.
business  copyfight  internet  censorship  politics 
february 2012 by deusx
Don't Be A Free User (Pinboard Blog)
These projects are all very different, but the dynamic is the same. Someone builds a cool, free product, it gets popular, and that popularity attracts a buyer. The new owner shuts the product down and the founders issue a glowing press release about how excited they are about synergies going forward. They are never heard from again.

Whether or not this is done in good faith, in practice this kind of 'exit event' is a pump-and-dump scheme. The very popularity that attracts a buyer also makes the project financially unsustainable. The owners cash out, the acquirer gets some good engineers, and the users get screwed.
fuckthecloud  shutupandtakemymoney  web20  services  web  economics  business  free  pinboard 
december 2011 by deusx
Watch a VC use my name to sell a con. | jwz
He's telling you the story of, "If you bust your ass and don't sleep, you'll get rich" because the only way that people in his line of work get richer is if young, poorly-socialized, naive geniuses believe that story! Without those coat-tails to ride, VCs might have to work for a living. Once that kid burns out, they'll just slot a new one in.
work  life  startups  business  jwz  vc 
november 2011 by deusx
Open Source (Almost) Everything
Should we open source Grit or keep it proprietary?

Keeping it private would provide a higher hurdle for competing Ruby-based Git hosting sites, giving us an advantage. Open sourcing it would mean thousands of people worldwide could use it to build interesting Git tools, creating an even more vibrant Git ecosystem.

After a small amount of debate we decided to open source Grit. I don't recall the specifics of the conversation but that decision nearly four years ago has led to what I think is one of our most important core values: open source (almost) everything.
git  grit  github  opensource  culture  business 
november 2011 by deusx
Why Google gets no respect (from developers) — Cloud Computing News
If Google wants to win the hearts and minds of these developers, it has to get more systematic and clear about roadmaps, has to be more circumspect about changing things without notice, and be precise about how apps that run on Google infrastructure now will or won’t run on other infrastructure in the future. The problem is, it’s not all that clear that Google itself is serious about this market. And if it isn’t, why should anyone else take the plunge?
developers  enterprise  business  webdev  google 
november 2011 by deusx
A Conspiracy of Hogs: The McRib as Arbitrage | The Awl
And for its part, the McRib makes a mockery of this whole terribly labor-intensive system of barbecue, turning it into a capital-intensive one. The patty is assembled by machinery probably babysat by some lone sadsack, and it is shipped to distribution centers by black-beauty-addicted truckers, to be shipped again to franchises by different truckers, to be assembled at the point of sale by someone who McDonald’s corporate hopes can soon be replaced by a robot, and paid for using some form of electronic payment that will eventually render the cashier obsolete.
fastfood  mcrib  mcdonalds  pork  yuck  economics  business 
november 2011 by deusx
Zynga to employees: Give back our stock or you'll be fired | The Digital Home - CNET News
In order to determine which employees would be asked to give stock back, Pincus and his executives tried to pinpoint workers whose contributions to Zynga--in the execs' eyes--didn't necessarily justify the potential cash windfall they could receive when the company went public, the Journal claims. One Journal source said that Zynga executives were especially concerned with not creating a "Google chef" scenario.
zynga  tech  farmville  business  employment 
november 2011 by deusx
MPAA Helped Police Seize 'Pirated' DVDs That Were Actually Fully Authorized | Techdirt
Here's a story that touches on a few different issues of importance around these parts. We'll get to the details of the legal ruling in a bit, but the background is really the key part. At the beginning of 2009, a company in Valencia, California, called L&M Optical Disc West, received an order from an authorized partner of the producers of the film Milk to manufacture the DVDs of the film. They began doing exactly that. On February 2nd, as part of a supposedly unrelated police raid, police saw those DVDs and found them "suspicious." They rang up the MPAA who sent over an "investigator," who falsely declared that the DVDs were unauthorized, leading the police to seize them (though, oddly, allowing the private investigation firm to hold them) and to declare to the press that they had found "pirated" DVDs of Milk. This happened despite multiple attempts by L&M staff to explain that they had a legitimate order, even offering to show the "investigator" the details of the order.
copyfight  mpaa  business 
november 2011 by deusx
Advice for non-tech entrepreneurs: Become a Minimum Viable Developer « The Wabi-Sabi Start-Up
To any non-technical person planning on starting a web company, I have one key piece of advice: Become a Minimum Viable Developer.
webdev  startups  tech  business 
november 2011 by deusx
Computer Company Started In Garage 30 Years Ago Now In Smaller Garage | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"In the summer of 1980, MIT graduates Donald Faber and Peter Haberle moved into an empty two-car garage and started work building their first ever personal home computer. Almost 30 years later, what began as a humble two-man operation has since grown into an even more humble, even more cramped computer company, based out of an even smaller single-car garage."
funny  theonion  business  computers  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
5 reasons why your company should be distributed «
"Your employees will love it ... You can hire great people wherever you find them ... You will use better communication tools ... You can still be social ... Your offices will be more fun"
automattic  telecommuting  work  career  business  management  coworking  distributed  culture  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
"37signals is now a $100 billion dollar company, according to a group of investors who have agreed to purchase 0.000000001% of the company in exchange for $1."
awesome  business  funny  startups  web2.0  37signals  from delicious
september 2009 by deusx
Papa John's founder finds his beloved 1971 Camaro -
"John Schnatter sold the gold-and-black 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 for $2,800 in 1983. The money helped save his father's tavern in Jeffersonville, Ind., and he used the rest to start what would become a worldwide pizza business.

But he still missed his beloved Camaro and spent years searching for it. He created a website on the search, held promotional appearances and eventually offered $250,000 to whoever found it."
papajohns  pizza  bitchincamaro  camaros  business  cars 
august 2009 by deusx
Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
"When you're operating on the maker's schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That's no problem for someone on the manager's schedule. There's always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker's schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it."
makers  managers  productivity  scheduling  collaboration  paulgraham  business 
july 2009 by deusx
Hallvord R. M. Steen - Most expensive javascript ever?
"However, one of the world's biggest hardware vendors - whose name every single reader will be familiar with, and whose hardware a good share of you will be using right now - apparently didn't do their homework. When Opera's sysadmin booted up the server to test its web-based administration interface, they came across a single JavaScript statement that managed to piss off everyone up to and including the CTO."
opera  javascript  hardware  web  webdev  fail  funny  business 
july 2009 by deusx
Are downloads really killing the music industry? Or is it something else? | Technology |
"the reality is that nowadays, one can choose between a game costing £40 that will last weeks, or a £10 CD with two great tracks and eight dud ones. I think a lot of people are choosing the game - and downloading the two tracks. That's real discretion in spending. It's hurting the music industry, sure. But let's not cloud the argument with false claims about downloads."
copyfight  music  gaming  filesharing  business 
june 2009 by deusx
Strange Attractor » Blog Archive » 20 signs you don’t want that internal social media project
"I just nearly burst my appendix laughing at Chris Applegate’s 20 signs you don’t want that social media project. I am thus inspired to write my own list of tips that, perhaps, one doesn’t really want that internal social media project after all."
corporate  socialmedia  funny  phb  business  blog  wikis  intranet 
december 2008 by deusx
Bob Sutton: The Auto Industry Bailout: Thoughts About Why GM Executives Are Clueless And Their Destructive “No We Can’t” Mindset
"In short, my view is that if GM can’t figure out ways to get their managers and executives to understand the experience of owning a car for the average person, if they can’t get rid of those jets, and if they can’t reduce the number of brands, and if they can’t make a host of other changes required to make them competitive, than my answer is “no, you can’t have our money.” "
automotive  industry  gm  autos  economy  bailout  detroit  michigan  failure  strategy  business 
november 2008 by deusx
No Opera Mini for the iPhone | Hardware 2.0 |
Yikes. This is really making me hope that Android or Palm linux phones grow up fast. "It seems that the engineers at Opera developed a version of Opera Mini that would run on the iPhone (and the iPod touch), but this browser will never see light of day because Apple rejected it from the App Store."
iphone  operamini  browsers  webdev  opera  competition  appstore  business 
november 2008 by deusx
State Legislation Impacts Creative Economy Initiative
"Southeast Michigan's creative business community will get a boost as a result of Governor Granholm's signature on a series of bills that would make creative businesses eligible for state MEGA tax credits."
detroit  michigan  creative  taxes  business 
august 2008 by deusx
MASTERMIND: Curtis Sullivan
"Even though our financials were immaculate they just didn't 'get' what a comic shop was and so they wouldn't rent to us. We tried to rent the Wizzywig location near State Street (now closed) but they told us they didn't want 'our kind of business.'"
annarbor  vaultofmidnight  comics  business 
july 2008 by deusx
I had that idea years ago! - (37signals)
"Ideas on their own are just not that important. It’s incredibly rare that someone comes up with an idea so unique, so protectable that the success story writes itself. Most ideas are nothing without execution."
ideas  execution  business 
july 2008 by deusx
Silicon Valley Shaped by Technology and Traffic - New York Times
"But in general, the nerds with minimal social lives like me are well down in the Valley, and the cool kids with the trendy glasses and Prada shoes who like to go to parties are in San Francisco"
business  siliconvalley  sf  sanfrancisco  california 
december 2007 by deusx
In Silicon Valley, Millionaires Who Don’t Feel Rich - New York Times
"many such accomplished and ambitious members of the digital elite still do not think of themselves as particularly fortunate, in part because they are surrounded by people with more wealth"
siliconvalley  wealth  business  career 
august 2007 by deusx
Pleasant Ridge-based ePrize woos smaller clients with new lower-priced service
"Pleasant Ridge-based ePrize today launched its Caffeine Promotions Platform -- a product that allows small businesses to jump into the world of big-time Internet contest and promotions."
eprize  marketing  webdev  business 
january 2007 by deusx
Wired 14.05: Posts
"If figuring out your taxes were easy, why would anyone bother to hire H&R Block?"
ugh  taxes  competition  business  law  politics 
may 2006 by deusx
How To Be A Successful Evil Overlord
"no matter whether they are barbarian lords, deranged wizards, mad scientists, or alien invaders, they always seem to make the same basic mistakes every single time."
evil  business  entrepreneurs 
april 2006 by deusx
The Secret to Small Business Success | Firewheel Design
"So the next time you're unsure how you're going to grow your small business, remember the secret. Raise your rates."
freelance  business 
april 2006 by deusx
Double Plus Darwin
"Paul Graham has a theory. He believes that, given $10,000 and 3-6 months, two or three entrepreneurs can create a start up worth investing in, and ultimately (within a few years), worth buying for at least $1,000,000."
business  startup  entrepreneurs 
september 2005 by deusx
adaptive path - how i learned to stop worrying and relinquish control
"Relinquishing control is becoming a requirement in all aspects of Internet businesses."
business  web  webdev 
september 2005 by deusx
A Techie, Absolutely, and More - New York Times
"There isn't the buzz and excitement about computer science that there should be"
compsci  business  career 
august 2005 by deusx
Disposable Software []
"In reality, a good software developer should be able to do just that — deliver a disposable, short lived product that addresses only the pressing needs of the moment, and then simply disappears."
software  dev  future  disposablesoftware  programming  business 
august 2005 by deusx
Ripples: post-corporate adventures: Life-changing moments...
"When the door to a new business opportunity opens, some fortunate people seem to step through it easily and pick up a new life on the other side."
business  life  decisions 
august 2005 by deusx
Ian Landsman's Weblog » Blog Archive » Don’t be Afraid of Contract Work
"Having enough money to keep your company in business long enough to get noticed is probably the biggest factor in a successful ISV (except maybe the quality of the product, maybe)."
business  selfemployment 
june 2005 by deusx
Process of Forming a Company
"... there are 14 stages in taking a venture from idea to IPO..."
business  startups 
may 2005 by deusx
Ripples: post-corporate adventures: The comfort zone - how it can trap you
"Use the relative quiet of the comfort zone to get organized for the next big push toward your ultimate goal."
life  business 
april 2005 by deusx
Ripples: Time to fish or cut bait
"I have been a little slow in the blogging department recently, as I am finally compiling the best of Ripples' business posts into a book."
books  business 
january 2005 by deusx
Ripples: Micro-Business 101 - basic facts of life and business
"Exchange is the key. It is the fundamental activity of any business, especially a micro-business where you are self-employed. Many people have it backward."
business  economy 
june 2004 by deusx
Ripples: The lure of a Micro-Business
"I can easily see the day coming when a new graduate chooses a career as a salaried employee only because he or she hasn't got the necessary confidence and skill to start their own business."
business  economy 
june 2004 by deusx

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