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How Steve Jobs handles trolls (WWDC 1997) - garry's posterous
The hardest thing is: how does that fit in to a cohesive, larger vision, that’s going to allow you to sell 8 billion dollars, 10 billion dollars of product a year? And, one of the things I’ve always found is that you’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards for the technology”. You can’t start with the technology and try to figure out where you’re going to try to sell it. And I made this mistake probably more than anybody else in this room. And I got the scar tissue to prove it. And I know that it’s the case. <br />
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And as we have tried to come up with a strategy and a vision for Apple, it started with “What incredible benefits can we give to the customer? Where can we take the customer?” Not starting with “Let’s sit down with the engineers and figure out what awesome technology we have and then how are we going to market that?” And I think that’s the right path to take. 
stevejobs  apple  vision  strategy  from delicious
august 2011 by tysone
Daring Fireball: Resigned
Apple’s products are replete with Apple-like features and details, embedded in Apple-like apps, running on Apple-like devices, which come packaged in Apple-like boxes, are promoted in Apple-like ads, and sold in Apple-like stores. The company is a fractal design. Simplicity, elegance, beauty, cleverness, humility. Directness. Truth. Zoom out enough and you can see that the same things that define Apple’s products apply to Apple as a whole. The company itself is Apple-like. The same thought, care, and painstaking attention to detail that Steve Jobs brought to questions like “How should a computer work?”, “How should a phone work?”, “How should we buy music and apps in the digital age?” he also brought to the most important question: “How should a company that creates such things function?”
apple  strategy  ethos  stevejobs  from delicious
august 2011 by tysone
thoughtbot playbook
Based on the experience and study of <br />
thoughtbot and our clients.
thoughtbot  advice  startup  strategy  from delicious
august 2011 by tysone
It just doesn't matter - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)
The best designers and the best programmers aren’t the ones with the best skills, or the nimblest fingers, or the ones who can rock and roll with photoshop or vim, they are the ones that can determine what just doesn’t matter. That’s where the real gains are made.
strategy  process  management  startup  quotes  from delicious
may 2011 by tysone
The best visual description of a company I've ever seen - (37signals)
It doesn’t matter how many rows or columns – it works at all scales. It’s such a simple representation of what is ultimately a simple idea (meeting up with people in your city who share a similar interest), but it could just as easily been diagrammed in a complex way.
startup  business  strategy 
december 2010 by tysone
On Language - Iterate - NYTimes.com
In a landmark 1980 paper, the computer scientists Bill Buxton and Richard Sniderman summed up the iterative approach to design as “Keep trying until you get it right,” acknowledging that the key question was “How do you know when you have got it ‘right’?” The schemers behind Facebook may be rolling out iterations like crazy, but only time will tell if they’re iterating their way into oblivion.
iteration  agile  strategy  language 
june 2010 by tysone
Netflix plan is to stay focused - (37signals)
“Netflix and the Future of the Entertainment Business” offers a fascinating look at Netflix’ strategy moving forward as outlined by Reed Hastings.
netflix  strategy 
june 2010 by tysone
What they don’t teach you about identity design in design schools… « Identity Forum
"Mostly, designers get paid to negotiate the difficult terrain of individual egos, expectations, tastes, and aspirations of various individuals in an organization or corporation, against business needs, and constraints of the marketplace…Getting a large, diverse group of people to agree ... means the designer has to be a strategist, psychiatrist, diplomat, showman, and even a Svengali. The complicated process is worth money. That’s what clients pay for."
paula_scher  design  strategy  advice  forsnd 
april 2010 by tysone
The Shirky Principle
"Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." — Clay Shirky
quotes  clay_shirky  analysis  strategy  forsnd 
april 2010 by tysone
Eyeballs still don't pay the bills - (37signals)
The just-give-it-away-for-free-and-they-will-come-and-we’ll-be-rich automatron is as broken now as it was in 2001.
strategy  traffic  revenue 
april 2010 by tysone
Driven to Distraction
"Though we've all heard about the good things that come from ambition, laziness gets a bad rap. That's unfortunate. I can attribute a healthy chunk of my success to the positive returns of laziness. Laziness has the best ROI in the business. ... Truth is, things are pretty easy and straightforward -- until you make them hard and complicated."
jason_fried  strategy  productivity  wisdom  advice 
april 2010 by tysone
Shoes and software - (37signals)
eople want the basics done well. Does it look good, does it feel good, is it comfortable, is it clear, is it easy? No matter what you’re selling, those seem to be the things that really matter.
strategy  37signals 
march 2010 by tysone
Content wants to be paid for
Jeffrey Zeldman writes, "Content wants to be free like communism works, like sex is just for fun, like a few days of snow disprove global warming. That the web’s existence makes all content free is a Brooklyn Bridge most of us have bought, but it just ain’t true, as Erin Kissane makes clear in Content is Expensive at Incisive.nu."
forsnd  content  strategy  bizmodel  zeldman 
march 2010 by tysone
Overcoming Creative Block
"Often referred to as “writer’s block”, the concept of an inspiration rut is unfortunately very familiar to every creative in any field. Sometimes ideas just don’t show up to work." Alex Cornell rounds up 25 strategies.
forsnd  creativity  strategy  process  advice 
february 2010 by tysone
The brick approach - Bobulate
"Start with the doorknob. Once you become a doorknob expert, you can move on to becoming a room expert, a door expert, a window expert. Make connections, and you can become an expert on how public spaces can foster community interaction, or how city design can alleviate congestion."
quote  strategy  iteration  process 
january 2010 by tysone
hustle | ihumanable
The best way to learn anything is to do it, to struggle through, to forge on, to fight and gnash teeth and curse at. There is no knowledge as highly regarded as that which you have to work for.
strategy  learning 
january 2010 by tysone
You can always do less - (37signals)
"As programmers and designers, we often fall in love with our requirements and are unable to kill our darlings. We mistake what we said we’ll do with what must be done. It’s rarely so; you can always do less," says David Heinemeier Hansson.
forsnd  software  scope  productivity  strategy  process 
january 2010 by tysone
Alex Payne — Don't Be A Hero
Here’s the thing: the hero is the most damaging person on a team, particularly on a team that’s supposed to be writing high-availability or otherwise mission-critical software.
process  strategy  management 
january 2010 by tysone
Evan Williams | evhead: Ten Rules for Web Startups
#9: Be Agile: You know that old saw about a plane flying from California to Hawaii being off course 99% of the time—but constantly correcting? The same is true of successful startups—except they may start out heading toward Alaska.
startup  strategy  business 
january 2010 by tysone
What's the suckage to usage ratio? - (37signals)
The price of shipping is imperfection. If you wait for your product to be perfect, you’ll never finish it. Fortunately you can decide which features should be closer to perfect and which can slack off a little.
37signals  agile  strategy 
december 2009 by tysone
Lessons to learn from Danny Meyer's Shake Shack - (37signals)
"1. Have an enemy. In Meyer’s case, the enemy is fast food that strips away the human experience. ... And it’s working. Each of the Manhattan Shacks makes more revenue per location than either McDonald’s or Five Guys Burgers and Fries."
shake_shack  37signals  strategy 
december 2009 by tysone
Parkinson's Law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."
productivity  strategy 
december 2009 by tysone
How Chipotle, Pinkberry, and others win big by doing just a few things well - (37signals)
One thing you won’t find at Chipotle is dessert. Restaurant analysts say a cookie or other dessert at the end of the food line could instantly boost sales by 10 percent or more there. Ells doesn’t care. “We’ve had 10 years of double-digit comps in a row, and we’ve done that without cookies,” he says. “So why start now? I see only the downside to adding cookies.”
cookies  37signals  chipotle  simplicity  strategy 
november 2009 by tysone
The Way I Work: Jason Fried of 37Signals
Jason Fried hates lame meetings, tech companies that don't generate revenue, and companies that treat their employees like children. A peek inside his typical workday
37signals  jason_fried  productivity  strategy 
november 2009 by tysone
What Startups Are Really Like
Why do people take too long on the first version? Pride, mostly. They hate to release something that could be better. They worry what people will say about them. But you have to overcome this: Doing something "simple" at first glance does not mean you aren't doing something meaningful, defensible, or valuable.
startup  strategy  advice  management  toread 
october 2009 by tysone
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: Why the Borg's copycat business model no longer works
"How is it that everything about Microsoft’s business is backward looking? This is the real problem they have now. They’re fighting wars that are already over. They’re investing huge energy into defending things they already control, like Windows. As they do this, as they put so much effort into lost causes like search (Bing v. Google) they keep missing out on new things. So their problems just keep getting bigger and bigger, like a snowball rolling down a hill."
microsoft  apple  strategy  technology  google 
october 2009 by tysone
New York Times, still uncertain on charging, sets seven digital priorities » Nieman Journalism Lab
"I’ve been telling people that it feels a little like we just enrolled in graduate school, but we forgot to take any of the undergraduate courses on the way there."
nytimes  bill_keller  jill_abramson  nytd  journalism  strategy 
october 2009 by tysone
Derek Powazek - Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists
"The problem with SEO is that the good advice is obvious, the rest doesn’t work, and it’s poisoning the web. ... Which brings us, finally, to the One True Way to get a lot of traffic on the web. It’s pretty simple, and I’m going to give it to you here, for free: Make something great. Tell people about it. Do it again."
seo  strategy  google  marketing  advertising 
october 2009 by tysone
The next generation bends over - (37signals)
Intuit was disgruntled, Mint was disruptive. ... But today it seems like the old is doing the plowing. Let’s stop that. Let’s build great companies that are here to fight, here to win, and here to stay until the next generation after us comes along and kicks all our asses. And again and again and again. That’s how better happens.
startup  37signals  strategy  innovation 
september 2009 by tysone
Three Rivers Institute » Blog Archive » Approaching a Minimum Viable Product
"By far the dominant reason for not releasing sooner was a reluctance to trade the dream of success for the reality of feedback."
strategy  development  agile  productivity  advice 
august 2009 by tysone
Netflix Presentation on Freedom & Responsibility Culture
'If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.'
management  leadership  netflix  strategy  culture  hiring 
august 2009 by tysone
what consumes me, bud caddell » how to be happy in business - venn diagram
I doodled this little venn diagram in my notepad the other day when we were talking about our own kung-fu and I realized it’s basically the conversation I’ve had for the last 12 years.
venn  strategy  business  career  advice 
june 2009 by tysone
Rands In Repose: A Deep Breath
Communication in a group of people is an endless exercise in alignment. No matter how well you know your team, you can never predict where the internal dialogue of your team is going to wander.
management  strategy  process  advice 
june 2009 by tysone
Microsoft Silverlight vs Google Wave: Why Karma Matters | Zoho Blogs
Microsoft just has so much bad karma in this industry that I cannot imagine a company like us trusting them on much of anything... That brings us back to Google: today, it is Google which is driving web standards forward. That is why we at Zoho are firmly aligned with them, even if they are our primary competitor. We believe in an open web, there is plenty of opportunity for all of us. Could Google abuse its position? Well, I am sure they understand karma!
google  microsoft  karma  strategy  standards 
june 2009 by tysone
Why underdogs should take more chances - (37signals)
Sometimes the riskiest thing to do is not take any risks.
quotes  37signals  strategy 
may 2009 by tysone
MediaNews execs: We'll no longer give away all our print content to web users
newspaper.com, news.com and local.com -- sounds like a plan for success. Plus, it gets better: "In order to execute this vision, we have agreed that these new strategies will be done with a template approach, using a menu of common tools and vendors."
medianews  strategy  journalism  newspapers 
may 2009 by tysone
"Giving the trick away gave nothing away, because you still couldn’t grasp it."
-- Magic and the Brain: Teller Reveals the Neuroscience of Illusion ... The explanations you get about how things work are just concepts and pointers to get the ball rolling. The actual skill, performance, or understanding comes from the long haul of practice toward mastery.
quotes  strategy  idea  exectuion 
april 2009 by tysone
The difference between truly standing for something and a mission statement - (37signals)
Standing for something isn’t just about writing it down. It’s about believing it and living it.
37signals  mission  strategy 
april 2009 by tysone
scottberkun.com » Top ten reasons managers become great
As a positive counterpoint to my list of why managers become assholes, and as a counterbalance to my tendency to write cynically, here’s a list of why people become great at managing others, trying as much as possible not to just do the stupid thing and invert my other list.
management  leadership  strategy 
april 2009 by tysone
Google’s Schmidt To Newspaper Publishers: Don’t ‘Piss Off’ Consumers | paidContent.org
"These are ultimately consumer businesses and if you piss off enough of them, you will not have any more."
newspapers  paperdoom  eric_schmidt  strategy 
april 2009 by tysone
Failure is overrated, a redux - (37signals)
What? Failure is part of the path to success? This industry’s obsession with failure has got to stop. I don’t know when it became cool or useful, but the industry has been steeping in it for so long that it’s become normal to assume failure comes before success.
strategy  37signals  failure 
march 2009 by tysone
Khoi Vinh interviews Jason Fried
"Another thing I find interesting is that when big groups really want to get things done, they don't make the group bigger, they make the group smaller. ... And I think it also begs the question: Why have small teams as exceptions? Why not make them the norm? If they do better work, and communicate more clearly, why not encourage more small teams?"
strategy  nytimes  process  37signals  khoi_vinh  jason_fried  getting_real 
march 2009 by tysone
Why Small Payments Won’t Save Publishers « Clay Shirky
"The invocation of micropayments involves a displaced fantasy that the publishers of digital content can re-assert control over we unruly users in a media environment with low barriers to entry for competition. ... The lesson of iTunes et al. is that if you want something that doesn’t survive contact with the market, you can’t let it have contact with the market. ... Superdistribution, despite its unweildy name, matters to users. It matters a lot."
journalism  newspapers  prediction  strategy  brilliant  economics  clay_shirky  micropayment 
february 2009 by tysone
The 5 hidden costs of running a CMS | Think Vitamin
Many think of a content management system as a magic bullet that solves all of their content woes. Unfortunately the cost of a CMS is greater than its price tag. Before making a decision about whether to adopt a CMS, or indeed which CMS to choose, you first need to be aware of the hidden costs. These include:
strategy  webdev  cms 
february 2009 by tysone
Learning from failure is overrated - (37signals)
"I don’t understand the cultural fascination with failure being the source of great lessons to be learned. You might know what won’t work, but you still don’t know what will work. That’s not much of a lesson. Instead, put most of your energy into studying your successes."
design  strategy  process  failure  iterate 
february 2009 by tysone
Derek Powazek - Don’t Work for Assholes
"Nine times out of ten, the first impression someone gives you is exactly who they are. We choose not to see it because we need the money, or we want the situation to be different. But if someone rubs you the wrong way at the first meeting, chances are, it’s only going to get worse."
strategy  programming  ethics  advice  career 
february 2009 by tysone
Derek Powazek - Programmers are Tiny Gods
"Like designers, if you give a programmer a problem with parameters, they’ll apply every bit of genius they have to solve it in the best possible way. If you tell them how to do it, you’ll suffer the wrath of an angry God."
strategy  programming  culture  process  communication  team  programmers 
january 2009 by tysone
Derek Powazek - What’s Your Suggestion?
"It’s fine to list all the ways an idea is bad. But you have to immediately follow it with a suggestion."
strategy  culture  process  interaction  designer  team  critique 
january 2009 by tysone
Simple. | Jason Santa Maria
"Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations." - Paul rand
design  strategy  process  quote  paul_rand 
january 2009 by tysone
Daily Routines
How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days.
strategy  culture  process  reference  life 
january 2009 by tysone
iPhoto '09 and Domain Language - (37signals)
Keep this in mind the next time you’re designing an app or a feature. There is a strong tendency to use the same words that you see other software using. Be cautious about copying domain language, because copying language is copying a whole approach
design  apple  strategy  language  software 
january 2009 by tysone
Malcolm Gladwell on meaningful work and curiosity - (37signals)
Meaningful work is one of the most important things we can impart to children. Meaningful work is work that is autonomous. Work that is complex, that occupies your mind. And work where there is a relationship between effort and reward — for everything you put in, you get something out…
gladwell  productivity  strategy  collaboration  leadership 
december 2008 by tysone
Daring Fireball: That He Not Busy Being Born Is Busy Dying
It’s not that Steve Jobs is fearless, but rather that he’s afraid of not changing. Where other CEOs can’t bring themselves to do something different, Jobs can’t bring himself to keep doing the same thing.
stevejobs  apple  strategy 
december 2008 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: The Discipline of Content Strategy
Do you think it’s a coincidence, then, that web content is, for the most part, crap? Dealing with content is messy. It’s complicated, it’s painful, and it’s expensive. And yet, the web is content. Content is the web. It deserves our time and attention. ... David Campbell, the founder of Saks Fifth Avenue, said, “Discipline is remembering what you want.”
webdesign  usability  writing  content  strategy  quotes  discipline 
december 2008 by tysone
project management lingo
favorites include: "Come to Beavis meeting ... Nine women can’t have a baby in one month ... Ticket on the clue train"
projectmanagement  strategy  hilarious 
december 2008 by tysone
The Branding of Polaroid, 1957 - 1977: Polaroid film package design, 1958
"You know long it takes to do simple? About ten times longer than fast and dirty." -- Paul Giambarba
design  strategy  process  quotes 
november 2008 by tysone
Target micromedia - (37signals)
What we’ve found: When it comes to spreading a story, the mainstream media isn’t as important as the micromedia. Being written up at the right blogs has had way more impact for us than the press we’ve gotten in big-circulation publications.
strategy  business  marketing  viral 
october 2008 by tysone
Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.
strategy  longtail  technology 
october 2008 by tysone
[Quotable] Robert Stephens, David Pogue, Abraham Maslow, and more - (37signals)
“Training is a tax you pay for a lousy hiring environment…Marketing is a tax you pay for being unremarkable.”
quotes  strategy  startup 
september 2008 by tysone
How To Launch Software (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought)
The result will be a graph that just keeps accelerating and climbing up. That's the graph that everyone loves to see: solid growth, not a one-day wonder. Good luck.
launch  strategy  webdev 
september 2008 by tysone
Gearheads don't get it - (37signals)
Figure out what you have to say that’s interesting and then unleash it. Use whatever tools you’ve got already or what you can afford cheaply. Then go. It’s not the gear that matters. It’s you and your ideas that matter. Tone is in your fingers.
technology  design  creativity  business  strategy 
august 2008 by tysone
Watch out for everyone or no one - (37signals)
“Don’t say everyone or no one. It doesn’t mean anything.”
strategy  37signal  design 
july 2008 by tysone
Asking whether local is better in journalism is the wrong question « Reportr.net
Rather than asking whether journalism should be local, we should ask ourselves what does local mean in the 21st century. Geographical proximity is still a factor... But perhaps we should pay more attention to the notion of cultural proximity...
journalism  hyperlocal  strategy 
july 2008 by tysone
Davenetics* : Do What You’re Great At
They know what they’re great at. They are great at news. When it comes to news, they absolutely crush Google. So here’s a whacky idea my Yahoo friends. Why not define yourself by your news services and the other stuff where you destroy the competition
yahoo  strategy  news 
june 2008 by tysone
On A Scale of 1 to 5 - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design
Rating and reputation systems have become standard tools in our design toolbox. But sometimes they are not well-understood. ... These can be important questions, but they miss the central point of ratings systems: to manage risk.
design  strategy  ui  usability  socialnetworks 
june 2008 by tysone
A distributed strategy for news -- BuzzMachine » Blog Archive
News cannot continue to think of itself as a destination. It has to think of itself as a feed that goes to where you are. Remember that momentous quote Brian Stelter got from a young person in the NY Times “If the news is that important, it will find me
newspapers  journalism  strategy 
may 2008 by tysone
“Designing is not a profession but an attitude” - (37signals)
The designer must see the periphery as well as the core, the immediate and the ultimate, at least in the biological sense. He must anchor his special job in the complex whole.
design  philosophy  strategy 
may 2008 by tysone
Hire family people - (37signals)
A room full of young-guns is merely a crutch for shoddy management, lousy execution, and heroic myths. And you certainly need the latter if you’re trying to give turds wings, but how about just not trying to make crap fly in the first place?
startup  management  strategy 
april 2008 by tysone
The Optimizer / Wilson Miner Live
I think there’s a kernel of that attitude — or something like it — that’s just part of being a designer. Some people are idea people, some people are artists, some people think in systems, some people have a more organic approach.
design  strategy 
april 2008 by tysone
Top 5 reasons why “The Customer Is Always Right” is wrong
So put your people first. And watch them put the customers first.
strategy  management  business 
march 2008 by tysone
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