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Should Mobile App Designers Fear the Back Button?

This morning I got together with Tony Wright — one of my favorite Seattle-area entrepreneurs and a deep thinker on the topic of mobile app distribution and user experience design (among many other things). We covered a lot of ground in the discussion, but one idea in particular stuck in my head. On the topic continue…

TinMan

Amazon’s Achilles Heel

Disclosure – I’m an unabashed Amazon fan. Not only is it one of the most aggressive, forward-thinking and best-led companies in tech, it’s also the beating heart of the Seattle tech scene. The comments that follow are offered out of deep respect and a sincere desire to see Amazon dominate the *next* decade of the continue…

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Embracing Entropy — the Consumerization of Work

The global economy is in a long-term path toward disaggregation, a gradual shift in economic power from the enterprise to the individual. This shift is most visible among the most “wired” segments of society — workers on the leading edge of the mobile / social / “indie” revolution. But as Venkat Rao illustrates in his excellent article, continue…

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Toll Takers vs. Pied Pipers

The “great acceleration” of software innovation over the past decade has fundamentally changed the playbook for entrepreneurial success. The new methods are obvious to the current generation of software entrepreneurs — the GenY applicants to Y Combinator and TechStars — but seasoned participants in the old model still struggle to grok how completely the world continue…

Oz

Accelerator != Incubator (and why it matters)

Well-meaning normal: “So Founders Co-op is an incubator?” Me (cringing): “Umm, no, I actually hate that word” Why does the word “incubator” make my skin crawl? Here’s why… I’m a word geek, so I’m hypersensitive to the nuances of language, but I firmly believe that words have incredible power: they’re full of latent meanings that continue…

Traders vs. Makers

My feed is full of Facebook IPO filing “news”, but the winning quote for the day seems to be this one, from Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to investors: “we don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services“ Like a lot of people, I love that quote for what it says about continue…