Everpix failed by believing the misconception they should be ‘the next big startup’. The fact that we’re in 2013 and acquisition is still the default goal for new software companies is demoralizing. Everpix could still be running their product as a successful business, but it’s obvious that’s not what they wanted from the beginning.
I urge you to focus on creating a sustainable business, instead of buying into the belief that acquisition paydays and venture capital is the best way to operate. — From Everpix, Snapchat, and The Startup Lie. I’ve been fascinated reading about Everpix and why they had no choice but to shutdown, despite having an awesome product.
Folk music, back in the beginning, was basically what punk music was to the 70s and 80s…it was political, rebellious, angry and decadent. It pushed the boundaries, brought up the vocals in the mix and made you listen to exactly what the songwriter had to say. It was confrontational. It was fucking rock and roll.
…And to hear that legacy besmirched by The Lumineers, these futzing, shoeless-as-a-style-choice hipster clowns singing greeting-card nonsense about soul mates is enough to send Woodie Guthrie spinning in his grave. This isn’t folk music. This is Maroon 5. This is music for the closing montage in Grey’s Anatomy. This is Grocery Store Music. Give me a freaking break.
Probably also applicable to Mumford & Sons.
(source: What song do you absolutely hate?)
I stand before you tonight in my Red Star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up and my fair hair gently waved, the ‘Iron Lady’ of the Western world. — Margaret Thatcher, delighted by the nickname given to her in 1979 by the Soviet Red Army newspaper Red Star.
A realistic view of the present and an optimistic perspective on what’s possible is at the heart of nearly every great company ever built. — From the Zaarly Employee Handbook: http://handbook.zaarly.com/
We just have to face the reality that our educational system in slack economies can’t guarantee all that hard work you spend getting smarter will actually yield you anything except debt. — Too Cool For School?
Moderate success is a distraction, and it keeps founders from bigger success. — From Moderate Success Is the Enemy of Breakout Success, by Jason Calacanis.
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Our pal Kyle Fox helped put together an intriguing-looking conference at the end of August in Edmonton – Crafting Type: An introductory typeface design workshop.. There’s some extra background here, and we’re sure it’ll be a fascinating learning experience. If you’re curious about learning how to get started with type design & have the dough, you should check it out.
We're Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction -
A fascinating interview with Nick Bostrom, a professor at Oxford. Bostrom uses philosophy & math (probability theory) to explore ideas related to human extinction, such as the likelihood of catastrophic events and our chances of surviving them.
Despite the title, the interview doesn’t try to make the case that we humans are doomed. There isn’t as much talk about apocalyptic asteroids as you might expect. Instead, they discuss transhumanism, space colonization, and moral philosophy. And what’s especially intriguing is that Bolstrom’s conclusions are based on trusted statistical models.
A few of the most interesting ideas to me were:
It’s a long read, but definitely worth it. Save it to Instapaper or Readability and read it when you can really focus.
Great link for a Monday!
They [made] the single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make:
They decided to rewrite the code from scratch. —
That’s from Joel Spolsky’s classic essay Things You Should Never Do.
If you’re a product developer you’ve probably had the urge to rewrite a working product from scratch. I certainly have.
Us developers get a warm, fuzzy feeling when we imagine the opportunity to start from a clean slate. To re-architect moving parts that don’t make sense. To rewrite aesthetically ugly code in a shiny new language. To eliminate infrastructure choices that are hindering development.
These might seem like rational reasons to rebuild. But Joel makes an important point that most developers overlook in their state of greenfield wanderlust:
It’s important to remember that when you start from scratch there is absolutely no reason to believe that you are going to do a better job than you did the first time. First of all, you probably don’t even have the same programming team that worked on version one, so you don’t actually have “more experience”. You’re just going to make most of the old mistakes again, and introduce some new problems that weren’t in the original version.
Joel outlines many other reasons developers & managers convince themselves a complete rewrite is the best course of action, and more importantly, why it rarely makes sense for a business to totally rebuild their product.
If you’ve ever considered rewriting from scratch, or have actually gone ahead with it, you’ll get a lot of value from reading the full article.