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On Armchair Quarterbacks

Awesome quote shamelessly pulled from TechCrunch (I’d link to their Crunchbase entry if I could), who shamelessly pulled it from Yossi Vardi, who shameless pulled it from Theodore Roosevelt: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the...

Life News – So Long Jobster!

I generally don’t use this blog for life news. I figure if you know me well enough to care about what’s going on in my life, you probably would already know anything I could mention. But, given that this particular tidbit has professional ramifications, I figured I’d throw out a short post. At day 366 of my tenure at Jobster, I submitted my resignation. For those of you who...

“Get in, Get it, Get Out”

Just read a great article on BBC by way of Slashdot about Web 2.0 (tip o’ the hat to Brian Fioca, who IM’ed me the link) It liberally quotes usability-zealot Jakob Nielsen who, as you can imagine, is not all that enamored with the Web 2.0 movement. As usual, someone more famous than me summarizes some of my thoughts better than I’m capable of. What I find strange about Web 2.0...

Blog Widgets

I am, in general, not a huge fan of huge piles of widgets on blogs– I don’t really know why. The only reason that I can think of is that too many widgets offend my delicate design sensibilities. Blogs covered with widgets tend to look like patchwork quilts to me. Even though my blog template is pretty much a slightly-altered version of a free WordPress template, I like the clean look...

Linebuzz Starts Humming

Jobster alumnus Mark Maunder has put his travel blogging startup on hold for a month or two to pursue his muse… Which, in this case is (drumroll please) inline blog comments! It would be irresponsible of me not to mention Mark’s wife and biz partner, Kerry– who is quite likely the only reason that this thing has gotten off the launch pad…. Kerry is a seasoned QA manager...

9 Reasons why Web Software Teams get Too Big

Before I got involved with product development a few years ago, my entire career was spent owning and running a small (10-20) person web app consulting firm. Clients (ranging from mom-and-pop operations to Fortune 100 megacorps) would come to me with a problem and I would assemble a team to solve that problem with some sort of web application. 99% of the time, the size of that team was somewhere...

When is it time to quit (and when is it time to stick)?

Just read a GREAT interview with Seth Godin, who is about to launch a book entitled, “The Dip: a little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick)“. For the record, I don’t think it’s time for Jobster to quit (or for me to quit Jobster). Recently, I’ve been asked to direct the product vision for our subscription recruiting application, which is used by...

5 Things that Will Keep Your Aging Startup from being Nimble

(this post is prompted by 3 things. One, a friend of mine just dramatically shifted strategy on his 2-person startup… for the better. Two, Jobster is dealing with these challenges– and dealing with them reasonably well. Three, I just read some related thoughts on Andy Sack’s blog.) My advice is this: If you’re going to scrutinize your startup idea, do it early and do it...

Why Every Geek Should have a “Side Project” (and why bosses should love ’em for it)

About 8 months ago, a software idea hit me that I really wanted to work on. Like all ideas, it was based on a hypothesis. In this case, the hypothesis was “if understanding how you spent your time was braindead easy, you’d be a lot thoughtful about how you spent (and often wasted) your time.” Unlike a lot of ideas, the feature-set required to test this hypothesis was simple...