Articles

July 31, 2007

Sampa Patents

I guess I forgot to blog about it, but we just filed three provisional patents for Sampa. Two about our intelligent privacy system and one about our link storage system. For the longest time I’ve been reluctant at filing any [...]

November 30, 2006

20 Questions for Startup Success, by Norm Meyrowitz

This is a talk given at University of Washington by Norm Meyrowitz on questions every startup should answer. Norm was president of Macromedia and now he advises tech startups. Here are the 20 questions (see the presentation for more details). [...]

November 27, 2006

Attract, Convert and Retain

You see a lot of Startups talking about technology, innovation, features, mashups and what not. But how many CEOs you see talking about strategies to attract, convert and retain their customers? The “build-it-and-they-will-come” strategy is a bit flawed on a [...]

November 12, 2006

Write and they’ll come.

When I started blogging about 2 years ago I knew exactly what I wanted. A place where I could go back and check what the heck I was thinking when I did something. I never had the intention of getting [...]

November 04, 2006

Don’t listen to your customer… Have a conversation!

When I was at Microsoft there was this big push back in 2002/2003 for us to be Customer Focused. It came from the top (Steve Ballmer), so it must be done. Back then, I thought I understood what that meant. [...]

October 30, 2006

How to detect and not be an Asshole.

Robert Sutton is publishing a book called “The No Asshole Rule” and Guy Kawasaki got an early edition of the book. Guy summarizes very good points from the book. How to detect an asshole: “…If you hear someone at a [...]

June 01, 2006

It’s a Brave Tech World….

Welcome to my new blog! This blog replaces the existing “Brave New Word” (without L), that I used to have on TypePad. This blog will be my way of “dogfooding” Sampa. If it is not working well, it will affect [...]