The Biggest Problem With Mobile Today

(This post being Apple/iOS focussed, but I believe Google Play suffers from similar issues too, although to a lesser degree) Facebook released its new app today: Paper. It is iPhone-only for now  – clearly iPhone is...

You Have To Finish Things

Before you finish things, you have to start them. For me it’s always been a process of trying to convince myself that what I’m doing in a first draft isn’t important. …. One way...

What Are You Fighting For

British Finance Minister: We have to cut our budgets for the arts to aid our war efforts Winston Churchill: Then what are we fighting for? That quote is fake. Churchill did say “Ill fares the race...

What Are You Paying For When You Create A Twitter Ad

When you create an ad on Twitter – and I’m talking only about Promoted Tweets – you pay for an “engagement”. This can mean a number of widely different things, as defined by Twitter. screenshot from Twitter’...

Prophets

The prophets of tomorrow live amongst us today. Through the vagaries of life, same as the rest of us, dealing with similar shit. Or worse. Peeling away the layers and discovering their truths. Writing their sermons...

Estimating Apple's App Store Revenue

Apple is going to generate at least $9.3 billion in revenue from the App Store in 2013. That figure can be as high as $11.4 billion. Apple regularly releases numbers of the amount it...

The Crash Of Gaming

“Everyone is making a mobile game.” “VCs are not funding game companies any more.” “It is a hits driven business.” One would think that the games industry is about to collapse. Yet, there are no signs...

Creating An In-App Monetization Plan

I gave a talk at Hacker Dojo last week about monetizing mobile apps through in-app purchases. IAP is a great model to generate revenue, but few app developers use it effectively. For example, one of my...

Don't Dismiss Porous Paywalls Yet

This is a commentary on today’s Pando Daily article about how Porous Paywalls don’t work which is mostly about the experiences of NSFWCorp. A Porous Paywall is a type of freemium where newspapers (for...

Graph Peeves

Something that annoys me no end is people visualizing data in a misleading way (sometimes deliberately, but I’ll give them the benefit of doubt a few times). So I’m putting together this post with...

Andrew Sullivan And Monetizing Digital Content

People willingly pay for entertainment but not for information. Perhaps a sign of our age? While we willingly pay $15/month to Netflix for movies and TV that we barely get the time to watch, we...

Programming A Computer Is The New Driving A Car

So many companies and initiatives are cropping up that teach you how to code, without needing you to go through an entire computer science course. The most notable one being code.org because they’ve got...

Explaining Abstraction To A Non-Programmer

How do you explain the “abstraction” paradigm in programming to someone who doesn't know coding? I like to try out different kinds of coffee, so I buy my coffee not from the grocer’s, but from...

Multipliers

Everyone loves talking about the multipliers. Especially in startup-land. Because that’s the only way to start off with something small and end up with something big. So here’s a quick reminder about multiplying: It...

Hiring Is Growth Hacking

Hiring is growth hacking applied to organizations. What does that mean? It is expensive to pay a staffing consultant $10k – $20k per hire, so creative guerrilla tactics have to be adopted. Using your network to reach...

Four Things Missing In My Daily Reading

Here’s what my daily reading habit looks like: scroll through Facebook and Twitter feeds, the various Flipboard sections, first page of Hacker News, skim through the headlines/snippets, and save to Pocket anything that I...

Digging Out Inefficiencies In A Marketplace

Lately, I’ve been giving some thought about which marketplaces have untapped opportunities. And one of the first things to look at is inefficiencies in the marketplace. Here’s a quick checklist I’ve been running...

Madness Is Key

By about forty-five thousand years ago, modern humans had already reached Australia, a journey that, even mid-ice age, meant crossing open water. Archaic humans like Homo Erectus “spread like many other mammals in the Old World”...