User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s still undervalued and under-invested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board.

Evan Williams, Twitter

Your idea might be great, but users have a low friction tolerance. They’re the only thing that will make you successful. Without users, all you have is an idea.

Don’t worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship and then test… Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap – but it was a revolutionary piece of crap.

Guy Kawasaki

Or is it just a piece of crap in hindsight?

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

I love this concept. What do you do to encourage thinking differently?

It’s a great discipline to have to report to somebody – even if you’re the sole owner.

Tim O’Reilly

In this case is it the customer?

Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.

— Anthony Volodkin, the hype machine


Marketing will never fix a bad product that people don’t want. —Amanda

The more people we have on our team, the less room there is in the elevator and the more complicated everything gets. — David Karp, tumblr
An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started. — Tim O’Reilly, O’Reilly Media

BeauCoo - Calgary Startup

I met this morning with two members of the BeauCoo team (including @fourslice) to be interviewed as a part of their consumer testing. There are two things that get me really excited about a startup. The first is asking thoughtful questions, the second is engaging with their target audience. Check and check! I’m stoked to see the results of their beta.

Are you a mobile phone using, social media savvy, fashion loving woman? Signup for BeauCoo’s beta.

BeauCoo

Another story about establishing the product (four years between first tweet and first $), before letting your salespeople drive it.

Another story about establishing the product (four years between first tweet and first $), before letting your salespeople drive it.

infographic of the week - Why Startups Fail

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Or better yet, maybe this should be called “the challenges of premature scaling?” - Amanda