Business

You don't need to create a "unicorn" to be successful

Unicorn and Young Girl painting

It is easy to get caught up in the “next hot startup” frenzy as you read about the insane growth and valuations of “unicorns” like Uber, Airbnb, and Snapchat. But, not every business can be, or should be, a runaway tech startup. When you live in a tech-centric area like Silicon Valley you tend to…

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Twitter's user growth is slowing quickly

Statista Infographic Twitter user growth

Perhaps not all that surprising. I don’t think Twitter has ever been something that the average person understands. Its inclusion on television and other media has certainly raised awareness, but that hasn’t necessarily translated into real engagement. A 2009 study found that 71% of tweets are ignored, and I don’t think that has really changed.…

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You're trying too hard

Rock leaf river

The stink of desperation is a turnoff. This is just as true with startups as it is with dating. We’ve all seen it. Startups that are struggling to find customer fit and traction. But, there is a fine line between being nimble, lean, and responsive; and tossing and turning like a leaf in the wind.…

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Designing for Love and Money – Fluxible 2013

Virtuous cycle of love and money

In this talk, Larry explores the battle between love and money as it applies to products, organizations, and even our own careers. Over the past 20 years, Larry has developed strategies to deal with this problem, both as an individual contributor and as an organizational leader. Regardless of where you happen to work, or in what context, it’s an unavoidable issue that every designer must face and resolve.

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Tip for Startup Founders: It Isn't 1999

I lived through the infamous Dot-com Bubble. I was at a startup in 1998, that went through the usual ups and downs and up again. Then I founded a design consultancy (for some stability, believe it or not) and advised a number of small and medium-sized startups in Silicon Valley for several years (before eventually…

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Is Pinterest Right for Your Business?

Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social networks in 2012. According to ComScore: in January 2012, 13.76m people worldwide visited the site and spent an average of 89 minutes there. Business Insider recently shared some interesting data tidbits about its growth, users, and their sharing behavior. But, I really like the data shared in this…

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