Offline shopping how it should be. Apple does it...
I’m in Palo Alto, and I needed something for my iPad, I walk into the apple store and have the perfect retail experience. Here’s how retail should be: I immediately get approached by one of the many assistants, all friendly. One was an old man which I love since technology shouldn’t just be for young people and geeks. The thing I want isn’t in the shelves but the...
Create like a God, command like a king, work like...
Quote of the day. This could just about be the recipe for succes as a startup founders and CEOs in general. Photo credits Harold Edgerton, from here
Curated collections: The new place to find...
Contextual commerce is going to be a game changer. I believe it will change how we select things to buy online. For years we’ve been talking about online to offline, now here a way to do that in a simple, natural and meaningful way. Pinterest is the best example right now, here’s a section from an excellent Mashable article, which you really should read. “Shoppers are...
WHAT DO THE BEST USE TO MANAGE WORKFLOW?
A major part of succeeding is having tight operations, adhering to ambitious schedules and keeping the workflow optimized. But what’s the best tools for this? I am a part of a close network of 150 tech CEO and CTO and the likes in London. We’ve just had a long knowledge share about what we all use to manage this. This is what these successful companies use (my own categorizations,...
Can you use Instagram images, legally?
Following my hunt for good images you’re allowed to use commercially to “prettify” products and websites, I’ve been looking into Instagram. So they offer an API which gives access to the images. But they also state that essentially the images by default are ´All Rights Reserved´. As far as I can think, that mean you get access to the images, but basically not the...
You're allowed to use Flickr photos
This is an important question for many of us, especially when you’re building services which integrate a lot of photos. We need to protect our companies against potentially infringing on others’ right, but also because most of us actually want to do the right thing. It’s something I was reading up on tonight and I found this excellent post by Skelliewag.org called A Complete...
To all you wonderful adventurous spirits out there. Who change the world as you live it. Watch this, you deserve it. (credits to Rockstart Accelerator)
2012 is the year of social curation
UPDATED: I’ve received feedback which demonstrate I should explain myself better:) (To me) social curation is not simply reposting or retweeting. While this provides a social filter to content it only solves part of the problem. In order for content to be truly relevant services need to enable people to set up further filtering themselves, so you only receive certain information from...
My first interview showing nipple. ha ha. Go to 7min 43 seconds. From The Europas Awards held by TechCrunch in London. Although Everplaces is in closed beta and not doing press, there is a snippet of info about it here. Thanks to the wonderful @romylondon for this excellent video of TheEuropas: You can see the full story on http://daretoask.tumblr.com/ Credit to Redg Snodgrass, @redgsnodgrass,...
RULES FOR BUILDING STRONG TEAMS
I am totally passionate about building team culture. I like to think of it as building a tribe. I believe it is our strongest competitive asset as a startup, so it’s a core skill CEOs need to acquire. Sadly, many CEO’s actions are driven by their own ego and need for recognition, which is often counter productive for the company. To clarify, all CEO are driven by a need to...
Most app downloads are in the weekend
When should you release your app? Perhaps in the weekend if you want high download figures. According to this chart at least… While the the Android marketplace and Apple’s App Store may have different user bases, both Distimo and Google show that the busiest time for app downloads is the weekend. The most popular time for users to download Android apps is Sunday at 9:00 pm. ...
HOW ENTREPRENEURS THINK DIFFERENTLY
Why can entrepreneurs achieve big results with little ressources? And why can they do stuff faster than much larger companies? It’s because entrepreneurs think differently… Big corps and business school teach us to achieve success by setting goal. You set the goal. Then you work to achieve it in a linear fashion. Entrepreneurs think totally different. We think; this is the...
Winning the talent war
Attracting talent is the key challenge for any company. All other results stem from this. Brilliant products, service and concepts are created by brilliant people, so you are who you hire. Here’s an interesting info graphic on the talent war between some of the giants. Top Prospect (who did the analysis) broke it down into a ratio to compare how many new people were hired for each...
It's a world of opportunity!
Seen at Gatwick Airport’s HSBC billboards.
Old giants beat Apple in China
Many smartphone manufactorers reported strong sales in China this year. And the old giants are still in the lead. 24 million smartphone units were shipped to China in Q3 2011. Nokia has 28% of the sales with its mishmash of operating systems and Samsung 17%. China accounted for 12% of Apples total sales in 2011, up from 2% in 2009. But Apple still doen’t even get it’s own listing...
Should you be thinking China?
This week China surpassed the US in amount of smartphones distributed. 24 million units were shipped to China in Q3, more than the 23.3 million shipped to the US This creates opportunities in apps, mobile commerce and mobile distribution models for the fast thinking entrepreneur. My thinking is that mobile entrepreneurs and businesses should be throwing a lot of energy into understanding the...
Facebook on doing business
Today we had a nice visit from Facebook here at Founders House. Here’s the best from the talk: John Ndege is from their New York department. He was at Founders House talking about how to work best with Facebook if you’re a startup or a developer. He also shared some fun anecdotes of how its been being at the company from when they had 8m users to the 800m users they have today. Here...
Fact: Foreigners are good for your economy (stats)
As many other liberals and humanists I am sad about the last decade’s growing negativity towards foreigners in my country. All over Europe right wing parties are voted into parliament, often to fight “foreigners from taking our jobs and benefits”. Here’s some facts which proves exactly the opposite: Ian Goldwin from Oxford University has researched how much of the...
Watch and weep. Excellent video about how forward-thinking media companies should interact with their communities. The days of old media are gone. In this video you can hear the head of social media at Al Jezeera. Whose use and understanding throughly impressed. Basically the collect, verify and publish journalistic information via the crowd - this is journalism 2.0. The 50min long video is...