Should we delete our backlog? Also: it’s our 1-year launchiversary!
David Heinemeier Hansson is a programmer, writer, and entrepreneur. He changed the future of technology with Ruby on Rails, has influenced the way businesses are being built and run with his books; Getting Real, Rework, and Remote; Office Not Required, and has helped many businesses (including my own photo studio) stay organized and productive with the integrated project management solution, Basecamp. David is passionate about finding alternative ways to do things. He loves looking at the status quo, ripping it apart and putting back together only the elements that make the most sense. In our conversation, David helps budding entrepreneurs cross the bridge from wantrepreneur to taking first steps as well as offers some animated anecdotes and mind shifts for how to make your existing businesses and teams ultra productive, passionate, and value driven. In today’s episode, If you want to build a successful business, try integrating existing ideas and tools rather than creating a new standalone tool. You don’t have to be a genius, nor do you have to outwork everyone to be an entrepreneur. You can build a profitable business starting with 10 hours a week and existing business models. Take control of the things that you decide …
Bitcoin quickly made its way from a whitepaper to a production network, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. But its scripting/ programming language was initially, intentionally, limited for a few reasons, which meant that building new apps on bitcoin wasn’t always easy.
Enter ethereum in 2014 — a public blockchain platform that moved away from the "Swiss-army knife" approach to a more general protocol approach. This would in turn allow endless (and entirely new) use cases to be built on top of the blockchain, whether smart contracts or "app coins" that allow decentralized crowdfunding and decentralized business models. The results, at first glance, may seem just like a new way of financing a company. But it actually goes much deeper than that: They’re really software protocols that are almost replacing centralized companies or what those companies would do. The possibilities are endless…
In this episode of the a16z Podcast, Ethereum inventor and co-creator Vitalik Buterin joins Fred Ehrsam, co-founder of Coinbase (an a16z portfolio company) in conversation with Chris Dixon. The conversation covers everything from the politics of open source (and value of network effects even when those networks split) to the challenges of mainstreaming and scaling tech. And what happens next?
<p>Lex is at Disneyland this week so we are talking with very special guest Merlin Mann!</p>
<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/03/29/472211301/girls-sex-and-the-importance-of-talking-to-young-women-about-pleasure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Author Peggy Orenstein</a> has thoughts on how we talk to girls and sex.</p>
<p>Moltz has a complaint about <a href="http://www.howtogeek.com/176195/why-configuration-profiles-can-be-as-dangerous-as-malware-on-iphones-and-ipads/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iOS provisioning profiles</a>.</p>
<p>What is it with kids’ fascination with <a href="http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0002981/quotes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the closet of mystery</a>?</p>
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If you came by the Vox office, you would find it oddly quiet. That’s not because we don’t like each other, or because we’re not social, or because we don’t have anything to say. It’s because almost all our communication happens silently, digitally, in Slack.
Slack is Stewart Butterfield’s creation, and it’s the fastest-growing piece on enterprise software in history. But here’s the kicker: he didn’t mean to create it, just like he didn’t mean to create Flickr before it. In both cases, Butterfield was trying to create a new kind of game: immersive, endless, and focused on experiences rather than victories.
The story of Butterfield’s pivots from the game to Flickr and Slack have become Silicon Valley lore. But in this conversation, we go deep into the part that’s always fascinated me: the game Butterfield wanted to create, the reasons he thinks gaming is so important, and the ways in which his philosophy background informs his current work. We also talk a lot about the nature of status, identity, and communication in online spaces, as Butterfield’s company is now revolutionizing all three.
This is a deep, interesting, and unusual conversation — we went places I didn’t expect, and I left thinking about topics I’d neve…
Original video: https://soundcloud.com/panoply/stewart-butterfield-on-creating-slack-learning-from-games-and-finding-your-online-identity
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Harry Brignull joins us to talk about “dark patterns”. Harry coined the phrase back in 2010 to describe the design patterns used on websites to deliberately trick us into doing something. We discuss some examples as well as the ethics behind implementing them and ask if “light patterns” exist. We talk about how dark patterns go beyond the web and into service design. Should we avoid using dark patterns in our designs? Well, we think yes – so in that case, how?
Two black graduates from the University of Notre Dame, discussing life after graduation.
Make Money Online: Episode 10: The Importance of Research
This week we talked with startup founder and developer Julian Shapiro about his story of entrepreneurship, open source, growth hacking, and more. Julian’s story is a story you don’t want to miss — plus he shares actionable advice on growing and marketing an open source project.
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Show notes and links
[Guest Suggestion] Julian Shapiro / VelocityJS
Julian Shapiro on Twitter
Julian Shapiro on GitHub
Velocity.js on GitHub
How to deal with startup competition
Libscore on GitHub
Stripe Open-Source Retreat
Thomas Davis on Twitter
#63: CDNJS with Thomas Davis and Ryan Kirkman
Jason Chen on Twitter
Jesse Chase on Twitter
Searching for Sugar Man (Movie recommendation from Julian)
Man on Wire (Movie recommendation from Julian)
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