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Web App Goal #1: Change the World

google maps and tennis courts Originally uploaded by bigmick If your first goal when building a web apps isn’t ‘To Change The World’, then take a deep breath and start again. You’re about to start working really really hard for really really risky returns, so it’s worth taking some time to think about it. Write it down somewhere. On your blog, wiki or whiteboard. “We are doing this to change the world” There are lots of reasons to do this. 1. It makes you focus on doing something unique. If your idea is to build a solitaire game, then nothing is going to change. Nothing new is going to be created. 2. It makes you want to do something bigger. Not that all good things, or things that change the world have to be mega, but normally it takes as much time to do something big as little, so triple that goal. 3. It makes you think about change. This includes both what can you do to bring about change, but also that in building a new web app you have to be aware that change has to happen. A long list of great technologies died because the developers didn’t think about how peoples behaviours would have to change. 4. […]

Tech Entrepreneurs And The Gambler

1st climb of Mt. Rainier July 2003 Originally uploaded by TroyMason I’ve been thinking about two great quotes and the conflict; “Never, never, never give up.” And… “You gotta know when to hold em, know when to fold em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” It’s a tough call, with no right answer, but I admire the tech entrepreneur for turning up each day and fighting it out.