Category Archive for: Austin Responsive Development

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.

State Farm Insurance and Steve Harvey

Pixeldust worked with Sanders/Wingo to concept and build three interactive pieces for them to present to State Farm.  Pixeldust created the concepts and wrote the scripts for the three pieces, including an animated Flash movie, a Flash-based screen saver and a cartoon. All featured comedian Steve Harvey.  Pixeldust developed the creative and Flash production for the pieces. With offices in El Paso and Austin, Sanders/Wingo provides multicultural advertising and public relations services using emerging technologies and marketing platforms. State Farm Insurance offers coverage for auto, life, home, health, and more all over the United States

Happening Without Us

I love this so much: In fact, Microsoft would never have happened without Paul. In December 1974, he and I were both living in the Boston area—he was working, and I was going to college. One day he came and got me, insisting that I rush over to a nearby newsstand with him. When we arrived, he showed me the cover of the January issue of Popular Electronics. It featured a new computer called the Altair 8800, which ran on a powerful new chip. Paul looked at me and said: “This is happening without us!” That moment marked the end of my college career and the beginning of our new company, Microsoft. It happened because of Paul. I’m first grateful to Paul and his work with Microsoft since I really got my beginning with computers and technology with Windows (shortly after getting and playing around with my dad’s Mac). But, even…

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I particularly like Post Malone… or, at least as much as I think I know about him. And, I do love Spiderman: But the animation here seems unique and fresh and I’m looking forward to this film. The post Sunflower appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Community Driven Development

There are a lot of different ways to build software and there is definitely not a one-size-fits-all model that works better than another… and other than just sitting down and writing code for hours and hours and hours of time… the only thing that matters is that code is being written, full-stop. What it comes down to, then, is both personal preference and ultimately how you (and your team) think through building software. In short, it’s context that really, really matters. For my current project we are using a framework of thinking that we call Community Driven Development and it’s working out quite well (CDD isn’t a common term in software development but it’s used elsewhere in the world as a business and product strategy – my brother frequently uses this term for software so I’ve adopted it here). It’s pretty self-evident based on the name but the way in which we operating consists of…

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Chow Yun Fat

This guy is gangsta af: The 63-year-old Chow is often seen riding public transportation where he rocks a simple wardrobe — a shirt costing him 98 yuan ($14) and sandals costing another 15 yuan ($2). When asked why he likes to shop at discount shops despite his tremendous net worth, Chow replies, “I don’t wear clothes for other people. I just wear whatever I find comfortable.” He has the right idea about money, no questions about it: I feel that the money does not really belong to me. I am just in charge of keeping it temporarily! Like I said… gangsta af. The post Chow Yun Fat appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Understanding YCombinator Post-Money SAFEs

A fantastic overview, straight from the horse’s mouth: Super-useful for those that are raising venture capital and despite the fact that I’ve done this a handful of times I still manage to learn a thing (or two) every single time. If this type of thing confuses you then don’t be discouraged, even if the math isn’t very complex! There’s a lot of things to consider when giving parts of your company away to investors and employees and this is just one of a million other things that you have to work on. You’ll be fine. The post Understanding YCombinator Post-Money SAFEs appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Mentor Questions for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

This thread is pretty good: Very good questions! Where are you at right now with your business? What work have you done? What roadblocks are you facing? Can you summarize the above answer in 1-2 sentences? Now imagine you’re doing this for a friend you really admire and believe in. Can you make those 1-2 sentences more confident while still being truthful? Let’s imagine that you’re unable to make money off your business. How much money do you have in months before you run out and can’t support yourself or the business anymore? This is called your “runway,” the monthly amount is your “burn rate.” If your runway’s low, what will you do to get short term cash? How can you most align that plan with the long term business plan— ie working toward it with paid work, having enough free time? It’s okay if getting a full time job…

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An Epic Fortnite Gaming Rig for $1,001!

So, my 12-year old decided that she needed a more powerful computer for her favorite video game, Fortnite and I promised her, years ago, that we’d find a time to custom-build her own computer. Finally, I’ve been able to make good on my word! Purchase list! I wanted my daughter to lead the process end-to-end, so, she was responsible for not only finding the right parts but also price-comparing them and making her ultimate “purchase list” so that we could talk through it. We discussed the pros and cons of larger motherboards to allow for larger expansion opportunities and power consumption requirements for smaller (or more powerful) components, like the CPU or GPU. Starting to arrive! A little bit of math was required, to ensure that we got the right PSU (Power Supply Unit) to handle her components but it wasn’t that hard to put the master list together. What was…

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Really good.

Too good. Just read it. These are good things to have in one’s life and working towards them for (and in) your work: Autonomy: the feeling that you have control over your day, and that your actions are important. Competence: the feeling that you are good at what you do. Relatedness: the feeling of connection to other people. The great thing is that you don’t have to have much of each, respectively, to actually feel great about the work that you do and the environment in which you work. Currently, in my work right now, I feel a lot of #1 and #3 but I’m struggling with #2; more specifically, my role as a leader in my small company is stretching me in uncomfortable ways (and that’s a good thing). My goal is to seriously level-up my skills as a leader through practice, coaching, and being open to feedback from my team. This…

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Hustle App: Timelapse Your Screen

This simple app will allow you to timelapse your computer screen: So cool. I want to spend the $15 just to try it out… although, if you were to actually watch me do my work then it would be amazingly-boring. The post Hustle App: Timelapse Your Screen appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Automate Habits

I love this story so much: The brilliance of the cash register was that it automated ethical behavior by making stealing practically impossible. Rather than trying to change the motivations of his employees, Patterson used technology to make the preferred behavior automatic. I don’t even care if it’s true or not (it probably is, but, I still don’t care…) as the point still hits me pretty dang hard: Using technology to automate preferred (positive) behavior. This is one of the very critical things that my team are thinking through as we birth a new software experience that aligns community and relationships with decentralized protocols and cryptocurrency. There are a ton of behaviors, especially around trading and transacting, that we can automate for the community that is almost universally preferred. But there are more difficult (and more important) behaviors and decisions that we want all of our community to make but that require…

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Columbus Day?

We recently celebrated “Columbus Day” (or Indigenous People’s Day) and I wanted to learn a bit more about it and I found this: Unsurprising… and I learned a few new things. As Winston Churchill once said: History is written by the victors. Or… as Dan Brown wrote in The DaVinci Code: History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books-books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon? We haven’t all agreed though, have we? The post Columbus Day? appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

YEN Retreat in Pictures

It’s pretty much impossible to communicate how amazing our first-ever #YENretreat was and how it literally changed my life… in so many ways. To start, there are 3 things that blew my mind: How amazing our community around YEN really is and how diverse their backgrounds and stories are. As a good friend mentioned, faith and hope (in a better tomorrow) were consistent themes from all of those in attendance, which is consistent with most of the larger community in the blockchain, bitcoin, and decentralized space. These things represent a brighter future and it can’t get here fast enough! The work that my brother has done to build, cultivate, and love on these folks is impossible to truly calculate and appreciate, so much so that I had to pull him aside and ask him to forgive me for not understanding the mountain of work that he’s put into building this company from…

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Doesn’t Kick In Right Away

I’ve been thinking about compound interest and how it’s truly a powerful force that we should think about more often when it comes to personal and professional growth. via Dilbert It also has an impact on the team, business, and organization that you’re part of as well. Small investments, even if they don’t have a positive impact immediately, will eventually be discovered and understood if applied consistently. I’ve been thinking about this recently much more because I’ve been spending a bit of my time hiring folks for YEN – building an organization requires one to think through not only how each new person adds value immediately but how they will impact the organization long-term as well. It’s much easier to think through short-term, which is very tactical, and much more difficult to think through how the team and organization is going to be positively (or negatively) impacted by someone’s participation and…

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How to Be Brave

My 7 year old daughter is going to now teach you how to be brave. Ready? Do you know how to be brave? If not, I will teach you! First when you come to something that is very hard think about how you did something that was very hard. You think you will be able to do that (I am on a cliff). Next, get ready to do the thing that is really hard and get into the comfortableist position you could ever feel in real life. Get ready to do it. Last you do it. Your fear will be over and you will feel like doing it over and over again! When it is time to leave you will come back again. Apparently, that’s it. The post How to Be Brave appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Best Career Decision?

A very cool thread that has some neat answers from folks who shared about some of their best career decisions. There are some good answers: Emotionally detaching. I was a workaholic from age 16 until 33 and this was my primary identity. I used to always be proud of the work I did, no matter how lame the company or how many times I was screwed over. Then one day my father died, and I was fired from a company who I truly believed in and for whom I had sacrificed. This sounds cynical, but it’s really peaceful. With the emotional energy and sheer time saved I am able to cultivate strong relationships, passionate devote myself to music, be a better father/husband/son, discover new interests that have nothing to do with the internet. I frequently espouse the virtues of a “Fuck you, pay me” work attitude, and I recommend everybody…

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Golden Tickets

We started onboarding our first users to YEN and invited a very select group of folks with a few special tickets. Product-market fit is not just about the actual product itself… it’s about thinking through the entire end-to-end experience of interfacing with you, your team, your brand, and then your product (and then any post-product experience like help and support). Perfect product-market fit includes all of this and makes the entire experience worthy of customer’s attention and time – few startups and companies understand this real dynamic. The post Golden Tickets appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

just setting up my twttr…

… i mean, yen. One of the first updates on YEN. Yesterday I shared an update which I hope will become as famous as this tweet: just setting up my twttr — jack (@jack) March 21, 2006 Perhaps October 4th (10-4!), 2018 will be a big part of history… or not. Who knows. All I know is that the thing that I’ve been working on for over a year now is live and will start onboarding new users this weekend. I couldn’t be happier. What a great and fantastic day yesterday was. The post just setting up my twttr… appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Cut Luck Out of System

I had LOL’d: “We’re looking for a candidate who is: at least a one time World Cup Champion, two times FIFA World Cup awards winner, best scorer of the season, proven ability to work well in a team, exceptional references from previous teams”. It’s so true, right? Most job descriptions are worded in such a way that only the top 1% of the 1% of the population should even try to apply. If your company’s job position looks like you’re looking for unicorn you’re doing it wrong and you’ll never get what you’re after. That, of course, isn’t right. I like Leonardo’s 4 questions that he poses that might be more useful for interviewing and hiring great folks: Can this candidate do the job? Will this candidate be motivated? Will this candidate get along with coworkers? What this candidate will be in three, six, twelve months from now? This way…

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