Posts Tagged:Steve Jobs

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.


Ditch the elevator pitch

If there’s true interest, there’s no rush — take your time to listen first and explain secondThere’s no shortage of lore about the importance of the elevator pitch.There’s the 1850s version, in which inventor Elisha Otis’s dramatic demonstration of his innovation — a safety brake that keeps elevators from falling during a cable failure — set a new bar for colorful, efficient salesmanship.There’s the Hollywood version, in which writers pitching scripts have just 60 seconds to capture the imagination of producers.And then there’s the rumored Jobsian one — if you worked for Apple and unluckily found yourself standing next to Steve Jobs in an elevator unable to describe your contributions to the company on that brief trip, you might have been sent packing.Today, the virtues of the elevator pitch have been codified by Silicon Valley. Get accepted to a startup accelerator and you’ll be drilled in the art of the two-and-a-half-minute pitch — because that’s all the time you’ll have to sell your…

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Exponential growth devours and corrupts

There is no higher God in Silicon Valley than growth. No sacrifice too big for its craving altar. As long as you keep your curve exponential, all your sins will be forgotten at the exit.It’s through this exponential lens that eating the world becomes not just a motto for software at large, but a mission for every aspiring unicorn and their business model. “Going viral” suddenly takes on a shockingly honest and surprisingly literal meaning.The goal of the virus is to spread as fast as it can and corrupt as many other cells as possible. How on earth did such a debauched zest become the highest calling for a whole generation of entrepreneurs?Through systemic incentives, that’s how. And no incentive is currently stronger than that of THE POTENTIAL.It used to be that successful, upcoming companies would show a prudent mix of present-day profits and future prospects, but such a mix is now…

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This is why we have working managers at Basecamp (and why Microsoft and Apple stumbled when they…

He knew how to work up a sweat for developers, I’ll give him that. But…This is why we have working managers at Basecamp (and why Microsoft and Apple stumbled when they lost their tech CEOs)Harvard Business Review studied what makes 35,000 employees from the US and Britain tick and found:The benefit of having a highly competent boss is easily the largest positive influence on a typical worker’s level of job satisfaction.Not the pay. Not the perks. Not even coworkers. Managers competent in the work of the worker. Bam.I hadn’t thought about it in such clear terms before, but the vague hunch is why we designed Basecamp to be managed by people who do the actual work, and are very good at it. We don’t have any managers at Basecamp who just manage. Everyone with managerial responsibilities also do the work, and then they manage on the side.I explored this approach to management in moonlighting managers…

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So, This is Not a Love Letter to T-Mobile… … … … But…

This might sound (and be) a little bit crazy but after 14 years of being with the same phone service provider (AT&T) I walked into the T-Mobile store yesterday and walked out in a miraculous 50 minutes fully converted. Yes. Insane. Our entire family of 4 (4 iPhones, 2 x iPhone 7 Plus, 2 x iPhone 6S Plus). If you would’ve told me even a few weeks ago that I’d be considering this and making the trip over to local brick-and-mortar to make a swap I would have looked at you funny. I mean, I was a seriously-dedicated and loyal customer to AT&T and had been grandfathered into some pretty serious plan(s)! I stuck around. But, I couldn’t any longer and now, today, I am the somewhat proud owner of a new contract with T-Mobile sporting a 50% reduced monthly bill with better services attached. Insane. And I feel honestly a…

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How to Differentiate Yourself in a Saturated Market, Using Steve Jobs Quotes

Starting a company is tough. Figuring out what to build, how to build it, and how to pay for the whole thing takes tremendous energy and conviction. And the kicker? These days, nearly every idea for a product has already been thought of by someone else. But what if you have an idea that’s better than the others? How can you convince potential backers, customers, and yourself that it’s worth the effort? We asked real-life startup founders how they differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace, both to investors and the public. As it turns out, their lessons learned, as well as the advice they give to others, map closely to the sage wisdom of the quintessential startup founder, Steve Jobs. Jobsian Pearl of Wisdom #1“You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.” Understand your user and their challenges.…

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Apple vs. Adobe: The Saga of Flash

For many developers, the public feud between Apple and Adobe over the last couple of years has been hard. Apple’s ban on Adobe Flash meant that development time for the iPhone and iPad would cost developers extra time and money, along with the giant headache of using several technologies to develop one mobile project on several different platforms. But, just when it seemed like the headache was becoming too much, Apple suddenly changed their minds and reversed the ban last month.

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