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Why did Microsoft BizSpark Decline my Startup?

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:48:40 +0000

The one question founders have asked me in my {volunteer} role successfully sponsoring 350+ startups into Microsoft BizSpark is why Microsoft declined their startup. Sometimes the applicant will wait weeks only to get declined; sometimes it takes mere minutes. Nearly always the founder/applicants are shocked, hurt, frustrated: Can’t Microsoft see what a great startup we are? Don’t […]

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Great Post! And that’s the problem.

Tue, 16 May 2017 19:44:49 +0000

This morning I saw this excellent post by InVision re 30 good Sketch plugins – my goto tool now for high fidelity wireframes. Well written, nice screenshots, nicely done. And that’s the problem, and I bet if you are a developer, you have the same problem. 30 new things to learn at once makes my head […]

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Startup Mistake #1: the anonymous startup.

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:36:19 +0000

If you expect people to sign up and perhaps pay for your startup, you have no chance in hell if you don’t explain in credible detail who you are. Here’s an example (as of Wednesday; May 10, 2017) –, a habit-building saas going for $12/year. Looks awesome, and attractive. Chance of me or normal […]

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Got a Startup? Want BizSpark? Let’s talk.

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:03:59 +0000

If you’re building a startup using some or all of Microsoft’s stack and you’re interested in Microsoft BizSpark, drop me a line. I’ve got (as of now) 20 invite codes to give out to aspiring young startups who want to go that route. See the requirements first, and make sure it’s clear from your site’s home page […]

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Building your Digital Career Plan

Fri, 05 May 2017 19:53:59 +0000

So welcome to your new, fully-digitalized career! Whatever your current occupation, you can expect to be hopping jobs every three years (or less). When you go after your next job, you’re more likely to be screened by software before you get to talk to a person. If a recruiter is in the mix, you can […]

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Share or Create?

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:38:22 +0000

Multi-billion member social networks, robots that can chase you down, algorithms that decide whether you get to live or die. Just a few high points to the world that’s fast approaching. Having not not posted here in a six months plus, I have to ask if creating content outside the walls of a social network is even […]

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The Dev with the biggest Toolbox Wins

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 23:07:31 +0000

Devs cannot resist tools. On any given workday we are in the blender with a swirling whirlwind of technologies, frameworks, libraries, user stories. The more of them you know, or at least know they exist, the more and better code you can write. So here’s three quick recommendations for finding more useful stuff, primarily for the frontend.  jaywcjlove […]

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Gamechanger ahead for Apple-centric Software Vendors

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:46:05 +0000

Apple is moving its developers and customers to auto-renewing subscriptions instead of outright purchases on all Apple platforms, including Mac OS. And it’s high time too. In the olden days when customers would pay for a desktop app once (or at least the EULA that let them use it), software vendors could only prosper by […]

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It’s time to get going!

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:36:36 +0000

For years I’ve used one or another Pomodoro-style timer to focus my attention on the work at hand. Recently though, my old goto for this Focus Keeper on [just] iOS, was becoming more annoying than helpful. Marching along – and being marched along to the tune of its beat – was feeling oppressive, not empowering. […]

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What ZenHub adds to GitHub and why it matters to you

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:30:45 +0000

Developer teams succeed or fail largely depending on what their development process is. A good process raises all boats and sends them happily steaming to success; a bad process or one that’s overly complicated for the project or the size of the team or complexity of the software makes everything harder, slower, and more painful […]

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