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In Depth Tutorial on Writing a Slackbot

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 03:53:09 +0000

(This is a repost of an article I wrote on Monsoon’s blog prior to Capital One acquiring us.) At Monsoon (my employer), we are avid users of Slack. It’s a great collaboration tool in addition to adding a new social dimension to the office. We just crossed 500k messages sent over the platform and we’ve only … Continue reading In Depth Tutorial on Writing a Slackbot



How Amazing Features Can be a Waste of Time

Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:28:08 +0000

Differentiation is another way of saying: define your own market. By doing this well, you can avoid the problem of unseating incumbents because they don’t exist or are significantly weaker. Why Most Features Aren’t About Differentiating You’ve got 5 seconds. Tell me how you’re better than the incumbent I am currently using. If your pitch to … Continue reading How Amazing Features Can be a Waste of Time



Facebook is okay with hurting their developers

Fri, 23 Mar 2012 03:27:22 +0000

Update: Only two weeks later, all of the user decline figures are far worse than I had originally stated (e.g., Band Page is down to 4M users from 31M!) Facebook just seriously injured their own app developer ecosystem, and they’re poised to finish it off. And they did it on purpose. Recently, Facebook announced that … Continue reading Facebook is okay with hurting their developers



Three Analogies for Pitching Your Startup Right

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 02:58:30 +0000

Below are three analogies on how to prepare and pitch your startup better. TLDR: Don’t focus on being right. Don’t rush the sale. Find believers. I recently got my startup funded. It was an extremely, extremely challenging exercise. Today’s post is short; I’ll save the funding journey for another time. Today, I wanted to talk … Continue reading Three Analogies for Pitching Your Startup Right