The Angel VC: The evolution of the SaaS landing page →

Christoph Janz on the evolution of SaaS landing pages: When you look at the landing pages (or homepages or marketing sites, however you want to call them) of today’s SaaS companies, they usually look quite beautiful. They typically have a clean, simple and friendly look, with very little text and a lot of images or […]

Google’s product strategy: Make two of everything →

Found this on Hacker News after I posted the previous link about Google’s cost cutting. Ron Amdeo from Ars Tecnica wrote this back in October 2014: Google likes to have multiple, competing products that go after the same user base. That way, if one product doesn’t work out, hopefully the other one will. Throwing shit at […]

Google Takes Stricter Approach to Costs →

Alastair Barr on why Google is planning more stricter cost cutting over the next few quarters: Google revenue grew 19% in 2014, down from 21% in 2013, 22% in 2012 and 29% in 2011. But operating expenses grew 31% last year, according to S&P Capital IQ; spending on research and development soared 38%.The result: operating-profit […]

Wearables

I’ve been using the Apple Watch for the past few weeks. Before that, I hadn’t worn anything on my wrists in over 15 years. Although I don’t quite understand the implications of wearables yet, I know there’s something there. The obvious use case is small, micro-interactions through notifications like a message from my wife saying […]

Don’t scratch too hard

As kids, we’re told not to scratch if it itches, since it will just make it worse. As entrepreneurs searching for problems to solve, we’re told the exact opposite. We could build better products by solving our own pains, since we’ll know the problem better than anyone. Paul Graham calls this organic ideas. Besides, how […]

Consumer Grade

Historically, enterprise software buying has occurred in silos ruled by IT overlords. IT commanded what computers, smartphones, and software you had to use. In most places, this is still the case, but, the fact that most employees use their personal devices,(tablets and smartphones) at work, means that they’ll have a say in what they are […]

Maybe There Really Will Only Be Five Computers…

Maybe There Really Will Only Be Five Computers… Thomas J. Watson in 1943: I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. John Battelle 2011: Right now, I’d wager that the handful of brands leading the charge to win in this market might be Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, and….IBM. About five or so. […]

Amazon may sell 3-5 million tablets in Q4: Forrester

Amazon may sell 3-5 million tablets in Q4: Forrester Amazon is not going to create a Kindle/iPad hybrid. Jeff Bezos knows that LCD technology can’t match e-ink for real reading. That is why I wouldn’t expect the current Kindle form factor to go out the door like most analyst are predicting. If anything Amazon could […]