Category Archives: amplafi

The joys of starting my own company

Even for the web the pain of installed software exists

Years ago I worked on code that was shipped to customers for them to install on their computers. THe amount of testing needed across all sorts of configurations was painfully and annoying. Then the web came along and life was … Continue reading

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Don’t let the lawyers run the business

This past weekend, my sysadmin ( James Sparenberg ) and I, were figuring out which cloud hosting service to use. We had been pitched a number of times by GoGrid. I had been given a “try us out” credit by … Continue reading

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Blame. NO. Responsibility. YES!

When reaching for the stars, something will go wrong. Rockets blow-up. Servers crash. Regressions happen. How you handle the setbacks is critical. Blame is a useless response. Blame is negative. After blame has been assigned, the rocket is still in … Continue reading

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The 100-hour work week myth

Chris Yeh calls out workaholism as the stupid choice it is: If you work 100-hour weeks, no one (investors, co-founders, employees) can blame you if things don’t work out, right? And I like to think I’ve worked a lot smarter … Continue reading

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VCs: stop the false dichotomies

What is with VCs and their false dichotomy when giving feedback about a company asking for funding: Say nothing about the team Be an asshole about how worthless the team is and their mothers should have had an abortion. VCs … Continue reading

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Question :How to get and manage non-strategic multiple customer investment?

I am looking for people who have had success in converting customers into angel investors. I am *not* referring to strategic investors like Cisco. Background: I have a pitch that works very well when talking to customers. Prospects get and … Continue reading

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Ad networks: missing features

Ad networks missing features: Interconnection with bookmarking services Browser back button support Rich interaction Selective Memory Show different video ads Limit the ad selection Interconnection with bookmarking services You’ve interrupted me. The ad is interesting. Well-targeted. Good job. I am … Continue reading

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Health care thinking points

It is cheaper to build a car in Canada than the U.S. (Washington Post): By Kirstin Downey Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, March 6, 2004; Page E01 For each mid-size car DaimlerChrysler AG builds at one of its U.S. plants, … Continue reading

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Don’t trust intuition!

Practical Guide to Controlled Experiments on the Web: Listen to Your Customers not to the HiPPO Experiment! Run A/A tests — make sure the variation you are seeing isn’t just natural variation Beware Coupon Codes — too prominent and people … Continue reading

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if sun would just start selling solutions

So Sun keeps on trying to sell me boxes. I don’t need OpenSolaris, I need solutions! What is the difference? OpenSolaris requires someone who knows how to configure it, manage it, secure it, and adjust it for performance. But newsflash … Continue reading

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