Many good points were raised in this article, by seasoned entrepreneur Marc Andreessen, on why and why not start a start up. Many of these points are just simple facts which, in the delusional mind of a start-up founder, can often neglect. Many are experiences that have also crossed my path.
I guess the best way to deal with all of this is to simply – soldier on.
I have been using Panic Coda for almost two months now. Here is my 2 cents worth of experience that I would like to share.
Like many people, I don’t usually pay for software (unless I have to). But, after 2 weeks of trial usage, I voluntarily paid the full price for Coda, and I am glad I did. It is a very sweetly written piece of software. At its first generation, it has many features that, in my many years of Dreamweaver usage, I didn’t know I would wish for.
Coda is responsive, much more so than Dreamweaver, on my mac. I like its execution of the file browser (it’s closely integrated with Finder), its tabbing features, the FTP and Terminal (which I haven’t used that much). The CSS editing is nicely done, although I still like CSSEdit’s grouping features. A really neato features in Coda is the web page preview, with integration with WebKit. It’s just like a browser built into Coda, and is very convenient for testing. Coda also handles line-endings and international text very well.
Coda is a nicely written piece of software, and it has many features that some software developers could really learn from. I wish I had known you sooner, Coda.
I still have a wish list though:
Site-wide text search and replace.
Insertion of frequently used codes (e.g. table, anchors) with user friendly configuration UI.
The technology shown in this video is totally amazing. Not only does it allow the manipulation of large volume of images, but also could assemble similar images into three dimensional spaces. I look forward to its deployment into the real world.
I have slaved over Yabbyland.com, the purchasing platform, for over 3 years now. Today, I read an article by serial entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki. He started his business Truemors with only $12,107.09 USD.
It’s quite an inspiration, to know that things can be done with little cost nowadays. I realized some time ago that I should have outsourced my programming, both to hasten the production, to allow me to focus on business aspects of things, and to allow a team of people to know the code from the start. After developing the software in-house and by myself, I now face the problem of getting someone to maintain it and to improve upon it, once we launch. Guy spent $4,500 USD (or almost $150,000 NTD) on web development. That’s quite some money for us at the start, but now considering the opportunity cost, I think it would probably have been a money well spent. After all, it only took him 7.5 weeks to go live!!!
However, there are a few intriguing items in those $12,107.09 that Guy spent. Is it necessary to spend $1,115.05 registering 55 (!) domains? Well, I guess “Truemors” is kind of hard to spell…. Secondly, I wonder what $4,824.14 in legal fees was spent on… I also wonder if we actually need that…
Lastly, I attribute the rather successful launch of this site somewhat to Guy’s celebrity status on the internet. People wonder what he’s up to, and thus the power of collective curiously drove the public’s awareness towards his launch. I don’t know if an online no-body like me could use the same tactics as he did. Perhaps I will need to spend some money doing marketing.
P.S. Yabbyland is almost ready, I now need a developer to maintain the code and a marketing guru to help launch it…
Switch your OS to English.
Login to your Desktop.
Open the Terminal.
In System Preferences set Japanese as your preferred language.
In the Terminal type: killall Dock
(this will relaunch the dock)
Now start Lotus Notes from the Dock
In System Preferences set English (or whatever) back to your preferred language.
In the Terminal type: killall Dock
(relaunches the Dock once again)
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Ok, I admit it, I read comic books. And, I love the Naruto series.
I grew up on Dragonball, City Hunter, Saint Seiya, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series. If you are familiar with Japanese manga (or even western ones), you will realize that many stories are shallow, repetitive, and cliched. When I first read (actually, watched) the Naruto series, I realize they were something different. The stories were fleshed out with back stories. Each character had motivations that drove them, and showed growth through the challenges that they faced. Even many villains had interesting stories that made the readers empathize with them. To quote an article in Boing Boing today.
These weren’t stock characters with a few choice quirks added for identification’s sake. These were kids â€“ Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Rock Lee, Ino, Shikamaru, et al. â€“ with complex backstories informing their decisions, with choices made based on hard-won personal knowledge and social machinations going back generations.
I have recently started reading another series called Pluto, and it’s based on an arc in the original Astroboy series. The stories are dark (allegory to the Iraq invasion), dark (Atom has died), dark (think Silence of the Lambs), and very cinematic. I can’t wait to see what happens next.