iPad mini is quite mini
Man, I love the form factor but the hardware kind of blows. It feels laggy compared to my phone and the lack of a retina display is really noticed.
I realized the other day that I pay a ton each month for monthly services. I decided to cut back a bit. Here’s what I got rid of and what I kept.
- New York Times web and digital ($15/mo)
- The Economist ($70/year)
- Hulu Plus ($8/mo)
- Downgraded GitHub ($10/mo)
- Airbrake ($5/mo)
- LinkedIn Premium ($10/mo)
I suppose my conclusion is that access to content isn’t as valuable as I originally thought. Especially when there are other ways to get it.
Productivity tool that doesn’t get enough credit
There are a ton of little apps and widgets out there designed to make you more productive. Most of them I install with great hope, only to use them for a day or two and realize they don’t fit into my workflow.
Here’s one that I find myself missing terribly when it’s not installed on the computer I’m using…
What do I use it for? Sharing screenshots or just about anything I’m looking at with others. Combined with OS X’s awesome screenshot tool (Shift+Command+4, or Shift+Command+Ctrl+4 to copy to the clipboard) it’s really a killer tool…
Oh I want to share this little snippet from a website with someone on Gchat? No problem. Shift+Command+4, and paste the link into the Gchat window. (You can select the options to automatically upload screenshots, and automatically copy links to the clipboard after upload).
Apparently it can also upload files, but this is a new feature I guess, and not sure it’s better than Dropbox really.
Download it now!! http://GetCloudApp.com
Time to find a new search engine
Some advice on joining a start up
I was interviewing at a VC firm recently and they asked me what advice I would give to a college graduate thinking about joining a startup. I thought I’d share my thoughts.
There are two questions, the first is whether or not you should join a startup at all, and the second is how to choose the right one.
To answer the first, I’d say that there are any number of good reasons to join a startup — great learning experience, enjoyable atmosphere and environment, direct impact on the product — take your pick. There is, however, one reason not to join a startup. Don’t do it for the money. Because 99% of the time you would make more by joining a large company. Seriously. Even if your startup is successful and get’s acquired, there’s dilution and taxes, and that huge pay cut you took to join. It’s like a lottery ticket where the odds suck and the payoff is breaking even.
So you don’t care about the money, you want to work at a startup. There are only two requirements, in my opinion, to know when you’ve found the right one.
- Love the team - From the day you join, you’ll be spending 10 to 12 hours a day with these people. You’ll sit next to them from 9AM to 9PM, and then you’ll call them on the way home to finish a conversation. You’ll send them E-mails over Christmas break, You’ll eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner with them every day for the next three years. You’ll go in to the office on the weekends and learn everything about their personal lives. You’ll hate the mistakes they make (but you can never hate them, because there is no place for hate in the cramped quarters of a startup). If you’re lucky, you will love these folks. They will be some of the best friends you ever make. You’ll go to their weddings, you’ll keep in touch long after you leave, and most importantly you will have enjoyed the hundreds of hours you spent at the office. If you get an offer from a startup, don’t be afraid to ask if the team wants to grab a beer before you accept. Go with your gut.
- Believe in the mission - Working at a startup can be incredibly trying. There are going to be some really, really horrible days. There will be months when your traffic steadily declines. That day will come when your biggest competitor gets acquired. At some point there’s a good chance one of the founders will leave. On more days than not your product will be broken and make smoke come out of your ears. All of these things will make you second guess whether or not you’re wasting your time. The only, only, thing that will get you through this is believing in the mission. If you believe to your core that this company will change the world, then you will be eager as ever to jump out of bed and head into work, even on those horrible days — and that’s all that matters.
If you follow my advice it won’t matter what happens to the startup. Maybe it’ll go out of business, maybe it’ll get acquired. Either way, you will have learned a lot, made some of the best friends you’ll ever have, and truly enjoyed your time spent building a product you believe will change the world.