"Keep your sense of humor. There's enough stress in the rest of your life to let bad shots ruin a game you're supposed to enjoy."
-- Amy Alcott, golfer
Hello,I thought Google was the King of Free. Free internet searches, free maps, feed mobile operating system (Android), free web analytics - just free, free, free. I'd thought their strategy was buying companies that did cool things, such as Keyhole (now Google Earth) and Grand Central (now Google Voice), and making them free under the Google banner.
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(1) Find a customer pain that costs someone a lot of moneyWell, it has since been pointed out to me that the 'old solution' can, in many cases, be someone's job. You new solution is technology that automates and removes the need for that person's job. This has always been the case, since the Caxton printing press removed the need for monks to hand-transcribe new copies of books.
(2) Find a new, much cheaper solution that fulfills that pain
(3) Charge almost as much for your new solution as the old solution cost
Founders fit the definition of a composer: they see something no one else does. And to help them create it from nothing, they surround themselves with world-class performers. This concept of creating something that few others see – and the reality distortion field necessary to recruit the team to build it – is at the heart of what startup founders do. It is a very different skill than science, engineering, or management.
I have only one purpose, the destruction of Hitler, and my life is much simplified thereby. If Hitler invaded Hell I would make as least favorable reference to the Devil in the House of Commons.Churchill understood the compromises he had to make to obtain his goals.
Unboxing is the unpacking of new products, especially hi-tech consumer products. The whole process is captured on video and later uploaded to the Internet. The term has been labeled a new form of "geek porn."The proof is in videos that float around on YouTube of people unpacking goods. Unless Amazon can offer superior - or exclusive - products in it's frustration free packaging form, I think it will struggle in many large product categories.
The Certified Frustration-Free Package (on the left) is recyclable and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic clamshell casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging (on the right). Products with Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without an additional shipping box.This is quite a clever move. In the old days, when people would buy products from retail stores, the packaging was one of the main product elements a person would use to determine if they wanted to buy something. Packaging costs a lot of money. To give a (slightly extreme) example, a bottle of Coca-cola is over 95% water. Most of the cost is the plastic containing the liquid.
If you allow too much dross to accumulate in your "10 acres" -- in other words, if you allow too many things that represent undecided, untracked, unmanaged agreements with yourself and with others to gather in your personal space -- that will start to weigh on you. It will dull your effectiveness. You've got to dig into the mess and put those things to rest. Productivity is about completion.
Isn't it interesting that people feel best about themselves right before they go on vacation? They've cleared up all of their to-do piles, closed up transactions, renewed old promises with themselves. My most basic suggestion is that people should do that more than just once a year. In fact, I tell people to take inventory weekly -- to sort through all of the stuff that they haven't yet acted on. If you can get a clear picture of everything that you have to do, you'll be able to say, "Oh, this is what I have to do right now" -- and then take the next step in getting it done.
"Going to Northwestern University is like having a beautiful girlfriend that treats you like crap." - The Princeton ReviewThe reference is in relation to academic competitiveness.