Monday, March 15, 2010

From the Intrawebs - March 15

Beware the Ides of March! Actually, I'm going to celebrate it. It is a beautiful day outside after a pretty gross weekend. The sunny morning almost made up for the lost sleep due to daylight savings. Almost.

I'm adding a new section to From the Intrawebs that points out any interesting new services or applications I find that may be of interest. If you have an interesting service or application, feel free to ping me to take a look.

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What's New

  • Simler: A very intriguing site that attempts to address what is missing in many of the popular social networks: how do you make new contacts. Facebook and LinkedIn are very good at keeping track of who you already know; Simler attempts to help you meet new people.

    Disclosure: I have business dealings with a potential investor in Simler.

Worth Reading

  • My experiments in lean pricing: A great article on SaaS pricing, one of the best I've read.
  • Choices: an exercise: Are you trying to be McDonald's (around everywhere with an underwhelming experience), 21 Club (solid, consistent, a strong reputation, and expensive), or the noodle place on the corner (cheap and eclectic). Always a good idea to know what you are striving for.
  • Six Delusions of Google's Arrogant Leaders: Always dangerous to drink your own Kool Aid for too long. Regardless of whether these things are true or not, believing you are above caring about them is dangerous for any company.
  • The Origins of Product Management (part 2): This is looking to be an interesting series of articles on where product management came from. You probably want to read part one first (there is a link in the article).
  • Pricing: A look at how not to price your products with some humor thrown in for good measure.
  • Attaching your Startup Brand to a Movement: This is part of the effort to not blend into average. To succeed, you have to have customers who are as passionate about your company and your mission as your are. Aligning to a movement your customers can get behind helps with that.
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