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From Founders At Work: No, it was never clear that we were on to something huge. You never know anything. The hardest part in a startup is that you wake up one morning, and you feel great about the day, and you think, “We’re kicking ass.” And then you wake up the next morning, and […]

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This guy says you need $100k to make a game: Some of my clients are surprised when I tell them that the development of Angry Birds cost $140k, and probably at least double that since, because they physically cannot see where the money has gone. To the untrained eye, Angry Birds appears the same as Camelot Smashalot, and […]

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31 Mar 2011, by

New rule: NDAs

There’s been a lot of writing about why not to sign NDAs from the point of view of a software developer getting hired or a potential cofounder coming to you with an idea.  But what about in a paid / contractor situation?  Isn’t an NDA par for the course? Yes.  Lots of other iOS developers […]

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29 Mar 2011, by

On Culture

It is usually within the context of a culture that innovation exists.  Whether we’re talking about a culture constructed around a shared interest (hacker culture or something more specific like iOS programmer culture) or a local type of culture to some city or some district or some organization, or some intersection of the these two […]

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11 Mar 2011, by

XCode 4 for $5

There has been a lot of nonsense lately about Apple’s decision to charge $5 for XCode 4.  Lots of otherwise intelligent people are claiming that this is somehow the end of the world as we know it, and that it represents some “new low” for Apple. Actually, no. First, if you’re complaining about this, you’re […]

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So I’ve been doing some thinking about where we should move.  I’m leaning towards Austin, which seems to be the hacker capital of this part of the world.  No, it’s no SF, and there’s no FIOS but the rent is reasonable and it looks like a good value.  Plus I lived there during an internship […]

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So I’m reading Steve Blank’s The Four Steps to the Epiphany: What if a customer tells you the issues you thought were important really aren’t? Realize you’ve just obtained great data. While it may not be what you wanted to hear, it’s wonderful to have that knowledge early on. Do not, I repeat, do not, […]

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Overall, 2010 has been a good year.  I’ve taken my iOS development company from a 0.5-man operation to one with me full-time and several contractors.  We’ve gone from Ramen-profitable to to fancy-hotel-and-a-macbook-pro-profitable. The Good: Six months ago, I was still thinking “Maybe I should think about starting a company instead of getting a ‘real job’”. […]

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