26 things I’ve learnt in 3 years since ‘escaping the city’ to start this website – Escape the City
Lovely article. It has some of the flavor of this article on Medium but without being such a downer. #5 seems very true; by the time you hone *any* pitch you are probably just suck of it. But remembering that it’s still new to the people you pitch to seems important. When we launched So.cl at Microsoft we learned #6 the hard way: PR will not in fact make you a success. We had all the PR in the world as everyone wondered if Microsoft was launching “the next Facebook” (we weren’t). It translated to a flood of people, but like any normal wave, it receded into the ocean when we didn’t have anything interesting to offer.
Standing desks at schools: The solution to the childhood obesity epidemic?
Standing desks are moving into many workplaces now. The simple reason is that these make employees healthier and happier. It’s rare to find someone who has moved to a standing desk and went back to sitting.
So why not treat our kids the same way? If the evidence is there (and it is) for standing why do we keep kids, the most energetic and active people on the planet, seated? Time to start advocating for new desks.
And by the way… it won’t stop the obesity epidemic. That will take a bunch of other things most importantly nutrition. But it’s a good start.
Retentioneer is the new Growth Hacker
The importance of retaining a hard-won customer cannot be overstated. But… isn’t this exactly what a good product manager should be doing?
How I’d redesign piano sheet music
I’ve struggled with music my whole life. I pick up the guitar three or four times a year and try some new method of learning to play. The closest I’ve come to competency was an app called Four Chords (or similar). This allowed me to play along with music and words a la karaoke but with my guitar.
I like the thought of breaking down traditional sheet music. Sheet music has been around forever and I’ve often wondered if it was designed to be inscrutable, almost a block entrance exam for the cool kids who can figure it out.
But more so I like that someone is trying to reinvent something so old and entrenched.
I built, launched, and got paying customers for my side project in 3 hours
Wonderful article reminding us that building something doesn’t need to take years. Sure, complex ideas and probably hardware-related ideas take longer but getting the idea, turning it around, and yes, probably failing at first are interesting ideas.