Archive for February, 2010

3 Ways to Fail at Customer Development

For the last few weeks, I’ve been auditing Steve Blank and Eric Ries’ Customer Development and the Lean Startup class at UC Berkeley. I’ll discuss the class as a whole in another post but I wanted to share a great talk we heard tonight from the co-founders of Flowtown: Ethan Bloch and Dan Martell. They shared customer development mistakes they’ve made and what they’ve learned from them. The following are my notes from their talk.

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Firefox 4 Home Tab Concept

I just submitted an entry for the Mozilla Labs Design Challenge Winter ’09. It deals with the new home tab in Firefox 4. The home tab will replace the home button as a persistently open tab that shows a Firefox-hosted start page.

The challenge from Mozilla Labs was to design what would go in this new tab. Whereas most of the other entries focused on complicated metrics and cramming a ton of already existing browser features into the tab, I took a much simpler route in my design.

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Awared 4th place at the CSUA Hackathon

I had a great time this last weekend at the CSUA Hackathon on the UC Berkeley campus. Basically, about 100 people got together for 18 hours (from 6 pm Friday to noon Saturday) to build the coolest things they could in that time frame. There were about 30 teams and definitely not enough food. Long story short my team (me, myself, and I) got 4th place for Slipstream, a twitter client that filters your stream based on things that are relevant to you! has a clip of me presenting Slipstream on Saturday but stay tuned for my own screencast (with better video and audio quality).

UPDATE: Check out Slipstream here.

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Intel Youth Rock Stars Summit Recap

I had a great time at Intel HQ last Friday. I didn’t know what to expect but I walked away surprised that the big chip maker is a lot more than just a big chip maker. They’re investing a lot in researching some radically innovative new technology. I shot some interesting videos and walked away pretty impressed.

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