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  • Technology Archives - Steffan Antonas
    More Published June 23 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology New in the iPhone App Store Camera We re 4 days away from being able to pre order the new iPhone and my gadget lust is at code orange Jules and I are still rocking 3Gs so spending on this upgrade is easily rationalized There are a lot of groundbreaking innovations on the device but what I m most excited about is the camera To date believe it or not I ve taken 1275 photos with the 2 megapixel camera on my trusty 3G An unexpected side effect of having a good enough camera as part of a device that s with me wherever I go is that I use all the time mostly as a memory and inspiration tool If I want to remember something or I see something that inspires me I snap a photo Over time it just became a habit and I ve found it so useful that I d never buy a phone without a camera again The volume of pictures I ve taken on my 3G shows that Apple definitely crossed the usefulness threshold for users like me at least with their first stab at putting a camera in a phone The image quality is lacking though and there s no real manual control and it performs horribly in low light Apple did a heck of a lot to correct those issues with the 3GS and even caught the attention of photographers with the improved sensor an increase in resolution low light performance and tap to focus side note If you haven t heard about Chase Jarvis s new book The Best Camera Is The One That s With You check it out awesome iPhone photography And with this release Apple s shown that they re still listening and has put even more useful features into the camera Video recording in HD 720p up to 30 frames per second with audio and in camera video editing with iMovie I m skeptical about what using this will be like but how can you say this isn t cool 5 megapixel still camera instead of uselessly increasing megapixels they ve focused on putting in a kick ass low light sensor which will make much more difference to image quality The new front facing camera finally I can take a picture of Jules and I when we re out and about that I don t have to re take 3 times because all I got was the sky or just my stomach Tap to focus video or still images awesome for isolating your subject and blurring the background this is the feature that made photographers go banana sandwich when the 3G came out LED flash huge this sucker even stays on to light your subjects when you re shooting video Photo and video geotagging neat if you care about this sort of thing which I do because iPhoto s sorting by place is awesome The New Camera App OK so I ve told you all that so that I can now tell you about this Now that the iPhone camera is 17 new kinds of awesome you re going to start looking for apps right Only natural Along with the Best Camera app I d recommend this one Camera What s different about this app is that it gives you lots of control and a much closer experience to an actual DSLR that the pros use Plus the lightbox zoom and custom filters are sweet and you can do some really cool post production type of work directly on your phone For 2 99 it makes the whole experience of using the camera way more than 2 99 cooler check the video you ll see what I mean If you end up buying it and loving it you can thank Lisa and TapTapTap for their hard work Published June 11 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology The Rise of DSLR Filmmakers The Next Wave Of Web Content For the past few weeks I ve been tooling around the web doing research on DSLR cameras many of which now shoot shockingly crisp professional grade HD video I know that I just can t ignore the trend towards video content anymore and I ve decided to start investing some time building that skill set with a long term view Don t get me wrong I love to write and still think blogging as a great way to reach audiences It s just becoming clear that staying relevant and succeeding on the social web requires injecting video production creatively and cheaply into the mix and that goes for companies as well as individuals When you strip it down to its core the social web is fundamentally about people and story telling and in just about any side by side comparison when it comes to story telling video done well beats text almost every single time and the barriers to entry cost learning curve etc for amateur filmmakers has never been lower That s why you re only going to see more pro grade video on the web in the coming years Huge numbers of amateurs are suddenly getting access to a new world Read More Published April 27 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Trendspotting Comments 5 Comments Case Study How To Use Foursquare To Draw A Crowd Into Your Restaurant tweetmeme Restaurant owners are quickly discovering how to use social media tools like Twitter Facebook and Yelp to their advantage and drive customers to their tables but there s a guy in Wisconsin doing it better than almost anyone else Joe Sorge who runs a burger joint in Milwaukee called AJ Bombers shot me a tweet yesterday to tell me about a Foursquare party they had this week that brought a flash mob of 161 Foursquare users to his restaurant My eyebrows shot up when I read that number 161 check ins in one day How could that be There are only about three or four hundred Foursquare users total in Milwaukee Over 150 of them were in the same place on the same afternoon When I called him up Joe explained They came to earn the highly coveted and elusive Foursquare Swarm Badge something you can only get when 50 or more Foursquare users check in at the same place at the same time I hadn t heard of it but apparently the promise of this coveted Foursquare badge can really draw a crowd Read More Published March 6 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Community Social Media Technology Top Posts Web Strategy Comments 80 Comments Sometimes It IS About The Technology You know when the technology itself makes the most difference to how much engagement you get on the social web In the very beginning when it s brand new to everyone That s when the alpha geeks the 1 of the people that produce the most content online temporarily ignore their other social networks to focus all their attention on the shiny new object For just a few weeks following any major launch you can build lasting relationships with the true online influencers by being a part of the action as they congregate on the new service in an excited feeding frenzy If you re there and you re as enthusiastic helpful and engaging as they are you re seen as part of the tribe The engagement cycle is almost always the same on new social networks with a lot of hype Google Buzz is a perfect example The alpha geeks follow listen and interact a lot early on when the community is still a small tight knit group of early adopters They amass large followings quickly and while they develop dense networks of influence they are also less discriminating about who they interact with and friend because the frenzy is highly social Eventually they all hit a saturation point though The numbers get too big their sense of true community dissipates and the initial excitement wears off The second the enthusiasm for the shiny object disappears they start spreading their attention out evenly again on the tried and true social spaces where they get a real sense of intimacy and personal connection That s why in the long run at least the technology doesn t matter much and why focusing relationships to achieve long term social goals is so important I ve made these observations from interacting online and joining and leaving social networks for years but I don t have any hard data to back this up It s just a hunch so I m really interested to hear other people s opinions and ideas on this or get pointers to any good examples It s sound long term strategy to focus on relationships over technology but if it s the early adopter crowd you want to notice to you there doesn t seem to be a better time to get their attention than on someone else s launch day What are your thoughts Published March 2 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Cyberculture Social Media Technology Comments 8 Comments Video Demo Prototype of Translation in Google Goggles The ability to translate text directly from a photograph is a perfect example of some of the possibilities that emerge when you have sensor rich mobile devices connected to cloud computing Google s shown that it s possible and that practical applications for mobile users might be just around the corner How cool is that What s happening in the background in this demo on the simplest level is that the prototype connects the phone s camera to an optical character recognition OCR engine recognizes the image as text and then translates that text using Google Translate Even in small chunks you can see what a difference having a tool like this could make in a pinch especially if you re traveling in a foreign country According to Google right now this technology only works for German to English translations and it s not yet ready for release into the wild I m sure you ll agree though that this demo shows a lot of promise for what the future might hold It s exciting to know that soon your phone might be able to translate signs posters and other foreign text instantly into your language Published February 24 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Maps Meta data and Augmented Reality All of our devices our mobile phones cameras toys and media players will become increasingly aware of where we are Soon geographical location rather than broadcast schedules will trigger entertainment experiences Content will be tagged to places and these will alert you to the proximity of your friends and people of similar interests Mike Walsh Author of Futuretainment The way we experience the web is moving quickly towards a standard where content is not linear but relative When content is linear one piece of content leads us to another But when the model is relative any piece of content can be accessed via contextual triggers anywhere any time and on any device Location is going to be a primary trigger that changes how we experience web content In fact it wont be long before a lot of the content that exists on the web will also exist as overlays to our senses as we move through the real world Sound crazy It s not It s what the augmented reality movement is all about and it s coming fast A few days ago at TED Bing engineers demonstrated that they are going way beyond Google s Street View technology using backpack cameras to capture pedestrian spaces Flickr integration to provide a more diverse picture of a place over time telescope data to allow people to get information on celestial bodies and live video to show what s happening in a place in real time It s pretty incredible If you re not impressed by this 6 minute demo I d take a moment to chew on what you re seeing for a second and consider for a second how evolved this still young this technology is What Does This Mean For Us and The Web Well first of all putting content into context this way gives an unprecedented level of depth of information and understanding about place and our relationship to it As Blaise Aguera y Arcas told Fast Company in a recent interview If you want to explore if you want to really understand more about a place you really need to be able to get right down in there and see if from the point of view that people actually experience it As great as it is to use cameras on top of cars for building that visual trellis that s not the actual human perspective With a layer of user generated content on top of maps we can look around and explore where we are with a completely new set of lenses It ll be social other people s photos and videos will give us a unique perspective of the history and social context of where we are It ll be personal Our own location tagged photos videos and content can allow us to relive moments when we visit places that are meaningful to us It ll be educational instead of having to read and learn in a linear way you ll be able to put yourself at the center of the action in context of place and eventually time Most importantly the rise of the Geoweb will open up completely new categories for business and innovation It s not hard to imagine a variety of commercial applications for virtual augmented reality tours or rich entertainment educational and social experiences With consumers rushing to buy location aware smart phones expect to see a lot of movement in the mobile market for these types of experiences in the next few years Exciting stuff Published February 17 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Cyberculture Design Technology Comments 5 Comments Now You Can Accept Credit Card Payments On Your iPhone I can think of so many reasons why this is a good idea If this startup can get the security and authentication right with this and they seem to have they re going to make a killing Check out Squareup for launch details Published February 12 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Comments 3 Comments Google Search Is Getting More Social You knew this was coming Google about to start surfacing public web content from your friends and online contacts Published January 30 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Social Media Technology Trendspotting Comments 7 Comments Why Apple s iPad Is So Significant To The Future Of Publishing It wast much of a surprise that in the hours leading up to and following Apple s official unveiling of the iPad Kindle was also a trending topic on Twitter Whether the iPad will kill the Kindle is on a lot of people s minds and while I m not going to speculate on the future of the Kindle I think you can be pretty damn sure that Jeff Bezos didn t sleep well this week For what it s worth I think Apple s about to float comfortably into an almost uncontested blue ocean where competing with the Kindle won t be much of a concern But most importantly this launch is going to shift publishing practices and change consumer behavior and expectations significantly this year Here s why First The Bad Before I say anything I do share some concerns with the iPad s design No multitasking no camera and no Flash makes me scratch my head a little Including a camera seems like a no brainer The only reason I can think to leave it out would be to reduce the cost to hit a price point I have a feeling people will complain about their inability to use iChat or use Skype video etc Not being able to view Flash content when you browse the web on a screen that big is also a downer you re going to have holes in some websites and you can forget about streaming video Also no multitasking completely eliminates the iPad s ability to compete with even the simplest netbooks Not having multitasking on the iPhone isn t that big a deal in my eyes but I have a feeling that with the larger screen people will expect more of a laptop like experience That said The Market Is Primed For An In Between Product That Improves The Reading Experience You might say that the iPad is just a jumbo oreo and that Apple s R D team has lost it s magic touch I m not convinced that that argument has legs though True what s missing in the iPad s design gives some of us pause and the device doesn t seem to be well positioned to compete with netbooks but I don t think that s the point Even with what it s missing in this first generation design it s clear that Apple is going to clear the reading experience hurdle that plagues the iPhone and bring users a rich multimedia experience that other ereaders can t match Creating a better reading experience on a screen is what this movement towards ereaders is all about And that s all they really had to do with this release take everything we love about the iPhone create a significantly better default reading experience and give it lots of screen real estate for app developers to go wild That s it And that s exactly what they ve done Here are a couple of videos from Popular Science s vault that show what the reading experience is actually like on the iPad It s obvious that this is where the Apple R D team put a lot of their effort The iPad Is The Best Positioned

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  • Should we ditch our blogs and just use sites like Google+? - Steffan Antonas
    in real time that s been my experience so far The flip side is that in the long term you don t really own your longer posts and after only a short time they disappear into the stream never to be found again I suppose it comes down to personal preference and whether you d rather have more real time conversations than build a library of articles that you own and control To those of you who have subscribed to this blog how would you rather consume long form for this blog Thoughts or opinions either way Published June 14 2012 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Comments 5 Comments Post navigation Previous Post First Fast Follower And The Myth of First Mover Advantage Next Post Lease With An Option To Buy In The Cloud 5 Comments Fraser June 18 2012 at 4 01 pm I ll take long form via the blog It ensures that regardless of platforms coming or going I ll always know where to find this type of content Syndicate across the channels RSS Twitter Google etc but I like the idea of having a single repository both for the publisher as well as the

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  • Blogging and Writing Archives - Steffan Antonas
    for money although I do make money doing it that supports the habit I originally started blogging just to become a better writer I ve been blogging consistently now for over 2 years and I ve learned that blogging itself is not a means to any end The real value is in the process it s about continuous learning connecting collaborating and growing as a person In many ways it s a lifestyle choice rather than an activity or a hobby and the people who are doing it for the right reasons are generally in it for the long haul Seth Godin and Tom Peters recently weighed in on why they blog at an AMEX OPEN forum There were some great points made by both on the value of blogging that really resonated with me I particularly appreciated Seth s comment on developing humility and Tom s on how it changes your emotional and intellectual outlook These are two of the most successful bloggers on the web and even after years of blogging and thousands of posts they still site growth dialogue and openness to change as the top reasons they re still writing I find a lot of comfort in that I ve included some video highlights from the forum below Read More Published July 30 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Comments 15 Comments Being A Local In Virtual Space Let s say you ve recently moved to a new city You ve got a brand new apartment in an unfamiliar neighborhood and your friends and family are now hundreds of miles away A few weeks in the rush of everything being new subsides and you start to feel lonely No problem you think You make friends easily It s only a matter of time before you ve got a bunch of great folks actively calling you to join them to hang out right All you have to do is muster the courage to get out of the house and meet people The only question is where do you go Assuming your goal is to meet people you d actually want to get to know and build lasting relationships with would you start by heading straight to the biggest loudest night club in the city Or would you head down to the neighborhood bar cafe or coffee shop where your neighbors were all hanging out after work Given the choice between the two my bet is that you d chose the latter So would I Starting a blog and being social online for the first time can feel a lot like a move to a new city It s lonely at the beginning and it takes a while to build a reputation and develop relationships with people who you like and respect and who are genuinely interested in you and your content How you go about developing relationships online should closely mirror the way that you do it offline You ve got to go to a place where people share your passions and interests introduce yourself and start a discussion When deciding where to go try to pick places the same way that you d pick a place to hang out offline Virtual spaces have distinct personalities and atmospheres all their own that reflect the collection of personalities of the community Huge blogs like TechCrunch and Gizmodo will be just like a massive nightclub tons of noise and lots of superficial interaction On the other hand smaller communities and personal blogs will feel more like a local watering hole and with fewer people and less noise you re more likely to engage in higher quality discussions and build meaningful relationships quickly If you find one of these spots where you meet people you like that feels like it s got your kindof vibe devote some time to visiting frequently and sticking around and interacting a lot when you do You ll find you have a lot more fun build better relationships and before long it ll be a spot where everybody knows your name Published July 21 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Cyberculture Social Media Comments 12 Comments Drinking From The Social Media Firehose 6 Lessons Learned Social scientists have a name for the incessant online contact we experience by consistently immersing ourselves in social media They call it ambient awareness For better or worse the label accurately captures the main benefits of being social on the web Using popular tools like Twitter and Friendfeed to engage groups of people online gives you an enhanced awareness of what s going on within the digital ecosystem for people and topics you care about in near real time The only problem is that it can feel a lot like drinking from a fire hose The benefits of social media no doubt far outweigh the costs Being able to follow people instead of just following blogs and news is tremendously informative and fulfilling and being able to actually engage people of like mind who are having an impact on the world who share passions in your fields of interest etc is rewarding Social media has given us an unprecedented amount of access to people and ideas and for that I love it But drinking from the fire hose isn t all sunshine and roses I wouldn t use the fire hose analogy if it was Participating consistently comes with significant trade offs and cons that are important to be aware of and manage if we want to get the most out of our days I ve learned some lessons this year from being hyper connected that I d like to share I think they ll resonate with many of you Read More Published July 3 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Community Social Media Comments 4 Comments Getting The Most Out Of Your Lijit Wijit I ve been using Lijit since the inception of the service and while I ve added and removed many different fad widgets Lijit remains a core widget I ve kept because it continues to consistently bring me traffic and add value to my readers As of today Lijit has brought my blog over 7500 unique visitors via research a feature that s unique to Lijit and I m averaging one or two blog searches per day not bad for a widget on a personal blog that only gets updated once or twice a week Lijit offers a variety of options for customizing the widget and there are a five simple things you can do to increase the number of times your readers use Lijit which increases reader engagement page views and search revenue Tip 1 Add the Popular Searches Cloud A small number of terms that display beneath the search box would not on first glance seem to do much but on average publishers see anywhere from a 200 500 increase in searches according to Lijit my experience is that this figure is accurate The popular searches cloud does a lot to signal what types of content is popular on your blog and invites people to click on popular searches How does the Popular Searches Cloud work It records repeat searches and displays the most popular ones To appear in the cloud a search must be performed a minimum of three times and come from different IPs You can control the number of terms that appear in the cloud in your widget settings You can also blacklist terms from appearing in your search cloud within the settings Tip 2 Move the Search Box to the Top of Your Blog A simple rule is that if people see the search box they will use the box If it s hidden among all the other items on the sidebar people will miss out on the goodness that is Lijit How much does moving the box above the fold mean in terms of searches Another 200 300 increase Nice Tip 3 Make it the Only Search Box Ok this one might not be such a revelation If there is only one place to search then well people will only use that one place to search Amazing and simple Tip 4 Be an Expert As a publisher you know that writing about a specific topic will almost always increase readership and engagement But did you know that the more expertise you develop around a specific topic the more people want to search your content I know Weird Tip 5 Turn on Re Search There is a feature in your widget settings called Re Search What does this do Well when someone does a search on a search engine like Google Yahoo or MSN and clicks on your result Lijit does the same search in your search widget when they get to your site Then depending on your settings Lijit displays those results either with your widget on top of your blog or below the post Why is this good About 1 2 of readers will click on a result in Re Search letting them read more of your content This increased engagement helps readers trust you more which leads them to read your content more which leads them to trust you more it s a crazy cycle of goodness That s it The bottom line is the more often people use Lijit on your site the more often they will be able to discover your content whever you re creating it which is what we all want Small tweaks can and will make a difference Note Special Thanks to Tara at Lijit for providing the content and discusson that led to this post Published June 16 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Comments 9 Comments Video Preview of WordPress 2 7 I m pretty psyched about the direction that WordPress seems to be going with 2 7 Customized dashboard Moderating comments right from the back end Right on Personalization and usability in the UI is where it s at Published December 5 2008 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing WordPress Comments 10 Comments Building A New Type Of Social Network How Glue Is Using Semantic Technology To Change The Way People Connect On The Web The web is evolving rapidly and it s nice to see that social networking is evolving right along with it If you frequent top tech sites like TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb you ve probably heard or read the term Semantic Web hundreds of times this year but in this blogger s humble opinion all the hype and hoopla hasn t produced much that most of us can actually use especially not in the social networking arena Until now A New York based tech startup called AdaptiveBlue has just released a FireFox browser add on called Glue that just might turn traditional social networking on its head In my estimation Glue s release represents a significant leap forward in social browsing and is likely the first of many semantic technologies that will begin changing the way people connect and have more meaningful interaction on the web Here s just a few reasons why Glue is a game changer Semantic Technologies Can Put Our Networking Activities In Context One of the key insights that Glue was built on is that the things we like and the content we consume say as much about us as anything else and that connecting over things and content we love with others is meaningful and enjoyable With Glue AdaptiveBlue has built a contextual network that uses semantic technology across the web to automatically connect people around the everyday things they are interested in books music movies celebrities artists stocks wine restaurants and more Here s the awesome part because the network is decentralized and distributed across popular sites using the AB Meta Markup it doesn t matter when or where the users visit things Glue recognizes the object and connects people around it For example Glue recognizes a particular movie like IronMan as the same object on IMDB Amazon Netflix RottenTomato Fandango etc and treats it the same way If a friend on Glue interacts with that movie on any site using the AB Meta Markup that interaction will show up on any other compliant site for that object in Glue There is no destination site the network is always in the user s context anywhere they are interacting on the web Here s a quick video that illustrates exactly how Glue works and how it builds networks of people around objects Glue Overview from AdaptiveBlue on Vimeo Glue Blends Simplicity and Portability If you re an avid online social networker you re aware of just how many social networking tagging and microblogging platforms are out there Most of us don t have time to respond to voice mail and e mail every day let alone check our Twitter updates and Facebook accounts and Flickr friends Simplicity is key The beauty of Glue is that it doesn t force you into a one or the other decision when it comes to the suite of services you use and it doesn t force you to build a new profile on a new site Rather it adds value to all your existing services by allowing you to dynamically build a portable profile as you browse the web that loads for other Glue users on all of the sites that you claim in Glue seamlessly You don t have to change your habits at all The value here is that every Glue user that visits any of your sites your blog your Twitter stream LinkedIn profile Flickr strean etc sees the Glue bar adding variety and context to every profile without you having to do anything but claim a page For people who are into lifestreaming this is a major value add Plus it gives people an easy way to find all of your content on the web The profile provides quick and easy hop links to all of your sites with just a few clicks Here are a couple of screenshots of my various profiles around the web you can see that the Glue bar shows on all of them Providing Meaningful Filters For People And Things After spending a few months on Glue in private beta what I ve found the most interesting is that I can use people as filters for finding and analyzing things and use things to help me filter and analyze people The biggest problem I have when I interact with people I ve never met on text based platforms like Twitter or FriendFeed is that for the most part I m doing so with very little personal context The biggest frustration I have with social media in general when it comes to meeting new people is being able to answer one big question What is this person like Glue is awesome for giving someone s suite of profiles a common personality because it rides on top of all of their profiles as discussed above Here s what I mean Let s say I find a guy named JoeTweetalot on twitter All I know about Joe is that he s got a short bio on his page that just says I live in San Jose I work at a software company and I m awesome DM me Doesn t really tell me much BUT he s on glue Right on So his profile drops down and I surf his stuff now I know that Joe is interested in these things Office Space SuperBad FightClub Oceans 11 The Laws Of Simplicity Click Crowdsourcing The Numerati Radio Head Hendrix 24 Prison break iPhone Apple Laptop and 5 Popular Sushi restaurants in Soho The stuff I can see in his Glue Profile acts as a great filter for his personality I already have an idea of what Joe s sense of humor might be like I can guess his approximate age I know he s interested in similar topics as me and his music and food tastes are also similar to mine It says instantly do I have stuff in common with this person or not Which is the most frequent question I have that rarely gets answered on the social web Being able to share a bit of ourselves in this way allows us to find more meaningful connections with others and allows us to connect over the things we love Final Thoughts With any luck we re going to start seeing smarter technologies for social browsing and networking that provide better context and meaning to our interactions online Glue is the most noteworthy of such smart technologies available to date While still in its infancy the service represents a significant advance in how people can use semantic technologies to pull their many services together meaningfully and find new ways to find each other and connect over shared interests The novelty simplicity and portability of Glue is a major plus in such a cluttered social networking world and shows us the way forward But don t take my word for it try it yourself Get Glue Published October 28 2008 Author Steffan Antonas Category Blogging and Writing Cyberculture Social Media Comments 23 Comments The Win Win Of Good Linking Etiquette I link you link we all link So why not do it the right way Following a few simple rules when you create links helps search engines helps your site rank and boosts your credibility as a blogger If you re still creating links that look like this You can read more about linking by clicking HERE you re going to look like a noob insult the intelligence of your readers confuse search engines and lose any SEO benefit you might have gotten from creating a quality link Bottom line how you link is just as important as what you link to Here s a few quick tips for good linking etiquette Search Engines Are Dumb Help Them Out Fortunately Google

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  • First Fast Follower And The Myth of First Mover Advantage - Steffan Antonas
    is for reasons like having to spend a lot of time and effort creating the market and educating users and learning hard lessons when testing assumptions that no one has ever tried before that don t end up working which slows you down Instead Steve suggests that being the first mover might not be as good as being the first best executer It doesn t mean you never want to be the first mover but the historic Stanford first mover advantage I think over the last decade or two has found out to be a divide by zero problem It s just wrong You don t always want to be the first mover In fact you typically want to be the first fast follower And if we take a look at all the companies that presented here this semester you ll find out that they were all incredibly great fast followers Was Amazon the first mover How about eBay How about Google Were they the first movers No None of these guys were first movers They were first best executers but they certainly were not first movers Steve Blank I ve heard seasoned entrepreneurs offer the advice that as a founder you should assume that at any given moment there are 2 or 3 teams out there working on something close to or exactly what you re working on and that execution is the real differentiator that determines success in the end which is why execution matters so much For a variety of reasons I find Steve s words very comforting Published May 13 2012 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Comments 2 Comments Post navigation Previous Post How Might We Create A Community That People Asirpire To Be A Part Of Next Post Should we ditch our blogs and

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  • How Might We Create A Community That People Asirpire To Be A Part Of? - Steffan Antonas
    ve been thinking a lot lately about what a learning platform specifically tailored for creatives might look like and how we might HWM create an online community for that platform that people would aspire to be part of Given that the core of great branding is the expression of the right values I started brainstorming there asking myself what types of values and traits might provide a good foundation for

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  • Branding Archives - Steffan Antonas
    morning I put together this little mind map on my iPad using Adobe Ideas I ve been thinking a lot lately about what a learning platform specifically tailored for creatives might look like and how we might HWM create an online community for that platform that people would aspire to be part of Given that the core of great branding is the expression of the right values I started brainstorming

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  • How Might We... Archives - Steffan Antonas
    This morning I put together this little mind map on my iPad using Adobe Ideas I ve been thinking a lot lately about what a learning platform specifically tailored for creatives might look like and how we might HWM create an online community for that platform that people would aspire to be part of Given that the core of great branding is the expression of the right values I started

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  • Learning Web Design, Web Development & iOS Development Online with Treehouse - Steffan Antonas
    it comes to learning Im a visual learner so I find that video works best for me learning this stuff Being able to watch someone show you how something complicated is done is so much faster easier and enjoyable For the last few months I ve worked my way through 38 badges on Treehouse which has been great At an average 6 7 minutes per video and about 5 videos per badge that s around 20 hours of content I ve learned a lot and the fact that the content is delivered in a thoughtful structured way has really made the experience good I can t stress this enough structured learning is so important because it gives you a feeling achievement progression and momentum and that s what Treehouse does better than any other site Ive tried If you re in the beginner to intermediate range it s one of the best resources on the web at this price range 25 mth specifically for learning web design and development If you ve always wanted to learn coding skills I d suggest checking out Treehouse It s been good to me and if you re willing to invest some time with

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