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What Not To Say When a Friend’s Company is Failing

Failure is part of the startup ecosystem and it’s not fun. I’ve never met someone who had a failed company who would have preferred failure to success. While failure is a necessary part of the startup ecosystem, it has human consequences. Lately I’ve had some personal experiences with failure and had the chance to have […]

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On Startups Competing with Core Mobile OS Apps

One thing that’s been on my mind lately is how (and whether) startups can compete with the stock applications that ship with Android and iOS devices. I’ve included a screenshot of my current homescreen – it changes fairly often, but this reflects the apps that I use fairly often today. As the image of m […]

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The Zynga Hate Has Gone Too Far. Maybe They Should Go Private.

I have been working in free-to-play games for the past 5 years and I have been reading a lot of articles describing Zynga’s recent announcement about a soft Q3 2012 on the back of a less than stellar Q2 2012. The public markets clearly don’t like Zynga’s stock – it’s down substantially since its IPO […]

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3 Reasons It’s Hard to Get Mobile Group Photo Albums Right

I’ve been fascinated by many of the early attempts I’ve seen to create group photo albums. With the continued proliferation of smartphones, it seems like someone should have solved the problem of creating unified photo albums with photos taken from distributed devices. I had hopes that the original version of Color would fulfill that promise […]

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Thoughts on the Latest Version of Highlight – Greater Emphasis on Sharing Out to Facebook

I’ve been enjoying the latest update to Highlight (version 1.2 which issue described on their blog here). For my previous thoughts on Highlight,  I’d encourage you to read this post. As a fairly active Highlight user, a few things have really jumped out at me about the newest release. Overall,  it feels like this update was […]