First Day With iPhone 6 & iOS 8

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Earlier today I finally made the leap back to iPhone and got the 6 Plus in gold. I would have chosen a different color but gold was the only option the Apple Store had in stock for Verizon and seeing as I’ll be putting a case on it anyway, it didn’t seem like a big deal. I’m just glad I was able to get one as a walk-in; I expected it to be like finding a four-leaf clover.

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Catching A Wave

Monday, October 20, 2014

I’ve been having lots of disparate thoughts about Twitter, the platform, lately and don’t know what to make of them. Twitter is an interesting beast because someone who’s been highly engaged on the platform for years can in just a matter of days be overtaken in the number of followers they have by someone who’s just joined. I’m talking of myself, of course, and while I realize it’s silly to measure any aspect of my being by how many followers I have the number seems to have a perpetual grasp on my psyche that can’t be shelved unless I write about it.

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10-Year App Horizon

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I don’t know what trail led me to thinking about this, but at some point today I wondered why I download so few new apps these days. It’s very infrequent, and when I get a new phone I know which apps to install because the ones I do have installed see frequent usage. It reminded me of this clip from an interview with Evernote CEO Phil Libin: 

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Vegas Day 01

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Yesterday was my first day in Las Vegas — Sin City — since my visit back in 2013 for a Tech Cocktail retreat. If you didn’t already hear, I’m spending about a month here, maybe more, as part of a small accelerator (equity & debt free) I joined recently. If you look at it on a cost analysis basis, a month of living expenses plus office space and mentorship opportunities with no exchange of debt or equity is a pretty good deal. Guaranteeing the opportunity to invest in our next round is reasonable to me.

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Twitpic’s Premature Acquisition Announcement

Thursday, October 16, 2014

From TechCrunch

The reports of Twitpic’s survival were greatly exaggerated. Despite claiming it had found an acquirer to save it from death following a trademark complaint from Twitter, the photo sharing service today announced that didn’t happen and it’s game over on October 25th. Users can now export their photos until the 25th, at which point they’ll vanish into the void.

Good lesson for founders that haven’t heard it already: the deal isn’t done until the money is in the bank. It’s sort of like saying your company is worth $500k when nobody has invested nor do you have any revenue.