Clearly there's been a lot of talk about the iPad, with such talk largely revolving around flipping a coin, selecting either the word "magical" or "evil", and then writing six more paragraphs.
20,000 downloads in three days, #28 on the day of iPad release, a hundred reviews in 72 hours- Free Books for iPad is off to an incredible start! Here’s the story of how we built it in a week.
I think that the iPad will be one of the fastest selling products in history- here's why.
Apple's AmazonThere aren't two App Stores, differentiated by how price conscious users are- there's three! Overall Top 100, Category Top 25, and The Great Unwashed. Since no one wants to be in The Great Unwashed, and most of us don't have the cash to get into the Top 100, lets talk about how to get into your category's Top 25.
I'm writing this from a hammock on a small Panamanian island, light breeze, gentle water washing up onto shore- life is damn good and sales are higher than ever. But, at the same time, there's been a lot of near death experiences in the process of getting to a point of scalable profitability.
The world is a battleground of ideas- anyone, anywhere can launch a first draft of most ideas within a couple of weeks, leveraging years of work on a pay per usage basis. Ideas don't occur in a vacuum, and when the idea to launch time window is measured in weeks instead of years, you damn well better have a better environment for idea generation than your competition.
Bootstrapping abroad, a wanderlust in two acts. Ira Glass eat your heart out.
On starting this blog I decided to make a habit of writing for it- hell, that makes it sound like work. In reality, it's a great excuse to take an hour out from the flow of the day, sit down in a nice sidewalk cafe and write down some thoughts over a espresso and a Heineken. It's a nice habit and I'm really enjoying it- today, however, as I started walking to the cafe I was at a loss for what I would write about.
It's really amazing how many startups fail. Not that ideas fail, no, that's a given- we only first began generating scalable revenue on our third - but that as the costs of running a business plunge ever lower so many smart people can't cover their $4,000/month "don't die" costs.
How did we get an iPhone app to 10k/month in revenue without any outside marketing? Icon driven development- design by logo!
Revenue is continuing to pick up day by day across all our main markets.
Most corporate blogs start with boring stories about their genesis story- oh no! a problem! I better raise six million in venture capital and create a UNIQUE SELLING PROPOSITION!