headphones for running

running and gadgets

If you (like me) love to waste money on gadgets and like to engage in some kind of sports activity, the amount of money you can spend is virtually unlimited.

You start with basic things like a music player (ipod classic/nano/shuffle), or maybe a smartphone. Then you’ll need an accessory to hold it in place. And how about something to check your heart rate, like a Bluetooth heart rate monitor? And I didn’t even mention smart cups (which I’m really anticipating, and just mentioned).

But I’d love to talk about something basic and important: your headphones.

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One does not simple become a graphic designer

How to find a good designer for your startup

Designer problem ( I mean challenge )

The look of your project is everything. If your idea is super great, but looks like shit – no one will like it, use it or invest in it. (On the other hand, I see many shitty ideas get tons of attention because they are eye-candy.)

But designers with understanding of human behavior (or, as they like to call it, UI/UX) are hard to find. And if you find one, the chances that they will also provide you with good/valid HTML and CSS are slim. But let’s assume for a second that you get lucky and find such a designer – what now? How do you get him onboard? What you can/should offer them?

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ideas are worthless unless you sell them

Ideas are worthless, execution is useless, sale is everything

Being a tech guy is a blessing and a curse.

Hundreds of blog posts tell you that “ideas are worthless, execution is everything.” I’ve got news for you. Ideas are just as worthless as execution. If you can’t sell it, it’s all shit. And by selling, I don’t necessarily mean “selling for money.” Even having a free deployment/installation is great.

I have a friend who told me about an idea he had. He observed that queues for all kinds of government institutions – banks, post offices, or anything else – suck. Let’s make something with NFC so you won’t have to take a number and waste time sitting and looking at a screen showing the current number in the queue. After a little analysis, I found that NFC was not the best choice (we lack knowledge,  audience awareness, and faces other technological barriers ) so I decided that QR code would be better. Over coffee, we discussed the prototype I would build.

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You are not Steve Jobs

Co-founders looking for co-founders

I’m a member of an awesome site called founders-nation. The idea behind this site is great: it’s a platform to find co-founders for your startup. But I like to describe it as a site where half of the people think they are Steve Jobs and the other half think they are amazing programmers (but not necessarily Steve Wozniak).

Every time I get a message, it goes like this. “Hi, I’m a product/ CEO/awesome dude! I have this amazing idea/product/concept. I already have a business plan/beta/alpha. I’m looking for a technical founder/mobile developer/web developer/CTO. Let me know if you’re interested/Tell me why should I bring you into my company.”

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