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Learning AngularJS, Twitter bootstrap, PS and PSD2HTML

A lot to learn – AngularJS, Twitter Bootstrap, PS, PSD2HTML ,etc.

Cognitive dissonance

In the last few weeks, I’ve been learning a lot about Photoshop, Bootstrap, AngularJS, PSD to HTML, and CSS, and probably a bunch of other stuff that just bounced off my brain.

Learning is awesome. Usually on job training means that you’re trying to learn the minimum necessary to understand, implement it, test it, go live.If something is broken, you learn the minimum needed to fix it and get back to the million other things on your plate. Now I finally have the opportunity to really sit, learn and practice.

On the other hand, when clock is ticking and is money slowly decreasing, sitting and learning might make you feel idle and unproductive. When I’m in that position I always hear a little voice inside me saying, “Learn now, because later you won’t have that luxury!” Meanwhile, another voice yells, “Are you freakin’ insane? Start coding!”

If you’re like me, you can’t just read a book. You need something more visual to learn. So here are some of the better online resources that I’ve used and what I think of them (Warning: many of them are not free – like most of the good stuff in life.)

books on the shelf

Learning a lot is part of the fun

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Sea View

The “quit your job” Lie

How to use other people

Just finished listening to an episode of the Suitcase Entrepreneur. I hear Jeff talking, and all I can think is – “what a freaking fraud“.  As if quitting your job is a perfect solution for everything. There were always  people who benefitted from other people’s “pain”. In today’s world, it’s easier than ever. All you have to do is start a podcast or a blog, sell your coaching system, sell your eBooks and sell your webinars. And you don’t even have to look for an audience – suffering people will find you. You just have to sell them “No time to see your family? Quit your job and start your business!” ,”Can’t fly to an exotic island for one-month vacation? No problem – quit your job and start your business!”,”Hate working for other people?! Well, this is your lucky day, quit your job and start your business!”

quit your job in 2 easy steps

quit your job in 2 easy steps

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everybody is a graphic designer
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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