Made small buttons, ate awesome breakfast, and went to the public library with my son. More to come. Thanks Ruby!
Evaluating Product Ideas
Evan Williams of Blogger, Odeo, and Twitter fame has a great blog post up called Will it fly? How to Evaluate a New Product Idea. Its actually helping me evaluate my ideas. Especially my business ideas. Check out his Ten Rules for Web Startups too.
Question: How difficult will it be to launch a worthwhile version 1.0?
Question: Is it clear why people should use it?
Question: How much value can you ultimately deliver?
Question: How many people may ultimately use it?
Question: How will people learn about your product?
Question: How hard will it be to extract the money?
Question: Do you really want it to exist in the world?
I recommend you take this bit of advice too, “Be Wary Overgeneralized lists of business “rules” are not to be taken too literally. There are exceptions to everything.”
Help me write a Story
I found this neat Ruby on Rails web app called Invent a Story. So I started a story with the word(s) National Enquirer. Basically you are given a few words to choose from and asked to write a sentence with it. Then other people are invited to add to the “story”. Here is my sentence.
Today I finally got fired from the National Enquirer.
SO go on over there and add to this web 2.0 exquisite corpse. Fun!
Video: Do schools kill creativity?
This is an amazing and VERY funny video. It is possible to laugh and learn at the same time. I was absolutely blown away by what Sir Ken Robinson had to say. I was personally very moved and identified 1000%.