16 commentsMarch 11, 2009
After 2 years of working at my startup (kickflip) we’ve released what we’ve been working on to the public, Gambit.
There are many stories of how my 2 partners and I got to this point, which I’ll share later. For now, Gambit is a payments engine for social games and communities.
For a more in-depth review of Gambit, check out the Inside Facebook write up.
I am going back to sleep but check it out and let me know what you think.
11 commentsOctober 20, 2008
I asked this question to Adam Shepard who wrote Scratch Beginnings which is a great story of him starting from nothing (literally) in a town and what happens 6 months later…
Why should anyone read this book and what will they get out of it?
There are a couple of reasons to read this book…
First off, it’s entertaining as hell. I met a cast of guys that are way more fascinating than myself (and got my butt kicked by one of them), [...]
5 commentsSeptember 11, 2008
With our new startup one of our BIGGEST challenges is getting email into inboxes, and we just started sending them:O If you’ve ever ran a website with more than 20 users, I am guessing you know my pain. I know Ted has written up some great tips on making your email work. So has Auren.
I saw this in my inbox today and was quite impressed. MyYearbook.com added a mark as spam and and block myYearbook email in their email. This [...]
19 commentsAugust 14, 2008
Fortunately, my car and motorcycle have both broken within the week. Yay! Now, my mom is driving me to meetings;) Anyways, I was at JP Automotive (car mechanics) and trying to get a deal. Our conversation went like this:
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Noah: “JP, I am broke, poor and hungry. Please can I get a discount.”
Noah: “Dang, why not”
JP: “Discounts mean you are pricing your thing too high. A discount would cheapen the quality and value of what I am providing.”
This is not a sexy post about marketing or product. But it is something I was hoping to share with anyone starting or looking to start a start-up (read here about Zero to Startup. We are a small team of 3 working on our new project and my mom kept bugging me to get health insurance for riding my motorcycle. I frankly never thought it was that important but if anything happens it makes sense to have some coverage. So [...]
I was thinking about this during a drive about many sites and services that just don’t have a natural or artificial viral component or online viral marketing. Some great sites come to mind:
Kayak.com, like.com, scribd.com (questionable). Also Mint. Mint created a product that tons of people wanted and was completely free. This made it easy for people to tell their friends about and as a result go viral and beat out Wesabe.
link to photoThe great marketing person you hired is thinking: “Shit, I [...]