Wi-Fi Based Gesture Recognition Technology #innovative
Designing the zoom feature of FiftyThree’s Paper app
- Draw On Previous Experience and Understanding– The biggest problem is startups in search of a problem. Chase what you’re passionate about; you’ll probably already have knowledge in the space.
- Have A Hypothesis About How You’re Different– Have a point of view about your startup. Why is there a special opportunity for this now?
- Never Build Without Sketching– Mike says he and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom would go to a cafe with little iPhone design pads where “we’d build and throw away entire features. You’d waste three or four pieces of paper, not three weeks of coding.”
- Learn In Weeklong Increments– Start with a question: “Will folks want to share photos on the go? Can we build filters that look good?” Spend the week investigating, and by Friday have a conclusion and move on.
- Validate In Social Situations– “We called this the Bar Exam. If you can’t explain it to the guy or girl at the bar, you need to simplify.” Don’t just test with your techy friends.
- Know When It’s Time To Move On– “I know ‘pivot’ has become a dirty word, but if there’s no unanswered questions left, then it’s time to move on.”
- The Wizard Of Oz Techniques For Social Prototyping– You don’t need to build everything at first. You can be the man behind the curtain. Krieger says him and Systrom tested an early version of a feature which would notify you when friends joined the service. Instead of building it out, they manually sent people notifications “like a human bot” saying ‘your friend has joined.’ It turned out not to be useful. “We wrote zero lines of Python, so we had zero lines to throw away.”
- Build And Maintain A Constant Stream Of Communication With Your Audience– Don’t spend months building something without any idea if someone actually wants it.
The Reddit Story
Jack Dorsey’s Stanford Talk
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Hello World was the very first program that I wrote in my C++ class during college. I thought that this would also be the best title of my first blog entry on Tumblr. Ever since a young age, I always had been a dreamer. I used to watch this anime titled Voltron and Daimos. I was so fascinated and wanted to become an engineer, scientist, and inventor. In my mind, I wanted to build one of those humongous robots. Fast forward to the future, I still had that sense of fascination with technology. I wanted to become both and engineer and doctor, which were quite different. My desire to become both was not to complement each other but just to be both. I did end up starting my pre-med classes. However, due to situations beyond my control, I ended up taking computer engineering.
I learned a lot, and my day-dreaming progressed. I was introduced to Mac OS X and Apple computers; I fell in love with them. I loved how beautiful they are and at the same time very functional. Ideas kept sprawling up in my head. The iPhone was introduced, and that moment was amazing. The ideas in my head exponentially grew.
Not until recently have I had the real intense desire to just do it. The talk by Jack Dorsey at Stanford was one of the stimuli for me to just go and do it. He mentioned in the talk that he had ideas, and he had to get it out of his head to see it on a surface that is not the mind. (You can watch the whole talk here: http://ecorner.stanford.edu/author/jack_dorsey) This blog is my way of doing that. I am not sure what the content of this blog will be but I hope it would be of help to someone, someday.