Among the top news stories on national news channels in Pakistan these days is the attack on popular Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir. Mr Mir became the victim of an assault in Karachi in which he was shot six times. Continue reading
I’m not sure how many of us are aware of the Net Freedom Case or more popularly, the Youtube case that’s ongoing in Pakistan. The case has been filed by Bytes for All, a non-profit organization that works towards securing digital rights and freedom of expression in Pakistan. The focus of the organization is on protection of human rights with respect to how they can be violated by the use of technology. Continue reading
I’m on the lookout for new apps everyday. Being a product person, I keenly observe the signup process, the getting started part, the overall experience of using an app. Continue reading
Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want. And every day you discover something new that is a new problem or a new opportunity to fit these things together a little differently.
And it’s that process that is the magic.
Steve Jobs on Product Design
Ideas that could get you thinking
Idealab, the most famous tech startup incubator in the world, just released a 90 minute video from their IdeaDay event last week. The goal with IdeaDay is to share 10 business ideas they’re excited about in the hopes that potential entrepreneurs, team members, and investors come forward to partner with Idealab in some way on them. Of course, the ideas are free and people can take them and run with them on their own as well.
Here are the 10 free business ideas from Idealab’s IdeaDay:
- Too Many Pictures – With digital pictures stored in so many places there’s a growing need to wrangle them all in a manner that’s more maintainable (e.g. photos on Facebook, Picassa, Instragram, Dropbox, etc)
- ActionMail – Interface with email in a more manageable manner through features like pulling questions out of email text and prompting for answers, prioritizing inbound email based on whether…
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Absolutely essential for any product is its story; the tale that can compel people to buy it.
“The art of narration and dramatic presentation, together with a keen sense of the oral epic style, became a characteristic quality of the Russian people.” —Vladimir Propp, Morphology of the Folktale
At the end of a week filled with product launches and press conferences, it’s hard not to compare those marketing events. Without even talking about the products, some were much more compelling than others. And it all comes down to the story that you tell, as a company. Failing at that task will greatly endanger your product.
Over the past few days, I had the chance to watch and write about iPad mini‘s keynote, attend Samsung’s Galaxy Note II launch event in New York, and go to Microsoft’s Windows 8 conference (and its secret Surface conference).
It’s no mistake that all of those things are happening at the same time. Even though Google had to reschedule
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