Spotting Early Engagement for Startups

I fish around many ideas and work with people on their own startups as well and the number one question on our minds is, “How do I get people engaged and interested?” Sometimes I feel like people give up too soon or are unwilling to adapt their idea or chase their audience. It’s also difficult to spot because at first traffic is quite low. Help, I’ve ran ads but I’m not getting any signups!

Chat Application Design

Chat applications have become quite popular these days. It used to be that us developers used IRC (internet relay chat). We still do of course, but applications such as HipChat, Slack, and Gitter are starting to slowly replace that. IRC historically had robust robots that would hang out in the channel answering questions and sending notifications. The problem was, IRC is kinda ugly. Not that we need anything pretty, but style is counting for a lot these days with developers who buy into the rock star image.

How Stripe Wins over PayPal

I’ve had such a horrible experience with PayPal recently that I thought it a good idea to share. First off, PayPal’s widely known for freezing money and all sorts of schenanigans. To be clear, I’ve never had issues with this personally. Though I do personally know folks who have had their accounts locked due to silly things like “brand association” and such (which ended up in demands from PayPal to have complete access to a company’s system!).

Buying Twitter Followers

I wouldn’t do it if I were you. While many people have noted that Twitter won’t exactly ban you for doing so (unless perhaps you generate enough media attention), it’s still not a good idea if you care about growing an audience. Sounds counter intuitive right? You might tell me, “Buying followers sounds like an amazing way to grow an audience! Look at the numbers!” Well… Here’s where I ask, do they listen or care about you?