I sat nervously at the top of the mountain with a snowboard, staring down a
double black diamond that seemed to trail off into nowhere. The icy wind
biting at my face as I grit my teeth and reminded myself that, “speed is my
friend.” Speed provides agility to instinctively maneuver, trusting myself
and others around me as I navigate my way down. The second I start to slow
down or overthink the situation, I’ll find myself with a face full of snow.
Similarly, this concept of speed and agility can be applied to building
products that customers love — move faster than the market and continually
adapt as you learn. If it’s not slightly uncomfortable than you’re not
moving fast enough.
Don’t strive for perfection or hide behind the comfort of a plan —
instead optimize for fast decision making, disciplined focus and speed of
experimentation and learning. When you inevitab... (more)
Note: Originally Posted to www.stacki.com
Every technology market has a set of questions that is good to have on hand
when you look at the products that serve the market. This is true of every
space I’ve worked in, and true with every vendor I’ve worked for. The key
is that there are not golden answers to most of these questions. The
importance of a given question deeply depends upon your environment. With
that said, I’ll throw a bunch of starting questions out here, with the goal
of helping some projects get moving along a little faster. Remember to weight
these based on import... (more)
This slide presentation by Craig Balding is informative not only about Cloud
security but about Belgian beer also. And I have to tip my hat to anyone who
can do a full beer-themed presentation about Cloud security and not make a
corny joke about "cloudy" beer.
The slides are here:
Every year on March 17th, everything between 44th Street to 86th Street on
Fifth Avenue in New York City goes green! Book a hotel in New York City in
advance and be part of the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Nearly 150,000 people march in the annual parade, which starts at 11:00 a.m.,
with millions watching along the parade route and watching on television.
Though the parade is definitely a big party, it also has its somber moments.
A few years back, the parade was dedicated to the “Heroes of 9/11”
including fire, police, and rescue workers. Each year around noon, ... (more)
Storability 10 year Reunion
Years ago, a few buddies and I started one of the first cloud storage
providers. Of course, we didn’t call it cloud storage back then, but we
merry band of brithers (and sisters), we first generation Storage Service
Providers (1gSSPs) were cloud storage way before the cloud was cool.
All the 1gSSPs – StorageNetworks, ScaleEight, StorageWay, Sanrise, and
others – failed. The core problem was and still is that renting raw
capacity over the network is a lousy business model.
1gSSPs couldn’t sustainably buy their storage cheaper than their retail
customers ... (more)
When a client signs a contract with me for a web design, the first thing I do
is send them a three page questionnaire and request they answer as many
questions as they deem appropriate. This questionnaire helps me get inside
their heads and it helps me better understand their marketing objectives, the
opinion of their existing website, and their overall view of internet
I ask a lot of questions about the current and future state of their sales
process and marketing programs. While these questions are informative, I
definitely have a few questions that are my favorites... (more)