Have to say this was a fairly weak interview by Jimmy Fallon. Sean Parker has so much more to offer, especially given they have 45 minutes.
It’s late on Sunday afternoon and I’ve reworked this post for about 4 weeks now. Its come along way (I think). I will say that I’ve got a lot of things going on today which are beating me down a little. However, there comes a point in the life of every entrepreneur (still not sure on the title thing, but you get the idea) when you finally have to decide who gets what. You’ll try to put it off, as I have, but it will eventually come to head. As much as we’ve all tried to avoid the conversation, my team and I have arrived at that, possibly uncomfortable, place.
Software should never be a closed system. I believe that if you’ve truly built something great, you should share it with the world. That’s what our APIs allow us to do. They give others the power to leverage the system we’ve built so they can make bigger and better things. Through the adaptation of others, both our system and theirs become successful. A strong set of APIs is one of the best marketing tools you’ll ever build.
And that’s why they’re so central to this project. We’re working on a core of APIs that will give our users access to a whole host of functions they can use to build their own applications. Our system will support other developers from day one, and through continued feedback, we’ll keep improving upon the foundation we’ve built.
Some of you are probably wondering what I think about outside investment. Is it a good option for this project? Would it help speed us along, or would it give us a whole new set of problems. From my perspective, I can’t say it wouldn’t help us, but I also wouldn’t say we’re “in the market.”
Don’t get me wrong. It all helps. But at this point, my team of developers has been working on this project for so long that nobody quite matches their level of expertise. Yes, we could bring on more people, but I think it will actually extend the time it takes to get our first release. Here’s why.
Ever since I was a child, I’ve looked up to people who do great things. In my younger years, they were professional athletes, those who, through the force of their own will, make things happen in spite of all that is going on around them. I’ve always wanted to be that decisive, to know exactly what to do and execute it when the time is right. No fear of consequences. Just pure action.
Well the usual story of writing things down has hit me today. I’ve left this so-called journal alone until now as I’ve had my head in all directories lately.
My mind is swimming with ideas and burning with frustration this morning. I just saw the thing I didn’t want to see, and it’s exactly what I feared most. Just a few months ago, I thought we were on the right track with this project, and it didn’t seem as though there was much competition. However, after doing a little research as of late, it looks like other guy is ahead. Not by a long shot, mind you, but he’s definitely got more momentum than we do. So what you might say. I suppose I’m not really saying anything but painting the picture in my head about this.
Here is an interview with Jack Dorsey, the creator, co-founder and chairman of Twitter and the CEO of Square, by Kevin Rose.
I was glued to this from start to end. I can’t say that it was visually appealing, and maybe a mp3 version of this would have been fine, however it did cement a few things in my mind for me.
Ideas are only ideas. This little project that I’m working on is an idea. It’s an idea I came up with nearly 12 months ago. I floated it past several people but then was shocked that they didn’t get as excited as I was. Somewhat deflated after that – but the breakfast made up for it. By the way, I love doing meetings at breakfast time. Damn I digress. Needless-to-say I kept at it.
Editing the team.
I’m not sure if I actually like that phrase. But I think you get what Jack meant. I like using the phrase,
Getting the right people on the bus.
He does make a good point though. Its clear that you must keep refining and making the changes to get the outcomes that are required. Sometimes, I’m sure, could be a little hard to make however they are needed.
We’re working on our prototype at the moment. This is really checking (validating) what I was thinking. The good part is – it does work.
You can make a thousand excuses and it will never happen.
This is probably the biggest (and hardest) part for the team. We all have jobs that are paying the bills. Motivation for me isn’t hard to find. I’m always excited about this although having the financial constraints is sometimes a huge balancing act. The team know that it’s going to be hard though it can will be very rewarding.
I still can’t believe nobody’s doing this. Why hasn’t anyone thought of my idea? I know what you’re thinking, and it’s not what you think. I’ve done my due diligence here. I’ve scoured every online and offline resource I know of. I’ve asked every one of my friends in high places, and not one of them has ever heard of this idea. I know it sounds pretentious and downright annoying to be talking like this, but I seriously don’t get it. Could I really be the first person to think of this?
As part of the hype and success of Apple’s iPad launch here in Australia I was fortunate to have a chat with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell about the iPad.
But really, where does the iPad and photography fit in? My initial thoughts for the device is its great for impromptu meetings and being able to show people your portfolio of work. The screen size is perfect for that.
Secondly, being able to have a device that will take notes from meetings. Some may think that is fairly mundane, however, the goal is always to find the notes a few weeks/months later. Maybe there will be a better application coming for meting notes? One that will sync’ to all you machines via the cloud.