Links and nuggets 23 Feb 2014

Customer Development Labs
Looks almost like a step-by-step to getting interviews with potential customers by cold emailing them. Could be worth the effort.

Mach Form
I recently crafted an online survey to validate an idea for a business that I had. I used Google Forms and found a tutorial that walked me through hosting it, completely customized, on an independent site. I spent way too much time jerking around with customizing Google’s source and making the form look pretty and functional. I could have solved my problem using Mach Forms and will definitely use this product in the future.

Links and nuggets 19 Feb 2014

The Hackers guide to getting press
This was a link I found on Reddit where he claimed a friend of his took his methods and managed to get some press in Time magazine for his little startup. Cursory overview, the approach seems logical.

Startup idea evaluation framework
Ran across this a few weeks ago, but something tells me he’d be a good guy to work with.

Ok… this here is nothing but pure entertainment. But… it’s not mindless entertainment. I can see a use for this. 😉

Take your Startup to the next level from Sadek on Vimeo.

Need a co-founder for your idea? Start here.
I have no idea how useful or successful an idea like this is (co-founder dating), but I really like the concept of being able to find someone useful at key stages of your growth / validation. I dunno… looks like the front page hasn’t been updated in a while. Same 2 guys are featured as were last week.

Pitch Envy
Want to see what a nice “pitch” deck looks like? Check these out. I walked through quite a few and they were simple, easy to read, get to the point very quickly, and all have some common elements.

Wow. This looks fantastic. Hope they open the doors soon. I can’t tell you how many times I just wanted to check out a reasonable example of how to code something, but had to wade through a bullshit narrative describing every single step or endure the first 60 seconds of a Youtube video where I’m introduced to the human and told what I already know… what you’re going to show me. I can read code… just show me the syntax I’m screwing up.

This is just a cool-ass concept. Limited to the Netherlands however.

Links and nuggets 18 Feb 2014

It occurs to me that the bookmark folder on my browser of choice is completely and utterly useless. I so rarely ever dive into it that I actually had a shortcut to an old Geo Cities page. Since I find myself consuming enormous amounts of information regarding startups and the startup culture through blogs and social sites, it makes more sense for me to catalog them here in my own blog where I can sort them by date, category, and relevance.

This is the first of such entries I hope to make habitual.

 35 habits most productive people do
As someone who has abysmal productivity habits and is regularly sent scurrying down numerous rabbit holes every day, this is a nice graphic that identifies a lot of obstacles.

Interview with Buffer founders

This interview, and the subsequent blog links, blew me away this morning. It’s refreshing to see such openness and I’m considering how I can incorporate this degree of transparency in any business I pursue. Video is definitely “must see” if you are at all interested in startup culture. Here’s a post about their numbers. Here’s what they pay their staff (and how the formula they use).

Google Analytics Tips

Dashboard and report templates you can drop into your own account

5 Essential Analytics Reports for UX Strategists


A nice utility to help you form better, more concise, easier to read narratives. I found this particularly useful when choosing specific wording of survey questions.


A very useful app for prototyping or creating a wireframe of a new application. I didn’t dive into it really deep so I can’t tell you if it has click-able functionality, but I like it better than the Axure thick client.