“ The only problem with this explosion of parallax sites is that many are using the technology as an idea. It’s NOT an idea, it’s an execution.”
With the title of the talk being “Misconceptions of Internet Entreprenuership”, I was expecting some hard hitting chat about working all night and not expecting high valuations/funding without some serious pain. Whilst I’m sure Boris puts in more than his fair share of hours, this talk was refreshing for its sense of serendipity and his tales of how awesome life can be when you do it your way.
The top three things I took from his talk;
- it’s good to have a hangover when selling your company - you don’t want to come across as too keen
- don’t spend too much time worrying about what other teams have done and trying to replicate their behaviour - learn what works as you go
- just get started - being well funded can be a hinderance to getting something delivered.
On his theme of getting on with things, hacking stuff together and being as open as possible, he said he was a believer in “if you’re not embarrassed by your first product, you launched too late”.
Many thanks again to General Assembly London and in particular the charming Courtney Boyd Myers.
ps - if you’re ever stuck for time or in two minds when negotiating the sale of your company, put a one in front of the number and crack on!
“ I don’t care what happened 15 years ago. I care what you did yesterday, and last month, and last quarter, and last year.”
“ If Apple sold 1.1m fewer Macs year on year, that says to me, Microsoft need to start nailing it in mobile, or they are in big trouble.”
Witty parody Facebook ad from Donal Mulligan.
Along the lines of my thoughts on the Facebook ad, although could have made more of the ‘Facebook is like chairs because it sells information about you’.
“ Don’t build an app based on your website. Build the app that acts as if websites never existed in the first place. Build the app for the person who has never used a desktop computer.”
“ When I’m introspective about the last few years I think the biggest mistake that we made, as a company, is betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native… because it just wasn’t there. And it’s not that HTML5 is bad. I’m actually, on long-term, really excited about it. One of the things that’s interesting is we actually have more people on a daily basis using mobile Web Facebook than we have using our iOS or Android apps combined. So mobile Web is a big thing for us.”