If I pointed you to this post it was because you either came up to me after a panel, or you pinged me asking to meet or talk (or have coffee, etc.), or I wanted to share with you how & why I like to answer questions so others can benefit.
I'm always looking for ways to gain and share knowledge in efficient ways. In the spirit of my posts on knowledge building and creating process (and even making a process for process), I've created a process to have interactions in ways that are efficient for all of us, and build knowledge for everyone whenever possible:
If you'd like to have a conversation on any topic, the absolute best way is to write a post in the community section of my blog.
I am really working to build this blog as a resource to entrepreneurs, and your participation means a lot to me. You can also post comments on any blog post -- I'll read & respond to each one. I'll dedicate much more time to conversations that happen on my blog, because everyone can benefit from the knowledge sharing. I greatly prefer to have these conversations in public when possible because the conversation becomes part of a public knowledge base that anyone can learn and benefit from -- this is part of the reason I said that Henry Ford would love blogs. Plus, it's part of our company manifesto to capture content (point #13!) If you're asking me something sensitive, you can just use a 'thowaway' username to keep yourself anonymous.
Sometimes I invite people to have lunch at our office in San Francisco, where we cater lunch for our employees. If we have a good conversation in the comments section of the blog and want to continue it in person, company lunches are typically a great time for me to do that and I'll invite you to join us.
If you don't want to have a public conversation, then it becomes much harder for me to dedicate my time to helping you privately. I encourage you to just anonymize any issues you're dealing with as much as possible so you can post them in the community section of my blog vs. insisting on a private conversation.
I hope you can help me build a public knowledgebase to benefit others going through the same experiences as we are.
And while I'm at events, I always try to capture the content from an event. Why have the content from a great event sit only inside the heads of those who were there, when if just one person captures the content, it can be shared with the world?
Here is a post showcasing the sub-$500 rig I use to capture content at conferences, panels, and any other public event I attend. I typically just set the camera up in the back of the room, or on a chair next to me. People look at me in a strange way when I set the camera up, because it's not yet culturally accepted to capture content. But I know that while I may be getting a strange look at that moment, the reality is that I'm capturing content that nobody else at the event is capturing, and I'm sharing it on this blog for someone like you to be able to learn from it, and that makes all the strange stares worthwhile!
Appreciate your willingness to publicly share and build knowledge bases. I'm not an entrepreneur. I'm an educator trying to decide how you create curricula in a world when almost anything can be googled, wiki'd, UTubed, or whatever. Of course you can't. Everyone has to figure out what they need to know, then try to find it. Programmers occasionally have an advantage since bits and bytes are sort of a native tongue, but even the best programmers aren't always great analysts, logicians, or listeners. The internet allows those who understand it to share what we know. Thanks for your willingness to participate in a world where all of MUST know how to operate on multiple platforms, native or not.
Listening to your PC Users Guide to the Mac with one eye, as I write this. I've been bi-platform most of my life, since I'm not a programmer by choice. One pays the bills, one allows me to communicate in whatever media is most appropriate.
[email protected] AKA Jill Frazier
Jill, I'd imagine it's a brave new world for educators!
I definitely have some opinions about this topic, from a non-educator's perspective.
One is that in a world where information is everywhere, the skill that really matters is being able to find the right information at the right time to make the optimal decision. It's almost more of a 'discovery' problem than a 'knowledge' problem. Being able to find and evaluate information when faced with a decision to make an intelligent choice is a skill on its own, and it's not one I see being taught in schools.
Secondly, being able to use a computer efficiently is a skill that I don't see taught either. As knowledge professionals, we sit in front of this box all day, so we should at least be able to use it effectively. Much more on that at http://go.DanielOdio.com/instrument .
Best of luck and thanks for reading!
You're so right. Critical Thinking skills are imperative. And I'll definitely check out your instrument link above. The problem with mass curriculum development is that most learning is highly individualized.
Do you believe that Open Source has a future in a capitalist society?
Happy 2014. I hope that your new adventures in business are exciting and allowing you to show up passionately.
I wanted to pick your brain about the App Builder market. With App Makr your team did a great job of building quite the customer base and community. And from what I understand, that was over the course of a couple years.
If you were to do it all over again, would you do things differently? Did you see the demand for the platform growing or slowing down?
It seemed that you were targeting the non technical consumer. Someone that could drag and drop their ideas into App Makr and produce an app. Do you see the market wanting higher level builders and tools? Or do you still see the market you were (or would) targeting wanting so simple that anything extra or complex would not fly?
Would you offer more training? Or build a more depth community? Or would keep things the same?
As a fellow executive in the field, I would love to have an open discussion with you about what people want and how to get it to them at the lowest cost. At the end of the day, we want to support entrepreneurs in creating a life of their dreams, that allows them to show up passionately each day.
How would you disrupt the market if you were to do it all over again?
I don't believe it's a good time to get into the "app creation as a platform" business. There are already really established players (like AppMakr and others). However, I do see a related opportunity:
We're in a "tweener" period with mobile apps. We're getting past the initial hype and honeymoon period of just having an app. But we're not yet to the point where SMBs (or many larger companies, for that matter) find it valuable to create a direct mobile channel with their users. I've said in the past that I believe that CEOs are going to be fired for missing the huge mobile opportunity, what I'm calling the "mobile crush," and it's already started happening, but your average business owner doesn't yet feel a pressing need to go mobile.
A few years ago, I did a screencast about the rise of data mashups, and I've also talked about the rising prevalence of APIs. The opportunity I see today is to build an app platform that built to interface with these APIs, specifically from peripheral devices, which includes inexpensive monitors, wearables, etc.
Today, a plumber doesn't have much reason to build a mobile app. But if he could install an inexpensive monitor in the pipes to give him a health reading on things like a) water composition (is there lead or bacteria in the water?), water pressure (has a pipe burst?), pipe temperature (is a pipe about to freeze?) then these things would give him lots of excuses to interface with his customers more. He could build an app that a) notified him when these things were about to happen, and/or notify the home or business owner when there were issues. He could proactively replace things that were about to break. And he could do so many things with this from a business perspective! One easy example: "Sign a year-long contract with me and I'll come out before you even know you have a problem, within 30 minutes of me being alerted by my monitors." It's almost like one-click ordering for a service. Just set it and forget it, and he has great justifications to go onsite much more often.
Same idea with an HVAC company. They could monitor the health of the HVAC system and tell a building manager that their A/C was about to break in the middle of summer, replacing it proactively so the building's tenants weren't left sweltering in the heat.
At some point, these devices will become smarter on their own. It's a $32 trillion industry called the Internet of Things. And when they become smarter on their own, it's most likely that the device manufacturers themselves will be the ones making the apps for owners of those devices to interface with them. The Nest smoke detector is a great example, as is the Automatic dongle that fits into a car's OBD port. So at some point, as these devices get smarter, it'll be more about just creating APIs that can interface with the devices.
But the opportunity I see now is for a company to do a software + hardware hybrid. Possibly using 3D printing technology. Because a plumber, or an HVAC company, or whatever other business owner that can do these things today, 10 years before everyone else is doing them, will have a massive differentiator over everyone else.
Hope that helps!
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I am diving deep into some of the things that you talked about. I totally agree about your feedback... and I especially like the idea of combining the use of API's with the massive growth potential in the Internet of Things.
Looking forward to connecting with you when I am in SF and we can meet up at Fact o ry
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Good morning Daniel. My friend, Brian,and I had this idea for app that would turn off the text capability of a smartphone once your vehicle is traveling over 10 mph. Our thought is we could market this toward parents of teenagers or insurance companies.
Neither one of us is technical. An off the cuff quote we received from a local developer was for "$50,000 maybe more "
I was able to read your bio last night and understand you started a company called AppMakr. Could we use AppMakr to accomplish our task?
Thanks @billmcneely [email protected]
Bill, since the SMS functionality is built into the phone at the operating system level, it would be hard to impossible (depending on the platform) to block it from the app level.
My guess is we'll see the OS' start to have this functionality over time, as regulatory pressure forces them to do so.
Hi Daniel. Its been some time since we worked together (I was at Medialets). I just moved back to SF and would love to reconnect. are you in town next week?
Hi there, Daniel! I'm sure you probably don't remember me, but we spoke a few times when you were focused on real estate in the DC area (I am the founder of the GCAAR Young Professionals Network committee). I happened across this site while looking at a blog post on a WordPress app and realized that you moved to California. Nice! I'd say good luck, but I feel like you don't need it, LOL! Too bad we never met face-to-face... seems like we have a lot of common interests. I tried to add you on Facebook to talk there, but couldn't find you.
I love your idea of capturing content for knowledge building and sharing.
As the tech guy of a 2 person startup, what would be the no.1 thing I should do for content capturing?
The content capturing I am thinking of is mainly in the following areas:
Technical knowledge. E.g., step by step how-to for software like Jenkins. Articles on best technical practices/tools best aid startups. How-to for Design related
Startup knowledge. E.g., my own interpretation of articles by Eric Ries, Jason Cohen, Daniel R. Odio, etc
Domain knowledge. E.g., my startup focuses on digital publishing and graphic novels, so any useful knowledge native to these 2 areas that are not obvious to outsiders.
My current brain dump is in several places like Google Docs, Tumblr drafts, Wordpress drafts, Evernote, etc.
Hi Daniel - in the UK just now, returning to SF on Aug 24th. Let me know when is a good time to connect on the phone before then. I'm on PST-8hrs
Hey Martin, is it possible for us to have a convo in the community section before we jump on the phone? Just post your questions to www.DanielOdio.com/community and I'll put some time into getting you answers. I much prefer to do it where others can benefit from the knowledge sharing, hope you understand.
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Jim Hopkinson, Wired.com's Marketing Guy and creator ofThe Hopkinson Report, recently interviewed me for his Hopkinson Report podcast. Here's a Tweet of Jim's about the Podcast, and another one about my social media hardware bag and another on my blog posting about how to hire people effectively.
Here is a transcript of the Podcasts
I'm thrilled that Tynan is coming to you with two things -- first, he's offering a breakthrough session through GiveGetWin. It's geared around doing more of the kind of excellent work you want to do, becoming more internally focused with your emotions, having a more enjoyable life, building great habits, and producing a lot of value in the process. There's five spots, so check it out now.
Second, we have this wonderful tour-de-force interview: it starts by covering how Tynan made the shift from unfocused to focused, how to derive internal enjoyment from things, useful actionable exercises you can do right now, Tynan's method and mindset for producing creative work consistently, how to set up great habits and an excellent mental and physical work environment, and how to make blogging work and similar endeavors work for you.
Total Focus; Total Enjoyment by Tynan, as told to Sebastian Marshall
When I turned 30 and I had a minor freak out… I thought, "I'll be 40 in not long, and then 50… there's things I want to do in my life, and they're not happening at this pace."
Before that, I had a general idea of things I wanted to do and have in my life, but I went about in an unstructured way. It was good in a lot of ways. It made be a broad process, but not much depth.