Simon Willison’s Weblog


Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

What are some creative ways to pitch a new initiative to my team without slides?

Use a whiteboard.

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Why are so many YCombinator startups focussed solving logistics, marketplaces or business problems rather than true hardcore engineering problems?

Because building a successful startup isn’t about solving difficult engineering problems, it’s about Making Something People Want. Customers pay for services that solve problems they have. They don’t care how hard it was to build.

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Is Quora an effective tool for participating in realtime conversations at SXSW?

Not really. Quora tends to deliberately under-emphasize the time aspect if when something was posted—I’m still seeing unanswered questions from SXSW 2011 popping up in my feed!

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