Donuts make everything better

A couple of years ago, my wife started a donut business. Her purpose was simple: make delicious vegan and gluten-free food that people liked for a reasonable price. She test marketed batches of donuts, did some product-market fit work by selling in batches to friends, and then opened a market stall in a farmer’s market…

Why Instagram Should Not Have Added Video

On the perils of changing an existing, highly engaging product. This is a response to this week’s Startup Edition question: “How do you build engaging products?” Facebook has a history of experimentation – changing things wholesale for large groups of users – and of changing the service so that it stays novel and rewards customer…

Getting 800+ People to Ride for Diabetes is cool.

800+ Raised 300k for Diabetes. Awesome. On Saturday, I rode as part of a group of over 800 cyclists who raised money for Diabetes research in the American Diabetes Association’s annual Tour De Cure event in Redmond, WA. This was the 10th annual Tour in Seattle, and we raised almost $300,000 for the cause. I…

I’m keeping my Instagram account: here’s why.

If you opened a web browser and saw the news today, you’d see outrage at the proposed changes to the Instagram Terms of Service, a response from the Instagram team, many people on many social networks vowing to move, archive, or otherwise change their photos in response. I’m not sure what your assumption was all along when…

Go to the fair – an American Pastime

Spend lots of money, ride some rides, and have a great time. Quick – when I say “cotton candy”, “Ferris Wheel”, and “Pig Races”, what do you think? If you’re like a lot of Americans, you think of a County or State Fair. But why should you care about such an event? It’s loud, noisy,…