First off, the title is meant to get a point across. The statement of Microsoft Excel being the world’s most used database may or may not be true, but it would be a fair statement to claim that “An alarmingly large number of individuals use Microsoft Excel to store non-numeric arrays of information that should probably be stored in a database / be created by a simple web application”. Despite all of the technology advancements we have today there is still no solution for the age old problem of using Microsoft Excel as a database for keeping track of information and basic businesses processes. The logic behind this post has been in my head for years, but the inspiration for it finally came about when I was sitting in on a pitch an entrepreneur was giving to my friend Adam at True Ventures. Part of the conversation went something like…Continue Reading
There’s been a lot of discussion going on whether Facebook is an evil company. There’s also a lot of talk going on about whether Zuck knows what he’s doing or if he should step down. I don’t really plan on discussing those issues since it’s not my place. Zuck’s done a great job carrying the company to 500 million users and he doesn’t need someone else piling on. What I do want to discuss are the five suggestions that Calacanis put forth at the end of his most recent post. They are insanely important issues and great suggestions whether I agree with all of them or not. These suggestions boil down the industry’s frustration with Facebook. Add an export key. I don’t care about features. I care about benefits. Adding an export key is a feature. The notion behind this makes tons of sense, but Facebook is already doing this in…Continue Reading
I’m a big believer in having a product driven culture over suits and finance people making decisions. Zuck promoted Bret Taylor to CTO today at Facebook, which I think is a really smart move. I read an internal email that was sent to everyone from Zuck, and something stuck out at me: …Although, to be honest, Schrep, Cox, Bret and I all sit in the same pod so you can pretty much grab any of us at the same time. That’s right, the CEO sits with the product guys and the CTO. Not by himself and certainly not with a bunch of traditional “managers”. Companies stay great by having their leader right next to the product. This fact alone makes me even more bullish on Facebook for the long term.