Episode 125: Never Feeling Relaxed Again

Daniel and Manton announce the Core Intuition Job Board, marvel at the so-called “Presenter’s Paradox” as it may pertain to products, and discuss the weight of lofty ambitions on folks such as Glassboard’s Justin Williams.

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  • Core Intuition Job Board – The new job board for iOS and Mac Cocoa developers.
  • Presenter’s Paradox – Harvard Business Review article about the effect of “add ons” that don’t cut the mustard.
  • Glassboard – Justin Williams’s one-man social network.
  • Apportable.com – Cross-platform project enabling Objective-C apps that run on both iOS and Android.
  • The Cocotron – Christopher Lloyd’s ambitious cross-platform Cocoa implementation.

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February 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm.

Episode 124: Flappy Bird On Steroids

Manton and Daniel compare notes on the popular iOS games Flappy Bird and Threes, deduce lessons on the value of simplicity in apps, and weigh the value of iOS versions of apps as marketing for Mac software.

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February 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm.

Episode 123: Focus On Just One Thing

Daniel and Manton discuss 37signals becoming Basecamp, spreading one’s self too thinly, choosing a product lineup, time management, and App.net’s new Kickstarter-like system: Backer.

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  • Downton Abbey – The British period soap opera set in a very large house.
  • Two Big Announcements – 37signals announces its name change to Basecamp.
  • Basecamp.com – New site centered around, you guessed it, Basecamp.
  • Paper: Stories From Facebook – The new app from Facebook with a controversially generic name.
  • Black Ink – Daniel’s Mac-based crosswords app.
  • Gus Mueller – Our friend and the developer behind Flying Meat.
  • Flying Meat – Gus’s company, which recently changed its focus exclusively to Acorn .
  • VoodooPad – Gus’s former desktop wiki app, now a product of Plausible Labs .
  • Backer – New crowdfunding service from App.net directed at financing specific software features.
  • Kickstarter – The popular crowdfunding service geared more towards physical rewards.
  • My Nightmare App – Daniel’s 2006 critique of an overly-ambitious crowd-specified app design contest.

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February 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm.