Brent Simmons

I was sorting out some old ‘notes to self’ and came across the quote at the bottom of the post. No attribution – but I liked it – and obviously I liked it at the time – which is why I saved it.

Thanks to the power of the interwebs – I found the source … and it was written when Brent Simmons sold NetNewswire to Black Pixel back in 2011.

I still track Brent and his writings – part of the cadre of thinking ‘renaissance people’ that I trip across as I wander through life.

Funny – looking at the date, it will be 2 years – very soon – and just a month later Google will be shutting Reader down. So it got me to wondering what NetNewswire will do at that point.

Here is the start of the answer

Of all the many, many things I’ve learned in the past nine years, it’s that the best part isn’t money or winning awards or the small fame that comes with a successful app, it’s when people write to say they love the software.

Personal Magazines at Flipboard are really quite cool – BUT – what is truly interesting is how they are absolutely rejecting the idea of any web presence – or even EMail push …. you gotta to go get their app to experience.

So – two thoughts

1) They havent yet got round to thinking about the web – or never will because that is not where they see the future … or

2) The have no intention of doing that – because they have some deep nefarious reason for keeping you in their walled garden.

The jury is out.

This abundance leads to two races.
The race to the bottom is the Internet-fueled challenge to lower prices, find cheaper labor, and deliver more for less.
The other race is the race to the top: the opportunity to be the one they can’t live without, to be the linchpin we would miss if he didn’t show up.
The race to the top focuses on delivering more for more. It embraces the weird passions of those with the resources to make choices, and it rewards originality, remarkability, and art.

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When the dust settles I really need to get my head around Dave Winer’s River …..

Read his latest article here

I just love this quote;

We are not making blogging tools. We are making software for creative people — writers, designers and programmers. Inevitably that means it will connect to blogging systems, because blogs are fixtures in the world of 2013 and beyond.

Oh – and by the way …. “phew”

Have less customers, reduce your support, make more money – all you have to do is double your product price. I have been thinking about software pricing for a variety of reasons recently – and just came across this. … have a read, and then let’s discuss. I think there is more to be thought through and more to discuss – but a FLYING start.

Killer Sales… good post from Ian Gotts – co-author with Dominic Rowsell. As someone who has read every book by Geoff Moore

note, NOT

… gosh – isn’t life complicated these days …


Personally, I am delighted to keep coming back to this book – that when I first heard about it said “oh – like Chasm for Sales” … apparently yes.

Promise to self – write a full post on this later.