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Archive for August 2012

Starting Up: Skate to Where the Puck Is

The best part about skating to where the puck is, is that, when it works, your community will tell you where they’re going. You don’t have to guess. You’re building something together.

Introducing Cute-Fight

Cute-Fight is designed to be surprising, adorable, and most of all fun. It’s full of amusing random delights. The web feels so damn serious these days. We just want a place that makes people smile.

Startups Are All About Timing

Lots of people have lots of ideas every day. Ideas aren’t the hard part, timing is. Good timing won’t guarantee success, of course, but you can’t succeed without it.

On Seeding Communities

I’d like you to hold two slightly contradictory thoughts in your head at once for a few minutes. They are: 1. One of the best things you can do for a new community is seed it with good stuff. And: 2. One of the worst things you can do to your community is lie.


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Hi, I’m Derek. I make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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