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Archive for September 2012

Alphas Are Experiments

Cute-Fight is currently in private alpha. That means the whole site is locked behind a password, and you have to request an invitation to join. People often think that a private alpha is just cover for an unfinished product, but that’s wrong. A private alpha is an experiment with a specific goal. And like any good experiment, it starts with a hypothesis, and failure is a valid result.

Starting Up: Nobody Go Near A Bus

When is that last time you felt completely irreplaceable at your job? Like the company’s life or death depended on you doing your very best work?

Starting Up: The Love

Most startups fail, so you might as well spend the time working on something you enjoy, just in case you succeed.


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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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