You're Always Going to Trash Your First Startup

Ignorance is bliss. I sat there, deep in thought. Perhaps there was some other way to monetise? There must be. There must be some avenue that I hadn't explored yet. After all, this problem was pretty trivial and I felt like my brain should be up to the task. I…

The Price of Success

It's easy being the underdog. I don't say everything I'd like to. Not any more. There was a time when I could tweet or write anything about anyone and feel good about it. When you're the little fish in the big pond you don't have anything to lose. You see…

The Anatomy of a $300,000 Kickstarter Campaign (I)

A little over a year ago I successfully funded a new publishing platform called Ghost on Kickstarter. If you're interested in the back-story, I've covered that in a 5-part series which starts here. This is the story of my experience running a crowdfunding campaign. The good, the bad, and the…

Jumping The Gun

It has become a bit of a disappointing trend in recent years that whenever [big company] does anything with [small company], total outrage about their motivations ensues. Examples? Sparrow, Skype, Yammer, Instagram, Nest, WhatsApp and, most recently, Oculus Rift. All of whom were acquired by either Facebook, Google or Microsoft…

Part V: Preparation for Trial by Fire

The follow on from Part IV: Let's Talk About JavaScript As February slowly laid its head to rest and March awakened from a deep and lonely sleep, a new dawn and a new day arrived for the Ghost project. The only thing more terrifying than the prospect of the software…

Part IV: Let's Talk About JavaScript

The follow on from Part III: From Fiction to Function The transition from year to year is always a weird one. Everything sort of goes to shit around December 16th and doesn't really recover until a full month later. If you can even remember what you were working on. Between…