People with undergraduate degrees and those with graduate degrees in business tend to have huge gaps in basic knowledge. This lack of basic education handicaps them. They can talk about products but they don’t really understand how products work. Their shallow knowledge about the functionality of products shows when trying to design or improve them. Probably the only exception to this is banking. As for the rest, a wider scientific knowledge is needed. When you study business you study the language of business, finance, accounting, marketing. But if you can build a product via your engineering skills, biomedical skills, coding skills, and on top of that you have a good command of the business language, then you are really in business.
First learn how things work, then how to create them, then how turn them into a business.People do not succeed talking about money, they succeed talking about product. Learn the language of product before learning the language of money.
- Culled from this awesome read: http://english.martinvarsavsky.net/general/learn-the-language-of-product-before-learning-the-language-of-money.html#sthash.dqtdn8AY.dpuf
I hate that word — ‘lucky.’ It cheapens a lot of hard work. Living in Brooklyn in an apartment without any heat and paying for dinner at the bodega with dimes — I don’t think I felt myself lucky back then. Doing plays for 50 bucks and trying to be true to myself as an artist and turning down commercials where they wanted a leprechaun. Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in and spits on that guy who’s freezing his ass off back in Brooklyn. So I won’t say I’m lucky. I’m fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me.
Peter Dinklage, actor in Game of Thrones
Now, that’s called INFLUENCE.
I have met insanely creative graphic designers for print. I am still yet to meet that Nigerian web programmer that is creating something wow – not by my standards but by Silicon Valley standards.
PHP is PHP everywhere, JQuery has no geographical bias. Why don’t we get to see more awesome we-did-it-first stuff from Nigerian developers – is question concerned people ask.
Answer: Show developers the money. Not motivation, but proof. Show them our own PayPal Mafia.
We are yet to see a developer do great stuff and get really rich on the basis of that (Instagram, Facebook et al).
We have had a few growth spurts (DealDey, Iroko, Jobberman et al), but the kind of success I am talking about here is "exiting" success either by going really profitable and paying dividends or an awesome sellout or an IPO.
Such kind of successes births virtual structures (like the PayPal Mafia) who now possess a strong commitment to creating more winning streaks and winners.
Once this happens, things would move very fast and crazy wow stuff will start coming out from Lagos and every other part of Nigeria where some cool kids are hacking away.
Let’s keep working at it. We will have our winners soon.
I just got this email purportedly from Google Adwords claiming I had $250 USD free credit.
Needless to say, I was joyed. I clicked on the link and it landed me on http://google-coupon.com/webmaster-tools_voucher-sign-up-2013-promo/ which looks like google.
The domain google-coupon.com looked strange to me and I did a quick who-is whic revealed that the domain was registered in Hong Kong (smiles).
I entered a wrong password and it took me straight to the real Webmaster Tools sign-in page.
To the uninitiated, don’t loose your account, don’t enter your password in such pages that don’t emanate from google.com itself. Better still, only enter your password on pages you initiate from the address bar.
P.S. I have communicated this to a Google official and also on Twitter.