In an interview that was widely covered on TechCrunch (and where I pulled these quotes from), Mark Zuckerberg offered some great insight into his early years in the Valley. Say what you will about the man (I’ve never seen the movie and don’t intend to), I’ve always found him to be a direct talker. People expect him to be Carol Bartz or Meg Whitman or even Jobs, but he’s a tremendous geek and not very smooth. He’s more like Bill Gates than anybody else. However, he applies the same level of transparency to his life that he expects of his userbase and for that, I do respect him. What did Zuck do yesterday? Look on his wall. What did Tom from MySpace or any other corporate celebrity do yesterday? Look at the ValleyWag rumor mill.
He had some good advice how to guide on how to handle acquisition offers, and gave interesting insight on how he kept his focus on building a lasting corporation despite a culture of “flipping companies”.
We really had one phase of this and the only reason why its’ this big story that everyone knows about us turning down a lot of money is because I messed up the process. It’s one of the biggest management mistakes I made through Facebook’s whole history. I learned a lot about the team at that time, and ended turning over a lot of that same team. I wasn’t in it for the acquisitions, and I wanted people around me who were in it for the long-term.
He also had this:
Once you have a product that you are happy with, you need to centralize things to continue growth.
So the fastest-rising (and most enduring) star of Silicon Valley tells us to focus on the long-term and build a culture of stability within your startup. Very, very wise words.
It’s April 2009 and most websites don’t support phone browsing very well. So you ask, “should mine”?
For now the answer is still “depends”. The first question you need to ask is who’s your audience?
To clarify what I’m talking about, here are two versions of the Facebook landing page. The one designed for the phone (left) lets you log in with no scrolling and is sans heavy images. The one on the right is being shown on a phone but was designed to display on a PC monitor which is why the user is forced to scroll around just to log in.
If you’re Facebook, where the age demographic skews well below the national average and the balance sheet bling screems louder than three schoolgirls on a roller coaster, designing for the phone is an obvious choice.
But maybe you’re an ecommerce site selling Jitterbug cell phones to the AARP crowd. Then the correct anyswer would be - – - that’s right, “no”. The jitterbug doesn’t support a browser and even if it did, the over 55 crowd isn’t hanging out at the mall updating their LinkedIn profiles on their cells.
But things aren’t always so obvious. Another tech savvy daddy chose not to create an iPhone version of their site. They’re that iconic company in Cupertino, California who owns apple.com. One thing’s for sure – it’s not due to lack of bling or any technical niavity that they skipped a customized phone version.
There’s a lot to consider when weighing the options. Do you need a phony website? Ask us. We’ll help you determine what’s right for your situation.
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