Nitpicking

Design

From a UX perspective, there are at least two kinds of nitpicking.

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We’ll Make It Right

Startups & Tech

There’s more power in these words than you might imagine.

Most customers understand, and even expect, some mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. What frustrates people isn’t the mistake, it’s the justification, the refusal to acknowledge the error, or the compounding of the error.

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A Boilerplate for Mostly-Static Websites

Front-End

This weekend I had the unenviable task of creating a mostly static website at the last minute.

The site needed to look nice and have some basic functionality, so I wanted to use LESS CSS and the more modern ES6+ version of JavaScript.

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Gimmicks vs Hooks

Growth Hacking Startups & Tech

When developing a marketing strategy, it’s important to know the difference between gimmicks and hooks.

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Shortcuts

Startups & Tech

Most shortcuts are more trouble than they’re worth.

When you’re stuck in an Uber with a driver using Waze, zipping in and out of side streets to save a minute here and a minute there, you’re liable to get there slower than you would have otherwise.

It might seem faster, and occasionally it actually is, but most of the time you hit more lights, more stop signs, and more traffic.

When your business takes shortcuts, the same thing happens.

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Resilience

Personal Growth

Many of us agree I can’t is one of the worst phrases in the English language.

But how many of us have spent enough time developing the resilience to say I can even after we fail time and time again?

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JavaScript Filters

Front-End

I’ve you’ve ever had to store some data for a simple, mostly-static website, the JavaScript filter function is extremely helpful.

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Breakthroughs

Startups & Tech

Seth Godin writes that breakthroughs lie in the area between “unexpected, yet totally plausible.”

This is a smart insight, and it got me thinking about the conditions necessary to achieve breakthroughs on a team.

In my experience, the teams that achieve frequent breakthroughs are the ones that have:

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Rethink

Startups & Tech

Stuck. Frustrated. Banging your head on the table. We’ve all been there.

Getting unstuck is often a matter of getting perspective.

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Dealing with Setbacks

Personal Growth

We’ve all heard that setbacks are opportunities.

Think of setbacks as learning opportunities is a useful trope, albeit a tired one.

But there’s little good advice about how to recover quickly from a setback.

Here are a few tactics that work for me:

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