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Brandon Watson

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This is the first essay from the first chapter in my community book “The Failing Point” – essays will be published here online first, and I’m looking for feedback from the community.  The permanent site will be live shortly.  Each essay title finished the sentence “Under no circumstances should you…” — I can’t tell you how many great ideas I have had in the last decade. I am literally a legend in my own mind when it comes to creating awesome products that everyone in the world must buy. It seems like I have a new idea every day. Here are a few examples: Spinner rims for baby strollers A teddy bear with a beeper network activated voice box A book about the Internet for college kids A location based dating application for the iPhone An SMS based trivia text game Fleece gloves which are sleeve length Children’s utensils that have cars, trucks, boats built into the u... (more)

Chrome OS Screenshot Leaked

It’s Friday, and it’s sunny out here in Seattle, which means that no work will get getting done.  In lieu of work, I did some digging with my contacts on the interwebs, and it turns out there is are a couple of screen grabs of the new Chrome OS floating around out there.  I like how Google is taking their minimalist design philosophies for their search engine and applying it to their OS. At the very least, you can expect that the UI for the OS won’t change for 10 years, that the OS will work only about 80% of the time (the other 20% it’s will be working on some personal project... (more)

Awesome SEO Opportunity

Last week was a big traffic week for me.  I had a trifecta of posts that happened to pull in a bunch of traffic, which turned me into a stats addict.  In looking at the log files, I wanted to see where the search traffic was coming from and the associated search terms.  There was one that caught my eye, and I would love to know who this person is.  The query was: declined because of sat score pe firm “pe firm” means Private Equity firm.  So this person thinks they got declined from a PE firm because of their SAT score?  I am going to go out on a limb and say the SAT score had not... (more)

Unintended Consequences For Clunkers

I love it when I see a story or hear an anecdote that leaves me scratching my head wondering if there really was a different expected outcome.  The story from the NY Times which has the final numbers on the “Cash For Clunkers” program elucidates a dirty little secret. One of my investments, CarWoo, had the story about a month ago.  My buddy, and CEO, spent the weekend going around to dealers in the San Francisco area talking to dealers about CarWoo and how they might work together.  He put together a blog post with some observations from the weekend, and pointedly discussed the ... (more)

The Power of Social Media

This afternoon I was sitting in a meeting discussing a potential upcoming marketing campaign to target developers.  It’s a great concept, and I am looking forward to seeing it come to fruition.  However, during the course of the discussion, it became clear that ad buys would be the primary driver of traffic. My chief concern was that the developer audience uses ad blocker software at a higher rate than the general population.  We don’t have data on it, and no one was sure how to get it.  I asked the community at Hacker News, and was pointed to this posting about the downloads of... (more)