Customer Development Value Path

I am enjoying The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development (#tegtcd) and once in a while tweet a gem. One of the authors Patrick Vlaskovits, was kind enough  send me a set of diagrams from the book to use in my blog posts. So here is one – Value Path Template.

Context: MVP

Eric Ries’ original definition is “the minimum viable product is that version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.”

In the book, the authors talk about intermediate MVPs and final MVP. I have not heard of this concept earlier. Here is a diagram that shows a value path (increasing value to the entrepreneur as they go through MVPs).



Cloud Computing Links June 23, 2011

  1. InfoQ: The Current Status and Predictions on Cloud Computing from Cloud Leaders InfoQ: The Current Status and Predictions on Cloud Computing from Cloud Leaders Werner Vogels from Amazon and Satya Nadella from Microsoft talked about the current status of cloud computing, while Lew Tucker from Cisco and Jon Weinman from HP made some predictions on its future at GigaOM Structure Event. By …
  2. Gartner endorses private clouds — but not how IT usually defines it Gartner endorses private clouds — but not how IT usually defines it paging_filterThe message from Gartner analysts was “go private cloud” last week at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Management Summit 2011 conference. However, the same analysts emphasized that building a private cloud is more than just adding virtual …
  3. How to calculate the advantages of a private cloud to make a business case How to calculate the advantages of a private cloud to make a business case When it comes to justifying a private cloud strategy to executives, IT pros have their work cut out for them because of the confusion surrounding this platform. This expert e-guide highlights effective ways to calculate the …
  4. Amazon cloud users are leaving security holes, researchers warn Amazon cloud users are leaving security holes, researchers warn paging_filterResearchers in Germany have found abundant security problems within Amazon’s cloud-computing services due to its customers either ignoring or forgetting published security tips. Amazon offers computing power and storage using its infrastructure via its Web Services division. The flexible platform allows …
  5. Most IT pros don’t fear losing their jobs to the cloud Most IT pros don’t fear losing their jobs to the cloud paging_filterMost people in the IT industry are sure that enterprise cloud computing usage will double in the next two years. But they also feel that IT professionals will not be displaced from their enterprise jobs because of the cloud. …
  6. SITA partners with Orange to offer worldwide cloud service SITA partners with Orange to offer worldwide cloud service paging_filterAir transport industry IT specialist SITA will partner with network operator Orange Business Services to host cloud applications in six data centers around the world, the companies announced Wednesday. The companies expect the first three data centers, in Atlanta, Frankfurt, and …
  7. Microsoft: Cloud computing won’t hurt us Microsoft: Cloud computing won’t hurt us paging_filterCloud computing is widely perceived as a threat to Microsoft, because the maker of Windows and Microsoft Office earns the lion’s share of its money selling licenses for packaged software. admin
  8. New Cloud Security Book: Securing the Cloud by Vic Winkler New Cloud Security Book: Securing the Cloud by Vic Winkler It’s rare that I read a technical book straight through; I usually read key chapters and save the rest for later reference. But Winkler’s book, written by an accomplished and highly experienced security professional, was worth a complete read, cover …
  9. Plan Cloud Migrations Carefully to Avoid Finger Pointing Later: Expert Plan Cloud Migrations Carefully to Avoid Finger Pointing Later: Expert Organizations need to plan carefully how they transfer important IT resources and enterprise applications to the cloud to sidestep potential problems, according to one industry expert at a Ziff Davis Enterprise Digital University presentation. – Even though the cloud computing …
  10. Go from 200 servers to 10, while approaching 100% uptime. Go from 200 servers to 10, while approaching 100% uptime. Cloud computing is beginning to transform how IT pros view their infrastructure. Read this white paper and learn how turning to a private cloud environment helps transform your business. Published by: CA Technologies.
  11. Can you take cloud computing from ‘bleeding-edge’ to ‘leading-edge’? Can you take cloud computing from ‘bleeding-edge’ to ‘leading-edge’? Cloud computing is taking the IT industry by storm, but determining whether a private or public cloud is the right fit for your infrastructure is not always easy. This white paper highlights how third party vendors help organizations determine which platform …
  12. Javelin and Relay Media Coverage Roundup Javelin and Relay Media Coverage Roundup The advent of social (Relay) and mobile (Javelin) interfaces to LongJump’s PaaS and Online Database solutions has gotten some good write-ups by members of the technology journalists. Here’s a sample of who’s covered the release. David Carr at InformationWeek talked about how customers will …
  13. A field guide to the cloud A field guide to the cloud As the cloud landscape continues to grow, a new report from GigaOm asserts that hybrid clouds may be the most likely use case over the next few years.
  14. ITIL struggles to catch up with private cloud ITIL struggles to catch up with private cloud Framework needs to keep fit Data centres run on the back of good operational processes that are repeatable and trusted. IT management best practices have sometimes been criticised as being monolithic and failing to keep up with change. 26

Python/Django Links – June 22, 2011

Python

  1. FriendFeed Lives On (In Spirit): Tornado 2.0 Released FriendFeed Lives On (In Spirit): Tornado 2.0 Released When Facebook acquired FriendFeed in September 2009, my heart sank a bit. I was happy for those guys, but I knew FriendFeed would never be the same despite the talk of FriendFeed staying alive. Now, nearly two years later, it’s clear that …
  2. django-model-blocks 0.8.1 django-model-blocks 0.8.1 Simple filters and tags for generic Django model template partials
  3. asv_txt dev-20110621-01 asv_txt dev-20110621-01 This module helps you for attaching text fields to any django models through ContentType. In this fields You may use Creole wiki markup and some additional macroses, as <>
  4. django-couch-utils 1.1.13  django-couch-utils 1.1.13 Handy tools and helpers for django projects, powered by CouchDB
  5. heywatch 1.0.1 A python wrapper around the HeyWatch API
  6. py2pack 0.3.20 Generate distribution packages from Python packages on PyPI
  7. ete2a1 ete2a1rev381 A python Environment for Tree Exploration
  8. django-mobile 0.2.1 Detect mobile browsers and serve different template flavours to them.
  9. aino-utkik 0.7.2 Small, clean code with a lazy view dispatcher and class based views for Django.
  10. traits 4.0.0 Explicitly typed attributes for Python
  11. etsdevtools 4.0.0 Tools to support Python development
  12. twobitreader 1.03 A fast python class for reading 2-bit files (used by UCSC genome browser)
  13. aspen 0.10.14 aspen 0.10.14 Aspen is a Python web framework. Simplates are the main attraction.
  14. django-model-filters 0.8.0 django-model-filters 0.8.0 Simple filters for generic object template blocks
  15. datatree 0.1.8 datatree 0.1.8 DSL for creating structured documents in python.
  16. Planet Eclipse: Alex Blewitt: Git Tip of the Week: EGit Planet Eclipse: Alex Blewitt: Git Tip of the Week: EGit This week’s Git Tip of the Week is about using Eclipse with EGit. You can subscribe to the feed if you want to receive new installments automatically. (E)Git at Eclipse – a history This post is about using EGit in …
  17. smartmin 0.0.2 Scaffolding system for Django object management.
  18. Shed Skin 0.8 An Optimizing (restricted) Python-to-C++ Compiler
  19. gdspy 0.2.8 A Python GDSII exporter
  20. ServoCenter-3.1 1.0.0 ServoCenter-3.1 is a python module for interacting with the ServoCenter 3.1 USB controller board by Yost Engineering, Inc.
  21. django-inplaceedit 0.66 Django application that allows you to inline edition of some data from the database
  22. pyramid_formalchemy 0.4 FormAlchemy plugins and helpers for Pyramid
  23. jsonpickle 0.4.0 Python library for serializing any arbitrary object graph into JSON
  24. indextank 1.0.5 IndexTank API Client for Python
  25. pysignalsex 0.1.2 Signal dispatcher for Python, extracted from the Django framework. Extended to support a ‘capture all’ signal named any_signal.
  26. ProDy 0.7.2 A Python Package for Protein Dynamics Analysis
  27. python-novaclient 2.5.5 Client library for OpenStack Nova API
  28. pyDoubles 1.0 pyDoubles is a test doubles framework for the Python platform. Test doubles frameworks are also called mocking or isolation frameworks. pyDoubles can be used as a testing tool or as a Test Driven Development tool.

Cloud Computing News and Links – June 22, 2011

Links from Infostreams on:

Cloud Computing

  1. Virtualization And Cloud Security Startup Bromium Raises $9.2M From Andreessen Horowitz And Others Virtualization And Cloud Security Startup Bromium Raises $9.2M From Andreessen Horowitz And Others In March we wrote about new Andreessen Horowitz partner Peter Levine’s first investment for the fund in Bromium, a stealthy startup that was at the intersection of 1Csecurity and virtualization. Today Bromium is formally announcing the funding …
  2. Spring Framework founder: Java needs cloud accommodations Spring Framework founder: Java needs cloud accommodations paging_filterTo maintain its prominence, Java must evolve to meet the needs of cloud computing, the author of the popular Spring Framework for Java said on Tuesday. Java needs continued productivity increases and must accommodate nonrelational data stores like Hadoop to thrive in the …
  3. IDC: Cloud and HPC Pose Challenges for SMBs IDC: Cloud and HPC Pose Challenges for SMBs Cloud computing could help boost the use of high-performance computing (HPC) among small and medium-size businesses (SMBs), but there are hurdles that have to be overcome before that can happen, IDC (International Data Corporation) said on Monday during a presentation at ISC…
  4. The Business Case for Private Cloud The Business Case for Private Cloud The tone at last week 19s Cloud Expo in New York was markedly different from years past. It seemed like the wild-eyed optimism, rhetorical discourse and scholarly air of attendees caught in the honeymoon period of cloud computing had been replaced with a focused and …

My Ideal Twitter Client

Having used Twitter for a while, I am slowly reducing the amount of time I spend on Twitter clients. I feel some times that I am missing out on good stuff. I started thinking about an ideal Twitter client for my needs. Here is what I came up with.  Some of it is being done by other clients but I do not know of anything that does it all.

My ideal twitter client will have the following features:

  1. Gather all tweets from my timeline and store them in my own infowiki (and expand the links). Automatically link related tweets, retweets, conversations.
  2. Automatically select the ones I like and create a special page (based on my likes both implicit and explicit)
  3. Allow me to schedule tweets and repeat tweets (based on a set of rules)
  4. Will save my tweets in my infowiki
  5. Will track conversations around my tweets and my favorites in other places
  6. Let me easily tweet from any device with the same functionality
  7. Let me set rules for notifications, filtering, clustering, interlinking
  8. Let me tweet from multiple Twitter accounts
  9. Will bring back discussions around my tweets from FB and LinkedIn
  10. Create a trending topics page for me to view (it will look nothing like the stuff that Twitter does now) based on my interest graph
  11. Create a recommended list of people to follow (by using Twitter search to track my extended profile)
  12. Identify lists and influencers relevant to products/business
Can this be done? Sure. Does a client like this exist? I do not know. It will be nice project to try out a bit of text analytics, machine learning and a mashup using several APIs.

Why Bicycles are Faster than Cars

The model American male devotes more than 1,600 hours a year to his car. He sits in it while it goes and while it stands idling. He parks it and searches for it. He earns the money to put down on it and to meet the monthly installments. He works to pay for gasoline, tolls, insurance, taxes, and tickets. He spends four of his sixteen waking hours on the road or gathering his resources for it.

An interesting perspective. We can apply this to almost anything. The Spend Time effect. It is interesting to do it on several things you own.

Of Dead and Dying (industries)

The book publishing industry is dead and they don’t know it. Its like how the typewriter industry died. And how companies like Blockbuster and Borders can’t survive. And the entire music industry is dying. And broadcast television might be on the way.  And the tablet industry is the first sign that companies like DELL might be in major trouble. And companies like Sirius mean the radio industry is dead.

This blog is more about self publishing. But James A’s observations of various industries being disrupted is something worth noting (especially if you are in one of those industries). James blogs are great reads.

We are Unusal and We Like It That Way

Expect us to make ambitious bets on our future that distract us from our current business. Some bets we’ll get right, and others we’ll get wrong, but we think it’s the only way to continuously build disruptive products.

I loved this letter of the CEO. There is so much to learn. These are candid and very bold statements to put in an IPO letter. My favorites:

- We are always reinventing ourselves
- We are unusual and we like it that way
- Our customers and merchants are all we care about
- We don’t measure ourselves in conventional ways

What if every one of us have the courage to tell ourselves that we are unusual and like it that way or that we do not measure ourselves in conventional ways?