It Will Be Exhilarating
Studio Neat, the guys who made the Glif and Cosmonaut, wrote a little book, It Will Be Exhilarating, about how they got started. It’s a quick read and has a lot of good info about having a Kickstarter project. It’s only $5, and you can read it on your iPad, Kindle, iPhone or computer. Enjoy.
Earlier this week Yahoo! announced their latest endevour, the Axis “Search Browser”. Before I get into the “what I don’t like” part of this post, I’ll start with something more on the positive side. Right now Axis is listed as the twentieth most popular free app on the App Store, much higher than any other alternative to Safari. It could be because it’s something new, but it could also mean that people are ready for a new browsing experience.
While Axis employs a new take on searching for content on the web, it misses the mark with its mobile apps by staying true to the same old browser paradigms.
Dustin Curtis makes an observation that is central to our argument about mobile web browsers.
A group of people at Yahoo, including engineers, designers, and product managers had to conceive of, design, and build this product, which works basically identically to browser toolbars from the early 2000’s.
Every browser that has been concieved, for the iPad in particular, is a branch off the Netscape Navigator tree. They all share some pretty common elements:
- Navigation buttons
- Buttons to go home and refresh the page
- A place to type a URL
- A place to search (sometimes these last two are the same)
These things take up space. These things distract you from the content that you are trying to consume. These things were made for a mouse. Most importantly, these things were made for a desktop experience.
We belive that we are building a better browser for your iPad. We can’t wait to share it with you.
First the great news, Yagglo won Philly Startup Weekend. I’m having trouble taking it all in. The amount of support Yagglo recieved was incredible, and I wish I could personally hug everyone who is showed us love. It feels really good when people love something that you put your heart into. It’s the greatest gift any creator can recieve.
I would like to thank a few people, first my team:
Mike Kolb produced amazing iOS dev work in only 2 days. The other incredible thing is that he only started learning iOS developement 5 weeks before. Awesome.
Harland Pond made those beautiful posters that everyone was talking about. He was able to focus on where to market Yagglo and really polished the business model. Money.
The other helpful people:
Gloria Bell offered great marketing advice and helped us focus our approach.
Thanks to the Judges for picking us :)
Kevin Jackson gave me the best design critic ever. I loved his ideas, and come on, that beard is awesome.
Last but not least, Kevin Griffin. I met Kevin at Philly Cocoa Heads where I initially showed what I was working on. He came up to me right away and said I should go to Philly Startup Weekend. Without him, I would have never signed up. Thanks dude, I owe you a beer.
Thanks to the other countless people and coaches who came over to see what we were working on and gave great feedback. I know I am probably missing people here, I’m sorry. I suck. I will give you a big hug next time I see you.
So, what’s next? The weekend was fun, we celebrated, but now it’s back to work. None of this matters if we don’t finish what we started. Don’t be suprised if we are quiet for a bit, that means we are working.
Since Friday night, we have been at Philly Startup Weekend. Our team was formed and we have been working like crazy since. We have designed the most elegant way to browse the web. A lot of progress has been made, but we still have work to do. Big pitch tomorrow :)