Are entrepreneurs crazy, or just really—really passionate?

  What is an entrepreneur? To be clear when I say entrepreneurs, I’m not talking about small business owners. They are two different species. A small business owner could technically call themselves entrepreneurs, however the objectives and views tend to differ between the two. An example would be that a small business owner could just[…]

Great design equals a great UX… right?

No. Just Copy Path & Pinterest I enjoy using Path and Pinterest as much as the next person, however with all the aggregated attention that these indeed awesome products deserve, it unfortunately also fuels the false mindset that a great user experience is strongly correlated, aka 100% tied to a beautiful user interface, and thus[…]

Does your startup need a Product Manager?

What is Product Management? As defined by Wikipedia: Product management is an organizational life-cycle function within a company dealing with the planning, forecasting, or marketing of a product or products at all stages of the product life-cycle. The role consists of Product development and product marketing, which are different (yet complementary) efforts, with the objective[…]

Eight startup UX tips

Wireframes, site maps, flow diagrams, mockups, etc are all traditional documents that many people expect to receive from UX-ers in quantity while usually maintaining a high quality on aesthetics; however within startups, user experience practitioners need to be a-part of the team making the actual product and getting out of the deliverable’s business. Process and[…]

Why is your Minimal Viable Product (MVP) really just a PoS?

With all of the available buzzwords surrounding startup  enthusiasts, one of the top phrases is MVP: Minimal Viable Product. Although I do believe in the concept, it has gotten so popular that people are quick to use it without genuinely understanding it. With no fault to Eric Reis, as he’s clearly explained the idea of[…]

What Dexter teaches us about startups

In the awesome TV show Dexter Harry Morgan, a Detective, adopts a son, Dexter, who later becomes a textbook psychopath in which Harry then decided to teach the wayward Dexter how to manage his illness by a set of specific rules. While the show has its ‘only in Hollywood’ moments it’s a soon to be[…]

Agile, UX and Startups — oh my!

Finding a User Experience Designer for your startup Being apart of a startup is an exhilarating experience. If you love challenges and pushing yourself and failing  you’ll love being in an entrepreneur at a startup. Everyone on the team has to wear multiple hats, thus not excluding your user experience designer. Being the exclusive user experience person in a[…]

Cloud Out Loud Podcast via Engine Yard

[ Posted originally @ ] I was given the honor for being apart of the Cloud Out Loud podcast seriers from Engine Yard. For a bit under 20 minutes Chris Tosswill and I discussed what TripLingo is and what I do there, why I love mobile development, my longstanding passion for data driven design, and[…]