I’m sure most of you are familiar with Paul Graham’s well known essay, How to get startup ideas. If not, go read it. The main thesis is: The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It’s to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself. There’s a reason … More Theatres of the absurd: how to get startup ideas
Hello everyone! It’s been a while since last post, so I’m sorry about that, but for good reason. We’ve got a big announcement to make. The team at Backtrack is happy to say that later this fall we will be embarking on our first Kickstarter campaign, although we like to think of it as a collaborative crowd … More We’re doing a Kickstarter!
No time for a thoughtful post this week; sorry. But thankfully, the folks This American Life were kind enough to put one together for me. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/533/its-not-the-product-its-the-person This is their one-hour take on startups and how to pitch yourself; anchored, interestingly enough, around Alex Blumberg (formerly of Planet Money) in his own quest to start a … More Hey Alex Blumberg: coffee is for closers only
Recently while out running I’ve been listening to old episodes of Car Talk, with Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers that Americans will remember fondly from Saturday mornings on NPR. I wanted to share two reader-submitted letters that, while quite humorous, contain a great deal of wisdom relating to startups, ignorance, and the Modern Jackass … More Startup Wisdom from NPR’s Car Talk
Yesterday I had the pleasure of chatting with Alex Gramling on his podcast, Starting Good, about what we’re up to at Backtrack. Check it out here:
Watching Apple’s 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference, held this week, was a bit like getting a sneak peek into a general’s preparations for battle. As Apple versus Google (and Microsoft, and even Amazon) progresses from a cold war to a warmer one, it’s become routine to view every strategic release made by Apple through the New … More Apple gets aggressive with HealthKit
After quite enough time at our old cramped offices on Victoria Ave in Westmount, Backtrack finally moved, along with the rest of the Tandem Crew, to a big beautiful new space in St. Henri. We’re now located at 780 Brewster Ave., in a converted loft building that used to make biscuits a century ago. As it turns … More Office upgrade