Lou Reed Past away today at the age of 71. Didn’t know the man. Just his music. I’m sad today.
Here’s the best version of ‘sweet jane’ that I recommend. enjoy.
I had a bet with the marketing team that I alone can increase Totango LinkedIn followers by 500 people in a day.
Help me prove I’m right, by follow the link below and click the follow button:
We’re now using LinkedIn as the main channel for company news and updates, and promise only high quality content there…
I came across this great video. It’s a bit long – over an hour but genuinely make great points on the importance of caring about your customers, something I believe in with all of my heart.
Yesterday we’ve experienced probably the worse production down-time that we had since we’ve launched Totango. The intentions were good, we’ve upgrades a significant part of our infrastructure that we’ve worked on for months and unfortunately this upgrade didn’t go smooth…
We’ve been working around the clock to resolve the problem, and at the same time I felt that it’s important to openly communicate to our customers directly, with a message within the application, thru email to all of our admins, and on the company blog about the situation and to keep everybody up to date.
We’ve started getting feedback from our blog readers that we should have not have used public communication to report about the service problem. Some people of the team felt the same way, as this could very well become an ammunition to our competition, and may scare off potential customers who are in the process of evaluating our service.
This is a tough decision – how open and transparent should we really be?
I guess the world is divided into two camps:
- Information on a need to know basis
- Open and Transparent
Clearly, me and the team are part of camp #2. I believe that by being open and transparent, even at cases of failures, we will get credit for admitting to problems and resolving those.
However, option #1 should not be dismissed easily. There are many companies that keep very good image without exposing their failures publicly.
What do you think? What would you do?
If you’re involved in the processes of web designs; website, web applications or mobile apps and you’re not using InVision – you should stop reading this, go here and check it out.
In a world where the visual representation of applications is key, InVision makes it dead-simple to collaborate early designs across teams, comment and iterate faster.
Before InVision, we’ve used wireframes to communicate the at high level and then a bunch of photoshop PSDs/Images to communicate and review the new feature/website flows.
InVision improves this in two main areas:
Flow vs. Images
InVision allowed our team at Totango present the graphic designer’s artifacts within an application flow. This allowed many of the team members, and in many cases customers as well visualize and experience (almost) the application flow. I’ve learned over the years, that for many people it’s just hard to connect desecrate images into an usage flows. InVision solved this problem for us.
Collaboration and Iteration
InVision allows you to comment on the design, on screen. I’ve used it many times to allow the customers provide their feedback that our designers took into consideration and rapidly made changes. This makes the flow of
concept -> visual design -> flow -> feedback -> design fixes
much faster and reaches a much better outcome.
Kudos for the InVision team – great work!
I’m writing this post on a new SurfaceRT at the Windows store in Stanford mall. Was trying to figure out for myself what’s the value of this product, can it really be the single replacement for an iPad and a laptop. Short answer – not yet…
I’ve started with the ‘touch cover’ ($119.99) keyboard – that didn’t really work well for me. It kept missing key strokes and I switched to the Type Cover ($129.99) which feels much more natural for typing.
Touch experience on the screen – seems very good. Similar to the iPad – no meaningful latencies.
Design, Look & Feel -
The non windows experience (metro) looks very modern and cool – slick. But when you press the famous ‘start’ button – you get to the old view of windows. Personally not my taste, but I’m sure some people will feel at home
Bottom line – could give a fight to the iPad specifically on productivity, however, I’m keeping my Mac for a bit longer.
We’ve organized the first ever Customer Success Summit last week in San Francisco. The motivation for the event was a constant request by customers and prospects who want to connect with their pier group to discuss their experience and challenges around Customer Success.
We’ve started calling this becoming a ‘Pro-Customer Company‘. Companies have to change to become Customer Centric, they need to pro-actively react to customer lifecycle events and they need to learn and implement the methods professionally.
Here’s my take as presented at the event. Enjoy!
Google has changed the way composing new messages works in Gmail. Now when clicking compose, Gmail opens a new window layered on top of the inbox instead of switching to another widow as it used to be.
I like it a lot. Now I can write several email messages without the need to switch between browser window. Gmail was always rapidly fast, but with this new behavior it is feels even faster than before.
Gmail also changed the reply button behavior. This is something I don’t really get nor like. It feels confusing an improper, but I’m not sure why it gets me such ‘messy’ feeling.
I’m sure that this rollout of new features is highly monitored by Google Gmail analytics capabilities, and within few days Google will conclude their A/B testing and come up with the winning model for the reply button behavior.
This is yet another proof to the power of single page applications (SPA) in modern web development. Now it’s easier to do with frameworks like Ember.js (which we use and love at Totango), Angular and others.
Put bunch of creative people in a single room, task them with solving a serious problem with software, and here is what you get:
sockExchange from Luke Simshauser on Vimeo.
Being more serious, if you have budget for one conference a year, no doubt about it, business of software in Boston.
I’ve just received the following email from Quora. What do you think is this the real Bill Gates? Should I answer? Maybe we should pivot Totango into a CRM for VCs?