Occasional thoughts on product and process from the Mint team

Predictions for 2013 (Sans-Robot-Psychic, for now)

Posted in Reflections by Shoshi Roberts

How far can we get from predicting the future by looking backwards? Probably decently far, but I find it more fun to predict the future from sci-fi. If we can imagine it, we're that much closer to making it. This next year might not be the one where you get your flying car or your hover board, but I'd love to be proven wrong there. So, what can we expect to see from the exponential curve of technological progress in 2013?

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Creative Mornings with Yancey Strickler: Recap

Posted in Reflections by Shoshi Roberts

This morning I attended a wonderful talk by Yancey Stricker, co-founder of Kickstarter, at Creative Mornings.

Admirably, Kickstarter has been thriving with no advertising or promotion of that sort. Their model is brilliant. When someone creates a project, they talk to everybody they know about it and that drives people to Kickstarter naturally. No smarmy, icky feelings necessary. Kickstarter takes 5% of successfully funded projects, as well they should for creating and sustaining such a worthwhile platform.

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Reflections on An Event Apart: Or how I learned to stop questioning and love mobile

Posted in Reflections by Shoshi Roberts

“In Q4 of 2010, smartphone sales surpassed desktop sales.... The average user visits up to 24 sites per day on their phone.”

Luke W proclaimed in his presentation at An Event Apart Boston. In short, more people will be visiting your site on their phone than on a desktop, and it’s happening faster than we think. We’ve heard about the growth and importance of mobile, but this makes mobile the first priority, right now.

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