Did They Copy Your Idea? Deal With It.

by Tim Berry

This troubles me. App Developer Says Facebook Stole Idea for “Find Friends Nearby”. I don’t know the app, haven’t used it, and I’m not a lawyer, but I hate it when people complain about some big company stealing their ideas. Ideas get copied all the time. Have you seen the web? Have you seen books,... Read More »

Is This Mad Men Then or Silicon Valley Now?

by Tim Berry

A lot has happened during my lifetime to give women more and better choices. What you see in the TV drama Mad Men about how hard the business world was for women, back then, is what I remember from those times. So there has been progress. But damn, let’s not confuse progress towards equality with... Read More »

Slow and Steady Decline of Trust

by Tim Berry

This trend really bothers me. Even after the FCC rules on blogging and disclosure, I still get regular offers like this one that was in my email this morning. It was a nicely worded email, with some flattery, but here’s the meat: I’d love to put together a high-quality article written specifically for the site. There... Read More »

Facebook Needs at Least One Woman on Its Board

by Tim Berry

(Note: I posted this earlier today on the Huffington Post. I’m reposting it here because this is my main blog, and I believe what I wrote, so I want it here too.) Why would a startup as important as Facebook, run by somebody as young as Mark Zuckerberg, whose users are more than 50 percent... Read More »

User Interface Dark Side: When Deception Works

by Tim Berry

No ambiguity with this one: the site is named darkpatterns.org… a pattern library with the specific goal of naming and shaming deceptive user interfaces (aka “dark patterns”) and the companies that use them. … and author Harry Brignull, in his List Apart post Dark Patterns: Deception vs. Honesty in UI Design, calls them “evil web... Read More »

On the Recruiting Value of Slogans and Bluster — Not

by Tim Berry

Is this just me? The message says “looking for ball busting MBAs to join my firm. (no wimps) great opportunity to kick tail in renewable energy.” Does that make you shudder? It reminds me of big-company sales mentality where quality is measured by bravado and the customer is a tool to be conquered. It smacks... Read More »

New Game: Social Media Snooping vs. Social Media Cleansing

by Tim Berry

The other shoe dropping: Business Insider posted This Company Will Expose All Your Most Embarrassing Online Moments a few days ago. It’s about a service company that helps employers by doing a social-media online background check on a potential employee. It was more than two years ago that I first saw a business plan for... Read More »

Those Sad Stories of Elephants and Mice in Startups and High Tech

by Tim Berry

Big squashes little. The elephant steps on a mouse and kills it, but never even notices. We stop on ants on the sidewalk without realizing. You can probably think of a lot of these cases. I had a friend who rode a big wave in the late 1980s with a PC-compatible add-on board that enabled... Read More »

True Story: Why I Lied to You When You Called

by Tim Berry

I’m a bit embarrassed about this story. It’s about lying. You’ll see if you read on that it wasn’t bad lying, not tricking anybody for any bad reason. But it’s a true story, so I’m posting it here because 1.) it might be useful to somebody; and 2.) I’m curious about how often it happens.... Read More »

Charting the Lesson of Wikipedia’s Jimmy Appeal

by Tim Berry

Yesterday I posted here David McCandless’ fascinating 18-minute talk on data visualization, in which he puts up charts and graphs as a window into patterns and relationships in numbers. Watching that talk led me to discover his Information is Beautiful blog, which is a great source of ideas and insights. For example, the chart shown... Read More »