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Email as a Personal API

Some time ago I came across a concept by Marc Bevand advocating email as a Decentralized API to Personal Information. In this post he outlines the idea that - email being such a pervasive tool to the extent that nearly everyone uses it - a personal, distributed and decentralized API layer could be built on top of it. The basic idea is this: Email could be used as a protocol for transactions and automatically exchanging information. Take these use cases for example: Automatically ... Read more

Timothy Dexter – The man who carried coals to Newcastle … and turned a profit

Timothy Dexter was a colourful 18th century American businessman noted for his eccentricity and his eerily acute business sense that in most cases flouted common sense. Among others his business feats include: delivering warming pans to the West Indies, where they were sold for a profit for use as ladles in the local molasses industry shipping gloves to Polynesia, where they were bought by Portuguese merchants on their way to China, who coincidentally anchored there at the time his shipment arrived amassing early Continental Dollars ... Read more

UX Check: Identify Usability Issues On Your Website

Recently, I came across UX Check, a Google Chrome extension that allows you to annotate usability issues according to Nielsen's ten heuristic usability evaluations. If you're dealing with website and web app usability in any way UX Check will be a useful tool and is worth checking out. Read more

The How: Learn From Entrepreneurs

If you're an entrepreneur building upon the insights of others, learning from fellow entrepreneurs is essential. Learning from past experiences, mistakes and failures probably is the best way to succeed. Seeing what worked for other startups and what didn't will help you building a better, more sustainable business yourself. The How is a website by Lean Startup Productions that helps entrepreneurs by sharing useful tips and advice about running a startup. Read more