Thursday, August 27, 2009

Should I go for the full-size or the premium?

The upgrade seems a tad steep, no?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Wedding Ripoff at Anthony's Pier 4

Go to
Click on Banquets, and then click on Dinner Buffet.
Then click on Banquets again, and then click on Wedding Buffet.
I hate this whole process.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Gripes with Android Market

Gripes with Google's Android Market:

1) No search engine for apps on the site.
2) No key words section.
3) There is no education category!
4) No direct link available to my app as far as I can see.
5) The permitted description length is 325 characters, which is ridiculously few. I have no idea how I can describe my product in that few characters. It's 4,000 in the iPhone appstore.

Ugh, hopefully this will improve soon. Otherwise, it's hard to articulate that this is a clearly differentiated product.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Meeting with my mobile developers in Vietnam

Entrepreneurship most recently took me to Vietnam, where I met with the developers for Upward Mobility. There I tested the Android products that we are going to release in the next month, and plotted strategy for the next six months. They also showed me a good time, taking me out for some really good pho and recommending tours to the Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta.

I am really happy with these guys. I have worked with a lot of offshore developers, and I have been impressed by their attention to detail in the requirements gathering, design and testing phases.

Our first product, PMConcepts, a project management education app for the iPhone is selling well. Next up is ChemGuru for the iPhone, which is a Chemistry SAT II application. That one awaits approval.

Here I am meeting with An Mai, President of IMT. I am happy to put anyone who is doing mobile development in touch with these guys as I am sure they would do a good job for you. Shoot me an e-mail through my LinkedIn profile.

MIT Sloan Podcast on my G-Lab GHD Project

If you want to hear about the project I worked on in Tanzania in January as part of MIT Sloan's G-Lab Global Health program, MIT put together a really good podcast.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Why tele-health?

A video that I took while in Basco, Batanes in the Philippines. It's a reminder of why I'm working hard on the Moca project to bring health care to rural areas.

Moca Summer 2009 - Testimonial from nextlab on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ken Gergen and others on social networks

My college advisor Ken Gergen from Swarthmore's psychology department, talks in this USA today article about the "absent presence" (feeling connected with people through Twitter and the present absence (thumbing away on your iPhone at dinner).

As post-modernists, we're obligated to say that humans are becoming closer to cyborgs. A lot of things are written along these lines, and it's rare I even bother reading them anymore. If nothing else though, they're a good reminder that you need to put effort into making quality human connections.

My recent engagement got me thinking a lot about this. I'm not a phone person, and I have a pretty spread out network. It seems sometimes that I've traded depth of relationships for many less intimate ones. Part of this is my extensive travel, but it's also my own comfort with updating everyone through Twitter or Facebook than calling people. I rarely use more than one-third of the 450 minutes I get from AT&T.

Being uber-connected not a bad thing though, right? How else would I manage my network of 897 quality friends on Facebook?

Right. Time to pick up the phone, reach out and touch some old friends.