Planning & Designing a Custom Web App

So you’ve got a great idea for a new online tool, and you seemingly have many of the skills to create it. It can be as basic as Ta-da Lists, or as robust as Basecamp, all you know is that you can design and code (or hire someone to do the parts you can’t do), and want to make your own idea for a web app come to life.

There are likely millions of ideas for great web apps floating around, and yet many of them never come into existence because that one person with the idea doesn’t know where to start. With every great project, designers can be hired, and developers will come as well. The real problem that needs to be solved is the planning of a web app.


So you’ve got a great idea for a new online tool, and you seemingly have many of the skills to create it. It can be as basic as Ta-da Lists, or as robust as Basecamp, all you know is that you can design and code (or hire someone to do the parts you can’t do), and want to make your own idea for a web app come to life.

There are likely millions of ideas for great web apps floating around, and yet many of them never come into existence because that one person with the idea doesn’t know where to start. With every great project, designers can be hired, and developers will come as well. The real problem that needs to be solved is the planning of a web app.

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10 Laws of Productivity



by Behance Team
You might think that creatives as diverse as Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey, industrial design firm Studio 7.5, and bestselling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami would have little in common. In fact, the tenets that guide how they – and exceptionally productive creatives across the board – make ideas happen are incredibly similar.Here are 10 laws of productivity we’ve consistently observed among serial idea executors: Leer más “10 Laws of Productivity”

The modern business plan

It’s not clear to me why business plans are the way they are, but they’re often misused to obfuscate, bore and show an ability to comply with expectations. If I want the real truth about a business and where it’s going, I’d rather see something else. I’d divide the modern business plan into five sections:

* Truth
* Assertions
* Alternatives
* People
* Money

The truth section describes the world as it is. Footnote if you want to, but tell me about the market you are entering, the needs that already exist, the competitors in your space, technology standards, the way others have succeeded and failed in the past. The more specific the better. The more ground knowledge the better. The more visceral the stories, the better. The point of this section is to be sure that you’re clear about the way you see the world, and that you and I agree on your assumptions. This section isn’t partisan, it takes no positions, it just states how things are.


It’s not clear to me why business plans are the way they are, but they’re often misused to obfuscate, bore and show an ability to comply with expectations. If I want the real truth about a business and where it’s going, I’d rather see something else. I’d divide the modern business plan into five sections:

  • Truth
  • Assertions
  • Alternatives
  • People
  • Money

The truth section describes the world as it is. Footnote if you want to, but tell me about the market you are entering, the needs that already exist, the competitors in your space, technology standards, the way others have succeeded and failed in the past. The more specific the better. The more ground knowledge the better. The more visceral the stories, the better. The point of this section is to be sure that you’re clear about the way you see the world, and that you and I agree on your assumptions. This section isn’t partisan, it takes no positions, it just states how things are. Leer más “The modern business plan”

Is Dumb the New Smart?

by Mike Myatt

Is Dumb the New Smart?How dumb is your business? At the risk of drawing the ire of corporate elitists, I submit to you that the dumber your business is, the better off you are. The truth is that great companies are those which can thrive and prosper in the absence of sophistication. As odd as it sounds, businesses that are not dependent on smart talent, capital, or technology can scale faster and easier than those businesses burdened with the aforementioned dependencies. In today’s post I’ll share why I believe dumb is the new smart…

The simple truth of the matter is that if your business requires smart money (which equals expensive money), or your competitive advantage is tied to a superhero key employee, or your business is built around maintaining a technology advantage, you have more weakness in your business model than you do strengths.


by Mike Myatt

Is Dumb the New Smart?How dumb is your business? At the risk of drawing the ire of corporate elitists, I submit to you that the dumber your business is, the better off you are. The truth is that great companies are those which can thrive and prosper in the absence of sophistication. As odd as it sounds, businesses that are not dependent on smart talent, capital, or technology can scale faster and easier than those businesses burdened with the aforementioned dependencies. In today’s post I’ll share why I believe dumb is the new smart…

The simple truth of the matter is that if your business requires smart money (which equals expensive money), or your competitive advantage is tied to a superhero key employee, or your business is built around maintaining a technology advantage, you have more weakness in your business model than you do strengths. Leer más “Is Dumb the New Smart?”

20 Questions to Ask Before Lighting Up Your “OPEN” Sign


20 Questions to AskFrom December 2007 to December 2009, the United States alone reported a loss of over 7 million jobs according to the Small Business Administration report in March 2010. According to the United States Department of Labor, only 323,100 graphic designers will be employed by companies by the year 2018.

With these kind of numbers staring us in the face, it is no wonder that more and more individuals are attempting to start their own business and begin anew. And why not? It’s a chance to finally live life on your own terms. It’s exciting and fills you with purpose and it can make a person very eager to get started and open shop. Leer más “20 Questions to Ask Before Lighting Up Your “OPEN” Sign”

Arrogance traps for entrepreneurs


MARTIN ZWILLING, FORBES.COM

Planning.A business plan forces you to think through the fundamentals.

Running your own show takes confidence-but beware your limitations.

With the new year dawns new hope. Some will hit the treadmill. Others will clean out that musty closet or dump their loser boyfriend. And still others will muster the courage to leave their still-limping employers and strike out on their own.

Starting a company is scary stuff in any environment. It takes vision, capital, courage, conviction and, yes, even a touch of arrogance. Indeed, lack of confidence can kill a young company. But so, too, can thinking you’re all that when you’re not.

How to strike the right balance between confidence and arrogance? Start by avoiding the following classic traps. I wish they were clichés, but sadly they aren’t.

“Business plans are for dummies.”

Think business plans are just for investors? Wrong. Those plans are primarily for you. Compiling a business plan forces you to think through the fundamentals, from financing to marketing. The plan also communicates the same vision to employees, lawyers, accountants and other key players.

Better still, the mere fact of writing this stuff down allows you to measure the performance of your business. If you can’t measure it, you surely can’t manage it. Leer más “Arrogance traps for entrepreneurs”