I noticed this trend a while ago, around 2009 to be precise. Then the iPad was out and it was clearer. I hate to say it, but I hate navigating full Flash websites. Never been a fan, and never understood their need, even though we built some, for the money.
The truth is Flash helped me start as a developer, and helped me notice the web. Now that I’ve grown up with it, I know it’s not about Flash. It’s about what delivers the same experience Flash did. And yes, Flash will be out in 2 to 5 years. That is not a problem, because we still need the same multimedia interactivity – be it audio, video, images, or a combination of the three + text.
What we have today in ActiveDen is what people need because of the interactivity, not because these are built with Flash. So focus on delivering the same things to your clients, using a non-Flash language.
We focused on mobile and social media + web. I personally focus more on creative + looking into design / photography. I was expecting more Flash Devs to go on the creative side, instead of the coding dark side.
I just wanted to add that in my opinion flash will live on! is just that it is not used as in the past, I still get work in flash mainly full websites but I have to create a mobile version too this is the only difference, the mobile version is something simple… I don’t see html5 to replace flash any time soon maybe never.
Give me something of what you are drinking.
Of course we won!
People here say Portugal will easily lose to Spain, and that no matter who wins today, we’ll eventually play with Germany. And that is a close one. Will see.
bobocel saidbut with FB you can enter payments against the generated invoices… it’ll also tell you the average number of days it takes for each client to pay you X% and you can create weekly/monthly reports to show who hasn’t paid you yet if you’ve got alot going through the door…
MSFX saidWe were not looking for something to create invoices (we use InvoiceMachine for that), but something to keep a track of what payments we have yet to receive, and which we received.
^ what was wrong with FreshBooks?
I think we were looking for something simpler.
- Tracking time
- Tracking projects/payments/clients
We use Basecamp. (keeps files organized and the entire team on the same page), Skype, email/phone.
We use Toggl.
We built Eclipo.
There was no good tool for tracking payments, projects, clients. We used to use paper, than started writing it down in Excel or Basecamp.
We’ll launch it soon for free.
I think it’s important to have a designer / visionary in the founder’s team. Especially if he is the one coming up with the idea for the start-up.
In general, I believe when one solves a real life problem (offline) using digital, magic happens: kickstarter, groupon, airbnb, square, etc.
I’ve seen good designers with bad ideas, and developers with even worse ideas. So it’s just a matter of personal experience for every individual. If you nurture your spirit, if you grow learning and enjoy what you do (others call it workahoolic), than you are the type of individual who might succeed. Might because there are many other factors – location, networking, money, talent around you, timing, etc.
I’m a visionary and I’m an entrepreneur, but we are rare birds. Having the right everything come into place is even more sparse. So that makes it difficult to succeed, but we’ll get there eventually.
My thoughts, in order:
1. It’s a flop.
2. Apple makes it look too easy. Microsoft explains how hard it was for them.
3. Microsoft needs talent badly: bad copy, bad design, bad product concept, bad presentation (both screens and people), bad software – breaks even during presentation, just watch, bad timing – you don’t present a half baked product.
4. I’ve seen better. It was called iPad 1.
5. The experience is awful, why make it a PC when it’s supposed to be a tablet? I won’t understand the two screens experience ever. It’s like front-row on mac, that Apple removed a while ago? So there won’t be any Apps? And why so many models? They just don’t get it.
6. They can keep the name, it’s cool. (and improve everything else)
I don’t have an iPad because I don’t need one. I won’t have a Surface, because it sucks big time. I know how that sounds, but it’s just my opinion after seeing their amazingly bad presentation.