On Demand Services – This Mobile Life S01E07 Show Notes

On demand services podcastI recorded a podcast on “On Demand Services” for This Mobile Life (S01E07). My guest was Ilter Dumduz, co-founder of Blys. Blys provides on-demand mobile massage service in Sydney.

I’m very excited to have Ilter as a guest as he’s worked in product management at Freelancer, Domain and GlamCorner. It was an awesome interview discussing on demand services, marketplaces, and product craft.

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Our virtual neighbourhood polarises us further

I was going through my inbox today and came across this gem from Ben Thompson of Stratechery on “The Real Problem With Facebook and the News“. Its about the virtual neighbourhood we create and the news we consume from Facebook. The point of the article is that Facebook’s “trending news” uses a combination of algorithms and manual curation. Is this a good thing?

Facebook’s content team has manual control over trending news and can inject stories in there. This is similar to a traditional newsroom. The issues are that:

1) They have the ability to manually curate and to intervene
2) They have been suppressing conservative news and promoting news with liberal views

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Inevitability of Mobile

I have always been fascinated with all things tech. Through the years I have been naturally finding my way into the mobile industry. Or did it find me? It used to be that mobile assisted us with calls. Then we added some personal features like playing 2D monochrome games such as Snake, calendars, taking photos and storing our precious, precious Mp3 music files. It widened its reach when it connected to the internet and then came the rise of the app store as a distribution platform. The inevitability of mobile is in our face (literally). It is now a go-to staple for our practical daily needs.

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Restraint Makes Better Apps – This Mobile Life S01E06 Show Notes

Restraint Makes Better Apps_S1E6 Notes

In episode 6 of This Mobile Life podcast, I discuss how the exercise of restraint makes better apps. It is one of those things that makers of digital products tend to overlook. This is not usually included in the checklist of priorities. In fact, we’re trying to cram as many features as possible into a product!

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All advice is wrong

I get asked for advice by a lot of people. These range from startups, tech companies, people interested in mobile, business people etc…I also have been the recipient of a lot of advice.

I’ve started prefacing a “disclaimer” when I speak to people who ask me for advice. What worked for me may not work for your situation. If you receive advice from an adviser, its based on what worked for them. It is what worked in a particular circumstance, in a particular industry, in a specific point in time. Every industry, every situation has its own dynamics. Advice that worked for one particular circumstance may not work in another. Even if you have seen similar pattern in different industries or in similar companies, it doesn’t mean its going to automatically apply to your situation.

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Fantasy Basketball Decision Making Framework

I’ve been playing fantasy basketball on and off for about 10 years. I really like it because I’m a big fan of the NBA and its very analytical. I’ve decided to share it as I’ll get feedback from other people that will improve my decision making in fantasy basketball.

Fantasy sports is huge, particularly in the US. Some of the fantasy sports games like Draft Kings actually sponsor the real life game. I spend several hours a week playing fantasy basketball and probably an hour a week watching basketball condensed games on league pass.

Its important that I outline what is fantasy basketball and how my particular league works as this dictates my decision making framework.

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