Archive for the 'Entrepreneurship' Category

10 surprising facts from Steve Jobs’ biography

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

While reading the amazing biography of Steve Jobs these things struck me particulary: 1) How much of a hippie Steve Jobs was in his young years 2) How many (partly quite ugly) fights were fought behind the scenes at Apple and Pixar (internally and with partners) 3) How often Steve Jobs apparently broke into tears [...] shows top-rakend iPhone apps over time

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

During my work at kooaba I deal alot with tracking the statistics of iPhone apps. I was also curios how other apps develop in their rankings. I could not find any web-site which consistently tracks the top ranked iPhone apps. So I decided to create my own. is the outcome of this endeavor. It [...]

Why Kanban works better than Scrum (at least for us)

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

[This is a repost from the kooaba blog] In an earlier blogpost we summarized how we do Scrum at kooaba. And this is exactly how we worked until recently. However, in October 2010 we decided to try something new: Kanban. Read the complete post over at the kooaba blog.

9 great tools to run your startup in the cloud

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Running kooaba now for a couple of years a few tools turned out to be handy. Let’s just assume you start a tech company with at total of six coworkers (3 engineering, 2 business development / marketing , 1 management). Here’s a setup that might work, for your convenience and your business plan including approximate [...]

On two-sided markets – or why free may be the right price in some cases, and in some cases not

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

So you just coded this really cool Internet application, which is kind of a mixture between, youtube, facebook and flickr, but targeted stamp collectors. Everybody likes it, even your former high-school sweetheart thinks it has enormous potential. Congratulations! Time to uncork the Champagne. Mmmm, but how are you gonna make money? No matter if you [...]

Must have software for the Mac

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

One of the best things about the Mac are the little utility Software’s that solve some niche problem very well. Many of them are very well designed, both in terms of UI and usability. Yes, most of them cost money, but unlike their PC equivalents they usually don’t suck and a few bucks are well [...]

Virtue, wisdom, and morale

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

What to strive for, and how to do it. (and how not to do it):

My personal favorites of the Jobs and Gates interview at D5

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Here are some highlights: My key bits We live in exciting times Passion for what you do as main priority Vision, mobile devices, their integration with the cloud are some key topics The full interview is available in the iTunes store

Scrum versus Dummies

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

In Scrum, the (development) team has full authority. Only when I recently had a look at the book “Software project management for Dummies” I realized how stark this simple statement contrasts with some traditional approaches to software project management. Here is a section about “programmers” from Software project management for dummies: And here is one [...]


Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

A must see for anyone responsible for development of a software product: Scrum et al. by Ken Schwaber. Besides the actual contents of the talk I like that it is being delivered without any slides.