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It just occurred to me that some may not know what I mean when I use the term “Indian Country."  So, here’s a short definition:

Any area inhabited by Indigenous people.  (In the United States, Canada, and beyond.)  Historically, the phrase Indian Country referred to areas, regions, or territories (like reservations and trust lands) that were inhabited primarily by Native Americans. 

I find myself (and others) using the phrase in a way that unites all Indigenous people, not just Native Americans in the U.S.  In other words, "Indian Country” is not really a fixed, physical location, but exists wherever Natives are present.

People who used Facebook largely to socialize tended to be younger, more social and more neurotic—suggesting that Facebook habitués use the site partly as a tool to alleviate loneliness, the researchers said. People who used Twitter to socialize scored high on openness and sociability but low on conscientiousness.

Participants who used Twitter to seek or spread information, as opposed to socializing, were high on measures of conscientiousness and intellectual appetite and low on neuroticism; Facebook information-gatherers were less curious.

The coding of the frontend is one matter. The backend is another. Linking the APIs together. Then it’s buying a domain. Setting up the domain. Ftping the files in. Testing it out across all your web browsers and phones. Making sure all that stuff works. This is what making things for yourself and putting them live in the real world teaches you. It opens questions that you hopefully can answer but trying it out.
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I always buy the domain first. Result: I have many, many domains.

If you create a platform on the internet, if your users start screaming in rage on Twitter or in their blogs about something you’ve done, rejoice. You matter. You are successful vs. your 50 potential competitors who no one cares about enough to complain. Now, listen. Respond. Fix it.

I woke up this morning to a series of e-mails sent to the NYTech Meetup group regarding a very aggressive e-mail (below).  [I have changed the names of those involved for privacy reasons.]  Apparently, “Michael,” the app developer who sent out the original inflammatory e-mail hit send and inadvertently forwarded the message to 22,290 members of the group (mostly comprised of tech startup entrepreneurs) instead of to only the select individuals for whom the message was intended.  Needless to say, this was a huge professional blunder.  Shortly afterward several people replied to the group message questioning Michael’s professionalism and personal character.  He responded with expletives and equally insulting sarcastic responses and more responses followed (of which I will spare you).

After reading through the entire thread, the take away was that Michael definitely didn’t consider that despite his mistake, by continuing to bash everyone who responded to the e-mail they received, he was only adding insult to injury.  It’s one thing to make an error and own up to it and quite another to go on the attack.  Perhaps he could have learned something from reading the Top Twelve E-Mail Mistakes That Can Sabotage Your Career, (especially #9)!  And while this situation is not the first or the last to ever happen on a professional level, let it be a lesson to us all (especially those of us working in the small, tight knit entrepreneurial community) so we don’t make the same mistake.  But if you do, may I suggest you own up to it early on and nip the situation in the bud without dragging it out.  Doing so will only make you look even worse in the end.  The last thing you want, in a professional community this small, is to turn others off to working with you!

1-Why the hell isn’t this game done YET?

2-where the hell is the budget and what is the final deliverable dates?

3-Who is PAYING for making this fucking game?

4-Who is MAKING MONEY off THIS FUCKING GAME?

5-WHY THE FUCK AM I NOT PROGRAMMING THIS WITH JOHN ON SKYPE IN REAL TIME WITH MY DEVELOPMENT TEAM? IF NOT IN FUCKING HUNGARY IN SEVEN DAYS FROM TOMORROW. .

WE HAVE INVESTED OVER $10K AND 7 MONTHS OF MY GOD DAMNED TIME AND ATTENTION IN THIS GOD DAMNED GAME.  NICK* HAS INDIRECTLY STOLEN OVER $3000 IN SOME STUPID FLY BY NIGHT SCHEME WITH HER CUNT OF A ROOMMATE WHO RAN AWAY TO STUPID WHORE ISLAND.

MARY* WILL NOT STOP SMOKING POT ALL DAY LONG AND NEEDS TO SEE A THERAPIST.

I AM GOING TO THE HOSPITAL TODAY FOR FOOT SURGERY.

I WANT EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT ON SKYPE IN SEVEN HOURS OR I AM FILING A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CLIENTS, THE PROJECT MANAGER AND WHOEVER IS STAGGERING THE FUNDING AND IS SO FUCKING IGNORANT THEY CAN’T HELP US FINISH THIS FUCKING CARD GAME WITH ALL THEIR CONNECTIONS AND ALL THEIR PROGRAMMERS AND WHOEVER THE FUCK YOU KEEP NAMEDROPPING FROM WHATEVER FUCKING BULLSHIT YOU DID IN ISRAEL.

I NEED $6K TO FINISH THIS GAME THIS FUCKING WEEK.

YOU CAN MAIL ME THE FUCKING CHECK TO THE UNITED NATIONS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION. MICHAEL FUCKING LEE FUCKING JONES*

IF ANY OF YOU IDIOTS DOES NOT MANAGE TO RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL WITHIN 24 FUCKING HOURS I WILL COME TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FUCKING FACE WITH A GOD DAMNED ROLL OF QUARTERS IN MY LEATHER GLOVED FIST RIGHT AFTER I WALK UP BEHIND YOU AND MACE YOU UNTIL YOUR EYES TURN FUCKING INSIDE OUT.

THIS IS RIGHT FUCKING BEFORE .. BEFORE…  BEFORE I SUE YOU IN YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE. AND I WILL FILE FORMAL CHARGES WITH YOUR EMBASSY OF CHOICE AND HAVE YOUR ASS DEPORTED OR BANNED FOR BEING SCHEMING FUCKING ISRAELIES.

GEORGE DO NOT PROGRAM ONE MORE FUCKING LINE OF CODE. 

*All names were changed for privacy.

qualitative feedback is most effective when it’s overwhelmingly negative. A strong negative signal indicates that your assumptions most likely won’t work and lets you quickly abandon or refine it. If 5 out 5 customers tell you they don’t have a problem, that’s pretty significant!
On the other hand, a strong positive signal doesn’t necessarily mean it will scale or that the customer isn’t lying. All it does is give you permission to move forward until that can be verified later through quantitative data.
List of Indigenous Media Outlets

This is a growing list, but here are just a few of the major ones that I’ve compiled thus far:

Indian Country Today Media Network

Rez Net News

First Nations Experience (FNX)

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network - National News (Canada)

Native Times

The Circle News

Indianz.com

Indian Country News

Native News Network

NDN News

Koahnic Broadcast Corporation

Indian Voices

Native Times

Indian Country News

Buffalo’s Fire

…(more TK!)

Under promise and over deliver TO YOUR TEAM. Worst thing you can do is let them down emotionally by telling something was closed when it wasn’t. - Alexander Taub
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Notes From a Skillshare Class: Introduction to Business Development and Partnerships

Cannot stress this enough. Would put in both all caps and bold if I thought it would help. Seriously, having been on the other side of this (i.e the victim of an over-promise/under-deliver), it is awful, demoralizing and frankly, dishonest.

good designers don’t tend to think about consumers; they think about people and what they want and need. It’s a subtle point, but thinking about people as consumers immediately dehumanizes them and makes it harder to empathize…good designers are good at iterative prototyping, refining the concept through repeated cycles and getting feedback from the right people as they go. James Dyson famously made two thousand prototypes of his bagless vacuum cleaner before he got it right. The rest, as they say, is history.