Announcing the release of Blush Messenger

Eight months is eternity in Internet time, but when you come up with an idea, the arc of its life is unknown; it could be frozen on a sticky note forever, or forgotten after it fails to coalesce into something material, or — as in this particular case—it can take you from hackathon to App Store in 250 days.

Blush started as a simple idea: what if you could see your friends as they read your words?

In real life this doesn’t happen as much as you’d think. …


On the heels of indie dev community’s collective hand-wringing over the commoditization of iOS app development (well-summarized in Marco Arment’s App Rot post), I thought I’d strike a different tone.

This is a good thing.

Understanding why requires a bit of background: in 2003 I started Mesa Dynamics, and began to release shareware for the Mac. …


A modern-day koan for entrepreneurs

Three pupils arrive at a frayed rope tied across a deep chasm on the way to enlightenment.

A monkey calls down from a nearby tree: “And what is your fate?”

The first pupil replies “I will surely succeed,” but panics while crossing and falls into the abyss.

The second pupil replies “I will surely fail,” and panics while crossing and falls into the abyss.

The third pupil replies “I cannot know, so let us see,” and crosses to the other side with ease.

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