Nathan Bashaw

Product at @GA, building a new way to learn to code.

The Origin of Product Hunt

A story about building something cool over a weekend

On November 6th 2013, I got an email from my friend Ryan, asking if I wanted to…

Today I discovered an awesome way to proofread: switch contexts. Seriously, just copy and paste the text from one place to another. I think it helps turns off the part of your brain that gets numb after staring at the same thing for too long. Kind of similar to how when you first enter a place you might smell things (coffee, for instance) but your brain eventually makes it fade away.

Back to blogging

I discovered blogging when I was a middle-schooler in Arkansas. There was a group of friends, mostly older kids, that used LiveJournal. I used to write little updates about my life a couple times a week, and read updates from my friends. It made me feel more connected to them. I’ve wanted to start doing that again for some time now, and Medium’s new short-form posts are the perfect excuse ☺

Advice I’d give my younger self

Today I discovered an blog post I wrote about four years ago. It was my senior year at Michigan State, and I had just lost hope in another one of my startup ideas.

It was a sad time for me. In the writing I try to sound optimistic and confident, but deep down I was worried I’d never get it right. In some ways, it’s a cry for help.

Publications edited by Nathan Bashaw

on the art & craft of constructing software

Idea for Oyster

I love Oyster. It lives on my homescreen. Since I signed up, I have started reading more books. This is wonderful.

There is, however, one big problem that Oyster creates for me. When I want to read a book, I used to have one good method for acquiring it, but now I have two bad ones. They are:

  1. Open Oyster, search their small-yet-growing…

Tiiny Thoughts

A few notes on why this app is interesting —

  1. It’s built on your Twitter network, and uses a friend / follow mechanic. When you sign up, they recommend celebrity users for you to follow. This means when you post a photo to Tiiny, you’re performing for an audience, not communicating with friends.
  2. At the same time, the size of the photo means…

Uber ≠ Food

Why uberFRESH is a branding mistake

What comes to mind when you think of Uber? Probably a fresh smelling, clean, newish car, that you can order from your phone and that will quickly take you where you need to go. Something like this:

The Origin of Product Hunt

A story about building something cool over a weekend

On November 6th 2013, I got an email from my friend Ryan, asking if I wanted to…

How to look at your data

Or, how I learned to stop chasing numbers

When I was a junior in college I wrote a guest post on a blog that got some attention. I know this because there was a little “views” counter on the page. Watching thousands of people come to read something I wrote was completely new to me, and it felt amazing. I’ll never forget sitting in the…

How to design meaningful learning experiences

For the past 9 months I’ve been building a new site called Dash that teaches people how to make awesome websites with HTML, CSS, and

The Third Wave of E-Reading

Project Gutenberg digitized their 1000th book in 1997. If you wanted to actually read one of their ebooks, you’d have to do it either in your browser, a text…