Lava Monsters and Donuts

Stephen Hackett, 70Decibels:

This week, the boys are joined by a special guest to discuss Iron Man 3.

Not to ruin the presumably obvious surprise, but I had the distinct pleasure of joining Mr. Michael Hurley and Mr. Stephen Hackett on yesterday's episode of the 512 Podcast.

Featuring some on-air trolling and an intensely nerdy discussion about Marvel's latest film, Iron Man 3, I had an absolute blast recording this episode.

Incidentally, for those who haven't seen Iron Man 3, I'd strongly suggest keeping this episode on hold until you do so. It features some rather gargantuan spoilers.

Also, for those who are unaware, Mr. Hackett is selling some limited edition 512 Pixels t-shirts in time for WWDC. I put my order in and you ought to as well.

Episode 62 of the 512 Podcast is available from 70Decibels.

"Little Blue Squeezers"

Myke Hurley, 70Decibels:

This week Myke and Matt start off the show by discussing user reactions to Facebook home—before going on to discussing why Android may or may not be right for some, Google Now and Home screen/launcher replacements.

One of the most important topics — one I've been hesitant to touch on during Bionic — came up organically today. Specifically, Myke and I touched on the increasing animosity between Apple and Google enthusiasts.

For whatever reason, people have become increasingly polarized, aggressive, and blinded to rational thought lately. Whether it's the notion that Apple is falling behind or the attitude that Google might be catching up, there's a consistent and baffling aggression between both camps.

One that I believe is fundamentally unnecessary.

Anyway, on today's show, touching on Myke's newfound feeling of responsibility and accountability now that he's switched to Android, the topic came up. It's one — as you can probably tell — I feel rather passionate (and disappointed) about. And I'd genuinely love to hear your thoughts and reactions on the matter.

Feel free to reach out on Twitter or App.net. Happy to talk.

Bionic 039 is available, as always, from 70Decibels.

Quality Over Quantity

Myke Hurley, 512Pixels:

Audience Quality > Audience Quantity
I feel like this notion can be applied to so many mediums; I don’t believe that this will just work with podcasting. I’m sure that if you write on lovely sites like this one and you follow this simple idea, you’d achieve similar results. Of course there is a limited amount of space on the internet for success, but those that get there will be the ones that produce good quality work, on a regular basis.
Quality over quantity.

The concluding notion of "quality over quantity" is one of the most oft-spoken phrases in our industry. Regardless of whether it's applied to venture capital, user engagement, conversion rates, or audience growth, the lesson remains constant to the point of banality.

And yet, despite the saturation of this knowledge, it's rare to meet someone capable of truly abiding — and living — by such a philosophy.

We're inherently self-conscious people and, accordingly, we have a desire affixed deep within each of us to quantify, compare, and gauge ourselves and our perceived popularity or success. So, as we open our respective content management systems and sales databases, the natural inclination is to compare our performance to yesterday. To look backward and attempt to assure ourselves of growth.

The sad, sad ramification of this is that the true value of your product — whatever commodity that might be — is lost. You lose focus on producing the best articles or the best products. You lose sight on intuitively working to better yourself and your product,  instead relying upon the safe knowledge of what worked in the past.

All of our endeavors — regardless of discipline — benefit from confidence. If you can demonstrate conviction and self-assurance, you'll define a positive trajectory for yourself. Obviously this conviction must be informed with real world data to avoid flagrant, unintelligent narcissism, but the fundamental truth is that when tethering yourself to statistics and excessive worries about associative matters, you will not be able to move forward.

Broadcasting with 70Decibels for almost a year, I've watched Myke move away from an introspective focus upon statistics, to a confident mentality of growth and excitement. In direct correlation with this attitude shift, CMD+Space has become a juggernaut of a show and 70Decibels is now merging with 5by5.

All of us on 70Decibels care passionately about our shows not because of statistics and reach, but because we are — or hope to be — producing quality content. We are all confident in what we produce and, therefore, we expect that growth is the logical outcome.

And such a mentality has proven to be accurate.

Perhaps you could dismiss this unscientific, organic, and intuition-driven route toward success as flimsy and unrepeatable. That's not an outlandish criticism. I will, however, offer a pre-emptive rebuttal:

People flock toward good products. There is science in producing something good and differentiated for people. Coupling something good with intelligent, informed confidence, whilst allowing self-conscious fears to subside, will result in success and growth.

Numbers do not engender success, good products do. If you're confident in the goodness and quality of your product, you will invariably find success.

Focus not on the past, but upon what you need to do to build something better. Focus not on numbers, but on the people most engaged and supportive of your cause. Be pragmatic, but dare to embrace blind optimism.

As Myke wrote yesterday — and as thousands of people have said before him — it's all about "quality over quantity." There is wisdom in that philosophy, but its value is only unlocked by those who dare to truly live in such a manner.

"A Sensory Boat Tour"

Myke Hurley, 70Decibels:

This week Myke and Matt are joined by Stephen Hackett. They talk about Stephen's experience with the Blackberry Z10, cross-platform messaging systems and an update on Myke's life with Android.

On this week's — truly fantastic — episode, we had the pleasure of being joined by 512Pixels' editori, Stephen Hackett.

Equipped with a Blackberry Z10 — and a Galaxy Nexus — we discussed Stephen's experiences outside the iOS ecosystem, our expectations for the future of Blackberry, and the potential disruptive power of a new Google-driven messaging system.

Also, continuing Myke's deep-dive into the world of Android, we checked in to see how his experience is faring two or three weeks in. And the results were certainly fascinating to hear.

Bionic 038 is available, as always, from 70Decibels.