It makes sense intuitively that this type of ‘failure’ or defeat can be a catalyst for great success. You understand that there are times where no matter how hard you try or how hard you work, sometimes you’re not good enough. If success without failure breeds pride, then failure can foster humility, drive and true self-confidence. The flip side is that failure can be so debilitating that people don’t want to experience it again. And some people never are the same once they experience it.
This last bit is why Tom Brady is Tom Brady. Great post.
Yesterday, Heavy Bits launched Snapguide, an iPhone app for making and viewing how-to guides.
Since we’re investors in Heavy Bits (through a personal investment Michael brought into the fund), I’ve had the privilege of trying the app out for a couple weeks. It’s both brilliant and beautiful.
The reality is that co-founder Daniel Raffel probably could have launched the app a couple months ago, but he was beyond meticulous here to make sure everything was just right. The dedication has paid off.
There are already guides ranging from how to bottle beer to how to make origami birds to how to catch crabs (the kind you eat). The app has exposed my utter lack of expertise in being able to make anything. But now I can learn!
Lots of good coverage yesterday, I like Brit Morin’s who is an ideal user, and has already made a few great guides.
OhLife. A super-simple online journal. Works over email — they email you every day at 8 PM to ask you how your day went. You simply respond with whatever you want and it gets logged.
Everything is exportable. You can view random entries. Great design. It sort of reminds me of the early days of Twitter. I like this a lot.
Y Combinator-backed. Here’s Jason’s write-up for TechCrunch.