Monday, December 5, 2011

Things to do in San Diego

We like it when friends make recommendations - find them more useful than any guides.
Thanks Wendy!
you HAVE to go to Extraordinary Desserts.
There is no better dessert place in the USA than that. Also great for afternoon snack and coffee/tea/hot cocoa.

Try to stay in La Jolla. It's pretty central and you can walk around in La Jolla VillageLa Jolla Shores and it's beautiful if the weather isn't rainy. A bit more expensive since it's nominated as the most beautiful beach in the continental USA.

Yelp is good for restaurant recommendations - lots of new places have opened and I try new ones every time I go back to see my family.

To visit, good for kids:
- World Famous SD Zoo 
- Wild Animal Park is also great, take the tram ride and it's kind of like a safari
Carlsbad Outlet Mall (more high end) or San Ysidro Outlet Mall (near the border, regular brands) - GREAT shopping of brand names for cheap
Balboa Park - must walk around to see the history/culture
- La Jolla Shores beach walk
- go to Coronado to see Hotel del Coronado and the beaches around there

That's a good start :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Advice for entrepreneurs building web apps

Fred Wilson's Principles... Great advice! Especially #4
Source :

  1. Speed is not only a feature -- it’s a requirement.
  2. The application has to be useful instantaneously. Even if you are building a service which requires days of use before getting to the heart of its features, give the user something right away.
  3. The service must have a personality, with a unique style.
  4. Do one little thing very well. Less is more, specially at the beginning.
  5. The service should have APIs so that others can add more value to your service.
  6. Make your application personal -- allow users to personalize the service to themselves.
  7. Make the URLs self explanatory so that they can be more easily discoverable.
  8. Similarly to 7, make your service as discoverable as possible, both for SEO and social media.
  9. Your application should be clean, and get users started fast.
  10. Being playful is extremely important. If possible, make your application a game.