We’re stoked about being featured in todays “Business Spotlight” by the City of Riverside’s Office of Economic Development. The article highlights a few of our recent projects, and our newest venture AWSM GOODS, and a special mention of our move to the new downtown co-working space - Riverside.io. Check it out!
I’m sure you’ve heard of personas and scenarios, but let’s start with a quick explanation of how they are useful in the design process.
Keeping with the responsive web design theme this week, today’s infographic asks if responsive design is hope or hype, from our friends at Monetate.
If you missed it, check out Monetate and Elastic Path’s ebook The truth about responsive design (free!)
- 21% of website traffic to leading ecommerce websites now come from tablets and smartphones Tweet this
- 28% of Americans access the internet more often on smartphones than their desktops Tweet this
- 67% of shoppers who are more likely to buy from a mobile-friendly site Tweet this
- 91% of US residents have a mobile device within reach 24/7 Tweet this
- The average number of unique screen resolutions has increased from 97 in ‘10 to 232 in ‘13 Tweet this
- Tablet commerce is expected to grow from $39Bill in 2013 to over $108Bill in 2017Tweet this
- By 2017, 25% of ecommerce sales will occur on a tablet Tweet this
Infographic: To app, or not to app
It’s clear that the mobile web is on the rise. Taking a look at the stats, it’s hard to see how desktop browsing can survive the onslaught.
People use smartphones for almost everything. 91% of US citizens own a smart phone, and with the relatively low cost compared to computers, smart phone usage is growing exponentially in the third world. America prefers the iPhone, Europe prefers Android, everyone it seems, is buying into mobile browsing.
That all leaves web designers with a difficult choice: do we build responsively, putting all our eggs in one basket; do we build a mobile site, splitting our traffic; or do we build a mobile app, forcing our users to download our content.
To help you decide, we’ve found this infographic with the pros and cons of each approach:
Reposted from WebDesigner Depot
It’s always hard to say goodbye. Especially when you’ve had the opportunity to work with the amazing team at Regus in Riverside, CA!
Maven 2.0 would like to say a BIG “Thank You” to Blanca, Brenda, Jessica and Karena who have been wonderfully supportive of us during the 4 years we’ve been with Regus.
We’ve always been able to count on you being professional, reliable and most of all… friendly! And the networking potlucks have always been an extra special treat!
We will miss you and promise to stop by and say hello often!
- Ralph, Mike and Long
Launching a new enterprise—whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition.
But recently an important countervailing force has emerged, one that can make the process of starting a company less risky. It’s a methodology called the “lean start-up,” and it favors experimentation over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over traditional “big design up front” development. (Source: HBR)
Held on May 3rd - 5th at the beautiful Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, Riverside’s first ever Startup Weekend was a resounding success! The event was organized by Benjamin Mueller, Mike Kennedy and Conley Read and facilitated by Sally Ng. More that 70 entrepreneurs and volunteers participated in the 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. (Source: StartupWeekend.org)
Ralph Richardson, opened up the event on Friday with a keynote address on the Business Model Canvas and also volunteered to coach some of the teams as they prepared for their pitches on Sunday.
Celebrity judges included the Mayor of Riverside - Rusty Bailey, President of Inland Empire Tech Coast Angels - Molly Schmid and CEO of Terrafore - Rajan Kasetty.
Congratulations to all of the participants and winners of Startup Weekend!
- 1st Place - FetchIt
- 2nd Place - SnapShopIt
- 3rd Place - LegalBeast
In case you were not able to attend the event - check out the links below:
UCR Today published a great article on the event:
Flickr photo gallery:
Gingle video archive:
Startup Weekend Riverside Website:
Follow the Startup Weekend Riverside Twitter:
We had a good laugh at the hilarious marketing video for new Pizza Compass app after reading about it yesterday on Mashable. Zeus Gorham Munkist is hilarious and you pretty much can’t resist buying the app after watching his pitch.
The app is actually pretty cool too. It accurately points you in the direction of Pizza all around you and gets it mouth-watering data from the FourSquare API.
Pizza Compass is a great example of a simple (MVP) idea executed well. Kudos to the app’s creator, Dan Blackman.