Archive for the 'Web Applications' Category

Premium, one-time selling

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

A half-baked idea for how to differentiate a merchant ecommerce service:
I just did a Google search for “sell one product”. I saw plenty of services and products that would allow me to setup a website, buy a shopping cart, apply for a merchant account, do some advertising, and eventually start selling my product; but what […]


Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

A friend of mine recently asked me to have a chat with Chuck Groom, one of the creators of a new service called Billmonk. When Chuck first began to explain his business to me, I’ll admit, it took me a few minutes to decide if this was an original concept, or just PayPal’s “group […]

Fun with pricing

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Yesterday, while our team was working on a pricing model for a new product we’re developing, I found myself dreaming of split payments again. If you have ever read this blog, you’re probably aware I am a big proponent of split payments, and think PayPal would benefit a great deal by providing this functionality. […]

I’m cheap

Monday, December 19th, 2005

There’s been a lot going on around here the past few months. In addition to Coinbridge, my consultancy business, I’ve been working on a brand new startup. We started working on the idea three months ago and are still yet to write a single line of code. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “Three […]

Split Payments Defined (part two)

Monday, December 12th, 2005

The concept of split payments is kind of like cc-ing someone in an email, but with a payment. Unlike being copied on an email that allows everyone to view the entire email, a split payment is divided into parts with no single recepient ever receiving the whole thing. The receiving fees due to PayPal would […]

Split Payments (part one)

Friday, December 9th, 2005

A letter to all entrepreneurs with the following interests/aspirations: Web 2.0, payment systems, saving money, executing quickly and being successful.
Dear entrepreneurs,
Please take two minutes out of your caffeine-fueled workdays to consider the following facts:
Fact: Building a payment system that’s similar to PayPal from scratch—even if on a much smaller scale and with only a handful […]


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

We’ve been on the fence lately, considering which type of web statistics package to buy for Coinbridge and our new web application. I’ve always considered buying Click Tracks. Their UI looked much better than similar products, and their functionality seemed competitive. So, when I discovered that Google bought Urchin (which I never thought we […]

Usability research starts today

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

I’m conducting usability sessions this afternoon and I debated whether I should spare the time to post a quick note, considering all the preperation I still have to do. Our office is a mess, I haven’t completed the task sheet or even gone to the bank yet to get the cash I’ll need to pay […]

Do you use enough paper?

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Every designer I know, has a unique design process. Paper prototyping is an important part of my design process, and if you don’t use it, I recommend you start. I love this methodology because it has tons of benefits at almost no cost.
My paper prototyping process is as follows:
Sketch out key screens
I start by […]

Our first app

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Every day our phone rings and we get to talk to entrepreneurs who are busy cooking up great businesses and are coming to us for help accepting payments online. I thought I already knew a lot about what small to medium-sized merchants needed in terms of payment tools; but my picture of what “it” is… […]