Winners Win, Losers Lose
Recently, we came across something Joe Kraus, Google Ventures partner, wrote on the
lies we tell ourselves, especially the lie that if a startup fails that its founders will come back better and stronger than ever. He quotes a 2008 HBR study that says that if first-time entrepreneurs win in their first venture, they've got a 30% success rate of winning in their next venture. If they fail, they've only got a 20% chance of succeeding the next time around.
When it comes to success, there are really only two buckets — winning and losing. The more you win, the more likely you are to win again. If you lose, the more likely you are to lose again. It's a harsh truth I learned early on in my childhood playing competitive sports.
In business, we talk a lot about the concept of
fail fast. But the name is really a misnomer. It's not a strategy for dealing for failure. It's a strategy to win. It's a means to get to the wrong answer quickly. Fail fast is about learning to rapidly iterate through tests so that in the end you can get the big win. Think of it this way, it's better to figure out early on that an idea sucks than waste your time and gobs of money trying to perfect a bad idea that you don't realize is bad.
But we shouldn't seek failure. A bunch of small failures don't add up to the big win. Fail fast shouldn't be used as an excuse to fail. And that's something true winners get. They not only know how to win, they also know how to fail so they can win in the end. They realize that failing fast is only one means at their disposal to get there. Which is why fail fast doesn't really work for those who are used to losing.
If you haven't won, you don't what it takes to succeed. You haven't learned how. All you've learned is how to fail. That's not to say that those who've failed can't make it to the winners circle, but it's much more harder to get there.
We've been fortunate over the years in that we've won more than we've lost, learning from our successes and applying that knowledge so that we can continue winning. But enough of that — on with the news!
A New Take on Responsive Tables
Let's face it, trying to make data tables work in a responsive layouts is a huge pain. Tables don't overflow and don't actually shrink all the way down when viewed on a smartphone. So we took a look at the responsive tables that were out there and we weren't too happy with what we found.
We wanted to try and do better — creating responsive tables that don't break our layouts, doesn't unnecessarily hide table data and still allows you to compare rows with key columns. And we managed to cook something up.
Recently, we redesigned ZURBexpo so that the newest content was pushed out front and center. We originally threw up a rather static, ho-hum page, but we knew that we'd go back and make it better. We've finally gotten around to it and have truly transformed the page into a hub for all our ZURBexpo properties.
In Case You Missed It: "The CSS Source Code Behind Our Manifesto"
We’ve heard from folks on how impressed they were with our ZURBmanifesto page, which outlines the core values of ZURB in a clear and concise way. Chris, who helped put it together, took us behind the scenes to show us the CSS under the hood. Here’s an excerpt from his blog post on the subject:
"We really wanted the transition between each slide to be memorable and eye-catching. We used multiple backgrounds that changed position as the user scrolls down the page, creating an effect of depth and movement. We also used sketches that were specific to each section to help add to the story in a visually fun way. These were animated, but aren't affected by scrolling, just triggered by the position of the scroll bar. This way, they act as little surprises that reveal themselves in a unique way for each slide, even if the user stops scrolling."
Building a Modern Grid System
We can no longer design with one specific device in mind. We have to design across all devices and do so quickly. To do that, we need a modern grid system. We delved into this subject when our friends over at .net asked if we could write a tutorial for their website. We also took the opportunity to provide a special sneak peek at the work we're currently doing for Foundation 3.0.
Don't Accept the Status Quo
We had a blast with Stack Overflow Co-Founder and Coding Horror blogger Jeff Atwood's soapbox. During Jeff's nearly 50-minute talk, not only did he dive deep into the origins of Stack Overflow, but he gave us some great insight into why we should never accept the status quo even if we have to reinvent a few wheels.
New Job Listings on ZURBjobs
Our friends at Olark and Best Buy have a few new job listings at ZURBjobs. Olark is looking for a DevOps to help them automate their deployments. Best Buy is looking for a Senior Director of Interaction Design, Senior Manager of Interaction Design and an Interaction Designer.
We're always on the lookout for talented people who can help us build great things. What we need is always changing, but it's our philosophy to hire people, not roles. We're currently on the hunt for a Team Coordinator
to help shape our culture, office and team. Think you've got the chops?