Figma or XD (again)

I’m all set up at my new desk. I have a riches of monitor space. They are attached to arms so I can lift it up and show the work to someone standing next to me. My new laptop is the Dell XPS 13-9350. No USB port! Crazy, but its working well so far.

I’ve been working in Figma designing my new product, and I just got an email from Adobe announcing their 2018 line including the new Adobe XD. I am still so torn on which tool to commit to.

On the one hand, Figma has concurrency, constraints and a good component library.  On the other hand, Adobe is going to pour resources into their product. They already have the library somewhat matched.

If I take the long view, I should choose Adobe. They are going to win the war. They are too big with too many resources.

If I take short view, Figma is better now and I can always learn Adobe later.  However, I know me and I tend to stick with one tool for a long time.

This is a hard choice. If Adobe had their concurrent designing worked out then I would probably switch now. I am going to install XD now and just play with it for a few minutes.

I just noticed that it’s a 7-Day Trial.  Hmm. $10 per month or $119.88 a year. Are you serious Adobe? A 12 cent discount?! This bullshit alone makes me want to stick with Figma. That’s just lame. It would have been better to not include an annual option at all.

Sometimes Adobe makes it so hard to love them.

Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite

For a business, I think Office 365 is a better choice than GSuite.

Office 365 G Suite
Rich Desktop Apps Nope
Online Web Apps Same
Separate identify Confused with my personal gmail
Microsoft Teams (for Chat) Need to buy Slack
Skype for Video Need Slack or other
SharePoint (Wiki) Need to buy Confluence
Works on Mobile Same
Calendar is great Calendar sucks
$13/user/month $10-$25/user/month
1TB Storage Same

First, I can’t stand the Google business calendar. I really hate it. I miss meetings all the time because it has to rely on the browser to notify me. With a desktop app, you get more functionality and still can use the online version whenever you want. Outlook Web Access used to be terrible, it is true. But these days it works great.

I understand that the BRAND of Google is better than the brand of Microsoft. I get that. However, that doesn’t mean the actual product is better. I have been using G Suite for the past 2 years and I have hated it almost the entire time. I miss Office. It is just better in almost every way.

I like Slack, but it’s not integrated with the rest of my personal stack. I like Confluence, but its not integrated into anything else. Microsoft Teams and SharePoint are solid products.

There are sheeple out there who refuse to give Office a chance. I beg them, please, please, please…give Office a chance.

Side note: I am presenting at Stanford tonight. It’s a guest lecture kind of thing. I love Stanford. If I could design the campus of my dreams, it would be Stanford.

More (Unfortunate) Thoughts on Self-Driving Cars

I think the first big markets to pick up self-driving cars will be Long Haul Trucks and Taxi-Cabs.

Long Haul Trucks
It makes sense to transform shipping into a robotic effort. It’s cheaper and safer. However, I see one flaw.

People are assholes. – Glen

There was this robotic hitchhiker experiment where the little guy would travel around the united states. 2 weeks in, he was found decapitated in the woods. People are assholes. Not all people. Some people are assholes.

If there were self-driving 18-wheel trucks, some people would want to derail them or even hijack them. In fact, it would likely be the teamsters who are put out of work who would sabotage the new trucks. The solution is kind of stupid. You hire the teamsters who were put out of work to “guard” the trucks. So basically, these people would create jobs for themselves. They would say, “It would be a real shame if your self-driving truck was hijacked. Real shame indeed. You need our protection.”

I believe people would be terrible to the self-driving cars for the same reason they are terrible on twitter. It’s anonymous. People would not feel nearly the same shame from hurting a robot as they do with human beings.

Taxi-cabs
This seems like a no brainer for Uber and Lyft. However, the same problem is going to happen. People will defecate and throw up in the car. They will break the windows and draw on the seats. They will spill their sodas on purpose because they will have no respect for the cab. It’s not owned by a human being. Not everyone will be rude, but enough people will ruin it for everyone else.

Of course, you can have the exact same solution. You hire someone to be a guard of the tax which is stupid. Why are we like this? What is wrong with us?  We are literally the worst.

If robots kill us all, they will likely have VERY good reasons. It’s because we are assholes. They will likely say, either you “people” start being nice or we are going to treat you like pets and put leashes on you.

We are so close to nanobot swarm conscious transferring virtual reality where we can all be gods. Can we please just keep it together for a few more decades? Please? Stop voting for numbskulls. Stop polluting. Stop killing each other. Man, we suck.

LinkedIn Loose Connections

Linked does not care if you know the people you are connected with.  Look at this screen they just put in front of me.

Add 381 connections!!  I don’t know those people! LinkedIn is saying to me, “Hey, why don’t you send out 381 emails to people you don’t know asking to connect?” I guarantee that other people click this button all the time. LinkedIn is making a mockery of what a connection is. It’s not someone you know. It’s meaningless.

I don’t even understand the point anymore. If everyone is connected to everyone, then NO CONNECTIONS MATTER!

LinkedIn needs to introduce multiple levels of connections.

  1. Who dis? – people like the 381. I don’t remember shaking their hand at that conference that one time in 2011.
  2. Acquaintance – you recognize them, you remember them, and you would say hello if you saw them in a bar.
  3. BFF – people you recommend or can make an introduction to.

They can change the names if they want, but the levels make sense.

 

I think LinkedIn is making a terrible mistake with screens like this.  They are devaluing their own crown jewels. The work social network is not twitter followers.

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Moving on from Engagio & MarTech

After 9 years of Marketo and 2 years of Engagio, I am moving on to a non-martech product. Engagio has a great future ahead of it and as a shareholder, I fully expect them to go public and be worth billions of dollars.

I think I have built a good product foundation at Engagio that hopefully will serve them well for years to come. I have made great friends there that hopefully will stay in touch with me.

As for Marketing, I have appreciated all of you and how wonderful it is to design products for you. There are so many moments of pride and awe in my relationship with marketing departments around the world and specifically the Bay Area. Some marketing shout-outs: (in order I met them)

  • To Kelly Abner, my first marketing guinea pig. He made Marketo a workable product more than any other human being. His feedback was golden.
  • To Jon Miller who taught me how thought leadership can build a billion dollar brand.
  • To Jen Erale and Jodi Florence, the two first marketers I ever taught Marketo to.
  • To Emily Salus who created the hardest problems to solve, but made the product better.
  • To Maria Pergolino who taught me what inbound marketing was and how to run an event. She is a force of nature.
  • To Jason Miller who invented content marketing before my eyes. Incredibly creativity oozes from him.
  • To Heather Watkins and Liz Courter who were the best customer marketers I have known.
  • To Sandra Freeman who is the best field/event marketing person in the world – She took care of me at every Summit and I thank her for every memory.
  • To Jeff Cowan who will always be the “voice of god” at any event in my mind.
  • To Davis Lee – creative services counts as marketing damnit! (Nathan Brauer, you count too)
  • To Josh Hill who wrote a 800 page book on Marketo and inspired Docs.marketo.com
  • To Joelle Kaufman the best CMO (and general executive) I have ever met.
  • To Jason Seeba who continues to be the model for creativity and excellence in marketing.
  • To Kristen Malkovich who was the inspiration for Engagio Playmaker and Scout.
  • To Jessica Cross who said “Thank you for my career” and made my heart melt. This means more to me than you know and I will carry it with me forever.
  • To Grant Grigorian who trusted me to take his baby and rename it Dash.
  • To everyone I forgot to mention. I know there are tons of you.

It’s a sad moment, but I am excited to build a new thing. I’ll give more detail on that later.

I don’t know what the future will hold and how our paths may cross in the future. All I can hope is that each of us is inspired by the people we work with and continue to move the world forward.

Love, Glen

New iPad OS – Worse

My iPad asked me to update the OS. Unfortunately, it changed a whole mess of stuff that made the usage worse. Everything seems more complicated. Some first day thoughts:

  1. I don’t want a more complicated dock at the bottom – I don’t want frequently used apps
  2. I don’t want to split screen
  3. I never ever want the video to play in a tiny window at the bottom. Never.
  4. I don’t want to 5-finger twist whatever gesture.
  5. I don’t want to pay money for iCloud so I can have apps that aren’t actually on my iPad.
  6. I DO want to adjust the brightness easily. I used to swipe up and adjust, now I need to tap 5 times in random places. Fail.
  7. I liked the Safari video controls on the top. I often watch the iPad while lying down on my back with the iPad on a pillow on my chest. Having the controls on the bottom make it harder to use.
  8. I don’t like Siri, fuck Siri. Sorry. “OK, Google and Alexa, can you get rid of Siri?”
  9. I don’t like the bizarre screen of recent things that I don’t know how it got there or how to make it go away.

On the flip side, the graphics look nice.

Ultimately, the product was doing fine for me. I didn’t need any new features. Sometimes, you just leave it alone and work on other products. People who wanted that shit are power users. Power users can ruin a product if you aren’t careful.

I’ll see if I get used to it, but right now I feel like Cynthia Nixon from Let it Ride.

I am pretty cheesed off about that jockey falling off that damn horse, Sid.

If you get it, I Iove you. If not, you are missing out on a great movie.