How To Write Functional Specs

Thursday, March 12, 2020
By dreeves
Electromagnetic spectrum

We’re assuming here that you’re already conceptually on board with writing specs. If you’re skeptical, Joel Spolsky will set you straight! Here’s my own mini-pitch for specs: Writing... »

The Startup Egg-Basket Principle

Friday, February 28, 2020
By dreeves
A basket of eggs with a bee flying around it. And a butterfly but we don't care about butterflies.

The startup egg-basket principle is: put all your eggs in one basket. Be laser-focused on the one thing you’re best at. If you’re scrambling for survival, focus only on the one most promising thing for making the startup sustainable. For example, most startups should focus exclusively on their premium plans and not have a free plan. So much... »

Death to Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads, Part 2

Monday, February 17, 2020
By dreeves
A literal road

If you’re just tuning in, and if you care about this for pragmatic rather than philosophical reasons, you’ll want to start with (or stick with) our announcement that we have fully killed off auto-widening yellow brick roads. This is the part where we philosophize about why... »

Feature Unannouncement: Auto-Widening Yellow Brick Roads Have Gone Manual

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
By bsoule
Wide load farm equipment

In which we explain how a big feature of early Beeminder, auto-widening yellow brick roads, was wrong-headed and what we’re doing now instead. This is Part 1 with Just The Facts and the probably-very-safe-assumption that you don’t care about the convoluted... »

Beeminder Buzz Press Roundup 2019

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
By dreeves
Pendleton Roundup, Press Roundup

This is our 14th press roundup! The internet seems to just keep on loving us. We’re very touched! Our last one was a year ago, making this one pretty much a 2019 year-in-review, Beeminder-buzz-wise. (Speaking of years-in-review, we also collected a list of things... »

Meet The New Gmail Zero, Same As The Old Gmail Zero

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
By Adam Wolf
Gmail Zero (with labels)

Announcement! We’ve reworked Gmail goals to use a label instead of an arbitrary search query, because Google is making us. (Not just us. Any app wanting access to things like arbitrary search queries has to go through a $10k+ security audit now!) If you need to do something about your Gmail... »