Judging an iPhone Development Contest

This evening I’m going to USC to judge an iPhone development contest being held at USC. It should be interesting–and a lot of fun. Part of my goal is to keep an eye out for good talent we may want to poach, and part of my goal is to judge the applications according to concept, user experience, implementation and business model.

Now me, I’m not good on the business model side of the fence: I tend to think of a business model as being “make a good product and sell it for a reasonable price”, which means half of the business models used nowadays in the tech industry makes no sense to me. But what do I know? On the other hand, user experience, and implementation: now all that I’ve got in spades, and I intend to be an opinionated bastard tonight, turning it into a teachable moment if at all possible.

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