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Readings 2-12-09

These readings have a direct impact on your site ideas that you’re pitching next week. Be sure to read them through before finalizing your site idea, and give yourself time to let them sink in & influence

All these readings come from the book Getting Real, by Chicago web developers 37signals. While the book is explicitly written for developing a web application, most of the ideas are applicable to any kind of web-based product, including sites like yours. The whole thing is worth reading (and free online), but here are some excerpts that will help to guide this last leg of your idea:

What’s the Big Idea?
Hire the Right Customers
Make Opinionated Software
Start with No

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