The Cornerplay is 100 days old

It’s been 100 days since we started the Cornerplay. Wow! Time flies. This blog started out as a hobby, a creative outlet away from work, and I hope to keep it that way.

It was hard sometimes to maintain the discipline to post everyday. On average, each post takes two hours to write and so my nights have been consumed by this blog. I don’t watch TV any more, but that’s probably a good thing.

The Cornerplay has reached over 10,000 readers, which doesn’t sound like a lot until you consider it’s the 10,000 best looking people on the planet. Every single one of them reading this awesome blog. And somewhere along the way you helped us pick a logo.

Today, The Cornerplay is syndicated via two weekly columns: every Thursday at TechSpot, a leading tech publication with 4 million readers; and every Monday on e27, Asia’s leading technopreneur website. I’m honored to be affiliated with these two fine publications.

Not that I’m biased, but I written some good stuff over the past 100 days. 🙂 Please excuse the rampant indulgence, but here are some of my favorites:

Before you start a company, better read this. I’m extremely proud of this post — it’s the one advice I would give to aspiring entrepreneurs and it’s straight from the heart.

A Steve Ballmer story that helps explain Microsoft. One of my favorites because it talks about how hard it is to lead a major technology company; and provides insight into how Microsoft went from top dog to also-ran in mobile tech.

The case for the high risk 10x moonshot strategyI just love this story because it addresses the tension that every tech company large and small have: do you go with business evaluation or product vision?

Hey Panos, here’s how your keynote could have been betterYou know that feeling you get when you complete something and just know you absolutely nailed it? I got that for this one. The Surface Pro 3 keynote could have gone so much better and the article was specific as to how. It took nearly 12 hours to put it together and it was so worth it. The reaction to this story was phenomenal.

People at Echelon are too good lookingProbably my most successful story to date in terms of reach: it was shared 312 times on Facebook. It was the right story at the right time and tapped into emotions many conference attendees felt. I rewrote the story 3x just to get the tone right. I’m glad I put in the effort!

HBO’s Silicon Valley totally nails East AsiansGood satire is hard to write, and I thought I did OK here. While this is a tech blog first and foremost, it felt good to take on weightier social issues.

The world can be utopia if technology does your job. I would trade the last 5 years of my life in exchange for 1 healthy year 1,000 years from now; just so I can see what the future holds and how humanity progressed. Will technology be our virtue, as the story predicts, or will it be our doom? Time will prove science fiction a reality.

Vurb wins TC Disrupt NY, yet their mobile app will probably fail. Disagree with the biggest minds in technology by predicting the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt will fail? Ballsy, but that’s how we roll at The Cornerplay.

Apple won’t disrupt Sony or Microsoft in games with Apple TVI just love, love Ben Thompson’s blog. He’s an amazing writer and so insightful. His blog is basically what I hope The Cornerplay can be more like, though lack of time (and talent) may never make that a reality. Nevertheless, I disagreed with Ben on one of his dissertations, took him on mano-to-mano and actually came out OK.

Videogames are a sport, but it may never be an Olympic-level one. I used to be a hardcore, competitive gamer so this topic is near and dear to my heart.

Success requires both great product and great marketingThe romantics believe that if you build a great product, the rest will come. That’s just not true.

What apps and websites should copy from IKEA. This didn’t get much attention, but I think the advice is rock solid. So many entrepreneurs make this error.

Know what’s better than Youtube’s personalized homepage? The un-personalized one. How often does Google make a mistake in product execution, especially for one of their most popular and mature products? This is one of those rare cases.

Oculus Rift may be the future, but $2 billion is a lot for maybeFacebook paid too much and I thought this article was a thorough smackdown on that point. Good job, self. Pats own back. Audience groans.

Poke loses to Snapchat – it could have won, easilyI like the strategy I laid out for Facebook to have beaten Snapchat, and it’s not even one that required 20/20 vision.

Smartphone navigation might go the way of FacebookI make a bold prediction in this post, but few noticed. That’s OK — I’m saving this for the day I’m proven right.

The only meaningful advantage Chromebooks have over Windows laptops is price. Chromebooks are a media darling but I don’t think they are ready for prime time. The biggest reason people buy them is because of price and I thought the story did a decent job making that argument.

What’s the point of an iWatch? Technology writers can lose sight of the bigger picture sometimes. The iWatch being more of a fashion accessory than a technology device is a great example of that. It feels like we’re the lone voice on this. And that actually makes me feel proud.

Yo! This is really really dumb! There can be so much bullshit at the alter of success in technology.

Need a flagship-quality phone? Here’s our recommendationShockingly, this post influenced a lot of my friends’ phone purchases.

The only thing hot about Amazon Fire is Firefly. The story appeared on Techmeme, enough said! I thought it was just an OK piece, but it was timely and that seems like a key driver to getting on Techmeme. Unfortunately, being the first to post about something is not our strong point.

Without these 9 changes, your OnePlus One sucksIt’s not the most thought provoking piece, but these 9 tips on how to make the OnePlus One a better phone got an overwhelming response on the OnePlus One forum. It feels good to be appreciated.

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