Getting to know … Performance Design

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I had a chat with Mark Pickering from Performance Design (, which is a company that builds performance tools for RX-8.

Mark talked about the importance of finding a suitable business partner and setting suitable goals for people involved and the affect that had on his business.

It is important that your able to set clear goals to people, in the standard work world its easy you turn up to work do your defined task and then you will get paid, but in the startup world these rules are flexible. Make sure before you start a project you have sat down with the person and both of you can answer : you will do W by X and if you do then you get Y if not then Z will happen. If you can do that then

The business lesson of the week was the art of judging when you should keep at something and when you shouldnt. Are you the crazy old miner that is seeking gold when its all over or are you the inch away from the jackpot seam ?

Mark is looking for people who can help him with some marketing strategy, can you help him or know somebody who can ? Why not drop a line to me @jamesmcc and we can record an interview about what advice you would give.


Getting to know … Designerholic

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Here is the first in a series of videos of some Bizspark partners, hopefully we can all learn some pointers about getting our startups to succeed from other startups.

The interview is with Dale Cameron from Designerholic, which is a great Australian site for getting design work built at a low cost.

Got a question about your startup then please feel free to send it through or leave a message below. I look forward to your questions.

Example Content from Teched

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A few people have approached me to give them the sample code that I demoed at teched, I finally found some spare time this weekend to zip things up and place them here on my blog.

DEV310 Make Some Magic! Shake, Flip and Flick Your Application for Windows Mobile 6.5!
Sensor Examples Code
More Sensor Examples

DEV370 Channelling your inner sexiness and other developer tricks for Windows Mobile
Example Alpha Blending (Includes free photo of Loke Uei Tan)

Hope it helps some people.

Disclaimer: All code provided as an example only and is only intended for use a learning tool.

We are coming for Dinner: Debug Days Next Week


As part of the windows mobile 6.5 Marketplace launch myself and some other windows mobile people are next week coming to visit you to make sure your apps are ready for marketplace.

Ok so we are supplying the pizza and the venue but we want to answer your questions and solve your problems.

These Debug Days will be held from 4.30pm till 9pm on;

* Monday August 10th – Microsoft Brisbane, Level 9 Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St, Brisbane
* Tuesday August 11th – Microsoft Sydney, 1 Epping Road, North Ryde
* Wednesday August 12th – Microsoft Melbourne, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank

If you have a topic that you would like us to cover twitter myself at @jamesmcc and come along and we will cover it.

The full blurb about the event can be found here on the codemason site

Just been profiled on Codesmason Guild

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It exciting to be help out the local Microsoft team with the release of windows mobile 6.5, I have been lucky enough to be profiled on the Codemason Guild site although I think looking at the others bios I need to get a wordsmith in the guild to write more words about me.

Today we also announced the debug days that will be in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne starting on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week respectively.

More information about that coming soon.

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