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Sending Customer Development Surveys

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over 4 years ago

A friend of mine just asked me for some advice on sending surveys. This is the list I came up with. Sending surveys is an important part of early customer development; it helps you test a hypothesis and delivers you “perception” data. You can track how a user interacts with your service, it’s ...

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Greg on PBS

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To any readers for whom this has not yet aired: Greg is on Newshour and on The Charlie Rose show this evening, talking, I believe, about recipes. Or Yemen. He has also been on CNN, but I am not sure of the time. So tune in.

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On Saying Silly Things

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Veteran Waq al-Waq readers can probably skip this post, as it reiterates things we've been saying on the blog for about a year now (and to our incredibly lucky family and friends for much longer). But as Yemen has had an incredibly quick rise to the top of the news in the last couple of weeks, we ...

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Huthi News

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Greg mentioned below that there is news about the Huthi rebellion being drowned out a little by all the AQAP coverage. For those new to the blog, we won't get too deep into the history of the war. Suffice it to say that even if your only concern is al-Qaeda, this is a draining and distracting ...

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Monday Papers

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Waq al-waq topped 5,000 visitors yesterday, which is a new high for us, welcome to all you newcomers. For those that don't know, I run a periodic (that is, whenever the mood strikes me) round-up of the morning papers on Yemen. Here is today's effort: Both News Yemen and al-Sahwa report on the ...

Daylight Atheism

Stigmata Scars

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over 4 years ago

By Sarah Braasch I'm scared to expose myself like this. But, I'm tired of the shame and the guilt and the fear. I have something important to say. And, I want to comfort other victims of religious abuse who feel alone and afraid. I grew up in an abusive Jehovah's Witness home. When people ...

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Terror Crackdown

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Amid fears of further terrorist attacks the Yemeni government has ordered an “unprecedented” number of troops into the region controlled by Al Qaeda. The move comes as both the US and Britain closed their embassies in the capital Sana yesterday after reported threats. “The Obama administration ...

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Tallest Tower

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Dubai is set to open the world’s tallest building today, although many of the offices are unfinished, as the emirate tries to re-establish hope amid the financial crisis. “The Burj Dubai, built by about 12,000 labourers and standing at a reported height of 818 metres, will open on Monday amid tight ...

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God Online?

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“Malaysians are flocking online to debate a contentious court ruling that allows local Roman Catholics to use the word Allah as a translation for God. The editor of Malaysia's ‘Herald, The Catholic Weekly’, Father Lawrence Andrew, shows a Holy Bible written in Arabic to members of the media as he ...