Today we’re happy to introduce a whole new Antenna Radio for iPhone – faster, more robust, and easier to use than ever before. For the past several months we’ve been quietly observing our users and listening to their feedback. Now, in Antenna Radio 3.0, you can see and hear the difference.
Alan Braverman discusses the criteria that is used by The Giant Pixel for deciding what to build next: “Giant Pixel’s strike team of programmers, designers and marketers start with a simple, age-old technique: the power of lists. We maintain a big list of potential projects contributed by individuals or emerging from brainstorming sessions. We kick the ideas around internally, refining some, eliminating others, and always adding new ones.”
“We review them at weekly meetings, eventually pick one, and crank out a prototype. The process is continually repeated, generating multiple embryonic startups gestating in parallel. Successful ideas grow into independent businesses that are spun out of the studio, and failures are discarded.”
Today Giant Pixel is glad to announce our latest product, Nama.
At Giant Pixel we’re developers and product designers with a start-up mindset who have successfully built products in companies of all sizes. In our experience we learned that:
- Existing tools were complicated and didn’t actually help manage projects
- There was no way to easily give the entire company visibility to what was happening with projects
- Schedules were hard to adhere to because dates were arbitrary, requirements kept changing and too many stakeholders caused competing priorities
- We found ourselves using multiple tools to keep track of tasks and conversations about them
We are developing what we believe will be the best software for helping your organization prioritize, resource and meet your goals – and give you the earliest warning when that won’t happen so you can do something about it. We’ve been developing Nama with feedback in mind, feedback for everyone at your company – not just your development team. We know this will make your company more efficient, more transparent and ultimately more productive. The days of asking “is it done yet”, “when will it be done” and “why wasn’t this done” will be a thing of the past.
We are still in the very early days of Nama, so pardon our dust! We are rapidly improving Nama to meet your needs, and we hope to rely on you to give us feedback either by using the feedback form to your lower right, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is something you really like, something you don’t like, or something you think would improve your use of Nama, let us know – we will be delighted to hear from you, even if it is something you don’t like 🙂
From all of us on the Nama team, we look forward to bringing you the best project management software possible.
Lydia Dishman at Fast Company writes: “A tech startup veteran, Alan Braverman is set to disrupt the way new software companies launch. Here’s a look inside The Giant Pixel Corporation’s Studio for Startups.”
Jonathan Shieber at TechCrunch writes: “Giant Pixel is launching a new startup studio to create mobile-focused application companies. Based in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, Giant Pixel is one of several companies looking to change the ways in which entrepreneurs and investors think about starting up businesses. The company is the brain child of seasoned entrepreneurs and angel investors Alan Braverman, Elliot Loh, and John Cwikla.”
Michael Carney at PandoDaily writes about Giant Pixel’s startup studio model: “But there’s another slightly less common model of parallel startup building that arises more often when its founders are entrepreneurs themselves rather than investors, and want to continue building, only in bulk.”
Laura Baverman (no relation) at USA Today writes: “This week, Alan Braverman, John Cwikla and Elliot Loh will announce their new start-up studio in San Francisco. The Giant Pixel Corporation has a team of developers and designers coming up with new start-up ideas, creating prototypes and testing them with potential users or consumers. So far, they’ve built the mobile app Antenna, which recommends talk radio and podcasts based on what you like (as Pandora does for music), and a project management tool for software developers. A third project is a secret.”