Are they hits to the front page? Direct would suggest something like a Twitter client or email. But I don't see much mention of your url on Twitter. Perhaps it's been shortened. Really annoying that there's probably no way to figure out what's going on in that case. What's the network distribution of your visitors? Does it look legit?
Who here thinks that Zuck has always known about this contract? And has been praying every day that Ceglia had forgotten about it / died / etc. And the stress and stakes rose day after day, Zuck dying on the inside like w/ the tell-tale heart, stress coming through the cracks at his AllThingsD meltdown, etc...?
I've been thinking about this too. I feel awesome that Amazon reached out to me but does that mean it's better than Droid/Berry/Nokia? If I agree to any new opportunity, what if it's the next Microsoft KIN/ZUNE (I doubt it)? Even if Amazon sells a million kindles a month (12 million a year), it would take them a few years to catch up to droid/berry/nokia? It seems like a high risk/high reward situation when I don't even know if the Kindle app store will work out at all. Whereas, the other markets are proven. I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just talking about a different angle of approach.
OTOH, wouldn't you be more discoverable in a sparsely-populated Kindle App Store than a Droid or Berry Store filled with competition? I've got to stop replying to this. It makes me seem like I'm pimping Amazon. I feel unclean.
Interesting ideas. I think I agree with trafficlight's reply. Without domain knowledge, it's hard to tell whether these are real pain points or not. Like - which of these are actually costing people money right now? Which of them need the human touch (e.g. plumbing scheduling, carpet cleaning sales)?
And then selling to these small businesses - how do you scale it? I almost think there's a meta problem here, of small business outreach. How can you connect people to tools that might improve their businesses - where are they even looking for tools to improve their business?
If someone is succeeding as a programmer, that says nothing about how they'll do as a manager. Therefore pushing for that promotion is a good way to wind up getting promoted to something you such at. Which is the Peter Principle at work.
Are we failing on ambiguity here? If by "it" you mean "the peter principle", then yes I think it's very true.
But here, by assumption, the programmer is not competent (I doubt this is so, but that was the context) and petercooper's suggestion -- a good one -- was to consider getting promoted into a perhaps more suitable position. That's the inverse of PP.