Small business, big mistake: Building our product without input from our customers

Welcome to “Small Business, Big Mistake” where entrepreneurs face up to their biggest blunders and share advice to help your company steer clear of the same fate Consider the following scenario: You’ve spent eight months creating a brilliant new product – one that you know the world needs and one that you’ve poured your heart and time into.

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‘You will not be arrested for using drugs’: What a sane drug policy looks like

Authorities in the Netherlands are warning Amsterdam tourists about heroin masquerading as cocaine, which has already killed several people and sent a number of others to the hospital. The campaign is striking because you’d never see one like it in the U.S.: “You will not be arrested for using drugs in Amsterdam,” the fliers promise.

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A Smithsonian paleontologist fact-checked the ‘Jurassic World’ trailer. His take? ‘Meh.’

The first trailer for “Jurassic World” came out this week, and skeptical paleontologists everywhere are raising eyebrows about the “Jurassic Park” franchise reboot. As Hans-Dieter Sues, National Museum of Natural History Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, said in an e-mail to The Post: “Meh.” “It looks like a standard monster movie,” Sues said after viewing the clip.

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‘Uber ridge’ sends temperatures soaring in Alaska, crashing in Lower 48

It’s really cold across the U.S. this week. Temperatures have been running up to 40 degrees below average in the central U.S., and that cold air is now seeping east. Another Arctic invasion, which is expected to be even chillier than this week’s for the eastern states, is expected early next week.

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A lot of the celebrities who appeared in the midterm Rock The Vote PSA didn’t actually vote in the last midterm

Celebrities are less likely to vote in midterm elections, just like us! Rock The Vote released a public service announcement last month with a parody of Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” that featured public figures who explained why they planned to vote in the midterm elections, but according to public records, a number of them didn’t vote in the last midterm election.

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C-SPAN professes bewilderment over spat with White House

C-SPAN spokesman Howard Mortman tells the Erik Wemple Blog that the public affairs network has received scant-to-no cooperation from the White House over the four years since it engaged in a spat with key presidential aides over video footage. “We’ve always been bewildered by this incident,” Mortman said yesterday afternoon.

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The Post to power technology at the University of Maryland, Columbia University student newspapers

The Washington Post today announces it will provide software and technology to the student newspapers at the University of Maryland ( The Diamondback) and Columbia University ( The Columbia Daily Spectator), giving them access to the same advanced digital tools and technology that The Post’s newsroom uses every day.

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Asset seizures fuel police spending

“It’s legit. We’re not buying stuff just to buy stuff,” he said, adding, “We spend the money if we have it. . . . It’s pretty cool. We’re not only able to help us, we’re able to help others.” -Braselton Assistant Chief Lou Solis In interviews, Assistant Chief Lou Solis said that not all the reported spending went to items for the town police.

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U.S. threatened massive fine to force Yahoo to release data

The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand for user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday that illuminate how federal officials forced American tech companies to participate in the NSA’s controversial Prism program.

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New low for Fox & Friends: Joking about Ray Rice elevator assault

In one of today’s top news stories, TMZ has published new and alarming video from the incident in which Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator of an Atlantic City hotel. The footage shows Rice striking Palmer, at which point she falls against the elevator’s handrail and then appears to pass out.

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I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.

A teenager is fatally shot by a police officer; the police are accused of being bloodthirsty, trigger-happy murderers; riots erupt. This, we are led to believe, is the way of things in America. It is also a terrible calumny; cops are not murderers. No officer goes out in the field wishing to shoot anyone, armed or unarmed.

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With Highway Patrol, hugs and kisses replace tear gas in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. – Suddenly, everything has changed. The heavy riot armor, the SWAT trucks with sniper posts, the hostile glares: tonight in Ferguson they were gone. A stunning change in tone radiated through the suburban streets where protests had turned violent each of the last four evenings following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest

For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald’s a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown’s shooting as a staging area. Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby. But inside there’s WiFi and outlets, so it’s common for reporters to gather there. That was the case Wednesday.

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Water, water everywhere: The anatomy of Tuesday’s flash flooding event

On Tuesday morning around 10 a.m., an area of very intense rainfall set up over the Washington-Baltimore region, and then parked there for the rest of the afternoon. The precise location of the heaviest rain accumulation was not anticipated in advance, as is often the case in summertime, flash flood-producing storms – an unfortunate shortcoming of even our best forecasting efforts.

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Iraqi Yazidis stranded on isolated mountaintop begin to die of thirst

Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst. Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier.

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In ‘sexting case’ Manassas City police want to photograph teen in sexually explicit manner, lawyers say

A Manassas City teenager accused of ” sexting ” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said.

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Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds

People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study. Storms with female names have historically killed more people because they neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.

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Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep working to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.

An annual year-end kindergarten show has been canceled at a New York school because the kids have to keep working so they will be “college and career” ready. Really. That’s what it says in a letter (see below) sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers.

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