Archive for January, 2010

make art

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Art is an original gift, a connection that changes the recipient, a human ability to make a difference. Art isn’t a painting or even a poem, it’s something that any of us can do. If you interact with others, you have the platform to create something new—something that changes everything. I call that art.
Art is the opposite of trigonometry. Art doesn’t follow instructions or a manual or a boss’s orders. Instead, art is the very human act of creating the uncreated, of connecting with another person at a human level. What we’ve seen is that more and more markets will reward art handsomely, and hand out the compliant work to the lowest bidder.

from BrainWashed: a really interesting read by Seth Godin.

here’s the pdf:


endless opportunities, new apps, 2010 here we come!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

When Monty, Matt and I started High Five Labs we just had one basic construct in place: make the most useful mobile applications for students around the world. We launched our first suite of applications in the iTunes store about 2 months ago and have seen steady adoption and a large number of users writing to us with great feedback… here’s some feedback we’ve received from our users (there’s a lot more on the iTunes US Store):

Just wanted to let you guys know how much I like this application. It’s helped me a lot in expanding my vocabulary. My Mom and I went out on a Sunday afternoon for a burger shortly after I bought it and I showed it to her while I waited for the order to be ready. When I returned to the table she could hardly take her hands off my iPod and she has NEVER picked it up! Not once! It was a surprise to me! Keep up the great work! – Steph (Smart Vocab SAT customer)
Overall, this is a pretty good study tool and the best one available in the App Store (I looked at them all).  I like the quizzes and the fact that the program automatically makes you restudy the words that you missed in the quiz.  I also like the fact that when the quiz is done you can touch the word and get an automatic definition.  The BEST feature of this program is the directness of the definition.  Most, if not all, of the words have 1-3 words definitions. – Shavonne Williams (Smart Vocab GRE customer)
I just got this application tonight and it rockssss.Im preparing To take the GRE for PA school and I  was getting worry about my vocabulary being too narrow since english is my second language but with this app. None of that.I think Adding a audio feature would make the app a little bit better but other than that it’s amazing totally worth the money.keep up the great job guys!!!! – Johana (Smart Vocab GRE customer)

In 2009 we gave ourselves a chance and now its time to really step up the ante and do something great – endless opportunity…

We’ve really poured our heart and soul into these apps and we’ve gotten our startup moving. Today we just submitted a major release of the smart vocab series of apps to apple for review and we’re really setting ourselves up for success. We’ve seen some validation in the way our apps are performing in general on the iTunes Store but for 2010, rankings don’t necessarily mean much to us, its the positive feedback we hear from our customers that’s driving us to build better products. Everything else will follow.

Rankings really don’t mean much to us, but, we did break into the Top 100 multiple times in 2009. {evil grin}

For 2010, we’re geared up to release a number of applications which will truly engage our users and help them through their various problem areas in school or college. We’re also building our first application outside the education vertical because the three of us want this app and will find it useful, a lot of our friends have said the same thing.

What is it?

Well, you’ll have to sign up to our private beta program to find out. email us at and we’ll call you for a quick chat to see if you can participate. Its not rocket surgery and it will not take too much of your time, but, we want to make sure you’re comfortable talking to us and giving us feedback about making our apps better.