Founder Feedback: Celebrate The Small Wins
Exactly one year ago today, StackSocial was born unto the interwebs. This week, we had a little celebration from our four-story beachside loft on Venice Beach. As I look back, I find myself reflecting on what has been a very emotional rollercoaster….many ups, some downs and a lot of excitement. I also find myself wondering what I could have done different…should have done...
Design Is How It Works.
I usually try to write fairly in-depth posts, but came across this blog post from John Gruber today that made a point that I find myself constantly trying to make, so I wanted to re-post it real quick. He writes about how Walter Isaacson misrepresents design as how a product looks and feels instead of understanding what it’s really about — how a product works: Isaacson clearly...
Wanna-preneur to Entre-preneur: 4 Steps to Making...
Last week was a big week for me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. And, although I had many characteristics of one, I never rose to what I consider to be the true definition of one. (Now, I can finally say that has officially changed.) Sure, I have been starting ventures, projects, and even full blown online companies with users and revenue since my first...
Entrepreneur Series: Part 4 - Intro to PR
In my previous entrepreneur series posts, I covered developing the idea, the name, and doing field research. Now you’re on the path to launching…and you want to come out guns blazing. Let’s run through some of the do’s and dont’s and get you on your way to your first TC article. The pic above is a photo used in one the articles covering the launch of my current...
Discover the Web: Design
Last year, I co-founded a start-up aptly named dscover.me. The idea behind it is to help people serendipitously discover new sites, articles, and interests online. Although, its implementation still needs a pivot, I’ve found it to be extremely useful in seeing what my friends, family, and network ACTUALLY do online. From shopping to reading, etc… Which brings me to today’s...
Unwrapping the iPad2
it has arrived… so far, so good… they weren’t jokin’…its razor thin! a little personalized touch… the backside ain’t so bad either… booting up… and with the “smart” cover…
Entrepreneur Series (Part 3): What's in a Name?
So, in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series I talked about ideation and field research. Next up: The Name Game. So, when is a name, more than a name? Well, why don’t you ask how it worked out for say…CareerBuilder (big company) vs. Doostang (still alive, but easily the winner of the worst startup name evvvver). Or how about Mint (acquired for $170M) versus…Wasabe (deadpool)....
Hacking Your Twitter Name
I think we’ve all been there: crap usernames. There’s nothing worse that going to sign up for a major a new ground-shifting site like facebook or twitter only to find that your username has already been taken. ”Yeah, tweet me @joshpayne89234”…riiiight. Same thing happened to me when I initially signed up for Twitter back in December 2007. So, after not doing much...
Entrepreneur Series: Step 2 - Field Research
In my earlier post I covered ideation, so now that you have your rockstar idea the next step is to do some analysis. In the antiquated days of the 90’s and 00’s entrepreneurs were encouraged to write extensive business plans in detail explaining their concept, marketing strategy, biz model, etc. However, in recent years…the pendulum has swung completely the other way: no biz...
2011 New Year’s Resolution: Reduce Digital Media’s...
Like it or not, digital media has become an integral part of our lives and by “integral”, I mean it has a death grip on our minds. Ask yourself, what’s the VERY FIRST thing you do when you wake up? Got it? Ok, well for me, I turn off my iPhone alarm then hit the email button and before I’ve wiped the sleep from my eyes, I check my email from bed. Are you kidding me?! How has this...
Entrepreneur Series: Part 1 - Ideation
In Silicon Valley, everyone will tell you that ideas are a dime a dozen. And for the most part, this is very true…without the proper hard work, sweat, tears, and red bull…the vast majority of ideas get booted to the mythical “idea deadpool”. However, it should also be noted that its a significant mistake for talented entrepreneurs/engineers to waste their time going...
my top 5 apps
I’m in a torrid love affair with my iPhone. iOS4 and iphone4 have me salivating for better, newer, and more…pathetic, I know. Android is exciting, but for now Apple has me hooked. Here are 5 apps that keep me coming back: 1. RTM (Remember The Milk) - I was a user of RTM back when I was in business school, but dropped it as it just became too cumbersome being tied to my laptop to...
I have to ask myself, “does the world really need another blog”? The answer to that, of course, is…no, not really…but I hope that by sharing the best of what I discover on my never-ending quest to experience all that the interwebs have to offer that you find some helpful tidbits along the way. I’ve actually had multiple blogs over the years…mostly personal ones based on the...