Work. Life. Love. Balance. Stories From Startup Folk

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I saw this article posted by a friend on FB by Scott Weiss a VC at Andreessan Horowitz called Success at work, Failure at home.  To me pulling back the curtains behind a life, relationship or personality allows us to see the truth: that there is no such thing as the “perfect life” to aspire to. Instead we are…
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Erec Makes A Fire: A Children’s Book About Entrepreneurism

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Erec Makes a Fire was successfully funded on Kickstarter! Thanks for all your support. What is the book about? Erec Makes a Fire is a story of how a group of kids stumble upon a cave covered in ancient writings depicting the story of how a unique young cave boy (Erec) accidentally created his first great invention,…
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Chrome Tip: Multi-profiles and Offline Docs

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You may have already used the Chrome incognito profile, but what you may not know about is the fact that chrome now allows you to create and use multiple profiles on your computer. While incognito us used to specfically ensure that no data is stored or tracked on your system based on the sites and pages you…
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Efficiently Inefficient: Processes that can improve quality and quantity of life

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For our latest project at Socialize Isaac and I are going to increase the release cycle even further and go from a few releases per group per week, to a few releases per day. I find moving more efficiently and quickly over the years always takes a few non-intuitive jarring mental steps. (If they didn’t…
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There is no better quote to reference then your own, made from the source:Not the facts, just the data

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Here is another post in my series of “Not the facts, just the data”. This post came after an argument I had with someone I care about. Make no mistake that this is not a rebutle but just a perspective on data vs. facts, and arguments vs. politics. The biggest argument I stand being, from…
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Use Case: Searching for PMF

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Scan.me is great use case for focusing on the right customer, not just the right product. AND that the product doesn’t *have to* be complicated or new to be wanted. It just has to be easier to use, and packaged up better then the alternative. http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/23/scan-gets-1-7m-from-google-ventures-and-shervin-pishevar-to-make-qr-codes-actually-useful/  

Deciding on a new feature: An Insta-Test-market. (AKA: Ghetto Testing)

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I love making a decisions tree as efficnet as possible, especial around discussion that steer the business or the product within a business. Or in another words, I HATE “tough decisions.” Here is another addition to the decision tree to make life easier, it is called “Ghetto Testing” and coined by the founder of Zenga. How do you figure out if you should go with a feature…
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Pictures that are literally worth over a million words

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Check out this cool little tool: Google N-Grams It shows a graphical representation of the frequency words used in books over a rangeof years. It is based on on all the books google has scanned into their database to date. This TED talk is what turned me on to the project. The project, the tool…
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My greatest life lessons from Computer Science

I really appreciate  my education in Computer Science. The most valuable mental shift I gained was the understanding that there are no “hard problems.” To recognize that even extremely difficult problems were easily solved once you were able to deconstruct them into smaller more simple ones. Problem-solving is about figuring out how to simplify, dismantle, and…
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Twitter, Facebook, and Blogging – oh my!

Here is a simple breakdown of some popular communication-based internet technologies, in plain English. Hopefully, it will help give readers a better understanding of the basic abilities, purposes, and differences these tools provide. For each technology, I attached an “In Plain English” video to help explain the usage of the technology. In Plain English became…
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