It’s time to come clean: You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been scaling way back on commitments for the past 6 to 9 months. From a hyper-reduced role in the Dallas Startup Community, to stepping down at Launch DFW, to fewer interactions with the City of Dallas, and even fewer within my own neighborhood (currently, The … Read more How I’m overcoming commitment debt
It may come as a bit of a surprise to hear that North Texas’ number one startup community evangelist is leaving the region. It’s true, we’re moving… but “why” is not the most shocking part. DFW Nouveau. 2013 to Present. You’ve more than likely been a part of an event I’ve led (Dallas Startup Week, … Read more The truth about why I’m leaving the Dallas Startup Community.
An idea surfaced while having coffee this morning with my friend Antonia. We were discussing “accountability,” and the fact that while we (all of us) know specifically what needs to be done to be effective, what should get done isn’t always the thing that does. Frankly, the normal behavior when realizing that you’re not being … Read more The upside down of task lists: the “Not to do” list.
I wrote a guest post for Launch DFW today. It’s the first time I’ve contributed content directly to the internet in long form in quite a while. It’s a piece on how to grow community, and especially startup community. It’s called “How to grow a startup community: Start with community.” I’d love to know what … Read more Startups, Dallas, Texas, Boulder, and much, much more.
How many times have you heard this? “You are who your friends are.” Since you've heard this over and over for years, you've carefully considered it through life. You've chosen a life full of positivity and have hand picked your inner-circle, right? Go ahead, take a look around – you spend a lot of time … Read more How to change your life: Your friends.
As many of you know, I'm an avid podcast listener. If you've met me in person, you probably noticed the bluetooth stereo headphones around my neck – they're there solely for podcasts. I listen to 15 to 20 shows per day – covering a variety of subjects – innovation, technology, startups, marketing, and personal finances … Read more Why I listen to podcasts, and why you should too.
Today's Plan A is: a spiraling national debt, armed forces that power the planet's peace, a political system built on maintaining the status quo, and an increasingly polarized populace – unwilling to entertain opposing ideas. We've arrived here, not by strategic planning or by any long term direction, but by default. We live in the … Read more What is America’s Plan B?
One year ago (nearly to the day PCB2 was held) I attended the first Podcamp Boulder. Jeremy Tanner was the organizer, and a team of volunteers and sponsors made it a fantastic, welcoming, and entertaining event. I'd never been to a Podcamp, but I had been to other “unconferences” (Barcamp, etc.). Last year I reserved … Read more Podcamp Boulder Two
Today, I'm announcing a new startup. I've been working on this one for more than 20 years (is that still a Startup?), so I think it's finally time to unleash it. It already has a blog, a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and even a Flickr account. Soon it will have a video Podcast, and … Read more I’ve got a new Startup. What do you think?
I was listening to a podcast about a new concept for having news reported. The concept is that people put money into a pot, and when the pot reaches a given amount someone will write a story. The stories, from what I remember, aren't about typical local news, but more about local investigative journalism. One … Read more Where do you get your local news?
I'm in an unbelievably cool place. Not only can we (my friends the collective) come up with fantastic ideas, but we can actually build them, market them, and sell them. The network is the idea. So begins the curse. The curse is having these ideas and knowing that there is always something fun to do. … Read more The curse of being an idea guy
I've been participating in conversations around finding one's passion, then monetizing it as a means to improve your quality of life. If you're doing what you love, then the rest will come. This is Jon Sullivan. I've known Jon for years… I met him (and his now wife) while working in one of our “offices” … Read more Jon Sullivan. A man and his passion.
I've been AFK for quite a while, focusing my work time on HyperSites exclusively. It is better than ever as a result… but now it is time to spend my off hours building my passion. My passion is called Social Ingenuity. It is a huge project that centers directly in the social networking space. It … Read more Excitement and passion.
If you can dedicate the time, I highly recommend participating in a Startup Weekend. The concept is simple… people gather from all disciplines of business to create a company and product within 56 hours. No one knows at 0 hour Friday what the idea is, yet everyone that participates gets equal ownership in the result. … Read more Startups, entrepreneurship, and user generated content?
I've been giving a lot of thought to the StartupWeekend phenomena. As I and others have mentioned, it was amazing to see such remarkable talent show up, ready to play. There were no rules, and no expectations other than to see a startup launched by Sunday. People got together to do something cool with the … Read more What is Social Ingenuity anyway?
Well under way, Startup Weekend is absolutely one of the coolest things I've been involved in. The company we've created is a web/sms service for making quick decisions. If you want to ask a few friends about a decision you want to make, come to the site, enter their email addresses, or mobile phone numbers, … Read more VoSnap, Inc. – The fruit of StartupWeekend.com
Some of Boulder's best and brightest startup talent is gathering tonight at 6. What exactly we'll be doing is still totally unclear, but the result will be a complete startup/product on Monday morning. If the idea is solid, there is plenty of opportunity for going big. Frankly, with the people involved, I expect just that. … Read more Startup Weekend begins tonight
If you want to see the path to a cool company that could provide valuable services to prosumers and executives around the globe, follow this puzzle. Read this then watch this. If you take this combine it with this and this you too can have your knowledge navigator service provider. Today. Anyone interested?
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Caron Schwartz Ellis wrote a nice piece for the Boulder County Business Review on the resurgence of web companies in the Boulder/Denver area. The companies she mentions are a hop or two away from me. While I don't know them all personally, I think that they're all doing great work. Being involved in the startup … Read more BCBR: The return of the dot-com
Can a team of people create an entire company in a weekend, from scratch? From concept to launch during a Friday night to Sunday night timeframe. Can it be done? Yes it can, and I'll be a part of it. Chris and I were banging out grillm when I read about this event for the … Read more StartupWeekend: July 6-8 in Boulder, Colorado.
Chris and I came up with a really cool idea for distraction project. We decided to try and build it within 24 man hours… and we did it. http://grillm.com is a simple social networking site… with a twist. You don't know anyone and the way you get friends is to earn their friendship by asking … Read more A fun new project… grillm.com
As my friend David says, good ideas are a dime a dozen. Well David, here's another one I had, then found. I hate when that happens. “Data de-duplication, also called data de-dupe, removes duplicate information as data is backed up or archived. It can be done on the file level, where duplicate files are replaced … Read more De-dupe and the desktop
I know this is taboo and very uncommon in the blogging world, but I'm starting over. I've retooled zerologic.com and am re-inventing everything around it. zerologic.com started life in the 90's as the website for my company zerologic corporation. It served that duty well until 2001, the year we created HyperSites. Post HyperSites, it really … Read more Welcome to the new zerologic.com