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Big News for Me and RescueTime (see you in Silicon Valley)

I’ve posted a lot more detail and accompanying thoughts over at the RescueTime blog… To summarize: RescueTime has been funded by YCombinator, one of the most prestigious seed-funding outfits that’s out there (in geek circles, anyways). If you aren’t familiar with it, here’s a bit of info. YC was founded by Paul Graham (startup guy, writer, and crazed Lisp advocate)...

Seattle 2.0 Startup Index

Every month, Marcello Calbucci diligently posts a list of Seattle Tech Startups sorted by their Alexa/Compete ratings (including details about their movement on the list). The November SSI is out! It’s a great resource and (quite honestly) exciting to see so many Seattle companies doing interesting things. And it’s gratifying to see RescueTime (which is still in private beta, mind...

Interaction with WordPress Customer Service… Not so fun.

I’ve been running WordPress for this blog since the beginning. It’s a great platform. I’ve officially been drinking the Kool-Aid. I tell my friends about it. I heard Matt Mullenweg speak (at SXSW last year) and I rave about that. So when it made sense for us to spin up a little blog for RescueTime (my fledgeling time management software business), WordPress got the nod. Rather...

Google eating their own SEO dogfood?

Absolutely priceless. Someone took the time to show us what Google.com would look like if they had to care about SEO. Let’s face it– Google’s search algorithms rock. No search engine has succeeded in creating a system where publishers are incentivized to create high quality content. You can take the high road, and just focus on high quality content and fabulous usability...

On Armchair Quarterbacks

Awesome quote shamelessly pulled from TechCrunch (I’d link to their Crunchbase entry if I could), who shamelessly pulled it from Yossi Vardi, who shameless pulled it from Theodore Roosevelt: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the...

Everything is Linkbait

First off, for those of you who haven’t been exposed to the phrase yet, here is WikiPedia’s take on LinkBait. The definition doesn’t feel complete to me. I’d probably add a bit of language along the lines of “baits users to bookmark the link” (because many social bookmarking sites convey “SEO link juice”) as well as a bit of language along the lines...

Apple making Microsoft look like the Good Guys

“In the meantime, the whole iPhone mess is garnering national recognition from the the mainstream media and slowly snowballing into a public relations nightmare for Apple. The New York Times recently ran a piece that quotes Apple spokesperson Jennifer Bowcock as saying those iPhone owners who are experiencing problems following the recent iPhone update should “purchase a new iPhone...

Opportunity Knocks… A lot!

In the last few weeks, I’ve had a rash of opportunities come my way via email (the majority of which were job opportunities from 3rd party recruiters, but there were also 2 different co-founding opportunities)… It occurred to me that politely responding to offers that were clearly a bad fit was fairly time consuming. I don’t know if it will do any good, but I whipped up a page...

FINALLY… Google offers a “Business Edition” Site Search Product

For many years as a consultant, when a small business said they wanted a site search engine, I was flummoxed. The best site search option was clearly Google, but it was ugly (you had very little control over the appearance of the search results) and, of course, laden with text ads. I generally settled with a premier version of Atomz, but the quality of the search was fairly mediocre. I’m...

Speaking tomorrow night at SeattleTechStartups Meetup

Tomorrow evening I’ll be speaking at the SeattleTechStartups meetup (starts at 6pm– click the link for details). The topic will be “Bootstrap Marketing for Web Startups: SEO, SMM, and Viral Marketing“. For the uninitiated, that’s Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, and Viral Marketing. If anyone has anything in particular they want me to chat about...