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Alpha Joy – Elegantly Simple Hiring/Recruiting Software

During my tenure at Jobster, I never got to do what I had set out to do with Jobby– create a tool that small and medium businesses could use to make hiring people less of a pain in the backside. I don’t blame Jobster a bit– with $48 million in venture capital, you have to swing for the fences and go where there are vast piles of money to be had… Which means you start at...

Most Amazing Sexist Quote o’ the Day

“The “single most underappreciated fact about gender,” he said, is the ratio of our male to female ancestors. While it’s true that about half of all the people who ever lived were men, the typical male was much more likely than the typical woman to die without reproducing. Citing recent DNA research, Dr. Baumeister explained that today’s human population is descended from twice as many...

The Future of Cold Calling and Spam is Bleak (Yay!)

I’m going out on a limb to say that the future of cold-calling (and unsolicited offers in general) is pretty bleak. Which gives me great joy. On one hand, unsolicited sales is getting cheaper, easier and (for a while) more effective- volume is going up. On the phone front… With powerful CRM systems, companies can easily measure the success of cold calling and optimize it. Want more...

What to do if you get sued and you’re the little guy

(Tony’s note: this post is a guest post from a friend who shall remain nameless) Two years ago our corporation was sued by a larger company over trademark infringement. My business partner and I have chatted post-mortem about the experience many times since. I thought I’d try to document and share the lessons we learned in the hope that it will help other small startups who encounter...

I just gave myself a $18,642.80 Raise

People don’t always directly associate expenses and income, and very seldom calculate taxes when they do. Here’s how I gave myself a $18,642.80 raise with a few phone calls and a craigslist ad. Your mileage may vary. I called Comcast and asked them to cancel my landline phone and cable TV (retaining Internet). They offered to cut my rate to let me retain all three services. I declined...

Do Designers deserve a “seat at the strategy table”?

One of my favorite “design” bloggers out there is Josh Porter of Bokardo. In his most recent article, Josh contends that “designers need a place at the strategy table because their work depends on and is a direct result of it. If it’s not already, realizing the business strategy of the organization in an interface should be the designer’s primary job description.” If...

Facebook and Misaligned Goals

Facebook’s goals and your goals (as a Facebook user) are starting to get misaligned. And it’s only going to get worse. I’ll come back to this in a sec. Alan (former VP at my previous employer) has left Facebook. He brings up a lot of cogent reasons why. For myself, I am a bit frustrated with Facebook. I receive a pile of “notifications”, “facebook mail”...

The SEO marketing factor that no one talks about

Just read a great piece on Small Business Hub about SEO entitled Stopping The Google AdWords Morphine Drip: How We Saved $183 Last Week. These guys echo a sentiment that I’ve been expressing for a long time (and just posted about a few weeks ago)… Investment in SEO is virtually ALWAYS better than investment in Adwords/PPC. Mike’s article boils it down beautifully. The search...

Life News – So Long Jobster!

I generally don’t use this blog for life news. I figure if you know me well enough to care about what’s going on in my life, you probably would already know anything I could mention. But, given that this particular tidbit has professional ramifications, I figured I’d throw out a short post. At day 366 of my tenure at Jobster, I submitted my resignation. For those of you who...