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Optimism = Happiness?

I’m a big fan of Guy Kawasaki’s blog. Today he has an interview with Penelope Trunk, author of “Brazen Careerist”. One of the things that really struck me was the following passage: “Question: How much money does it take to be happy? Answer: It takes about $40,000. It does not matter how many kids you have or what city you live in—that’s splitting hairs because...

“Get in, Get it, Get Out”

Just read a great article on BBC by way of Slashdot about Web 2.0 (tip o’ the hat to Brian Fioca, who IM’ed me the link) It liberally quotes usability-zealot Jakob Nielsen who, as you can imagine, is not all that enamored with the Web 2.0 movement. As usual, someone more famous than me summarizes some of my thoughts better than I’m capable of. What I find strange about Web 2.0...

Blog Widgets

I am, in general, not a huge fan of huge piles of widgets on blogs– I don’t really know why. The only reason that I can think of is that too many widgets offend my delicate design sensibilities. Blogs covered with widgets tend to look like patchwork quilts to me. Even though my blog template is pretty much a slightly-altered version of a free WordPress template, I like the clean look...

Linebuzz Starts Humming

Jobster alumnus Mark Maunder has put his travel blogging startup on hold for a month or two to pursue his muse… Which, in this case is (drumroll please) inline blog comments! It would be irresponsible of me not to mention Mark’s wife and biz partner, Kerry– who is quite likely the only reason that this thing has gotten off the launch pad…. Kerry is a seasoned QA manager...

Whoa. RescueTime hits TechCrunch!

How many people can say they’ve been involved with 3 different businesses that have been featured on TechCrunch? First Jobby coverage (featured a second time when Jobster bought us), then Jobster coverage, and now RescueTime coverage! RescueTime is the little side project I’ve been working on with my friends Robby and Joe. It was an idea that Joe and I started chatting about almost a...

9 Reasons why Web Software Teams get Too Big

Before I got involved with product development a few years ago, my entire career was spent owning and running a small (10-20) person web app consulting firm. Clients (ranging from mom-and-pop operations to Fortune 100 megacorps) would come to me with a problem and I would assemble a team to solve that problem with some sort of web application. 99% of the time, the size of that team was somewhere...

When is it time to quit (and when is it time to stick)?

Just read a GREAT interview with Seth Godin, who is about to launch a book entitled, “The Dip: a little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick)“. For the record, I don’t think it’s time for Jobster to quit (or for me to quit Jobster). Recently, I’ve been asked to direct the product vision for our subscription recruiting application, which is used by...

RescueTime Preview Site… I’m Tapping. Are you Listening?

In the midst of house hunting in the Seattle area, I somehow have managed to launch a little marketing site for RescueTime (my current side project). It shows a few screenshots, answers a few questions, and allows folks to sign up to hear about it when we launch (via a quick-n-dirty PHP script). I’d love to hear from folks about their thoughts on the site. Is the messaging clear? I feel...

5 Things that Will Keep Your Aging Startup from being Nimble

(this post is prompted by 3 things. One, a friend of mine just dramatically shifted strategy on his 2-person startup… for the better. Two, Jobster is dealing with these challenges– and dealing with them reasonably well. Three, I just read some related thoughts on Andy Sack’s blog.) My advice is this: If you’re going to scrutinize your startup idea, do it early and do it...