Categorylifehacking

No, You CAN’T retire rich at 30 if you sell your startup

I personally find the people who are in the software startup game just for the money to often be nearly delusional about their chances of success and the likely magnitude of it when it happens. Before I get into the details for founders, let me talk about options-hungry employees. If you are in it for the money and you aren’t a founder, you’re sticking your head in the sand. Full stop...

Rethinking “F@#$ You Money”

Now that I’ve stepped down from RescueTime, I’m pondering my next thing (whether it’s a product role at a very early stage startup or spinning up my own for the 3rd time). I figure it’s a good time to be introspective and consider my motivations. Why do startups? For me, it’s more about having the choice to work on the stuff I want to work on, work with cool people...

Reading the Lines, Not Between Them (PG & Coding Horror)

There’s quite a flap over Paul Graham’s recent essay. The attacking author quotes a comment on Reddit (always a good sign) as a good summary of the essay of why we should all be terribly offended. “I work with young startup founders in their twenties. They’re geniuses, and play by their own rules. Oh… you haven’t founded a company? You suck.” I kinda feel...

Widgets!

RescueTime will never be a purveyor of widgets (as a primary business), but there’s no denying that widgets are a damn good way to spread the word about your product, assuming that anyone actually wants to install them. A widget that displays exactly how you spend your computer time may be creepy to some. As an old skool fella who is a bit more privacy-focused, I never really thought that a...

Google Owns about 13% of my Life

I just posted what I thought was a pretty darn interesting post about Google’s dominance in my life. By my count (and, with RescueTime, my count is pretty damn accurate), 13% of the time I spend in front of my computer is taken up by Google products.
Note that this is COMPUTER time– not just my online time.
Check out the post!

Stealing Photos, Fair Use, and Business Models

I have a hard time getting high-and-mighty about the paparazzi crap that I see in grocery store lines, given that I can’t seem to tear my eyes away from the train-wreck controversies of online celebrities. I just…. can’t…. look…. away! Over the past two weeks, one of the big memes in the echo chamber is related to stealing photos… It seems a small a capella...

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...