CategoryStartups

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...