Minimum Viable Products and other schtuff

The worst something looks, the better the feedback people will give. Don’t spend time polishing the design of your minimum viable product. It could hurt the quality of feedback you get. This was my main takeaway when I read a quote from Chris Thoen, managing director of Global Open Innovation at Procter & Gamble. At the […]

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§596 · September 11, 2016 · Lean Startups · (No comments) ·


I recently made a decision – I’m taking my talents to Fort Point to join the CoachUp team! Four years ago, I worked on a web application with Jordan Fliegel, Arian Radmand, and Gabe Durazo. This web application was CoachUp.com. After I left the company, Jordan, Arian, and Gabe imposed their will on the startup […]

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§522 · March 29, 2016 · Random, Work · (No comments) ·


If you’re new to ruby, you’ll occasionally come across ampersands (&) and asterisks (*) in methods. I was confused by this at first. I learned what they mean after a little digging.  In the examples I use below ——> means “returns” – as in, whatever is typed in front of ——> will return what is typed to […]

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§506 · February 20, 2016 · Software Development · 1 comment ·


I’ve had a craftsman awakening over the last few weeks. After reading So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Quitter, Deep Work, and Extreme Ownership, I realized the only way I’m going to accomplish my goals is by focusing on my craft and that getting better is my responsibility and no one else’s. Here’s my current […]

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§504 · February 17, 2016 · Software Development, Writing Better Software · 3 comments ·


It was 104 degrees fahrenheit and I was sprawled in the back of a minivan.  I was sweating profusely as the windows made it even hotter in this colossal vehicle.  I pulled out a french fry from under the seat.  It must have been there for over a year.  I felt gross, and hot, and […]

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§497 · February 12, 2016 · Startup Wisdom · (No comments) ·


Tonight, I will play my first basketball game in two years.  Basketball was a large part of my childhood.  I’ve been thinking back to the origins of playing basketball in my youth.  Here’s what I remember. My first basketball hoop was a bright orange milk crate with the bottom cut out. It was hammered to […]

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§490 · February 3, 2016 · Lean Startups · (No comments) ·


I write down about a dozen notes or ideas every day in a moleskin notebook. It’s about the size of a passport and I keep it in my back pocket. Today, I lost that notebook. Days, weeks, and months worth of notes and ideas – gone. If you write something on paper, it only lives […]

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§483 · December 15, 2015 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


This is the first question Hiten Shah will ask you if you ever ask him for advice. It’s a good question. Your goals should be what you work towards.  Every decision you make should be attempting to meet one of your goals. I’ve been pondering what my goals should be for my entire life.  I’m still not […]

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§484 · December 15, 2015 · Bob's Goals · (No comments) ·


I never realized how difficult content marketing really is.  I have seen people like Nathan Barry, Hiten Shah, and others build followings and assumed it was a piece of cake. I kept that assumption until I decided to start blogging again and I realized how difficult it really is to build traffic and create a following. […]

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§472 · October 27, 2014 · Blogging · 9 comments ·


I have had a love/hate relationship with Twitter since joining the platform in 2008. On one hand, I find it really amazing how it can bring people together to talk about cool projects and new opportunities. My good buddy, Jay Neely (who runs the Boston Startups Guide), absolutely loves Twitter. He loves everything about it. He […]

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§413 · October 9, 2014 · Projects · (No comments) ·