Minimum Viable Products and other schtuff

I mentioned cold emailing yesterday, but I never discussed the why. In the past year, I decided to focus on business opportunities selling software to businesses. After some exploring, I found something in the area of outbound sales that I thought I could compete in. I decided to build an application that helps to guess […]

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§611 · October 8, 2016 · Projects · (No comments) ·


I originally didn’t want to write this because I don’t have any solutions or advice. I’m still not sure of the solution or the forces at work, I just know how I currently feel. Today, after work, my todo list consisted of two things – sending two cold emails. I was able to send one, […]

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§605 · October 7, 2016 · Random · 1 comment ·


How I met Stephen Messer It was the Summer of 2010 and I was on cloud 9 after presenting at the very first Techcrunch Disrupt Hackathon in New York City. As I was leaving the podium and going back to my seat, a man ran down the aisle and introduced himself to me. He said […]

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§603 · October 6, 2016 · Business · (No comments) ·


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 · (No comments) ·


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) ·