It started about two months ago. Mahrin and I sat down and reflected on our life and career goals. Then, I sat down and reflected on my goals for Tout. Finally, it ended in a simple Facebook update a few weeks ago, slowly letting our Friends and more importantly Family know: We are moving to San Francisco.
Now, this isn’t going to be one of those deeply reflective and analytical posts about how I came about this decision. There isn’t much more to it than “it just felt right.” It actually has very little to do with the ongoing Silicon Valley vs. New York debate (which I hate). In fact, I..
Steve Jobs’ death impacted me emotionally in a way that I didn’t expect at all. To cope, I’ve been watching a ton of his videos off of Youtube. Maybe its just to hear his voice, maybe its to extract all the “genius” I possibly can out of him while his energy is still strong in this world, or maybe because I need him now to build Tout (my startup) more than I ever have before.
Either way, these videos have been helpful for me and I thought I’d share them in one blog entry. Now that he has passed on, here is everything you can learn from Steve Jobs via the magic of Youtube.
Steve Jobs on..
Steve Jobs died today.
I offer my most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers.
There are no words that I can say to even begin to express what I feel or how I felt toward Steve. He is a man that I have never met and yet he impacted both my physical world and my spiritual world in such a profound way.
In fact, the only thing I really can comment about is “Death.”Here’s a re-post of an entry I wrote when I first truly learned about what Death feels like — it was when my Grandfather died in 2003.
1955 – 2011
Rest in peace…
Below is the repost..
2010 has been a great year for my blog. Not only did I meet a ton of great people by sharing my thoughts publicly, this blog has been the #1 traffic driver to my products this year.
For 2011, I want to take things to the next level.
It’s actually pretty complicated these days with Tumblr, Posterous, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and all the other ways to publish content. There is no doubt in my mind that producing good content and publishing it on the web is not only excellent for clarifying my own thought processes, but is also great for relationships and revenues (two things I..
These days, I come across a lot of advice on the web that I wish I had heard, or had the mental capacity to understand, when I was younger. Usually, when I come across articles such as “There is no speed limit” by Derek Sivers, or “How to make wealth” by Paul Graham (both incredibly mind-bending articles in my opinion on how to think about life) I usually tweet it out, or re-blog it on Tumblr or share it on Facebook for my friends.
However, a few months ago, I received one such article of the same caliber, except it wasn’t published on the author’s blog, nor was it on some magazine’s site...
It has been about a month or so since I quit my Hedge Fund job and jumped right into building consumer facing web-products on my own. Today, the decision to quit feels like a no-brainer. As a matter of fact, I can’t even imagine how I ever put up with a standard 9 to 5 in the first place.
Nevertheless, for the months leading up to me quitting, and for the time I actually made the decision to quit, absolutely nothing about it was easy. It was incredibly scary, it was hard, totally nerve wrecking. But through it all, I managed to organize my thinking process, and find a way to make a..
One of the toughest things with e-mail based group discussions is keeping up to date on how a conversation is progressing. As each e-mail comes through, you not only have to re-construct the context around the conversation, you need to sift through 5 other emails to figure out who is saying what in relation to who.
This is one of the problems that Braintrust has been solving. First, it does so by centering the conversation onto one page. But that wasn’t enough, today we released a feature that also helps you keep track of what’s “new” instead of having to scroll through an entire..
I once read that the majority of human conversation centers around “Good” or “Bad.” As in, most people in conversations are either saying something is GOOD, or are saying something is BAD. Examples of good are, “I like…” or “I think that is interesting..” or even “Thanks, thats very helpful.” Examples of bad are, “That doesn’t sound right…” or “I don’t think thats helpful” or even “That was mean.”
To give the quick back story, I built Tout to “scratch my own itch.” I was sending out a ton of marketing and customer development emails for my other product Braintrust and I needed a way to do it more effectively. And so, I built Tout, a way to templatize my emails. Just for kicks, I added a Premium plan that would give web-site like analytics on the emails I sent.
After about 30 days..
I think an introduction to Braintrust in this blog is long overdue. While I’ve been writing a ton of blog entries about Tout (the web-app I built in 3 days), I wasn’t quite ready to officially introduce Braintrust up until now.
What is Braintrust?
First, let me explain the problem Braintrust tries to solve. I believe there is a magic spot between group e-mail collaboration and real-time chat. Historically, this has been filled by mailing lists and discussion forums, both of which now pale in comparison when it comes to the Web 2.0 user experience we demand from our tools.
Today, there are a..