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Yep, I’m back! This is about the sixth reincarnation of my blog since I started with ToDoOrElse on Typepad.com in 2004. Thanks for reading! I guess the real question is, “Why should you care what I have to say?” Maybe you’re a sparky millennial who’s got no time to waste on ‘boomers. Or maybe you’re a member of the Baby-Boomers – hi there! – and you’d like someone to make sense of the whirling dervish whirlwind that…

So welcome to your new, fully-digitalized career! Whatever your current occupation, you can expect to be hopping jobs every three years (or less). When you go after your next job, you’re more likely to be screened by software before you get to talk to a person. If a recruiter is in the mix, you can bet (94%) they’ve already eyeballed (or their software has) your LinkedIn profile. If you do get to talk to a…

Multi-billion member social networks, robots that can chase you down, algorithms that decide whether you get to live or die. Just a few high points to the world that’s fast approaching. Having not not posted here in a six months plus, I have to ask if creating content outside the walls of a social network is even a thing anymore for people other than very-non-millennials such as myself, or people trying to sell you something. I know…

I don’t usually mix my day job at TheRightMargin with my various passions here at 47hats, but an experiment I and three other employees are getting ready to launch was just too useful for people here to pass up. As self-funded startup founders (SFSFs?) we tend to code first and ask questions later. I’m a programmer dammit, and if I write a cool feature then users will love it! Maybe. But maybe coding is a…

If you’re stuck for an idea to build your startup on, then I’ve got just what you need – and it will cost you a single dollar. Rene Andreasi-Bassi is one of those rare people who throw off great ideas like way sparks fly when molten steel gets poured. His day job is in the television industry where a thousand ideas live and die before lunch. And he’s done what every good founder does in the…

Years ago, on my first podcast, I interviewed Ned Hallowell, M.D. about his then bestseller, CrazyBusy. Ned’s in the business of helping harried professionals get some sanity back into their lives. The book was a great read, the interview a great listen, but content in doesn’t equate to action out. Ned’s now launched CrazyBusy Tips (free) with CrazyBusy Pro as an in-app purchase ($1.99) for iOS. Looks awesome – downloading it now, and will post…

I was chatting with Alvin of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this morning on my site – he’s a law student thinking about doing a startup. He wanted to know: what’s Silicon Valley is like? Having lived in the Bay Area and worked in the tech industry 30 years, I’ve got a pretty good sense of that. The good news re SV is that now it’s digital and online: it’s all available to everyone on the planet.…