Assholes going boom in the night.

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Happy 2014! I’m restarting this blog today, and the only way I can do that is write what I really want to write. And that means this morning instead of writing about productivity, coding or some other positive topic, I’m writing about the criminally stupid people who enhanced their NYE gala by firing off commercial-size […]

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Motivation for creating over the long haul

One of my absolute favorite podcasters has hit a rough spot. If you do Rails, then you know Ryan Bates’s Railcasts that for six years have been absolute must-watch content. But lately, it’s clear they’ve become a labor, not a labor of love. “You have probably noticed there has been a lack of new episodes […]

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Two words. Get it. Focus@Will.com

I feel absolutely compelled to share something that has over the past week tripled my productivity: Focus@Will. This “productivity music service” will. Rock. Your. World. It’s that good. I find that when I’m coding away on PetSitterApp or DevNewsApp listening to this, I effortlessly slip into Flow and crank right through what I want to […]

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Changing hosts – please let me know if anything is broken.

Since I finally posted today the last podcast of the Startup Success Podcast and moved it to a longterm home where it can digitally live forevermore, I decided it was time to cut the cord to WP Engine and consolidate to one host. While WPE is a premium outfit, Bluehost.com has been my equally excellent host for […]

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Use a checklist to control your email addiction

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So what was your most terrible anti-productive habit in 2012? Mine was checking email. On my desktop, iPad and iPhone, morning, noon, night, between and during and before and after everything else. Killing this habit in 2013 would be the #1 thing I could do to increase productivity. And maybe, just maybe, I’ve chanced upon […]

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Hello Again!

After spending the past six months focused on two different Ruby on Rails contracts, I rebooting my site, clearing out the old, making room for the new and going mobile. 2012 is in its last hours, I’m really looking forward to 2013, and at least two major projects for me. If you’re reading this on […]

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David Allen on GTD for Startup Founders

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Just posted the interview that Patrick and I did with David Allen, founder of GTD. You’ll find it at startupsuccesspodcast.com. Speaking of things GTD, I’m now switching back to Things from OmniFocus. I just found myself too distracted by OmniFocus and its intricacies and not focusing on the actual things I want to get done. […]

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Startup Idea Stuck? Spend a buck!

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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 […]

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Keeper emails from 21times.org

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For the past week or so I’ve been getting these absolutely great startup advise emails from 21times. First there was Spencer Fry on How to Bootstrap, then awesome Patrick McKenzie on Running a Software Business on 5 Hours a Week, and then today Jason Baptiste on going from idea to launch in 8 steps. First […]

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Startups, chickens, and eggs

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Nick Brewer wrote in last week asking for suggestions dealing with a very common challenge he’s having with his startup: Tradeomics: How do we encourage users to add items even though they may not find what they want right now? Our biggest challenge is the chicken before the egg problem. We have been trying to […]

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