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(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – So I’m wrapping up a week-long accelerator program today: our pitch deck has been creatively destroyed over and over, we’ve made our pitch to a room of investors (both Angels and VCs), and in a couple of hours (New Mexico time) we will learn if we placed in the money among 8 other “creative” startups. Time to unpack a few details. The accelerator is Creative Startups of Albuquerque, New Mexico, this is…

Well, this Sunday evening was going to be the “official” launch of my brand-new side project, startupsuccessplanner.com. Like every rails app I’ve started in the past 3 years I was going to go start by going over to railsapp.com where Daniel Kehoe has been tirelessly making life immeasurably easier for people like me. Rails tutorials, like fish left in the sun, do not age well. In fact, pretty much anything about Rails has a shelf life…

I just saw something I never expected to see again: a mailman delivering a big heavy box to my doorstep on a Sunday afternoon. Seems Amazon has started using the USPS for big box deliveries seven days a week, at least here in California. I’m hoping this marks a revitalization of the USPS who since 1775 have been doing their neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night delivery thing but in…

I happen to fall in the “there’s no such thing as too much screen” camp when it comes to writing code, which is why my setup is a iMac 27-inch with a Apple 27-inch display on one side and a cheapie HDMI screen on the other. And given I’m not in my twenties by a long shot, I want text sized, colored and contrasted just right for putting in multiple hours of coding. Which is…

Amazon started something a few months ago that didn’t get much attention, but should: It donates 1/2 percent of what you buy to your favorite charity when you buy through http://smile.amazon.com/. First you pick a charity – they have almost a million national  and local charities to pick from. I picked Pets Lifeline. There is no step number 2 – Amazon does all the work, and it costs you zip. The key is going to smile.amazon.com instead…

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 lately. I have found it increasingly difficult to produce content, and I’m not entirely sure why. The best way I…

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 get done. At about triple the speed. This is an almost scary improvement over the halfway focused but easily distracted…

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 person, detailed, great stuff. The kind of content you seldom see. Highly recommended.

Just posted show number 141 of the Startup Success Podcast – a great interview with Marc Nager, CEO of Startup Weekend and Pat’s last show as cohost as he goes on to founding his own startup, Tribbon. It feels really weird to stop doing something we’ve done together for pushing four years. I just wanted to say thanks Pat! For sharing a dream, for countless hours whipping our raw interviews into shows, for putting up…

The cold zombie hand of those who want to save you from the evils of the Internets are back: CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) will keep you safe from evil cyberterrorists, pornographers and copyright infringers. Just close your eyes, shut up, do as we say and go shopping. Or not. Spencer Belkofer of Lumin Consulting is ringing the alarm bells with this great infographic: