Twitter News Service

Chris Brogan suggested that people be able to use Twitter to post news to Truemors. We listened to him, and my buddies at Electric Pulp made this possible even though they were really busy with Stephen Colbert. I call it “Twitter News Network” (TNN). Here’s how what you need to do: Follow the Twitter Truemors [...]

By |2015-10-29T07:55:10+00:00October 30th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|Tags: |14 Comments

Top Ten Leopard Tips

Here are the top-ten Leopard tips from my friends, Adam Engst et al, at Take Control Books. They’ve already released five ebooks to help people upgrade to Leopard. These books cost either $10 or $15, but you can save 30% if you buy all five. Take Control publishes minor updates for free, so the authors [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:17:57+00:00October 30th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|Tags: |41 Comments

Ten Questions with Compete

This interview features the chief marketing officer and product manager of Compete, Inc. They discuss how Compete competes with Alexa and Comscore, site metrics, and SEO practices. Question: What exactly does Compete do? Answer: Stephen DiMarco: We have a diverse sample of 2,000,000 U.S. Internet users that have given us permission to analyze the web [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:17:59+00:00October 29th, 2007|Categories: Uncategorized|17 Comments

“Snooze or Lose”

“Snooze or Lose” is an article that every parent should read because kids need their sleep or their cognitive ability may get set back for years. Here’s the key sentence: “A few scientists theorize that sleep problems during formative years can cause permanent changes in a child’s brain structure: damage that one can’t sleep off [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:34:04+00:00October 28th, 2007|Categories: Management|17 Comments

Core Memory–Computers Are Sensual

These are photos from Core Memory: A Visual Survey of Vintage Computers by John Alderman with photographs by Mark Richards. There’s a sensual beauty to computers that I never appreciated until I saw these pictures, and I can’t think of a better Christmas gift for a hardware geek. ILLIAC IV. In 1966, Daniel Siotnik began [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:08+00:00October 22nd, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|19 Comments

PopTech Live Webcast

PopTech is a three-day conference in Camden, Maine. It brings together 500 visionary thinkers in the sciences, technology, business, design, education, government, and culture. Here are this year’s speakers (you’ll see that this isn’t the usual collection of Web 2.0 gadflys) and schedule. You can watch the sessions via a live, free webcast by registering [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:12+00:00October 15th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events|3 Comments

Glenn Kelman’s Financial Model

After posting "Financial Models for Underachievers: Two Years of the Real Numbers of a Startup" about the two years of actual costs of Redfin, many people asked for a generic version of the financial model that Redfin used to project costs. Here it is! Redfin used this model over the past two years, but beyond [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:14+00:00October 14th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|16 Comments

Ten Questions with Fred Greguras of Fenwick and West

Fred Greguras is a partner at the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick and West. He is also a buddy of mine, and I asked him to answer the most common questions of newbie entrepreneurs. His clients have included BioMarker Pharmaceuticals, Excite, Kintana, and Speedera Networks. It’s very important to make the right decisions in [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:16+00:00October 11th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: |15 Comments

Ten Questions with PostSecret’s Frank Warren

Frank Warren started PostSecret as a community art project in November 2004. Since then people have sent in one hundred and seventy-five thousand anonymous postcards. They are featured in art galleries, a music video, and Frank’s bestselling books: PostSecret, My Secret, and The Secret Lives of Men and Women. His new book is A Lifetime [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:19+00:00October 8th, 2007|Categories: Uncategorized|17 Comments

Reality Check: FeedHub

I subscribe to over sixty feeds, and they generate 1,000 posts per day. If you subscribe to multiple RSS feeds, you’re probably overwhelmed by the amount of posts like I am. FeedHub reduces the number of posts to those that are most relevant to your interests. To start, you export your feeds to an OPML [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:23+00:00October 4th, 2007|Categories: Books, Cool Stuff|Tags: |23 Comments

Speaking at Business of Software Conference

I’m speaking at the Business of Software Conference on October 29th at the San Jose Marriott. Other speakers on the agenda include Joel Spolsky, Rick Chapman, Dan Nunan, Jennifer Aaker, Tim Lister, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Eric Sink, Hugh MacLeod, Bill Buxton, Alberto Savoia, and Matt Mason. There’s a 22% discount going on right now. I hope [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:25+00:00October 4th, 2007|Categories: Events|5 Comments

Website Grader

I love this kind of stuff: Website Grader. You submit an URL, and the test grades how effective the site is in terms of search engine optimization. This blog got a score of 99%! Admittedly, I don’t know a thing about SEO; in fact my SEO strategy is: “Create as good content as you can [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:27+00:00October 3rd, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|30 Comments

“Fast Forward: Designing for Constant Change” Study

My buddies at Avenue A | Razorfish provided me this copy of a study called “Fast Forward: Designing for Constant Change.” It consists of thirteen essays and research that explore how consumers’ digital media habits affect the ways that companies should design user experiences and digital brands. The company wrote the report for marketers who [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:29+00:00October 3rd, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|12 Comments

Financial Models for Underachievers: Two Years of the Real Numbers of a Startup

My buddy at Redfin, Glenn Kelman, decided he wanted to bare his financial soul so that other entrepreneurs could get greater insight into the witchcraft called financial modeling. In this two-part posting, he reveals his numbers and his lessons. They are eye-opening for most entrepreneurs. Part I: Numbers Startups face one primary challenge: To never [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:18:31+00:00October 1st, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|92 Comments