What I’m Interested In, For Now

One thing I’ve noticed recently is my decreasing interest in creating & launching new things. The LockerPulse app released on Monday was the first thing in a while that I’ve created from scratch and then – with the help of my partners – released. I did the first 90% of the work on nights and weekends without disrupting my other work, and then only this week during launch did I spend some of my normal workday on it. When Pure Adapt was formed in late… Continue reading

8/28/14Comments (0)

Why a LockerPulse App?

On Monday we released a fantasy football Android app for LockerPulse. Here’s a bit of the backstory. LockerPulse as a Business LockerPulse has sort of been stuck in the same place the past few years. It has a small, active, hard core user base. It’s growing, but slowly. It makes a little money on ads, but it costs more to run. Server expenses are high when you’re indexing 4,500+ sites for news every 15 minutes. We’ve built some seriously cool technology. There are plenty of… Continue reading

8/27/14Comments (0)

LockerPulse Fantasy Football Android App Now Available!

Today we released our first Android app, Fantasy Football News Now by LockerPulse just in time for fantasy football season! The app is essentially a decoupling of the player news tracking feature of LockerPulse. It’s a relatively simple app. You select the players on your fantasy team that you want us to track news for, and we scour 40+ sites for mentions of those players and then present the articles to you in your “My News” news stream. The app doesn’t require a LockerPulse account… Continue reading

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Our Entire Navigation Menu, Now on Mobile

The growth of mobile visits and purchases on Detailed Image has been amazing. One of the reasons that we launched our responsive design back in April of last year was that we saw this coming. We wanted to be ahead of the curve. One of the key tenets of our redesign was that we wanted the experience to be equally good regardless of device. The primary thing that was holding our mobile experience back in my opinion was the navigation. Here’s what it looked like… Continue reading

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10 Years Ago Today SportsLizard Launched

On July 15, 2004 I launched my first online business, SportsLizard.com. At the time it was a marketplace for buyers and sellers of sports cards/collectibles. I remember how excited I was to finally launch the site that I had dedicated my final summer in college to building. I remember the thrill of the first dollar made (a buddy of mine in the industry who posted a handful of listings). SportsLizard has become something entirely different and it’s no longer a substantial source of revenue for… Continue reading

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The Freedom of Flexibility

One of my most vivid memories from my one full year in corporate America was on a beautiful sunny summer day. My cubicle was right near a window so I could always see just how nice it was outside. It was the perfect day to go for a bike ride, play some basketball, or relax on the beach. Instead, I was in a cubicle wearing business-casual clothes. By the time I got out at 5, fought traffic on the way home, and ate dinner it… Continue reading

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Refining Our Product Search Engine

In early 2013 I wrote a post about some major improvements to Detailed Image’s product search. The relatively robust autosuggest, synonym system, speed improvements, and automated sorting of results by popularity were massive advancements for us. Overall I thought our search engine was one of the better product search engines out there. However, it still had plenty of weaknesses so a few weeks back I set out to make another round of improvements. There’s huge untapped opportunity with search. It’s very important – our stats… Continue reading

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DI Emails Have Gone Responsive

Responsive design aint just for web browsers. With users reading email on more and more devices, it has become increasingly important to send responsive email newsletters. The problem is that it’s a total pain in the ass. However difficult responsive web design is – and it is plenty difficult – email is many magnitudes harder. Think IE8 is hard? Try designing for Outlook. Each webmail client has it’s own list of things that it strips out and/or doesn’t support, and each looks slightly different in… Continue reading

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Settling In To My Home Office

There were only a few things I really wouldn’t budge on when home shopping, and #1 on the list was a good office space. Given that I’m working from home 3 – 4 days/week, I spend more time in my home office than I do anywhere else. I took a few quick photos that I posted above. The sun was blaring in so they’re not beautiful but they get the job done. The highlights for me are: Plenty of room for my standing desk setup…. Continue reading

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One Of Those Weeks

I think entrepreneurship blogs/magazines/books unintentionally focus too often on the extremes. They study the extreme successes and the events leading up to them. They do the same for the extreme failures. Rarely do we look at what’s normal, but what’s normal is usually the best indication of whether or not a business is successful, or a business owner is happy with their career choice. I myself am plenty guilty of this, posting about Cyber Monday successes or huge chargeback losses. I sometimes fall into the… Continue reading

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