Fitness Bands & Passive, Continuous Health Tracking

Last week I upgraded my beloved Garmin Vivosmart to one of their newer models, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+. The main difference between the two is that the HR+ has a heart rate monitor. Particularly interesting is that it doesn’t just track heart rate during a workout, it tracks it passively all day long. It’s super simple to pull up a quick graph on the device or get more details within the app. The thing with wrist based heart rate trackers is that they’re known for… Continue reading

7/25/16

I Unintentionally Read A Book On My Phone

Last week I wrote about speed-reading business books, which is still much easier for me to do with a physical copy of the book. Any book I really love I buy a physical copy of, and there are still plenty of places where a physical book makes the most sense (the beach!), but most of the time I prefer reading on my trusty old Kindle. A few weeks ago I bought a book from my phone and had it delivered to my Kindle. When I… Continue reading

7/18/16

How I Read Business Books In An Hour

About five years ago I almost completely stopped reading business books. I read a ton of them in the roughly 10 years prior as I was finishing college, leaving my job, and venturing out on my own. Some of it was that I had shifted my learning/doing balance to more doing and less learning. Another factor was that there just wasn’t that much out there new that interested me because of how much I had read previously. The biggest factor though, was that they just… Continue reading

7/13/16

Brexit, AI, Abundance, and the Future of Work and Government – Monthly Link Roundup

One of the topics I’ve been thinking about lately is how the future of technology will shape our careers, our lifestyles, and our government. I’ve recently read Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity by Douglas Rushkoff. With Brexit dominating the news last week, Ben Thompson wrote what I think is the best piece of writing on the topic yet: The Brexit Possibility. A long-running theme on… Continue reading

7/6/16

Under Armour DETAILER Shirt Gone Viral

Amidst the chaos of the Business Review article and frantically releasing a new PureAdapt.com site, we rolled out one of our most ambitious and fun projects yet. Last Thursday we launched an Under Armour Detailer Shirt aimed at bringing the detailing community together. At launch we had some of the biggest names in the industry wearing the shirt and promoting it on social media. Here’s the graphic we sent out to our newsletter: You can see more pictures, learn about our social media promotions, and… Continue reading

7/1/16

New (Last-Minute) Pure Adapt Site

Last Friday, the Albany Business Review wrote a story about us in conjunction with naming us to their Fastest Growing Companies List. Towards the end of the phone call that I had with the reporter last Monday, I casually asked “when will our story be published?” I was hoping for a few weeks. Instead, I got Friday. The reason that I wanted a few weeks of time was because I wanted to get our Pure Adapt, Inc site updated. The site was in desperate need… Continue reading

6/28/16

Albany Business Review Feature Story & Fastest-Growing Companies List

This morning the Albany Business Review named us to their 2016 list of Fastest Growing Companies and ran a corresponding story on us. Both links are behind a paywall. After failing to find a copy at my local grocery store and gas stations, I paid $4.99 for a PDF copy. Here’s the article (click to enlarge): The Fastest-Growing Companies list is based upon five-year growth. For a reasonably sized city like Albany, being #18 feels like a pretty good accomplishment! The Business Review doesn’t have… Continue reading

6/24/16

Write. Shorter. Emails.

Above is a word count chart of the emails I send and receive, generated by Gmail Meter. You’ll notice that over 60% of my sent emails are less than 10 words. This is intentional. I used to think that every email had to be entirely thorough, as in-depth as possible, so as to minimize any confusion and ensure that I got my point across. Somewhere along the line I realized: Emails like that take a lot of time to write (I was wasting my time)… Continue reading

6/15/16

Our Credit Card Form Redesign & Saved Card Feature

We first launched our own shopping cart for Detailed Image in 2007. In the time since the credit card form has gone largely untouched. Each time we did a design refresh we’d make sure it still worked and looked good, and we’ve upgraded the back-end portion of our credit card processing, but the front-end checkout form that customers use to submit payment information has always been the same. In part, this was because it got the job done. But it’s also easy to ignore: we… Continue reading

6/9/16

Starving Cancer, Pharmapacks, and Taxpayers Paying For Stadiums – Monthly Link Roundup

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently. An Old Idea, Revived: Starve Cancer To Death – it feels like we’re on the brink of a cancer breakthrough and this concept has been gaining traction lately. [NY Times] The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Guide to Trading on Inside Information – the story of an insider trading scandal involving golfer… Continue reading

6/3/16