September 2007 Archives

What I Actually Do All Day

One of the primary goals of this blog is to give people a peek into the life of someone who decided to work for themselves instead of pursuing a corporate career.  Back in college I wish I knew that running my own business was a career option.  And if I did know it was an option, I would have had a million questions for someone who was 25 and ran their own online business.  For most people, their entire life is structured for them –… Continue reading

9/29/07

Can You Be Entreprenurial in the Corporate World?

When people ask this question, I think they are really asking three questions: Can you be happy in a career in the corporate world? Yes. Can you innovate in a career in the corporate world? Yes. Can you be an entrepreneur if you’re working for someone else? No. I’ll explain my answers in a second. This question popped into my head while I was reading a post on Employee Evolution last night. If you don’t follow the blog, the founders (coincidentally both named Ryan) recently… Continue reading

9/27/07

Quick Music Alerts Update

I’ve decided to hold off on promoting Music Alerts for a while for a few reasons. Primarily because I’m in the middle of ramping back up our client services after the launch of DI and I’m swamped, but also because I wanted to give it some time to be tested in the field. There’s no way to predict when an album will be added to Amazon, so I just sat back and waited. Today I got my first real alert. It worked perfectly – Google… Continue reading

9/26/07

My Problem With Online Advertising

There’s no one out there that loves the recent advances on the web more than I do. From a user standpoint, “Web 2.0” is all about innovative technologies that push the boundaries of the web without costing a cent. From Flickr to MySpace/Facebook, Google Apps, and YouTube, one common denominator is that they are all free. And that’s awesome – if you are a user. But what about if you are a development company? Those rare successes have baited us into thinking that online advertising… Continue reading

9/25/07

Music Alerts Fixes – More Speed and No Duplicates

I received a handful of great emails/comments about Music Alerts in the last 24 hours.  I’ve also heard from a few hardcore fans who tried creating feeds of 200+ artists.  I call them hardcore because mine consisted of about 25 :).  As with any really raw program the faults were exposed for those large feeds so I spent a few hours today cleaning the programming up: Faster feed generation.  Previously, I was generating the feeds on the fly every request…meaning each time you or your… Continue reading

9/20/07

Introducing Music-Alerts.com – Never Miss an Album Release

Last Friday afternoon I realized that I almost missed the album release of one of my favorite bands. I just happened to visit their website out of boredom and notice they had already released a few singles and were about to release a new album. I don’t have my pulse in the music industry to the point where I know every release as soon as it announced, so I usually rely on checking bands websites. I wrote on a sticky note “find music alerts site”…. Continue reading

9/19/07

Is iTunes Inadvertently Saving the Environment?

A few posts ago I mentioned our PDF invoice system for Detailed Image, one of the main benefits of which is that it brings us a step closer to being a paperless company. Every PDF I’ve opened since we began working on that has reminded me that I’m saving paper by reading it on my screen.This afternoon I had the same thought while “flipping” through a digital booklet that came with an album I recently purchased on iTunes. At first I thought “isn’t it nice… Continue reading

9/14/07

Does Our Generation Have an Undeserved Sense of Entitlement?

Preface:   My mission with the blog is to try to get more young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice, because I know it is possible and my partners and I are living proof of it.  I definitely definitely am not advocating that a sense of entitlement is a good thing for anyone of any age.  From all of the nasty emails I’ve received related to this post I completely realize I did a horrible job of getting that point across.   At the… Continue reading

9/11/07

DI Features and Lessons Learned

Since we launched the new Detailed Image site last week we’ve had a lot of “the site looks cool” compliments. While we certainly appreciate the positive feedback, 99.99% of visitors will never ever recognize the changes we made to help improve Pure Adapt as a business. This post is dedicated to those features, why we put them in place, and the lessons learned in building a custom shopping cart from scratch. The goal was to have at least the functionality of the old cart for… Continue reading

9/10/07

DI Up – Completely and Utterly Drained

Last night, after debugging from 9 AM to 9 PM we went to launch the new Detailed Image site, which has been a work in progress for all four of us the past 3 months or so. The first thing we did after uploading everything was test the redirects – which of course didn’t work. I’m no rookie when it comes to migrating sites and redirecting old pages to new ones – hell, I did it a week ago flawlessly with this blog! After exhausting… Continue reading

9/6/07