September 2008 Archives

The Power of Programming

I’m in the middle of working on a major revamp for SportsLizard.  As of a few months ago this wasn’t in our plans, but the major failures of new sites by industry incumbents Beckett and Tuff Stuff, combined with the urging of a few SportsLizard “fans”, inspired us to reconsider the opportunity at hand to leverage the existing SL community to expand our presence and really take on the big boys.  I can honestly say I’ve never been more excited about a business opportunity.  It… Continue reading

9/25/08

Partnership Family Values

It seems to be a pretty popular assumption that running a business will tear your family apart.  The two compete for time with each other, your family always getting jealous of your commitment to your company, and you becoming bitter that your family doesn’t understand and support you.  We’ve all heard the argument before.  In many cases, with many business owners, this is very true. But let me present a different possible perspective to you.  Contemplate the example of my partners and I for a… Continue reading

9/19/08

Entrepreneurial Book Review Bonanza

This Summer I’ve read five books that I have intended to review on this blog.  Other than writing the review for bounce! I’ve managed to neglect the rest.  Call it laziness…or better yet call it prioritizing, since book reviews do take some time and lately my time is better spent growing our business.  Regardless of the reason, the other four books have been sitting on my desk screaming “review me” for at least the past month.  I’ve come to the conclusion that if I haven’t… Continue reading

9/17/08

Peace Out Men’s Health

I’ve had a subscription to Men’s Health Magazine dating back to 1999, my junior year in high school.  Throughout college and into my early professional years I found the magazine and books they produced to be an invaluable resource on health and fitness.  However, maybe it’s because I’ve had a subscription for so long, or maybe it’s because they repeat the same stuff over and over, or maybe it’s because they spend more time on introductory business “advice” and basic sex “tips” to attract awkward… Continue reading

9/16/08

Micro Blog Security Fix

Ever since I wrote the post a few weeks back about our internal micro blogging system (see Using WordPress to Make a Secure Twitter for Business) I’ve been bothered by the fact that it isn’t really as secure as it should be.  Following the steps I provided, there is still one unprotected RSS feed that – given the URL of your blog – almost anyone can find.  My suggestion when I wrote that post was simply not to give away your URL since it’s an… Continue reading

9/16/08

Making Email Efficient

According to Tim Ferriss: E-mail (and all of its Crackberry/digital leash/Twitter cousins) is the largest single interruption in modern life. In a digital world, creating time therefore hinges on minimizing e-mail. How bad is it really? A Loughborough University study “found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email. So people who check their email every five minutes waste 8 1/2 hours a week figuring out what they were doing moments before.” Wow. Not only… Continue reading

9/9/08

Google Chrome Initial Thoughts – WOW

When I woke up today and combed through my morning email I was shocked to see that yesterday Google announced that they would be releasing a browser today.  Usually these things leak out sooner, but I hadn’t heard anything other than the same type of vague rumors that you hear about a gPhone or gOS. Google Chrome, as it’s called, was released today at noon and can be downloaded for XP/Vista (Linux and Mac soon to follow).  After reading the comic and watching the video, I was excited… Continue reading

9/2/08