May 2010 Archives

Bon Voyage Mike

(That means “good trip Mike”, for everyone not well versed in Francais) This morning Mike departed with his family for a month-long voyage through China. It will most certainly be one of those “once in a lifetime” experiences for him. I can’t wait to see all of the pictures and hear about everything they did. That said, the reason I’m writing a post about it is that this is a big step for our business. One of our partners will be gone for a month… Continue reading

5/29/10

The LockerPulse 30 Day Update…on Day 15

I’m breaking my own rule about waiting 30 days before issuing any updates to a new web project, but it’s with good reason. Mike will be heading to China for a month-long vacation starting Saturday and I wanted to work with him to push out the changes rather than try to go at it solo (things tend to come out much better when we do that…) There were also several common threads in the feedback we received that pointed out some problems that I wanted… Continue reading

5/27/10

Getting Back on Track Post-Launch

In a lot of ways, it’s easier for me to approach life as a whole while I’m developing a large project like LockerPulse or the new Detailed Image last year or Tastefully Driven the year before. I tend to have a very narrow focus. I don’t think much past launch date. I want to work as hard as I can every day to push to get the site out to the world as soon as possible. I still work out and eat well and try… Continue reading

5/23/10

News Flash: Sleep is Important

I recently received an advanced copy of the book The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz, which came out earlier this week. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t accept many of these books any more because most of them don’t interest me. What sold me on the book, which was fantastic, was the first few sentences on Amazon (plus endorsements from Seth Godin and Tony Hseih don’t hurt either): Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project, stretches an obvious thesis to the breaking point… Continue reading

5/21/10

The Next Evolution of the Incubator?

We’ve all heard of coworking (shared office environments) and early stage seed venture funds like Y Combinator. After reading the Fast Cities 2010 article in this month’s Fast Company Magazine, I got an idea to mix the two and take them a step further: early-stage work-live programs. In Boston, there are work-live buildings for artists that are all the rage: ArtBlock, for example, is an old schoolhouse the city granted to a developer on the promise that half of the renovation include art studios, galleries,… Continue reading

5/19/10

Self Sabotaging Your Product Launch

My good friend and fellow entrepreneur Tim left a really good comment on my last post. Here’s an interesting excerpt: No matter what the data says you ALWAYS have doubt and the doubt increases significantly the closer you get to launch – a fear of the unknown is only natural. What makes this even more complicated is that just before a big change or launch and immediately after is when you really have to bring your A-game. During this stage you will work harder than… Continue reading

5/18/10

How the Last Few Days Unfolded (hint: I’m spent)

The launch of LockerPulse has left me completely drained. These last few days have been out of control. It was a lot of long hours leading up to the launch, but man, once the site went live I didn’t have a second to rest my brain. I’m not sure I have a coherent post in me right now, but I also don’t feel like doing anything else at the moment, and I haven’t posted much lately, so I’m gonna give it a try. Launch Day… Continue reading

5/14/10

It’s Alive

LockerPulse is finally live! Check it out. Here are a few quick screenshots of the home page, the basic news reader, and what the premium account can do. More to come soon…

5/12/10

The Result of 6 Months of Iterative Design on LockerPulse

When I first built the demo of LockerPulse to show my partners last December, I decided to only have one team that actually functioned. I hadn’t worked out a lot of the efficiency issues, and we didn’t have a separate server, so I didn’t want to use our resources on pulling in news for 122 teams when one would suffice to prove the concept. I chose the Buffalo Bills because Greg is a super-hardcore-crazy-obsessive Bills fan. Since that day, he’s used the site every day… Continue reading

5/4/10