May 2017 Archives

6 Great Podcasts I Recently Started Listening To

Last week I updated the list of podcasts that I listen to. In doing so, I realized that list has changed quite a bit since 2014, particularly the last six months or so. Here are some of my new favorites: Daily Tech Headlines – all the day’s tech headlines in less than 10 minutes with Tom Merritt. This is the shorter version of Daily Tech News Show. I find that it’s the perfect quick overview of what’s going on in the tech world with no… Continue reading

5/31/17

Applying “HELL YEAH Or No”

Derek Sivers has a very short, very popular, and very timeless post entitled No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.” The gist of it is: When deciding whether to do something, if you feel anything less than “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” — then say “no.” Derek discussed this in more detail in this great Tim Ferriss Show podcast if you’re interested in learning more about how he came up with this approach. He does mention that when you’re just starting out… Continue reading

5/23/17

“I Have a Question…”

Towards the end of 2015 we noticed a problem. Too often our employees would interrupt us to ask a question that they could easily find an answer to themselves. This was particularly a problem in our old office – an interruption would often interrupt everyone else because we were so tightly packed. The problem wasn’t exclusive to the office though, the same thing would happen via Skype when someone was working remotely. And to be fair, it wasn’t exclusive to our employees either – sometimes… Continue reading

5/16/17

Building The Detailed Image Brand

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.” – 1800’s American merchant John Wanamaker When you’re just starting out with an e-commerce business (or any business really), your marketing focus by necessity is primarily direct response ads like AdWords search where you need to see an immediate ROI or you can’t afford to do it. You need to spend $x and see a direct return of $x + something. That’s how we approached marketing in the… Continue reading

5/9/17

S-Town, Being Lazy, & Grocery Price Wars- Link Roundup

Articles Think like a bronze medalist, not silver – “Instead of comparing up to the next-higher situation, compare down to the next-lower” [Derek Sivers] How Alcohol and Caffeine Helped Create Civilization – Hint: it has to do with water safety, a problem that we rarely think about but that was a very serious threat up until a few hundred years ago [Human Progress] Don’t accelerate your startup – “See once you take the initial check, you’re also inevitably taking on the expectations of exponential growth…. Continue reading

5/2/17