Sacrifice

A Post About Not Posting

My posts have come to a screeching halt lately. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a month without a post since I started blogging back in 2005 so I didn’t want to start now! Mike and I have been pushing really hard to release the aforementioned new version of Detailed Image. As a company we’re probably devoting close to 40% of our time right now working on new site related tasks. Things are busy for me personally right now as well, so I’m pretty much… Continue reading

2/19/13

Teamwork in Action

I’m writing this on Wednesday morning. Up to this point my work this week hasn’t really resembled what a “normal” workweek looks like for me. At all. I’ve spent the majority of my time in the warehouse helping the guys pack orders (we had a really successful early early holiday sale), answering customer service questions (which spike during big sales like this), and interacting with job candidates for our customer service position. Kind of a far cry from the usual web development and web marketing… Continue reading

10/19/11

There’s Always a Trade-Off

In the most recent Inc. Magazine, Norm Brodsky used his Street Smarts column to answer a few reader questions.  One in particular caught my interest: Dear Norm: I am 17 years old and recently sold a website for $100,000. It took me and my partners eight months to build, and we had to overcome many obstacles. And yet, when we finally sold it, I didn’t feel excited or elated. Rather, I’ve been really depressed. I went to a dance with a date last Friday and… Continue reading

8/4/09

Trimming the Fat

Since we made the decision last week to launch our revamped Detailed Image by early April, I have been programming my brains out.  I’ve probably worked more hours in the last two weeks than I have in any two week stretch since 2007.  While there’s definitely some stress involved with that, there is also a really good by-product of doing it:  being busy forces me to trim out all of the unimportant stuff that I spend my time on. I’ve cut the number of feeds… Continue reading

3/11/09

There’s No Replacement for Hard Work

Mark Cuban is doing something awesome. He started The Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan – Open Source Funding, where he has decided to help stimulate the economy by investing in ideas and companies that he believes in.  He’s still accepting requests via comments on that original post (almost 2k comments and counting!), but today he unveiled some of the first companies that are getting money from him.  While I LOVE the idea and hope to someday be able to emulate it myself, I found the first… Continue reading

3/3/09

A Wacky End to ’08

It was New Year’s Eve.  Mike, George, and I would normally be out at a party, but because we were all sick and the weather sucked, we all were home resting.   Around 8 PM I woke up from a nap and made my way over to my computer to read my feeds, when I noticed all of our sites were down.  Not “down” per se, but all had a 500 Internal Server Error like the one below from the Pure Adapt site: Now, I’ve seen… Continue reading

1/1/09

Prioritizing Work – Part Deux

Oke from Life is What You Make of It (one of my favorite blog designs, by the way) left a really interesting comment on my last post about prioritizing work: I got a question for you. I am having a problem with this myself and do a shitty job on getting back on track. How do you prioritize your work/hobby/activities on the side when none of the tasks deal with making money? I’ve been thinking about that for a while, and decided it warranted it’s… Continue reading

12/9/08

What I Do on the Weekend

No question the most interesting statement from the interview I posted earlier today with Jun Loayza was when he said: “As a young entrepreneur, you will have NO work/life balance. I am very serious about this. If you want to succeed, you need to be working 24/7 every day of the week.” That’s why I wrote such a long response prior to asking my next question: “It’s easy to be happy for a year or two working all day, every day.  In my opinion, it’s… Continue reading

8/27/08

You Don’t Have to Worry About That!

Anyone who owns a business like ours has been there. You’ve just met a new group of people and they casually ask what you do for a living.  You give one of a variety of answers, based upon how web-savvy the crowd is and how interested you are in talking about your business at the moment.  They think what you do is really cool and they ask a bunch of nosey-but-well-intended questions. In a way, it gets a bit old.  Of course, in another way… Continue reading

8/18/08

Productive Output Update

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my productive output post where I declared that I would never work more than 35 hours in a week again (see Productive Output:  What the 9-5 Misses and Why I’m Done with a 40 Hour Workweek). It was only two months ago, but a lot has changed since then. At the time I had just come off of 2+ years of pushing my entire life aside.  In college I worked hard, but I played hard too.  I might… Continue reading

7/24/08