May 2016 Archives

Improving My Index Card Method: The Field Notes 56 Week Planner

Running a business in today’s world requires a special type of focus. It’s so easy to get distracted. If you’re not careful, every day can be an endless stream of interruptions from your friends, family, and co-workers manifesting themselves in every format imaginable: phone calls, text messages, emails, app notifications, and good old in-person distractions. One simple routine that I started almost a decade ago has been my most effective tool for keeping focused and on task without feeling overwhelmed (well, most of the time)…. Continue reading


The End Of Paying Your Dues?

Although I didn’t realize it at the time, when I left college in 2004 we were right in the middle of a shift in how a “career” was defined. There was still this prevailing wisdom that you would find an entry level job at a good company, slowly work your way up over the course of decades from junior level to senior level to management. It would take a long time, but in return you got the stability of a steady paycheck, health care, and… Continue reading


The Next Generation

Last week was the final class for the spring semester of Professor Wales’ Entrepreneurship class at SUNY Albany. I made it in to class four times throughout the semester and was able to work closely with the students as they took their venture from idea to reality. In the final class, they presented the results of their ventures as short videos. For many students, this was their presentation in their final class before graduation. After coming out of this last class all I could think… Continue reading


Insert & Update WordPress Blog Posts With This PHP Script

In my last post I mentioned our new promotion system that can “duplicate” a previous promotion by updating the dates, creating a new coupon code or scheduling items to go on sale, and then creating a new newsletter, blog post, landing page, etc. One of the big challenges for me was coming up with the correct way to insert and update new blog posts in WordPress so that we never actually have to log in to WordPress to manage our promotions. We’re able to do… Continue reading


Apple’s Organizational Structure, Keurig’s Environmental Impact, and WeWork’s Utopia – Monthly Link Roundup

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently. Apple’s Organizational Crossroads – why Apple’s organizational structure is perfect for hardware but a poor fit for their (inevitable?) transition into a services company [Stratechery] Keurig’s New K-Cup Coffee Is Recyclable, but Hardly Green – this habit that’s been adopted in less than a decade is so destructive to the environment… Continue reading