Software as a Competitive Advantage

One of the best podcast interviews that I’ve listened to in a while is Tim Ferriss’ interview with Stripe founder and CEO Patrick Collison. Around minute 35 they discuss something that I find fascinating. Patrick says: We surveyed companies fairly broadly across multiple industries. And we just asked them what’s holding them back. And that’s a very imperfect methodology, of course, because it’s hard to know what the candidate answers there should be. And maybe those questions are – do they all interpret it the… Continue reading


“Achieving the extraordinary is not a linear process”

Over the weekend I listened to a Tim Ferriss Show interview with Christopher Sommer, former US national team gymnastics coach. Towards the end at 1:22:45 Tim read a portion of an email that Coach Sommer sent him when he was struggling with his own training. I thought that it was so good that I stopped and transcribed it: Dealing with the temporary frustration of not making progress is an integral part of the path towards excellence. In fact, it is essential, and something that every… Continue reading


We’re On The 2015 Inc. 5000!

On Wednesday morning I was at the SFO airport about to board when I received a much anticipated text message from my business partner Greg. The Inc. 5000 list came out and we are number 4,284! For those unfamiliar with the Inc. 5000, it’s a ranking of the fastest growing private companies in the US. The Albany Business review also wrote up a short article summarizing the businesses located in the Albany area that are on the list. We are 9th out of 15 companies…. Continue reading


Must Watch – Indie Game: The Movie

On the train ride home from NYC last week I watched Indie Game: The Movie.  I had heard about it when Kevin Marks mentioned it on This Week in Google. To their credit, Indie Game picked up on it as well and wrote about it on their blog.  They also saw my tweet and responded right away, which also impressed me: It was initially a Kickstarter project, that went on to get funded in 48 hours.  Since the film’s release it has won countless awards,… Continue reading


Monday as a Measure

Steve over at Nerd Fitness wrote a great post last Monday entitled Always Dominate Monday: I challenge you today to start looking at Mondays differently. It’s not the start of a long week. It’s not the worst day of the week. Monday is the most important day of the week, so do it right: Plan out your meals for Monday on Sunday night. Where, when, and what will you eat? Can you prepare any of that the night before? Plan out your workouts for the… Continue reading


Just Having Fun

Kind of a random quick spontaneous post here. This past week has been the most fun I’ve ever had running a business.  Part of it is seeing the positive results of what we’ve done.  We’ve accomplished everything as a team, and accomplishments are always better when you have people to share them with…especially when you all went through the ups and downs together.  Even more so though, I think it’s the infinite potential that I see now, both for DI and other upcoming projects.  It’s… Continue reading


Consistency = Success = Happiness?

This past week I noticed that the gym was noticeably emptier.  In fact, it’s been getting less and less crowded every week for the past month or so.  This is perfectly normal, because it’s March, and March is just about when everyone who made a New Year’s Resolution to get in shape is starting to give up.  Especially the people who go early in the morning like I do.  They slip back into their bad old habits and find ways to justify doing other things… Continue reading


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


Accomplishing a Daunting Task

Our ’09 goal to revamp our e-commerce platform and build what we consider to be the all around best e-commerce platform on the web is obviously not an easy one.  In fact, it’s a really really challenging goal.  Most notably, because of our lack of resources available (money, people, time, etc).  It truly is a daunting task. When I wrote the post outlining this goal a few weeks back, we hadn’t yet started on developing the project.  We’d meticulously studied the best shopping experiences on… Continue reading


13 Ways to Find More Time in ’09

A while back a friend of mine asked me “how do you do it all?”  I kind of looked at him perplexed.  “All of the websites, your blog, reading books and blogs, getting to the gym on a routine basis, spending time with friends and family, etc.”  Not knowing how to reply, I just said “Umm.  I watch a lot less crappy network television than most people.” Really though, I didn’t have an answer for him.  But I thought about it more, and realized that… Continue reading