Category Archives: ideas

I want The Economist on my iPhone

Whenever I can, I read from my iPhone. Email, blogs / RSS, books – everything. (I am a Google Book Search PM, it’s kind of my job – but my interest in this pre-dated the job – check out my … Continue reading

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Franny launched Monkey Analytics

My wife and my buddy have been working on Monkey Analytics – a fantastic web startup, which they just launched.  Go Team Rocket Monkey!  Next step for them is sales and marketing, so I thought I’d share some link love. … Continue reading

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Confession: data backups

I have been burned before. Hard drives die, data gets lost. This has been painful, especially for me (a data pack-rat). My goal has always been to preserve every digital item I’ve created – I have all email ever sent … Continue reading

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Technology has far to go

Technology still sucks a lot. This is probably obvious to everyone, but as a technologist, I know exactly where the failings are and get more frustrated than the average person. Sure, you get annoyed when your wireless network doesn’t just … Continue reading

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Worry about winning, not stickiness

Winning isn’t about stickiness. Over the long term, the web services that win will be the best, winning by virtue of features and ability to please users. Businesses that try to win by trapping users like flies will lose to … Continue reading

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Decentralizing work

Why do most of us travel to work every day? Why do we work in large boxes removed from nature and family life? Why do we continue to propagate this system? This all goes back to the Jefferson vs. Hamilton … Continue reading

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Images are unhappy today…

Problem – Phanfare is shutting down. This means my images are not loading all the time, as I used them for photo sharing and hosting. (Phanfare isn’t shutting down, they’re just changing business models, and their new model precludes image … Continue reading

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Quaker thoughts

I was raised Quaker. Quakers sit in silent worship, communing directly with God. We believe that if you listen God will speak, and help guide you in life. I love the philosopy, open-mindedness, and quiet of the Quakers. Moreso, I … Continue reading

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Full Steam Ahead: doodleboard

We are pressing ahead on doodleboard. Check out the blog and public alpha! Tijan and I have been working on this since the mid-summer update post below. I solved some tricky tech problems with drawing lots of things in the … Continue reading

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Information Markets Sidebar

Information markets are quite interesting. (Also known as prediction markets, depending on which academic you want to make happy). The academic literature is fun to read and intellectually quite interesting. The general idea is that a diverse crowd of humans … Continue reading

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