Do You Gossip?

If so, you’re wasting your time on shit that doesn’t matter. There are far better things to do with your life than worry about other people’s drama. [via The One Effect]

Posted In: Life

Innovation Pockets by Country, Driven by Regulation

I just watched this debate between Marc Andreessen and Peter Thiel from 2013 (as a result of seeing the link at the end of this article). At the very end of the hour debate, Marc mentions countries being differentiated by regulatory structures (and the movement toward more Hong Kong’s and Singapore’s) — resulting in innovation by sector. I see a strong parallel between countries differentiated by regulation as he mentions, and cities differentiated by branding around certain lifestyle niches… something I wrote about last year. At the end of the day, communities are at the heart of both trends.

Posted In: Technology

Changing the World

The desire to “change the world” is common among entrepreneurs. Via Seth Godin The public square is more public than ever, but minds are rarely changed in 140 character bursts and by selfies. If you ask me, there’s still far too much time, effort, and money going into the time suck economy. That’s okay, since it’s not my time, effort, and money – everyone has the right to do what they want with their lives.

Posted In: Business

The Mobile, Social Email Newsletter Reader…that Never Was

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Many startups wireframe, design and sometimes even build working prototypes of many concepts that don’t ever end up seeing the light of day. We were no different. After we built Oh Hey World and couldn’t get it to scale, one concept we wireframed and did customer validation against was a mobile, social email newsletter reader. MyBlogLog + Google Reader + email + location. I detailed the entire concept, thought process, and learnings over on the Horizon blog for the curious folk. I’m still crazy, crazy bullish on the idea. If someone ends up building it, please let me be an early beta tester.

Posted In: Social Media, Travel

Paypal, and America’s Credit Problem

Everyone knows the personal savings rate has been in decline in America for decades. Well, here’s part of the reason… Paypal is attempting to FORCE me to purchase on credit (this specific transaction is actually a donation to ALS, but that’s not the point), instead of with cash. Really?

Posted In: Business

Penny

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time, you may know I’m a huge fan of Penny Hardaway. I just watched this 13 minute feature, and found out he’s coaching middle school ball…the story of why is quite touching. Another vid for the Penny fans to reminisce… And another…

Posted In: Sports

Will Travel Blogging as We Know it Fade Into the Sunset?

Is travel blogging here to stay? I’ve had a travel blog since 2010. I love writing, and am a massive content creator (I have 5 blogs). I’ve done social media marketing and community building for a living in the past at Zillow. I’m a huge travel addict. I’m building a travel startup (Horizon). All the signs say I should be a diehard travel blogger, right? Well, I’m not anymore.. You can read the rest of the article over on Tnooz.

Posted In: Blogging, Travel