The Mobile, Social Email Newsletter Reader…that Never Was

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

Fab 5 Memories

I just spent the last 98 minutes watching the ESPN 30 for 30 feature on the Fab 5. I was just 9 years old when they came on the scene in 1991, just old enough to understand how good they were. Those 5 players are definitely the reason I adopted Michigan as my favorite collegiate team. I even jumped on the bandwagon with apparel, sporting a fitted Michigan hat until it got too dirty to wear, a pair of shorts, and a sweatshirt for years. I believe my hatred of Duke largely stems from them beating Michigan, and that hatred still lingers inside my every time Duke is mentioned. I’m not a huge Weber fan, but that has nothing to do with … Continue reading

Posted In: Sports, Videos

Here’s A Shocker of a Social Product Idea

Allow me to connect all my social media accounts. Send me contacts via any of my social media channels, via a Tinder-like interface. Keep sending me people until I un-follow, de-friend, or disconnect one person. Repeat daily. The goal of the app? Trim, rather than fatten, my social media lists to make them more, not less, relevant. Seems counter intuitive right? Social apps should be about being more social, not less social. Truth be told, I really don’t want more connections; I want deeper & more meaningful connections and news. Most of my social media stream is noise, because I’ve accumulated too many contacts over the years. Most people I talk to say the same thing. Yet LinkedIn, Facebook, and … Continue reading

Posted In: Social Media

Why Upside Partnership is Brilliant…for the Right Founders

I saw the news that Kent Goldman of First Round Capital was branching off to start his own firm called Upside Partnership, and instantly flagged him in my mind as a venture capitalist I want to work with. Why? Go read the post on Horizon.

Posted In: Business