Posts filed under “Entrepreneurship”

The Myth of the Hero

A lot of people assume that when you want great talent, you need a hero; someone who will rush in, destroy every barrier, and magically carry his team to victory. Unfortunately, heros like this are mostly mythical beings. Here’s why heros are an unrealistic myth I play for a couple casual beach volleyball teams here […]

Presentation: Intro to Object Oriented Code Design

On Friday, March 14th I’ll be giving this presentation to the developers-in-training at StartupInstitute here in Chicago. In this presentation I’ll be covering the basic terminology of object oriented programming, examples of how they work in Ruby, and a coding challenge. The presentation slides are available here: If you have any questions or you’d like […]

On Leaving Uloop for Packback Books

This month marked the end of my first startup experience and the beginning of my next one. I decided to leave Uloop after two years as their director of news, and take a position with Packback Books as their fourth full time team member and lead software engineer. Parting ways with my friends and colleagues […]

Database of Accredited Colleges in the United States

I spent way too much time yesterday looking for a list (or SQL file) of all the colleges in the US along with their addresses, cities, and states. I finally found this, which was okay, but it wasn’t formatted well enough for me to plop into a database, so I did a little Excel magic […]

The Key to Networking: Keeping in Touch

I’m a huge fan of social media, and I don’t think there’s any secret about that. That said, social media isn’t the best way to keep up with everybody. I have dozens of contacts that I’ve met throughout my entrepreneurial career thus far, and making sure I keep up with the ones who really matter […]

A Strong Team isn’t Afraid to Piss Each Other Off

Working in a small company can be quite taxing. We recently downsized to three full-time employees at Uloop, meaning that we all have more work and consequently more responsibilities and more stress. As you would expect, more stress also breeds higher tempers and shorter fuses – myself being no exception. If you’ve ever worked with […]

How Would You Like Your Own Website…For Free?

For the past three years, I’ve been building websites for startups, and now I feel like it’s time to give a little of that back to another passionate entrepreneur. So, if you have an idea for a website, here’s your chance to make it happen for absolutely no cost. Just fill out the form at […]

Women Entrepreneurs: Why are Good Ones so Rare?

I was fortunate enough to sit down with a really interesting and exciting entrepreneur this week. The truth is, I sit down with a lot of really exciting entrepreneurs, but this one was different; this one was a woman. But plenty of women own and operate businesses, right? The problem isn’t that there aren’t any […]

Yahoo! is Officially an Uncool Company…Oh Wait, That’s News?

This week, Yahoo! launched their first revamped home page in four years… And nobody gave a shit. Let’s be honest, the internet giant is now just a boring, stuffy, old curmudgeon in the world of the web, and they proved it doubly with their latest memo to employees today thatĀ forbade them from telecommuting. None of […]

Are You Going to be a Good CEO? Here’s How You Can Find Out

Robert Scoble has always been one of my big influences. His job is to go around and interview CEO’s and founders of interesting startups, so he’s definitely got some know-how when it comes to business. He posted this answer on Quora, so I figured I would share. The original question was “What separates the top […]