29 January

Using Wikis & Google Docs to Increase Team Productivity

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sfEntrepreneurs kicked off Sunday evening and one of the first questions we faced was how the 20+ of us would be able to efficiently communicate in a form other than email. This was a question we continually face with beRecruited (people in San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston) and faced at eBay. We decided to use […]

29 January

Hiring Bloggers – Where to Look (Oh yeah, We’re Hiring a SportsWrap Editor!)

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Over the course of beRecruited’s growth, we’ve relied heavily on organic growth and grass-roots marketing. Similarly, we’ve used Elance, Craigslist, and Kijiji to outsource smaller projects… and, while each is time consuming, it’s been effective for us on a project-by-project basis. Now we are hiring a full time beRecruited SportsWrap editor and a few bloggers […]

29 January

AT&T Raising SMS Rates to $0.20… When Will We Move to Email?

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Starting March 30th, AT&T is raising SMS and MMS rates by $0.05 to $0.20 and $0.30 respectively… which is absurdly expensive considering that the actual cost of an SMS message to the carrier is close to nothing. Slashdot and DSLreports.com each did analysis stating that the effective marginal cost of a text message is zero. […]

27 January

Where’s Nabaztag in New York Times’ “Coming Wave of Gadgets That Listen and Obey”

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Michael Fitzgerald of the New York Times has gotten some tremendous web buzz on today’s article “The The Coming Wave of Gadgets That Listen and Obey” (now the #3 story on Techmeme). Fitzgerald focuses on high end gadgets on ‘luxury’ electronics like GPS systems integrated into high-end cars. While I found it to be an […]

26 January

Duke Chronicle Writes About beRecruited’s Growth

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Yesterday, the Duke Chronicle (Duke’s daily newspaper) released an article about beRecruited’s growth and the 2,000,000th recruiting connection we recently passed. While the article has some inaccuracies, it was quite gratifying for both Russell Cook and myself to have been written about (unsolicited by the way!) by our alma mater’s paper… after all, it was […]

26 January

Reminder: San Francisco Entrepreneurs Kick Off Event Tomorrow Night

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 I am starting a new project called sfEntrepreneurs.com – a young entrepreneurs organization where members collectively incubate, invest and operate the web business we choose to pursue. Every member of the organization will be an effective partner – invested in the business, a strong contributor and a significant shareholder. Our first kick off is tomorrow, […]

26 January

Burger King Whopper Freak Out: Manny Meets The King

When the Burger King “The King” got wildly popular last Halloween and, while moving some stuff around the house today, I came by the mask and found out what the real Whopper Freak out is. (By the way, if you haven’t seen the Whopper Freak out commercials – they are hysterical) Videos after the jump

26 January

Cloverfield Warning Poster: “You May Experience Sickness”

It can’t be a good thing when AMC is forced to put a sign warning movie-goers that they are likely to get ill while watching Cloverfield… I opted for Rambo IV today and it must rank as the bloodiest, most action-filled movie ever. The entire theater applauded when it ended (I certainly didn’t expect that):

25 January

Measuring Web Analytics – Comparing Mint, SlimStat, Google Analytics & Quantcast

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Last night, I installed Mint (http://haveamint.com/) on RyanSpoon.com and am wildly impressed. It got me thinking about web analytics and my usage of various (and numerous) applications: 1) I use Google Analytics on every website… but I always find myself mildly unimpressed. The UI is pretty, but is too busy and complicated. Most importantly, it […]

25 January

Pay Per Media Launches – Super High CPMs… Arbitrage Opportunity?

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I have a friend who operates about five websites – from real estate to sports news to social gossip. He has been talking up Pay Per Media for *weeks* and is super excited to exploit the high CPMs that they promise ($10.00-$20.00 CPMs). My gut reaction is the same as TechCrunch’s – 1) why did […]

25 January

Rambo IV Reviewed by New York Times…

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“The movie does have its own kind of blockheaded poetry.” Read the full NY Times review here – but what else would you need to know?! Did I mention that I will be seeing this? Did I mention that is gorier than all other Rambos *combined*?

24 January

Techcrunch Surveys Widget Tracking and Who’s ‘King’ – Including Widgetbox, Clearspring, MySpace

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Interesting post by Techcrunch and Erik Schnofeld today about the widget world and how tracking within this space is difficult. The trouble is that: 1) there isn’t a standard widget format / type – Widgetbox, for example, offers both javascript and flash versions of widgets. 2) many widgets use multiple services for installers, analytics, etc […]