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Published Sunday, April 5, 2009

As an interactive agency, we come from a world where most companies like us are used to a sales process that involves lots of planning meetings, big proposals that go back and forth, free consulting to create estimates, and vague pricing based on a mysterious number of hours that it may take to complete a project. From what I’ve seen, this process typically leads to projects that go over budget and time, disagreements over money, and end up with both parties unhappy.

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Published Friday, March 27, 2009
Attention, entrepreneurs in the making! Before we get started, let's get one thing straight - YOU ARE BORN WITH IT. Passion, thirst, risk-taking, innovation, intelligence, and so many other variables that make up a successful entrepreneur, can not be taught. They are either in your genes or not. Sorry but that is the brutal, God-honest, truth.

But these basics are not all you need. Here is a list of all the other things you need to know on how to become an entrepreneur. Yes, and there is at least 163 things you need to know:

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Published Monday, March 23, 2009

Let's talk about budgets.

It took a while.

Even though tens of millions of users were flocking to social media sites every day, most marketers stayed away. They either didn't understand how to join the conversations-without sounding like shills-or they were frightened away by the prospect of associating their brands with questionable content.

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Published Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Are you working in the business or on the business?

Are you a technician or an entrepreneur?

I’d suggest you’d rather be an entrepreneur and let the technicians do what they do best. Be the leader of your company, direct, make business decisions and raise the capital required. Do the marketing and sales. Keep the customers happy. Be a corporate manager.

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Published Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Are you a Gmail, Facebook, Campfire or Pandora fanatic? Do you have 20 or more browser tabs open at all times? Are you tired of some random site or Flash ad crashing your browser and causing you to lose your (say) Google Docs data in another tab?

OS X Leopard Dock with an icon for Facebook.app right along normal apps like Dashboard, Mail, and TextMate.

If so, Site Specific Browsers (SSBs) provide a great solution for your WebApp woes. Using Fluid, you can create SSBs to run each of your favorite WebApps as a separate Cocoa desktop application. Fluid gives any WebApp a home on your Mac OS X desktop complete with Dock icon, standard menu bar, logical separation from your other web browsing activity, and many, many other goodies.

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Published Friday, February 13, 2009

Part I, Picking the Winners

We are living in the Age of Uncertainty. Nobody knows how bad the economy really is or how long the pain will persist; nobody knows what type of stimulus package we need or whether a stimulus will actually work. And nobody knows where clean technology innovation is headed, given the current tumult in the capital markets.

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Published Thursday, February 12, 2009

Last night after my kids went to bed, I went downstairs and sat on the couch in my living room. My wife was sitting in bed working on the laptop, so I had complete silence.

Just me and my thoughts.

What I thought about was the economy. While the media is making the economy out to be worse than it is, it's tough out there. Sure, billions of dollars of business are being done each day, but times are tough right now.

And that's why I'm counting on you.

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Published Friday, January 9, 2009

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Yesterday I sat in on a press teleconference with the three co-chairs of the bipartisan coalition Building America's Future: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The main topic of discussion: the results of a national poll, paid for by their group, which suggest that U.S. citizens across party lines overwhelmingly support infrastructure improvement, and that most would willingly approve a one percent increase in taxes to pay for the work.

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