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Oh, man. I'm guessing you don't have the backgorund on utah politics. You might czech out the saltydroid for some fun reading.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Um, why did Facebook just donate $10,000 to an anti-gay rights politician?
@rrbottoms @rbottoms @gcj I never argued the merits, the emotion. Only facts about Jack Hunter which you got wrong. On purpose. As if the actor that played the IRON SHEIK was the bad one.
You are an excellent provocateur, I'll give you that.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Homophobia, racism and the Kochs: San Francisco’s tech-libertarian “Reboot” conference is a cesspool
@rbottoms @skookumjohn @gcj NAILED IT! I'm responsible for all the racisim that ever was!
@rbottoms @gcj sigh. You don't think he wasn't lamopooning those old people that were still into that?
You made an error. Like Jack did.
Winners fix errors. Failures double down.
Dude, Jack Hunter was a spoof character. His "Southern Avenger" persona was mocking the south, mocking pro Wrasslin'.
This isn't in debate - he was what, 23, and mocking his hometown, his people and their culture.
It's dead simple to build a business.
But it's fucking hard to not self destruct.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Shit Nobody Wants to Hear (or say) - Raindrops and Ripples Episode 7
@JohnFrankel Right. I am meeting VCs for the sake of my future: I plan on having a 20 year career in tech. I am not raising money this or next year, but after that who knows? By meeting people now, I am more de-risked and known 3 years down the road. Maybe it's a dumb strategy, but I have gotten to work with amazing entreprenuers.
1 year, 5 months ago on Sheer madness: With VCs get an intro or get lost
This post is shitty, destructive and incorrect.
Be of value or get lost. Give first or get lost.
Understand who you're taking to or get lost.
Your schmoozing from a position of begging, and that's why you won't meet anyone ever.
Getting an intro is demonstrating baseline competence and social skills. That's it. If you can't figure it out and achieve that, don't play you fail.
Alerts. Nobody is talking about the future of alerts, but LOVE to be fed and I HATE to be emailed.
1 year, 11 months ago on What should the next RSS reader look like?
I have seen stupider startups. But just.
1 year, 11 months ago on Lango steps up visual messaging with editorial content
2 years, 1 month ago on Young people are screwed… Here’s how to survive
I wouldn't attempt it, right? I mean, hard horrible job.
2 years, 2 months ago on Former Best Buy chief needed just four months to earn “Worst of 2012″ award
@jatkins679 Losers are a threat to your company. That's all. They have to be branded harshly or you get to tolerating losers and all that they bring in.
2 years, 2 months ago on Losers exist. Don’t hire them
@vbiersch @gcj Mmmm hmmm. Best to you.
2 years, 2 months ago on Nothing Merry in Redmond: The pile on Microsoft continues
@vbiersch I personally like my racism just a little more subtle, but whatever floats your boat compadre.
This is sweet. We're overhauling all of our sites with Headway and learning that it already does what we want. It's cool to see some of the other major theme houses try and copy Headway.
2 years, 4 months ago on Headway Themes Fall Sale
But was he wrong? Meaning this: what is the REAL percentage of people getting most of their income/subsistence from the government? I doubt it's 47% (but it's hard saying, isn't it). I also don't think that spending time with the people that are in that category is particularly wise. Do enough just to make the other guy nervous...
2 years, 5 months ago on Romney May Suck at Social Media, Doesn’t Mean He Won’t Be President
@PatrickR But they lack our genetic mandate, and they don't have millions of generations of programming. They don't weep for their young. Etc. I'll always side with coprorations vs. government (i.e. citizens united), but if a corporation kills my kid, it's not going to go to jail. It'll get fined, and that's that.
No, no no, this is all wrong.
Spread rumors. Engage. Wear them down and chew them up.
You have to demoralize them. Start with the leadership/soft targets. Get on linked in and ask mutual connections if they are recovering from the domestic violence charges. Get in their heads, make them think about you all the time.
Little actions - like fake reviews on Yelp - can pay big dividends.
This is a war. It's not butterflies and ponies, it's a knock down drag out war with one winner and millions of losers. You either fight to the death, or you're a loser.
Do you think they are OK with you? They aren't. They want you dead, your children starving. They want you to be their serfs and vassals.
As the Cobra Kai said: "Put 'im in a body bag, Johnny."
2 years, 6 months ago on How to Crush Your Competition Overnight
This is pretty sweet stuff.
2 years, 6 months ago on Working with the negatives to make a better picture...
When your income stream is attacked, I can see why you'd respond emotionally and dishonestly. Where has Ryan represented himself as anything other than a manipulator?
2 years, 7 months ago on Trust Me I’m Lying: How One Person is Hurting an Entire Industry
@bgoldberg Right, Google isn't wrong to not consider her, marginal candidates have to hake riskier things.
2 years, 7 months ago on Why on Earth Did Marissa Mayer Say Yes to Yahoo?
@bgoldberg you said the smartest and dumbest thing in a thread all in about 2 comments!
IF she can turn Yahoo around we can finally end the moptreprenuer debates....
@philgerb Good to see you phil ,as always! 'Genius' may be pouring it on kinda thick.
2 years, 7 months ago on Missed Opportunity in the Golden Age of Sales
@EJ This is where it's at. Figuring out the ethos rather than some arbitrary and irrelevant skill set. The learning curve for any major product is 2-6 months, and winners will win.
@joemcmackin yeah, it's frequency at least for me. You prove you're around and gonna stay.
@pemullen It depends on the complexity of the product, but all meetings send signals and can unsell future mettings.
@yesware ha. Genuinely nuts sometimes, right ;-) whatever it takes.
@laniar heh. I like @thebloggess's wil wheaton collating the best...
@pemullen a meeting isn't where you pitch - pitches happen progressively at every single step of the process, right? sales is and isn't a lot of things.
This salesperson might be good, but he could be fishing and not doing anything other than using TextExpander +google alerts. Even if he were doing that, that counts as good. We have a "normal, listed" phone #. THis kind of approach is eons about the people at 1 & 1 that call us almost daily to report "problems" with our search on the internet.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Problem with Spray-and-Pray Software Salespeople: Homework
@crenelle Yeah, we'd make a demo video that said "Demo on it" and we'd not give source up. For sure.
2 years, 8 months ago on A Far More Insidious Reason Not to Embed Demo Videos (From a Guy Who Gets Paid to Make Them)
What, no demo videos? Are you daft? ;-).
2 years, 8 months ago on Here Are Some Companies [TechStars NY Demo Day]
@SimonCohen Right, I don't agree - completely - with Sarah's approach. I mean, Pando (it seems) has more responsibilities than an enthusiasts site or an aggegator like Business insider. We have to trust Sarah or what she's built will die.
This is an agreed filter. So many times people have said "awesome" without vetting the video that I'm queasy. It's almost insulting how easy it can get.
@Travis Van >>>So what? A company hires a video production company to create a video that describes the crystal palace that they're trying to build. If a journalist isn't smart enough to evaluate a video on a case by case basis and determine whether it is worthy of including, they really aren't much of a journalist.
If the video is a lie, it's not going to get made. I don't dispute that the pageview chase is a bigger problem in Tech journalism than embedding a demo. It's the willingness - generally - to repeat without having time to vet. This is a symptom of it. "Ooh, cool video, let's spread it around." The same general problem.
Describing the future is one thing, but we get pushback (generally from Angels-who-shouldn't-be) when we insist on "hey, coming soon." in the script/visuals. Someday we'll have flying cars, but saying "Now you can get into the new buick and fly it around" is a lie. There's a line, and it's not difficult to see.
It's not a "so what" for manipulating the press...and I don't understand why PR folk aren't somehow banished for spreading garbage.
@Travis Van Man, you're saying 'readers are smart so it doesn't matter if I lie, don't take it so seriously.' I'm saying, Travis, that it hurts the world when you facilitate the spread of misinformation. We spread reality, not hope or delusion.
@Travis Van No way. This is not how we roll. That's not even honest.
We only make demos for first class companies with software we love. Life is too short. If it doesn't work as advertised, we won't display simulated functionality. If it doesn't yet work, we can wait.
Now, this is a minor thing, but we've done split tests and head to heads against our competitors. Because everything we say and do is honest, we have yet to lose an A/B to another provider (obviously we're all young and we eventually will get dunked on, but for now we'll enjoy our record). We win because it's instantly obvious that we're telling the truth. (This is why cartoon types of videos don't convert very well because you can't see an interface at work).
We've learned that integrity is a competitive advantage. It'es easier to sell honestly than to "fake" something.
But "selling any old shit" means that trust is broken. It means we're breaking it. Yes, there's something aspirational, but if a feature isn't in there we insist that it's acknowledge that it's a coming soon feature. Anyone with baseline integrity would do the same.
As an advertiser, I have a responsibility to make sure that what I'm selling is good for the world. There is PLENTY of honest, congruent business out there that I don't have to sell vaporware.
Being dishonest or overselling isn't a "so what." It will break the economy. It offloads costs and that flip attitude can't be allowed in the room.
I understand that you're spitballing here, but I invite you to change your mind.
@SimonCohen I agree with this approach. I would say "here's the demo video, I can't vouch for the effectiveness of the service."
I'm arguing that bloggers at your level should generally avoid or disclaim them, absolutely.
This is good. I am making a good living (not a mint, but nothing to sneeze at) making these videos. And I'm always perplexed at why one is published. Not that I'm sorry. "You understand that as CLEVER AND FUN that this has been that you just made an ad news, right."
What about having a blunt disclaimer: "This is their AD. IT captures what the product says it does, but I don't know if it does a good or shitty job of that."
Also, for anyone tuning in: animation works, but not character art. character art keeps people watching but it is the poorest converting style.
What's hilarious is the surrogates from Demo Video COmpanies coming here and saying that this is wrong.
2 years, 8 months ago on Why We Don’t Embed Demo Videos (And You Shouldn’t Either)
@Raul I Lopez, WC The problem with e-bay like talent marketplaces is that they wind up attrocities like Odesk that commoditize actual ability into "hours spent dicking around on the screen." LI is doing just fine, my friend.
2 years, 9 months ago on The All-Important Valley Talent Flow: Why I Suddenly Just Got a Lot More Interested in Pinterest
Hi there. "Bizarre IPO foulup?" How could FB have won? They maximized capital for themselves and Mark retained the right to wear a hoodie to Wall Street and demonstrated that he gives exactly no shits about what Wall Street thinks.
How is this a foul up? Yes, he'll have 3-4 days in hearings in the next 4-5 months, but otherwise, he got BILLIONS of dollars and relatively little dilution. This is not a foulup. This is someone playing a bigger game.
Bizarre? How many times does a "google" or "facebook" go public?
Listen: what's crystal clear is that we're not qualified to have an opinion. FB got cash. All the cash it could want. It took a PR black eye that is inconsequential. (However, if FB turns for the worse, it seems to me that we'll have a moment to cluck. )
Oh, so stupid. all of this.
No, Sarah, the FB IPO didn't go poorly. It went. the only way it could have.
There were going to be lawsuits either way, it's a big target.
Had it doubled, there would be a congressional investigation as to why more people weren't let in and able to buy the initial shares.
It didn't double, so we're seeing stuff about "revised filings."
Going public was a game that FB couldn't win.
The tech press would have been smug either way, flaccidly screaming for "more transparency in markets" as if...
There was no way to land the mothership without disrupting something or ruffling some feathers.
2 years, 9 months ago on Facebook: Seriously, How Did This Become Such A Mess?
Gawd. I can't wait till this gets integrated into Odesk so Odesk can add social embarrassment to the humiliation that non-coders foist on coders. I see it now: "I am supposed to be done with Odesk Project 1121, but I am late, and shouldn't be paid."
2 years, 10 months ago on Sink Or Ship Holds Your Wallet Hostage to Ensure Your Projects Ship On Time
"What, a sensible post in a Tech Blog?" OH, yeah, it's Dan Shapiro from Sparkbuy. No duh.
This is good stuff and I think we're going to implement some variant of this.
2 years, 10 months ago on Founders Should Give Their Stock Back: Why Vesting is in Your Startup’s Best Interest
You know, if more people had Clay's work ethic, we would not be in a recession. Clay is The Man.
3 years, 6 months ago on Headway v.1 - a spring and summer of building and planning