Article on the tragic death of my former colleague: http://bit.ly/UV2hL7 * * * * * * My first job out of college was working the swing-shift on the helpdesk of a little media company called Premier Retail Networks. The pay was not anything to brag about, the hours were horrible, and I commuted 90 minutes each way, every day. Every day, when I got off my shift in the morning (usually...
How I learned to code
Here’s a challenge most non-technical startup founders go through: They have a brilliant idea, they don’t know how to code, they think they can just outsource the development to an offshore development firm. Sometimes non-technical founders become convinced that they will meet their unicorn CTO at a startup mixer, who will work incredibly hard to “build everything for...
Observations from a 1st-time Entrepreneur
It’s the beginning of a new year and I resolved to blog more — mostly for posterity-sake. So I’ll start from the beginning of what I call “Act II” of my career. During the Fall of 2011, I was canned from my job as a Product Manager at a company where I spent the better part of my twenties (8 years!). Things were pretty rocky towards the end of my tenure (which...
The Edge of Space & Faith
Yesterday, after years of preparation, Austrian-born Felix Baumgartner successfully drifted to the edge of space @ 128,000 foot elevation, plummeted to earth, and broke the sound barrier along with many other world records. While watching the live stream, I was thinking about space, my youthful infatuation of Star Trek, while concurrently researching about the significance of Space Race to...
Dear job candidates trying to find a job in tech: Don’t use an AOL email...– Me
Social Web of Things
Startups don’t compete with airlines by purchasing a bunch of planes, hiring a...– Headscratcher for today
Good Design, Bad Design, Great Design
via. Raph Koster: http://www.raphkoster.com/ Good design is familiar. Bad design is boring. Great design is exciting. Good design embraces human nature. Bad design exploits human nature. Great design is humane and humanistic. Good design guides. Bad design controls. Great design invites. Good design drives habit. Bad design drives frustration. Great design drives passion. Good design teaches....
Some Thoughts On Path 2.0, Platforms, and UX
I have been playing with Path 2.0 for the last few weeks and I think I’m in love. To be frank, I think it’s a game changer. In what used to be a “virtual journal,” Path’s new release has “changed the game” in how we share, connect, and curate content. How? It’s about friends you care about. Path’s 50-friend limit essentially makes it the...
I'm a VC
Coca-Cola Bringing Pinoys Home
I like this.
What I Learned This Black Friday
I am not a big fan of shopping. Actually, I probably hate it — and I especially dislike shopping on Black Fridays because of the crowds. In fact, I hate shopping so much, that I generally just buy things off the mannequin so I could get in and out of the store/mall as fast as possible. However, on this past Black Friday, I was coaxed into going because, well, “the deals were too good...
Awkward Interactive OOH
**DISCLAIMER: It is not my intention to bash the industries or companies I mention in this post, but rather explore the topic of interactivity in out of home environments. This post is also unusually long. Please read at your own discretion! Despite all of the research, case studies, and white papers, I find myself questioning (and in some cases doubting) the validity of interactivity in out of...
Asics Columbus Circle
Spotted a picture of this on David Hayne’s blog at Sixteen-Nine. I was curious to see a video of it too, and here’s what I found:
An oldy, but goody.
Facebook Timelines & UX
I didn’t always work in media and tech. I also didn’t always live in the San Francisco-Bay Area. I am from a little suburb town called Tracy, California. Just one hour east outside of San Francisco city limits, Tracy used to be a rural farming town which grew into a cookie-cutter suburb town, similar to the town depicted in Pleasantville: very simple, family-oriented, and pleasant. ...
Social Media in Hawaii
Me: They say this is the best shave ice on the island.
Shave Ice Man: Oh yeah? Who say dat bruddah?
Shave Ice Man: What's dat?
Me: It's a website where you can get really good reviews on restaurants and businesses.
Shave Ice Man: Is dat like Facebooook?
Shave Ice Man: Is dat like Groupon?
Shave Ice Man: Oh, so it must be like Foursquare den. I don't know what dat is either, but my wife says is cool.
Me: Like that QR code in that poster?
Shave Ice Man: What's a QR Code?
My conversation with an 8-year-old
Douggie: Sean, what's the score of the Giants game?
Sean: I'm not sure, Douggie. It was 2-1 when we left.
Douggie: Oh. Do you think the Giants won?
Sean: I'm pretty sure they did.
Douggie: OK. I'm going to check my dad's blackberry when I get home just to make sure.
Awkward Conversation in a Bar
Dropbox Dude: [walks into a crowded Silicon Valley Bar with his company T-Shirt]
Me: DUDE, I FRIGGIN LOVE DROPBOX!! [strange glances from bar-goers]
DropBox Dude: Hellz Yeah! [high five]
Me: Where can I get a shirt like that?
DropBox Dude: You have to work there.
Me: Oh. Can I buy your shirt? [more strange glances from bar-goers]
DropBox Dude: Um, no. [awkward silence]
The Word of Notch: Hey, Bethesda! Let's settle... →
notch: I am back, and I am excited. Marriage has been wonderful so far, and nobody sabotaged my computer while I was gone. The only negative thing going on at this moment is the Scrolls trademark lawsuit nonsense, and I think I came up with the perfect solution: Remember that scene in Game of Thrones…
So I don’t really get it. I have a connecting flight coming from LIH to LAX to SFO. Basically, I just want LAX to be my final destination and get a refund for the last leg to SFO. To my surprise, I found out that I’m not going to get a refund. In fact, it will cost me MORE than my original roundtrip ticket to cancel that last leg of the flight. Where is the logic in this? Am I...