Every Writer Needs a Typewriter

Every Writer Needs a Typewriter

As writers, most of us perform our craft on computers these days – and have pretty much since household computers became commonplace. Due to the simplicity of being able to save and protect your work, to go back and make edits, to easily format your prose, and the modern conveniences of spell-check and grammar check, the choice to write at a computer is a simple one to make. That said, I strongly recommend anyone interested in writing to get themselves a working typewriter. In my writing space, my typewriter lives…

A ‘Secret’ Experiment

A ‘Secret’ Experiment

I’m trying an experiment. While I’m in-between books, I’ve released a very short story on Kindle. I have a few others in my drawer that could work as shorts as well. So I’m testing to see if people will buy a short story (I’m setting a 2500 word minimum) for 99 cents and if you can get a steady revenue stream by building out a catalog of these to go alongside your books. I could do a big collection / anthology, of course, but I feel like in the digital…

Don’t Introduce Fears Where None Exist: Questioning Security Messaging Online

Don’t Introduce Fears Where None Exist: Questioning Security Messaging Online

Having been in the e-commerce space for quite some time now, there are a lot of standard actions that most sites tend to partake in – best practices, if you will. One of these is the use of security messaging online. This could be as simple as a privacy guarantee, or something more complex like a “guaranteed secure” logo or badge from a leading security firm. What’s interesting though, is that even though it may seem a given that reinforcing security measures on your site (especially in e-commerce, where payment…

Getting In Touch With Your Company

Getting In Touch With Your Company

In my role of Chief Growth Officer, my focus is on growth (obviously), but what that is limited to is an area where I do my best to keep the boundaries blurry. Growth, after all, is more than just improving marketing ROAS or venturing into new products or markets. When you’re focusing on growth, you also need to focus on growth for your employees and the company as a whole. But how do you grow people, especially outside of general HR type practices? The way I went about this was…

Hesitancy on the New Web 2.0 IPOs

Hesitancy on the New Web 2.0 IPOs

Here’s a reality check: Groupon lost $456.3 million in 2010. It lost $146.5 million in Q1 2011. Sounds like a winner, huh? … Groupon has all the classic hallmarks of the 90’s era dot-com failure. Big new idea: check. Media hype: check. “Too good to be true” come-on to consumers: check. Endless need to expand into new markets/acquire new customers or perish: check. One-trick pony: check. Read the full article here.‘Hot’ Doesn’t Equal ‘Profitable’ | ClickZ. And for some really good meaty bits, be sure to read the “new lessons…

Apple’s Mid-Stream Policy Changes Kill a Successful Business

Apple’s Mid-Stream Policy Changes Kill a Successful Business

So iFlow Reader is being forced to end their app due to Apple’s policies requiring in-App purchases. Two key quotes from them that are definitely worth reading: All you have to do is put the book in In-App Purchase. Sounds so reasonable, doesn’t it? But do you know how you do that? You go onto iTunes Connect, OK? And then you press some buttons and you get to a page that lets you create a new In-App Purchase item. You sit there and type in all the information, this description…

It Turns Out You CAN Use Exchange on a Xoom

It Turns Out You CAN Use Exchange on a Xoom

Well, for the last week I’ve been using Outlook Web Access to check work email on my new Xoom. Couldn’t figure out anything inside of the GMail app that was on my home screen about how to add an exchange server.  It turns out there’s a separate e-mail app for that and I just had to set it up in the settings. Here’s how to get there. Follow the link at the end to visit Motorola’s site for full instructions. Add an email account 1. From the home screen, touch…

Spy Photo: Musicnotes on Android

Spy Photo: Musicnotes on Android

Here’s a super-secret photo of the upcoming Musicnotes.com Android app. Development is coming along very nicely so far. Still a few months out, but with the technology that this is being programmed in (and due to less restrictions than Apple has), this is going to be a very cool app. Dare I say, cooler than our iPad app. In related news, I picked up a Xoom tablet for myself over the weekend. Needs more apps, but actually am really digging it. Since the wife has the iPad with her and…