Philly Half Marathon ran, $4605 for American Cancer Society raised

September 22, 2014 2 comments

2014 Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon

In July, I launched my fundraising campaign where I would run a half marathon and raise $1,500 for the American Cancer Society because I really, really, really hate cancer.

On Sunday, I completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon along with 22,000 fellow runners (that’s me in the front right of the picture – just kidding). I felt really good doing it, not only because the race wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be, but because I was running for my father, uncle, best friend and everyone else who has been negatively impacted by cancer. And I was able to raise $4,605 $4,675 dollars from my awesome family and friends to donate to the ACS!

It feels really good to do my part, as small as it may be, and hopefully this disease will eventually be eradicated. I believe that donations are still being accepted, so if you’d like, you can donate here.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the cause and supported me!

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Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: iPhone 6 pre-orders breaks records, Google launches Android One, Larry Ellison steps down, and more

September 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: iPhone 6 pre-orders breaks records, Google launches Android One, Larry Ellison steps down, and more.

This week we cover the pre-order records broken by the iPhone 6, Google’s launch of low-cost Android One, Amazon’s announcement of new tablets and e-readers, and Larry Ellison’s passing of the Oracle torch.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Apple’s new products, Amazon Fire phone price cut, Twitter’s Buy button, and more

September 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Apple Watch

 

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Apple’s new products, Amazon Fire phone price cut, Twitter’s Buy button, and more.

This week we talk about the launch of the iPhone 6 and Watch, Amazon cutting the price of the Fire phone, Twitter testing a Buy button, and Microsoft’s potential purchase of Minecraft.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: iCloud’s link to nude celebrity pics, Twitter curated feed coming, and more

September 5, 2014 Leave a comment

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Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: iCloud’s link to nude celebrity pics, Twitter curated feed coming, and more.

This week we cover Apple’s link to nude celebrity pics, Twitter hinting at a curated feed, Uber getting banned in Germany and Daimler’s subsequent move, and Samsung’s preemptive strike on Apple.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

A case study in customer relationship management: Time Doctor

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

In December 2013, I wrote a guest blog post for the CEA titled “10 Essential Tools and Resources for Entrepreneurs to Get Stuff Done” that highlighted the various software tools and other resources that I use on a daily basis to run my startup and consulting business. That post generated a lot of interest (for me), as it garnered over 10,000 page views and 1,100 Facebook Likes.

The post also sparked the creation of a great case study about social media monitoring, customer relationship management, product trial and eventually, customer conversion.

One of the tools that I wrote about in that blog post was a time-tracking tool called Paymo. I mentioned that the tool was free, which is great, but the interface and functionality of the app lacked a bit. A few months ago, the head of online marketing of a Paymo competitor named Time Doctor read my post and subsequently reached out to me via email with an offer for a free license.

Time Doctor email

With nothing to lose, I gave Time Doctor a shot.

Initially, I didn’t feel the need to switch to a new time-tracking app, as Paymo was serving me just fine. But as I continued to use Time Doctor, I realized that it solved issues that I didn’t know I had.

  • The Time Doctor desktop app views my screen, recognizes when I might be diverting attention away from the task that I was working on, and asks via a pop-up whether I was still working on said task. Many times this feature keeps me on track and focused on the task at hand.
  • Also, whenever I step away from my computer while working on a task, Time Doctor tracks the time I’ve been away and asks whether I was on a break or working on that task, and categorizes my choice accordingly. Apparently, I unknowingly step away from my computer pretty often, and this feature helps me track that time easily.
  • Another nice feature is that the app sends me a daily email of the time I spent working so I can see how much I’ve been slacking off. That’s a pretty good motivator.

While I like the app, I really like how the Time Doctor team found my blog post, engaged me, offered me a free license, and followed up to see how I like the tool. And when I responded with some comments, one of the company’s co-founders personally emailed me an update about upcoming feature changes and improvements.

Amidst a cacophony of generic email blasts and online banner ads, this kind of one-on-one attention is certainly appreciated. And while it’s not a scalable user-growth activity, it can pay dividends in the form of converting a customer and even getting a blog post written about the product. Props to the team at Time Doctor for building a solid product and putting together a really responsive team!

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Note: Time Doctor did not pay me to write this blog post. I did it all by myself!

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Amazon buys Twitch, Google is building drones, Facebook hates click bait, and more

August 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Amazon buys Twitch, Google is building drones, Facebook hates click bait, and more.

This week we highlight Amazon’s purchase of Twitch and their preparations for an online ad program, Google testing delivery drones, Facebook’s changes to avoid click bait, and Uber’s continued sabotage of Lyft.

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

Guest blog post for CEA: The 4 Things I’ve Learned About Managing My Psychology as an Entrepreneur

August 22, 2014 Leave a comment

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Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) titled, “The 4 Things I’ve Learned About Managing My Psychology as an Entrepreneur.

Startup founders’ trials and tribulations have been written about frequently in tech and business publications and mostly focus on how brutal it is to run a company. But I believe there are many entrepreneurs like me who are in the earlier stages of building companies, where things are moving more slowly than we’d like, and just aren’t far along enough to relate.

Lack of progress can be very taxing on an entrepreneur’s psyche and confidence, and it certainly has taken a toll on mine. I’ve worked on dealing with these thoughts over the last two years and here’s what I learned about managing my mind.

Enjoy!

I hope you found this interesting! If so, please connect with me on TwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn for future updates.

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