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Apple Watch as Battery Enhancer

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 16:13:13 +0000

A possible hidden feature of the Apple Watch: Depending on how well Apple manages the Bluetooth link with the iPhone, the Apple Watch could then effectively function as a wearable spare battery pack for iPhone users — if it ends up re-routing enough usage away from the primary mobile device to an auxiliary wearable. If […]



Defending iOS with cheap iPhones

Wed, 14 Aug 2013 02:04:38 +0000

Benedict Evans delivers a compelling argument on why a cheaper iPhone is essential for Apple: A new, cheaper, high-volume iPhone would have the potential to mitigate or even reverse this trend. Clearly, like current low-end Android, it would sell to a demographic with a lower average engagement and purchase rate and so the average iOS […]



Tactics to Spark Creativity

Mon, 06 May 2013 23:43:35 +0000

This study apparently validates my methodology while late-night programming… Moderate drinking can also relax inhibitions in a way that seems to let the mind range across a wider set of possible connections. It can also help a person notice environmental cues or changes that a sober brain would block out, Dr. Wiley says. In a […]



Looking for a new Boulder-Denver StartupDigest curator

Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:22:53 +0000

I’m looking for a replacement to curate the Boulder-Denver StartupDigest. If you’re actively involved with local startups and have interest, let me know and we can discuss. My startup, StatsMix, was recently acquired and I’ve decided I need to take some time off. After three consecutive startups and many years without a real vacation, it’s […]



Lean Startup Machine Boulder

Wed, 23 May 2012 17:59:48 +0000

Due to an extra busy schedule last week, I wasn’t quite able to attend most of the Boulder Startup Week events I wanted. But participating as a speaker and mentor at Boulder’s first Lean Startup Machine event on Saturday made up for it. Lean Startup Machine is a three-day workshop where attendees use customer development […]



Adapt to Your Customers

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:08:00 +0000

Tom Preston-Werner, founder of Github, on adapting to your customers and their requests: And that’s the secret. Don’t give your customers what they ask for; give them what they want. via Ten Lessons from GitHub’s First Year



Pixelate part of an image in Photoshop

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:45:25 +0000

I recently had to update some screenshots on the StatsMix marketing site and needed to remove some personal information like API keys from the image. I wanted to just gracefully pixelate the data, keeping the image looking nice. I’d done it before, but couldn’t remember what steps to take. After a some trial and error, […]



The Black Triangle

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:40:26 +0000

Not sure where (or when for that matter) I stumbled on this article, but after cleaning up tons of tabs in Firefox I thought I’d share this: We came to refer to certain types of accomplishments as “black triangles.” These are important accomplishments that take a lot of effort to achieve, but upon completion you […]



Are the Green Bay Packers the Worst Stock in America?

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:34:08 +0000

Great sports franchise, bad investment… It costs $250 a share, pays no dividends, benefits from no earnings, isn’t tradeable and has no securities-law protection. Although the offering document calls the shares “common stock,” they confer almost none of the advantages of a traditional stock. The document warns that buyers “should not purchase common stock with […]



TextMate Preview Shortcut Trick

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:27:58 +0000

I recently learned a new shortcut within the TextMate editor (used daily for all my text editing as well as programming) that has made me much more productive. You can preview any formatted document (so far I’ve tested HTML and Markdown) by simply holding down control-option-command-P Here’s an example from within TextMate while working on […]