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Boulder Colorado Grand Jury Indictment – Ham Sandwiches Beware!

Boulder Colorado Grand Jury Indictment – Ham Sandwiches Beware!

I, like most people had no idea what it meant to be indicted by a Grand Jury.  I just knew it sounded terrible and that only really bad people that have done terrible, awful reprehensible things were indicted.  Moreover, I thought the words “indicted” and “guilty” were synonymous with one another.  I thought that if a person was indicted by a Grand Jury then they were indeed guilty and found guilty not by a regular jury, but a grand one! …

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StubHub Saved me Over $1k

StubHub Saved me Over $1k

Last week due to my own disorganization I purchased 8 nonrefundable tickets to the wrong concert in the wrong state on the wrong date from TicketMaster.  Normally, this would have been a costly mistake as I am not the type of person to spend time posting ads on craigslist and ebay to facilitate a financial transaction with strangers, but I had the good fortune to stumble upon StubHub.com. It was when I was searching for the correct tickets to purchase…

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Support the Ten Island Renewable Challenge

Support the Ten Island Renewable Challenge

We just returned home from Jamaica early yesterday morning.  While this wasn’t our first trip to the beautiful island country it was especially hard this trip to ignore the drastic delta between the haves and the have-nots outside of the gates of our resort.  On previous trips we have gone into the local market where local Jamaicans hustle to eke out a living selling fruit, hand made jewelry and the like.   While this is a bit of a novelty…

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Pressery Juice Cleanse Results

Pressery Juice Cleanse Results

A couple of weeks ago a friend of ours introduced us to a new local product he has helped to create and bring to market called Pressery.  The Boulder company produces juices that are raw, cold-pressed and fresh from locally sourced fruits and veggies – and of course they are all organic.  Due to the hand crafted process these juices are not cheap (~$9 each), but they are a value considering the results from my two day cleanse. I don’t…

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Fear or Action – Response to Boston Marathon 2013

Fear or Action – Response to Boston Marathon 2013

I woke up at 3:30 AM this morning with an irrational anxiety tied to the Boston Marathon bombings yesterday.  I couldn’t fall back asleep thinking about why someone would take innocent lives and forever change the future of countless others (amputees, family members etc). While I was struggling with how to understand what had occurred yesterday I came across across a blog post from Brad Feld in my Twitter feed.  Brad an avid marathon runner who lived in Boston for…

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Deprogramming my Pavlovian Notification Conditioning

Deprogramming my Pavlovian Notification Conditioning

Executing a successful startup strategy requires an incredible amount of mental focus and concentrated problem solving.  With today’s technological distractions it can seem impossible to spend more than five minutes intently focusing on anything without phone, Skype, text, email, Facebook or twitter notification.  It’s amazing that anything of value actually gets done with so much incoming stimuli. I recognize now that over time I have conditioned myself to be in pure reactive mode much of the day.  Not unlike Pavlov’s…

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kris.ly – A Short URL Experiment

kris.ly – A Short URL Experiment

Most people that use Twitter are familiar with URL Shorteners such as t.co, bit.ly, ow.ly etc.  It has always bothered me that even though these URL shorteners save space when posting URLs in a tweet, they still take up valuable real estate in the 140 character maximum.  I bought kris.ly earlier this month because I was interested in owning the metrics behind the links that I post instead of using a traditional URL shortener owned by someone else.  I had…

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The Latte Effect – An Open Offer to the Community

The Latte Effect – An Open Offer to the Community

An entrepreneur/software consultant by the name of Brent contacted me yesterday and mentioned that he was moving to Boulder in a couple weeks from Austin and was “looking forward to getting involved” in the community here.  I have never met or spoke with Brent, but the fact that he reached out meant a lot and I offered to buy him a welcome latte when he comes into town.  I am fairly new to Boulder myself and as open as our…

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Fragmentation = Opportunity in High School Sports Data

Fragmentation = Opportunity in High School Sports Data

From the smallest town newspaper in rural Alaska, to ESPN – high school sports stats are seemingly everywhere, and the demand for the data is voracious.  While it seems high school sports data is abundant, there is no single source of data with over 10% market share.  High school sports fans are forced to go from site to site to piece together this incomplete information (much of which does not exist on any site or publication).  As a result, millions…

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Expand the Radius | The Journey from Good to Great

Expand the Radius | The Journey from Good to Great

Over a decade ago I remember reading the book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t. I have most definitely forgotten much of the meat of the book today, but a key premise has been bubbling up in my subconscious repeatedly the last few days:  “Good is the Enemy of Great.”  This is a concept that can be just as true for people as it is for companies.   It means that “good” can turn into complacency…

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