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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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The High Cost and Low Value of Anonymous Reviews

The High Cost and Low Value of Anonymous Reviews

In the last decade the advancements in self-publishing blogs, forums and discussion platforms have given a voice to any industrialized citizen wishing to communicate their opinions on products and services they use.  In general, this open dialogue has been a positive one for the companies who receive feedback on the good, bad and ugly of their respective product offerings.  Despite the value created by this communication there are some bottom feeders that are using this new technology as an opportunity…

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My First Experience with Boulder New Tech Meetup

My First Experience with Boulder New Tech Meetup

I had heard and read a lot about Boulder New Tech Meetup recently but didn’t really know what to expect walking in there.  My wife Kathryn and I have been in Boulder for a little over a year and I have been trying to grasp the entrepreneurial culture here and how it differs from that of Denver. Initially I had trouble finding the auditorium because Apple Maps took me to a location near Boulder High School in a quaint little…

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