Startup Life

Lead with Your Website

September 30, 2017 Eli 0

Yesterday I went to the Ask a VC event put on by Tech Breakfast in Georgetown.  This even offers startup founder the ability to ask questions directly to a panel […]

Lifestyle

The Financial Value of Playing

September 28, 2017 Eli 2

I was at a Meetup last night watching a presentation on Augmented Reality.  The presenter talked about his credentials, what he did, and how he became interested in AR.  To […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Cloudflare Stream to Kill YouTube

September 28, 2017 Eli 0

Cloudflare has now put into beta their own video delivery platform. On the surface level there doesn’t seem to be a lot to say.  Essentially this is their take on […]

Tech

Smart Coffee Machine from Smarter

September 27, 2017 Eli 3

One of the problems with so much of the technology that is currently being sold is that it does not in fact solve any problems people actually care about.  Tech […]

Social Issues

Are Race Focused Tech Meetups Wise?

September 26, 2017 Eli 0

I was on Meetup last night to see what’s going on in the tech scene in the Baltimore area and came across, “Baltimore Black Techies Meetup” for which the tag […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

PayPal vs. Patreon: Daily Income

September 23, 2017 Eli 4

I decided a long time ago for a number of reasons not to use Patreon.  The TL;DR is it’s a financial tech startup run by a musician. Do I really […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Milking YouTube

September 22, 2017 Eli 1

Let me clear.  I’m not “back” to YouTube.  I’m milking the hell out of something I spent years building until it falls in on itself. I did a Livestream today […]

Startup Life

Make Money as an IT Consultant

September 22, 2017 Eli 3

The good old days of making a pile of money for swapping hard drives, or setting up routers is long over.  Whatever value there remains is being eaten away by […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube Needs to Buy a CRM

September 21, 2017 Eli 0

Here’s the thing… You’re only paranoid if you haven’t been screwed with consistently.  At the point you’re screwed with at an ongoing basis it’s no longer paranoia rather it’s just […]

Tech

SmartDesk 3 for Augmented Reality

September 21, 2017 Eli 2

A company called Autonomous has come out with an “AI” powered standing desk. Basically this is a desk that raises and lowers like a regular standing desk, but also has […]

Tech

TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 Videos

September 21, 2017 Eli 2

Do you know what’s better than flying across the country and paying a crap ton of money to attend TechCrunch Disrupt?  Sitting in my “may the forest be with you” […]

News

YouTube Sponsorships and the Adpocolypse

September 20, 2017 Eli 2

YouTube has started offering the ability for viewers to sponsor Gaming channels for $4.99 a month. This is supposedly in response to many gaming channels having their ad revenue tank […]

Tech

MacOS Text Autocorrect Problems

September 20, 2017 Eli 1

Because I have been creating text based content over the past month you have not been able to watch me slowly lose my mind as my shiny new MacBook Pro […]

Startup Life

Danger of External Validation

September 19, 2017 Eli 4

I was sitting at the bar with a buddy a few days ago and we were talking about business.  He looked over and said, “Tell me about this new site […]

Startup Life

The Danger of Examples…

September 18, 2017 Eli 0

I was talking with a founder the other day and they were espousing all the great things about their startup.  By and large I was sold on the idea, but […]

Startup Life

Listening to Tone Instead of Words

September 18, 2017 Eli 1

My career has put me into in an odd position when it comes to to the concept of “truth”. It’s not that “truth” escapes me, but rather truth is generally […]

Social Issues

Blaming “White” People is Dangerous

September 16, 2017 Eli 4

So apparently Fast Company has a “7 Lessons that White People Can Learn…” article about the brouhaha over the naming of the startup called Bodega. Now I think there are […]

Startup Life

What Customer Did You Lose?

September 15, 2017 Eli 1

I was talking with a startup the other day, and I thought everything was going well right up until they started talking about the paint.  The startup has done some […]

Startup Life

Advice that’s Replicateable

September 14, 2017 Eli 2

On a rather routine basis I get the question of why the hell anyone should listen to me, and to be fair this is a good question that you should […]

Startup Life

I Don’t Wanna

September 14, 2017 Eli 7

When I started working on Failed Normal the idea was that I was going to continue creating a large amount of video content.  I setup Vimeo so that I could […]

Startup Life

Bodega Startup Attacked by Hipsters

September 14, 2017 Eli 4

I woke up this morning, sipped my cup of coffee, and learned of the evils of a new startup called Bodega.  Bodega is essentially a fancy vending machine with a […]

Tech

Too Many iPhone’s

September 13, 2017 Eli 3

Can I be the first to admit that I’m lost?  I’ve been reviewing the announcements from the Apple event yesterday and by and large they seem interesting.  The Watch with […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Weaponized DMCA

September 12, 2017 Eli 1

So the story up until this point is that PewDiePie said the “N” word with a hard R (you can’t forget the hard R) on a live stream, and now […]

Startup Life

Churn and Addressable Market Space

September 11, 2017 Eli 0

The concept of churn and the overall addressable market space is something that many startup founders do not think about.  Founders use an odd variation of math where the minus […]

Startup Life

You Can’t Buy “Authentic” Marketing

September 11, 2017 Eli 0

Thanks for your reply. But your site FailedNormal.com is not very related to our products in general topics and other parameters like domain authrioty and traffic. I don’t mean that […]

Startup Life

Approaching People for Business

September 8, 2017 Eli 2

Knowing how to approach people in regards to business is a vital skill in the tech world.  You basically have to convince people with far more experience, clout and resources […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Building a YouTube Competitor…

September 8, 2017 Eli 2

So… I guess I’m having a Skype meeting with a founder who wants to create a competitor to YouTube next week… yup… I feel like I’ve had this conversation before… […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

High Cost for Free Speech

September 7, 2017 Eli 0

As I have said, a case like this is extremely draining — especially on an emotional level — and can create massive chilling effects on free speech. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170906/13431338159/case-dismissed-judge-throws-out-shiva-ayyadurais-defamation-lawsuit-against-techdirt.shtml Over the […]

Startup Life

Buying Art

September 7, 2017 Eli 3

I just spent a few days down in Asheville NC during which I spent some time shopping to add to my art collection.  I’ve been collecting art for a long […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube is Killing Valuable Content

September 4, 2017 Eli 5

Last week I was talking with my wife about the future of Failed Normal, and brought up that I plan to start doing video interviews again.  At that comment she […]

Startup Life

Giving Up on Best Buy

September 2, 2017 Eli 6

I’ve been buying items from Best Buy for years.  Long after Amazon became the far cheaper alternative I would trudge down to the local Best Buy because I actually believe […]