Startup Life

Democratizing Wealth

January 15, 2018 Eli 3

Is it a wise idea to offer a buffet, but then have customers only pay for what they appreciate?

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Private Conversations

January 9, 2018 Eli 6

There are a thousand private conversations that happen before a decision is made.

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The Revenue Puzzle

January 2, 2018 Eli 0

In the old days entrepreneurs made money by selling product and services to customers.  Now the puzzle of how you earn money can be far more complicated....

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Worthless Work

December 20, 2017 Eli 7

Why work for people who think your output is worthless?...

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Boiling Frogs

December 19, 2017 Eli 3

Sometimes the frustrations build ever so slowly…...

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Migrations Suck

December 18, 2017 Eli 2

Migrations are a huge pain in the butt, and can end up taking more time and resources than you have. ...

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One Question at a Time

December 15, 2017 Eli 5

Focus on answering your questions one at a time.  Too many people become overwhelmed with the number of questions and then don’t end up really understanding whether or not what...

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Product Packaging

December 12, 2017 Eli 1

How you package your product is as important as the product itself....

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Scaling with Credit Cards

December 11, 2017 Eli 2

Scaling your business resources has never been easier, but it requires a different way of thinking....

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Self Importance Problems

December 7, 2017 Eli 2

When talking with other people it’s vital to understand that they do not see the world from the same perspective that you do....

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Restarting as a Skill

December 6, 2017 Eli 3

People focus to much on trying to study 15 hours a day, but do a bad job at simply restarting their training when they have to temporarily stop....

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Predicting the Future

December 4, 2017 Eli 2

Prediction is a skill like any other.  The more comfortable you become with it the better your career will go....

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Time Allocation

November 30, 2017 Eli 10

Are you “working” 5 hour a day on your social media marketing, or are you just watching a lot of cat videos?...

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Embracing Insanity

November 14, 2017 Eli 4

It’s not about finding sanity. It’s finding the insanity that suits you....

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Limited Turns at Bat

November 13, 2017 Eli 5

Time moves ever onward towards old age and death.  Don’t imagine you have more time than you do....

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Failing by Overextending

November 6, 2017 Eli 2

One way many businesses end up failing is by overextending themselves, and then not being able to pay the bills....

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TOS Traps (Terms of Service)

November 2, 2017 Eli 3

Terms of Service for SaaS can cause more problems than you realize.  If you don’t fully understand the TOS you’re agreeing to it may end up costing you a lot...

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Not Talking About Plans

November 1, 2017 Eli 3

There are times to tell everyone about your plans, and others when you should stay silent....

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Consequences for Words

October 31, 2017 Eli 5

Everyone deals with consequences for what they say and do. The question is whether you’re moving towards your goal, or simply padding your ego....

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Tone of Messaging

October 30, 2017 Eli 4

How you present your message is as important as what you actually say....

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Mining Gold in Ghettos

October 26, 2017 Eli 3

In the United States EVERYONE as money.  Ghettos and poor places can be terrific areas to start when you’re a n00b or starting your tech business....

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Golden Cages

October 25, 2017 Eli 7

When does ownership of possessions end, and possessions start up owning you?...

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“Flexing” on Social Media

October 24, 2017 Eli 4

It is becoming more common to show off material possessions on social media.  Whether or not this is a good idea for you depends on what you are trying to...

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Self Aggrandizing

October 23, 2017 Eli 2

Self aggrandizing is a way many people try to make themselves look impressive, but it generally does not work out how people imagine it will....

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Honesty vs. Transparency

October 20, 2017 Eli 2

There’s a very real difference between honesty and transparency.  Being honest I can say that my revenue on YouTube has gone up by 30% since I started doing Mukbangs.  Being...

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Failing into Success

October 19, 2017 Eli 1

Failing may be the beginning of your success.  It sounds odd, but in my life has been true.  ...

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Unexpected Metric Correlation

October 17, 2017 Eli 7

Metrics do not always correlate the way that you would think that they would.  As my YouTube channel bleeds subscribers the view count, and revenue has increased. Correction: Revenue has...

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Dancing Monkey

October 16, 2017 Eli 15

Sometimes the the future path only looks a tiny bit different than what came before. Those tiny changes may make a world of difference though....

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Where Startup Ideas Come From

October 13, 2017 Eli 2

I’ve been pondering an idea for the past few days that I think is viable, that I have the skills to launch, and the resources to support.  The current name...

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Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube Pivoting Away from Independent Creators

October 12, 2017 Eli 1

The people to get where you are going, are not the same as the ones that got you to where you are. -Business Owner With everything happening with YouTube right...

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Mike the Cop: YouTube Channel of Police Officer

October 11, 2017 Eli 0

One of the greatest values I see in a platform like YouTube is that ability to humanize people and allow different folks to be able to explain the world as...

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Listening to the Canaries of Tech

October 11, 2017 Eli 0

I have the reputation for being arrogant with many people which is ironic considering that I hold very few strong personal beliefs.  I come off strong, and sometimes condescending in...

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Tech “Cool” Factor

October 10, 2017 Eli 0

Apple haters many times like to say that people who buy Apple products are “sheeple” that just want to feel cool. The argument is that folks are paying for a...

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Mentorship Myth

October 9, 2017 Eli 1

I was in the mall yesterday and a viewer recognized me and approached to ask for help.  Their ask was for my mentorship.  They think by being taken under my […]

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Smart Speaker vs. Bluetooth Speakers

October 6, 2017 Eli 0

Google has now come out with their Home Mini, and Home Max Smart Speakers to compete with Amazon’s Echo line.  A few years ago when the tech industry started talking...

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Leave Commentary to the “Professionals”

October 5, 2017 Eli 1

Why do I talk about White Privilege, Voting for Trump, and my unease with the US’s antagonistic actions towards Russia?  Because I get paid to TALK. My job is LITERALLY...

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Mukbang for Professionals

October 5, 2017 Eli 0

Having given up on YouTube I may have inadvertently found my way forward with the platform (At least until it sinks.) What I’m playing with now at first blush may...

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What is “Real” Work?

October 4, 2017 Eli 4

Yesterday was a bit of a hard day. It just took a long time and a lot of brain power to work through a solution. Thankfully by the end I...

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Boogie2988 and Non Scale Victories

October 3, 2017 Eli 1

Boogie2988 recently did a video talking about “non scale victories” on his YouTube channel that I think is appropriate for many tech professionals and entrepreneurs to take to heart.  Long...

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Working on the Toilet

October 2, 2017 Eli 1

Last Friday I was the Tech Breakfast Ask a VC event in Georgetown and had the disheartening situation of the founder Ron forcing me to actually signup like a normal...

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Vimeo Live: Live Streaming Freedom

October 2, 2017 Eli 0

Vimeo has been a solid alternative to YouTube for a number of years for professional content creators with their own methods for monetization.  A large appeal of Vimeo has been...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Elliptical Machines for Aspie Hamsters

September 27, 2017 Eli 6

The thing with now being 41 is that over the years I’ve gotten into shape, and then back out of it many times.  At certain points my life was physically...

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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...

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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...

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Matternet Station: Robot Serviceable Robots

September 25, 2017 Eli 0

Matternet has been working on a system to use drones to be able to automatically deliver packages by air. They’ve been at it a while, and were the first company...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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”...

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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...

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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...

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Linus Torvalds and the Weirdos of Tech

September 20, 2017 Eli 4

One of the things that is lost on many n00bs in the tech field is that many different types of personalities are required for a tech venture to be successful....

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Byte 3 Mini PC with 8GB of RAM from Azulle

September 19, 2017 Eli 1

Mini PC’s have been around for awhile, but have really only become useful in the past year or so.  Before then you could say that they “technically” worked, but even...

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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...

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Tunnel Economics Lesson from Elon Musk

September 19, 2017 Eli 1

I was watching an interview of Elon Musk on TED’s YouTube channel and was hit with a concept in the economics of boring tunnels.  Musk was saying that in order...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Every Startup is a Pizza Shop at Heart

September 15, 2017 Eli 0

It was in the late 90’s and I was on my first day as a delivery driver for a local pizza shop.  As the owner walked me around and showed...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Bodega Startup Attacked by Hipsters

September 14, 2017 Eli 3

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...

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Significance of Apple Watch Series 3

September 13, 2017 Eli 0

When looking at the new Apple Watch the first thing that comes to mind is, “I still don’t want a watch”. The second thing that comes to mind is, “This...

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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...

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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...

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PewDiePie’s Destructive Utterance

September 12, 2017 Eli 2

I want to take this moment to bow our heads and offer a silent prayer in thanks for no longer being on YouTube… So a major YouTube content creator did...

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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...

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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...

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