Lifestyle

Embracing Insanity

November 14, 2017 Eli 4

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

Lifestyle

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.

Startup Life

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.

Tech

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 […]

Social Issues

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.

Startup Life

Tone of Messaging

October 30, 2017 Eli 4

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

Startup Life

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.

Lifestyle

Golden Cages

October 25, 2017 Eli 7

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

Lifestyle

“Flexing” on Social Media

October 24, 2017 Eli 6

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 […]

Lifestyle

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.

Lifestyle

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 […]

Startup Life

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.  

Startup Life

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 […]

Startup Life

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.

Startup Life

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 […]

Lifestyle

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 […]

Lifestyle

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 […]

Lifestyle

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 […]

Tech

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 […]

Lifestyle

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 […]

Lifestyle

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 […]

Lifestyle

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 […]

Lifestyle

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 […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

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 […]

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 1

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 […]

Startup Life

Tracking Goals in Google Analytics

August 31, 2017 Eli 5

Here’s the thing.  I don’t care what you think.  Frankly I don’t really care what I think. The argument that will either settle my anxiety, or change my mind is […]

Startup Life

Talking About Money is Not Evil

August 31, 2017 Eli 4

One of the things viewers tried to gig me on most while on YouTube was the fact I talk about money in almost all of my videos.  There is this […]

Startup Life

eBooks vs Membership Blog

August 30, 2017 Eli 2

I’ve been asked for years why I don’t write books, and now that I’ve dumped YouTube the question is more relevant.  There are a few reasons that revolve around my […]

Startup Life

Constant Worry as a Founder

August 30, 2017 Eli 5

“Aren’t you worried that…?” Let me stop you right there.  Before you, my wife, or any other reader goes any further.  The answer is, “Yes”.  I’m absolutely worried.  I’m utterly […]

Tech

VR Price Drop is a Bad Sign

August 29, 2017 Eli 3

As a child of the generation that sat in awe watching the Lawn Mower Man I have to say that VR has not lived up to expectations. In the 80’s […]

Startup Life

Weather Considerations for Startups

August 28, 2017 Eli 0

Running a startup, or any type of tech company requires a tremendous amount of commitment. There are long days, long weeks, long months and many times very long years of […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Why Tech Journalism Is So Bad

August 25, 2017 Eli 4

It’s pretty easy to agree that by and large tech journalism is in a horrible state.  Although you do have the MIT Technology Review, most tech webzines are sophomoric at […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Spee.ch Provides Video Sharing Without Permission

August 24, 2017 Eli 5

https://spee.ch/IMG1602-puppy/d6c7e0c0f1df95c2fcaccc9ab3f544a21e9397c5 Holy crap my stock in LBRY might actually be worth something!!! Is basically the TL;DR of this post. My advisor meetings with LBRY over the past number of months […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

LBRY’s Killer Feature (TOS)

August 24, 2017 Eli 6

Yesterday afternoon I was having an advisory meeting with the CEO of LBRY to talk about why I’ve left YouTube, and where LBRY fits into my calculations as a creator. […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Grateful to YouTube?

August 22, 2017 Eli 7

Having posted my “I Left YouTube” video yesterday one of the arguments I have been receiving is that I should be “grateful” to YouTube and should not complain about them […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Morality of Paywalls

August 21, 2017 Eli 7

The paywall for Failed Normal has been built, and we’re close to posts and videos being moved behind it. I’ve decided that for this site we’ll keep somewhere between 1 […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

YouTube’s Numbers Problem

August 21, 2017 Eli 3

Over the past two weeks since leaving YouTube I’ve been doing a lot of math.  It’s not fancy calculus or trigonometry, but rather good old basic math.  Two plus Two […]

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