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Sound of Silence

January 23, 2018 Eli 9

Ending the open streams of communication for the sake of sanity....

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Democratizing Wealth

January 15, 2018 Eli 4

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

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Constant Complaining

January 11, 2018 Eli 3

Complaining about everything has become a hobby for too many people....

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Private Conversations

January 9, 2018 Eli 8

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.

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 […]

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