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 […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

PR People and YouTube Creators

August 18, 2017 Eli 0

Have I told you how much I hate PR folks?  I don’t mean that I slightly dislike them, but really detest them in a deep and profound way. They’re the […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Breaking the YouTube Addiction

August 17, 2017 Eli 7

I made it half way through the latest Boogie2988 video this morning.  I was able to finish a DramaAlert, but then… hit the unsubscribe button. I flitted through a few […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

How to Get Free Review Items for Youtube Videos

August 16, 2017 Eli 2

Reviewing products on YouTube is what many creators rely on for video topics.  You’ll notice many of the big channels, especially in tech, are essentially review channels.  When you’re starting […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Personality Prism on YouTube

August 16, 2017 Eli 2

People’s personalities change dramatically based on the situation and the people they are interacting with in real life.  You speak to a lover differently than you would a friend, and […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Emotional Prostitution on YouTube

August 14, 2017 Eli 7

Let me tell you a secret… are you ready… it’s going to come as a shock… I don’t care about you… nope… I don’t give one iota of a crap […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Nakedness of YouTube

August 14, 2017 Eli 5

When you have a project you visualize who you think your target audience is and then you build your product around assumptions based on who you’re targeting.  When I started […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Self Deplatforming

August 12, 2017 Eli 3

I was on the edge of publishing my Failed Normal content to Medium until I read a few posts talking about the CEO essentially running Medium as a vanity project. […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Content Inventory for Creators on YouTube

August 11, 2017 Eli 0

There are 2 simple words that are the key to success in any technology related business, “ship product”.  Whatever else you do in your day the only thing that really […]

Lifestyle

The Human’s Zoo

August 11, 2017 Eli 1

I find it odd how people who make up a society will share a tid bit of wisdom, and yet many times will not think about the ramifications beyond a […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

How to Make Money on YouTube

August 9, 2017 Eli 0

When I told people my job was making content for YouTube there was really only one question anyone really cared about, “How do you make money?”  The answer is rather […]

Tech

MacBook Pro 13″ 2017 Review

August 9, 2017 Eli 3

I think the picture really says it all.  The 13″ MacBook Pro is now my primary computer.  The 15″ MacBook Pro, and my Mac Pro are now sitting in storage, […]

Life on the YouTube Plantation

Broken by the YouTube Plantation

August 9, 2017 Eli 5

I think I’m broken.  After 8 years of toiling for the YouTube Masters I think my creative will for video has left.  This is not a screed against YouTube, platforms, […]

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