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Blogging - One of my goals for 2014

I’m going to go with the flow here and make a resolution to write consistently on this blog in 2014.

The topics will span my diet (the slow carb one from the Tim Ferriss book), my sales and business development experience (not extensive…yet) and my observations on life in general.

I love self-improvement and keep a journal, but haven’t held myself to public accountability - until now!

Please enjoy the posts ahead, leave comments, participate and let me know what’s on your mind!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Doron

marissamayr:

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr! 
We promise not to screw it up.  Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going.  We will operate Tumblr independently.  David Karp will remain CEO.  The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.  Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.
Tumblr has built an amazing place to follow the world’s creators. From art to architecture, fashion to food, Tumblr hosts 105 million different blogs.  With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of thefastest-growing media networks in the world.  Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent onsite each month.  On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app, and those users do an average of 7 sessions per day.  Tumblr’s tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network.  The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! could grow Yahoo!’s audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly visitors, and could grow traffic by approximately 20%.
In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love.  In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences.  The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance user experience.
As I’ve said before, companies are all about people.  Getting to know the Tumblr team has been really amazing.  I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of those who create them.  That’s why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met.  He’s also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I’ve worked with.  His respect for Tumblr’s community of creators is awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted to have him and his entire team join Yahoo!.   
Both Tumblr and Yahoo! share a vision to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas by focusing on users, design — and building experiences that delight and inspire the world every day.
http://yahoo.tumblr.com/

marissamayr:

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr! 

We promise not to screw it up.  Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going.  We will operate Tumblr independently.  David Karp will remain CEO.  The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.  Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.

Tumblr has built an amazing place to follow the world’s creators. From art to architecture, fashion to food, Tumblr hosts 105 million different blogs.  With more than 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every day, Tumblr is one of thefastest-growing media networks in the world.  Tumblr sees 900 posts per second (!) and 24 billion minutes spent onsite each month.  On mobile, more than half of Tumblr’s users are using the mobile app, and those users do an average of 7 sessions per day.  Tumblr’s tremendous popularity and engagement among creators, curators and audiences of all ages brings a significant new community of users to the Yahoo! network.  The combination of Tumblr+Yahoo! could grow Yahoo!’s audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly visitors, and could grow traffic by approximately 20%.

In terms of working together, Tumblr can deploy Yahoo!’s personalization technology and search infrastructure to help its users discover creators, bloggers, and content they’ll love.  In turn, Tumblr brings 50 billion blog posts (and 75 million more arriving each day) to Yahoo!’s media network and search experiences.  The two companies will also work together to create advertising opportunities that are seamless and enhance user experience.

As I’ve said before, companies are all about people.  Getting to know the Tumblr team has been really amazing.  I’ve long held the view that in all things art and design, you can feel the spirit and demeanor of those who create them.  That’s why it was no surprise to me that David Karp is one of the nicest, most empathetic people I’ve ever met.  He’s also one of the most perceptive, capable entrepreneurs I’ve worked with.  His respect for Tumblr’s community of creators is awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted to have him and his entire team join Yahoo!.   

Both Tumblr and Yahoo! share a vision to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas by focusing on users, design — and building experiences that delight and inspire the world every day.

http://yahoo.tumblr.com/

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You Can Do Anything, 1936

Don’t Complicate Things

The  most useful advice I have ever received as a writer: “One, don’t wait for inspiration, just start the damn thing. Two, once you begin, keep on until the end.”” — Roger Ebert (RIP)

I was having a great conversation with a fellow dreamer regarding some design questions. I wanted to know if there is a free program without the bells and whistles of Illustrator or Photoshop that could help me design a logo/poster.

Her response: Why complicate things? Use MS Word. 

When is comes to starting something new there are a lot of barriers that can present themselves. I’m not a professional blogger or designer or journalist or entrepreneur or [add whatever title your sweet little heart desires] and in the past that HAS STOPPED ME.

But I flipped that attitude on it’s head. Instead, I take the first step in the right direction and then try to follow that up with another step in the right direction and then another and then another. Eventually, I will develop the competency that I need to succeed. The learning curve takes place through the efforts that might yield sloppy results in the beginning. 

The ultimate solution to analysis paralysis is taking the first step.

Conclusion:

Don’t complicate things and make a mountain of a molehill. Take the first step and then just take it from there. 

Thanks for the inspiration Sar!

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Wisdom on writing from Roger Ebert (RIP), echoing Chuck Close, E. B. White, Tchaikovsky, Jack White, and Isabel Allende. 

Like Mark Twain used to say, if you eat a live frog for breakfast, the rest of the day will taste great (burp).

Here are some tips for knocking more things of your To Do list today:

- Keep just one list

- The 1-3-5 Rule

- Complete one cringe-worthy mission  before lunch

Here’s the full story.

(via fastcompany)

Alex's Tech Thoughts: 15 Things That Can Go Wrong At A Startup

astudentsperspective:

alexstechthoughts:

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Startups are depicted as a glamorous endeavor. But starting or joining an early-stage company has many pitfalls that can lead to the startup deadpool.

Here are 15 things that can go wrong at a startup.

1) Tech team and biz team don’t agree on vision

2) Investors give bad advice

3)…

I got my first taste of this when reading about how a direct competitor just raised a round of funding. Did those tier one investors see something in the competition that I didn’t? Definitely not for the faint of heart.

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To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.

Isaac Asimov on curiosity, taking risk and the value of space exploration – priceless 1983 Muppets Magazine interview 

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To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.

Isaac Asimov on curiosity, taking risk and the value of space exploration – priceless 1983 Muppets Magazine interview 

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