Archive for April, 2007

June 16: Email Detox Day!

April 26, 2007

I stumbled across some really interesting posts by Tim Ferris about how blackberry addiction and, by extension, email addiction is wasting far more time than it’s saving.

Tim’s idea is to declare Father’s Day “Email Detox Day” where we’ll all go for 24 hours without checking email even one time. I’m in.

Spread the word!


Worst Corporate Video Ever

April 10, 2007

Tip of the hat to Hugh Macleod for pointing me to Johnny Moore for one of the scariest videos I’ve ever seen. Not ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ scary, but creepy scary. It’s so bad it has to be a spoof, but the production values are really good. How can this happen?

They’re at it again

April 2, 2007

New feature for Highrise. Concept to launch in 48 hours, along with rationale for the change published to all their customers and the public at large.

Simply amazing. How can companies afford to be closed with this going on?

On Making Better Connections

April 2, 2007

Just finished Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. I picked it up because I struggle whenever I’m at ‘networking’ type events. I’m not exactly shy, although that’s part of the struggle, but I do have a tough time engaging in conversations.

The author takes his “connecting” activities to an extreme; although he warns against becoming someone who is driven to do nothing but expand his Rolodex he seems to come pretty darn close to the line. However, there were two good takeaways for me to work on:

  • Focus on helping others: Finding how you can help is easier than worrying about how others can help you. If you’re helpful to others, you will get help when you need it.
  • Develop a ‘Network Action Plan’ for every major project you are involved in. That is, look for ways to get people in your network engaged and involved in your projects. Engaging your network is an important part of successful projects, and your Network Action Plan is a key piece of your Project Plan.
  • I really want to improve in how I recruit people to join in my community projects. Heck, recruiting one person would be an improvement. I’m going to try looking for how I can help others through the community association to see if that helps get some reciprocation down the road.

    A Question: How do you recruit people to help on projects you think are important?; cool software, great marketing, amazing product development

    April 2, 2007

    I’ve been blown away by a new (for me) discovery of a software company called 37signals. They offer project management, contact management and other software all ‘as a service’ — you sign up online and start using it automatically, without any downloads or client software to install. Their latest offering is a contact management application called Highrise which launched a couple weeks back.

    They have a blog as well, and here’s an excerpt from the post which stopped me in my tracks:

    Thank you
    It’s been just over 36 hours since we officially launched Tuesday afternoon. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response. All things considered, the launch of Highrise has been our most successful product launch ever. Thank you!

    Some early stats
    Highrise is definitely getting a workout. Here are some early stats on the amount of data that has been added to the system so far:

    Over 150,000 contacts
    Over 15,000 notes
    Over 10,000 tasks
    Another interesting stat is that 9% of the people signed up are using OpenID. Lots of early adopters on board!

    We heard you: Here come Cases for everyone
    When we launched we only offered Cases on Plus, Premium, and Max plans. There was a fair bit of negative reaction to that decision. We hear you. So today we’ve made a change. Now all plans include some Cases.

    They go on to explain how, based on feedback, they are changing the storage pricing; also, how to get a credit if a customer ‘over-bought’ based on the original pricing.

    Let’s summarize:

    36 hours old
    150,000 contacts entered
    Already have enough feedback to tweak the service packaging
    Already decided to tweak the packaging
    Already have a process to switch plans based on the packaging

    Are you kidding me? My employer couldn’t do this in 36 days, let alone 36 hours. This is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen.

    Agility matters.