I’ve been inspired by the Anti-SOPA protests and Clay Johnson’s book The Information Diet to see how my media consumption has changed in the last 5 years. I’m pretty close to a typical consumer, and I do play absolutely by the rules — No ripped DVDs, no pirated content, etc. The Breakdown Music: $30 (2006) … Continue reading Dear Hollywood, Please Take My Money
We did well. It was almost too late, but the rallying cry was loud and clear — we would not let a back room, lobbyist-driven bill that will restrict free speech, hamper innovation, and jobs. But it was too close for comfort. I’d like to sit back and savor this moment, but I feel like … Continue reading Now, We Need to Build the Internet Defense System
To understand any viral movement requires an understanding of the zeitgeist of their anger. Right now, thousands of sites big and tiny, have gone dark or shut down in protest of SOPA and PIPA. What’s more remarkable is that for most of us, we are engaging in a new form of protest — the Social … Continue reading Why Did the Anti-SOPA/PIPA Movement Go Viral So Quickly?
It wasn’t until after I seriously contemplated suicide that I was ready to handle a $30 million check. I closed the doors of my first start-up in the summer of 2001. I was throughly broke, depressed, and feeling the burden of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars of other people’s money. Loneliness, darkness, hopelessness… those … Continue reading When Death Feels Like A Good Option
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose."
We’ve witnessed a torrent of nature- and man-made news in 2011. And if I were a betting man, the range and impact of the events to come will make news even more essential to all of us. But reading all this news started to bother me, not only because of what was happening in the … Continue reading Why Are We Still Consuming News Like It's 1899?
Everyone has their tale of horrible customer service. As the Cheezburger Network grows our Lolmart.com store, I have learned to appreciate how challenging it is to build a culture of good customer service. This is a true story about how often the littlest things can cost businesses thousands of dollars in future business. In this … Continue reading How I Got Screwed at Bellevue Chrysler Jeep Dodge