It’s been a while since I’ve updated my world, here—this place intended to be my primary web presence. Medium has become the landing-pad for most of my online blatherings, and my offline endeavors have had little to do with what I created this website to support. The short version: I launched an incredible product of my own with venture backing through a fiscal sponsor NetRoots Nation (as it was initially intended to be a 510(c)3), and spent just over 18mos in the spin-cycle of entrepreneurship.
On Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and the insistence that private options are safe, progressive, and good for drivers. They’re not. Yet. Also published on Medium.
Ever since Uber launched, it’s been heavily criticized. Mostly by State Public Utility Commissions, govt officials behind the PUCs, and angry cabbies. Career cabbies being put out of work by on-call limo drivers, I wasn’t happy about. Read more…
To end 2013, I wrote a post on Medium that highlighted some of my favorite local non-profits, with the ask that folks read & consider funneling their year-end donations to a local organization.
The recent busses debacle has only amped-up tensions in SF rising from class disparities. Let’s do something to minimize them. Please.
Last night I Tweeted an inside-voice thought identifying a panel of Obama For America tech-team folks speaking at PARC, as a “Boys Club”. I quickly found myself whomped upside the head by 3 of the guys involved, Tweeting back that they found my thought to be harsh, uninformed, and unfair. That my Tweet made assumptions about their character as individuals—that had I done my homework, I would feel differently.
This past weekend’s XOXO Festival changed my life. Ok, it probably didn’t, but the buoyancy I felt leaving Portland last weekend had me feeling otherwise. For now at least: it’s opened my eyes, lifted my spirits, inspired me to believe in ideas I’d been uncertain of, re-inspired me to believe in myself, and reminded me of all sortsa good I’d always “known” was there—but is so easy to loose sight of in the day-to-day.
It truly does take a village. Or, to clarify: in the meat-market of an industry that the social media space has become, social integrations really nailing it with
tools experiences that prove to be meaningful for users, are increasingly few and far between. The Put A Bird On It! buttons and widgets (e.g. this page, bottom left- yep) are tired. Pinpointing by Zappos, however (yes, rough and imperfect), rules.
I lounge here writing this, from a veranda overlooking the bustling street in San Ignacio, Belize, that for two days is my home. I was hoping that on my 10-day trip, everything digital would vanish into the ether, leaving only the Caribbean ocean, fry-jacks, all things Marie Sharps, and a looming hurricane, as items of importance.
UPDATE: Good heavens, what an adventure! Almost a week later I’m all child-theme‘d out, and have learned more than I could have ever expected. I could not have rescued my site’s clumsy breakage by WP-n00b-me, were it not for the amazing, second to none support from my WP Theme’s author Andre Gagnon, and his comrade Eric Schmidt (no, not that one).
Yesterday marked the launch of a product that has stirred up quite a bit of controversy, here in San Francisco. SceneTap is a service that tracks the age, gender, and number of patrons currently at a bar, through use of video cameras that are discreetly located, and that patrons are notified about in a sign bar owners agree to post in clear-view. Do you pay attention to bar signage?
An ad agency I did a contract with a few months ago had the sign pictured below, on a war-room wall. It made me smile. It perfectly symbolized an industry-wide problem. Simply, abrasively, and completely authentic in its purpose to simply offer clarity. A problem that sadly, has existed for far too long and I’d love to see find resolve sooner, rather than later.
2001: Woohoo, I have a website!
2006: Ok, that took a while… but *finally* the re-design is live!
2012: Huh- my furniture-maker friend’s WP site that I just threw together is kinda neat. Sure, it’s not all custom-o-rific, but quick updates can’t be beat!
It makes me smile. It surprises me. It’s a little something that cares about design again, but not for the sake of Design. An
social app experience that for once has a solid sense of self and purpose, over trying to be Disruptive—or, hopping a bandwagon that 4 other platforms serve. A platform that wants me to want to use not just it, but its native application.