Friday, 5 December 2008

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Pownce, Exit Here.

While, I wasn’t kind to Pownce a year ago, twice even. There are many unfortunate things about the shuttering of Pownce.

Halfway down the list is making the mistaken assumption that the same shuttering couldn’t happen to Twitter (or any other centralized, free, web service). Remember Evan sold Blogger to Google 6 years ago – before Blogger had a sustained, cash flow positive, revenue model.

Something about leopards and spots.

If Pownce was a publicly traded company that just closed up shop – the price of Twitter, Facebook, and Friendfeed would have just tanked (then again, I’ve been shorting ‘social networks’ for a year).

Perhaps Pownce’s greatest success was simply all the press and publicity it got. For a service around for maaaaayyybe 24 months – much enk was spilled.

So congrats to Leah – on a successful exit.

Oh, and Leah, perhaps you could join us for a MinneDemo or MinneBar?

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Garrick Last Minute Addition to IDSAmn’s ‘Design Your Career’ Event

This Thursday night, Dec 4th, I’ll be giving a brief talk on using online communities & publications – weblogs, Twitter, etc – to position yourself professionally.

Word is, I’ll be on after the panel and before the beer.

Wait, that can’t be right.

More info here: IDSAmn’s Design Your Career IDSAmn + PDMA Co-Panel Event

Update: Dec 4.
Well, that didn’t work out. My apologies to all.

Monday, 1 December 2008

Long Questions

Jen and I start our 12th year of marriage this week. We’ve been together for 15 years. There’s a good chance – Murphy willing – we’ll see our odometers flip together, that’d make 75 years of marriage.

Assuming we get there, we’ve got 2 more entire lifetimes in front of us.

A decade ago, my profession didn’t exist. Nearly all the companies I’ve worked for since, gone.

Assuming I’ve only really got 1 more ‘productive member of society’ lifetime left in me:

  • Is the work I’m doing now what I want to be doing for another 3 decades?
  • If not, what kind of work would keep me curious, interested, and fed for multiple decades?
  • What can I start now, that will make my 2nd and 3rd lives less stressful and more enjoyable?
  • How do I imagine for 6 decades out when I have a hard time imaging past June ’09?