Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined

AuthorAl Bsharah

Al’s been involved in multiple San Diego startups since 1999 after leaving the Detroit auto industry as an electrical engineer. He's started two of his own companies where he's raised capital from both VCs and angels, and sold one of them to both Seismic and Return Path. He resides on the board of Startup San Diego, is a Tech Coast Angels member, and has graduated both Techstars and Founder Institute accelerator programs where he now mentors. Al is currently the Vice President of Product Strategy at Seismic and in his free time he manages to play a little beach volleyball, trade stocks, and camp with his wife, son, dog, and friends.

Looking for My Next Big Thing

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The Next Big Thing

UPDATE:  I’ve found my next big thing, and it’s called Embarke!  I was accepted to the Founder Institute in March of 2011, and graduated after 4 grueling months of entrepreneurial incubation.  I met my cofounder Bryan Hall through the program, and we’ve started a new company.  Our beta was in July 2011, and the rest is (or will be) history.  Have a look at our site, and let us...

AR.Drone Unbox, Flight, Crash!

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AR.Drone Flying

I don’t think I’ve ever done a video review of anything before, but this new piece of technology is a lot of fun and I couldn’t resist after putting some video together. It’s the AR.Drone Quadricopter, controlled by an iPhone! The review includes an unboxing, my first flight (indoors, mistake) including a crash in the sink! Then an outdoor flight and some of my comments on...

Build Your Own DIY Sonos System on the Cheap

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Sonos Airfoil Logo Mashup

If you’re unfamiliar with Sonos’ fantastic products, go ahead and have a gander at their website.  Synchronized music, in multiple rooms in your home, wirelessly, and controllable via your iPhone.  Epic, right?  Unfortunately, at a price that’s out of range for many every-day music enthusiasts.  This article will show you a way to get similar functionality with existing equipment and some...

A Better Twitter Widget for BlogEngine.NET 1.6

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UPDATE 05/01/2010:  Per Donovan Olivier’s Suggestion, I’ve updated this widget to fix a problem in displaying Twitter usernames with an underscore in them.  Thanks Donovan! I made some tweaks today to the new Twitter Widget that was released with BlogEngine.NET 1.6.  I noticed that @User and #Hash tags were not linked up, so I fixed that. Below is the code you need to modify.  Any...

BlogEngine 1.6 Released – Quick Start Help Guide

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BlogEngine Logo

BlogEngine 1.6 was just released with substantial SPAM Filtering and Comment Management upgrades.  As well, a number of bug fixes and other new features have been included such as Multiple Widget Zones. You should follow this upgrade process, but I’ve also added my own summary of the steps I took below. Make a backup! Copy your live web to a test web, if you have the ability to test on another...

Add CAPTCHA to Your BlogEngine.NET Installation – Reduce SPAM!

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No Spam!

UPDATE 01.31.2010:  The latest release of BlogEngine.NET (2.0) addresses a number of spam-related issues and includes some of it’s own CAPTCHA-type options, including reCaptcha. UPDATE 02.21.2010:  Michael’s post was updated to include a minor tweak required for BlogEngine 1.6 support. I’ve gotten a fair amount of attention regarding a post which details ways to reduce SPAM within...

CenterBeam Named Winner of 2009 Outsourcing Relationship Management “RMMY” Award

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Recognized for Most Innovative Relationship Management in a Downturn Economy SAN JOSE, CA – 12/02/2009 Official Press Release Here CenterBeam, an IT outsourcing provider, was named the winner of the “For Better or For Worse” award on November 20, 2009, as part of the second annual Outsourcing Relationship Management Awards – the RMMYs – sponsored by the Outsourcing Institute and Vantage...

Microsoft and Apple – Still Playing Nice After All These Years

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Microsoft and Apple on the same chip!

I happened to be digging through my garage somewhat recently, and ran across my Apple ][+ (of the Apple ][ Series) computer (and it’s green monitor, and dual floppy drives, and joystick, etc).  I’ll do an update to that experience later…  But for now, I want to share something for all the people out there who believe there’s some sort of cold war between Microsoft and Apple </sarchasm> I...

Doing it Right: Wells Fargo Envelope-less ATM Deposits

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ATM Machine

While I’m not overly thrilled with my long-term bank Wells Fargo, mainly because of their recent assault of unexpected monthly fees across all of my accounts (I do all of my personal and business banking with them, including my mortgage), there are some things they’re doing very well…and that’s what the focus of this article is about. Today I deposited a number of checks into both my personal and...

Doing it Right: USOpen.org Video Stream

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USOpen Live Broadcast Features

For the 2009 series, the USOpen has launched an on-line video stream for all of their broadcasts that is magnitudes better than any other I’ve seen to date.  I’m sure there are some good ones I may have missed, but this one has fantastic features that can’t be overlooked. This is a game-changing way to watch tennis.  First, I’m not the type of person who will go out of my way to watch the game...

Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined