Al Bsharah Business Minded, Technically Inclined

Nothing to See Here… #2

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Nothing To See Here
Nothing To See Here!

Another installment of some cool links and do-dads I’ve gathered over the past few weeks.

  • Gary Vaynerchuck and Maynard James Keenan.  Know either of those names?  I’m impressed if you know one…if you know both, you’re a rock star.  Gary is the Director of Operations for WineLibrary and energetically hosts a great video podcast WineLibrary.TV.  Maynard, on the other hand, is the lead singer for Tool.  What in the world do these two have in common?  Wine.  Believe it.  Check out the latest video podcast here.
  • Amazon iPhone Application – Really, I’m not thoroughly impressed with the interface.  Mainly because I can’t just *browse*.  I have to search for specific items.  Pretty boring way to shop…considering the categories and many other things I *could* be using.  You do get to browse by category, but only after you search for a product.  Nice, but…really?  However…!  There is one fun part to this…and it’s call the “Remembers”.  Take a photo of something…a game, a toy, a book, anything.  The application will send it to Amazon and a human will actually find it for you.  I took a photo of a video game box I had laying around, and I was given a link (within the application and via email) to the product within 2 minutes.  Pretty cool way to shop.  I’d probably rate this a 3 out of 5 stars…once they get some better navigation in place, it’d be a higher rank.  For free, it’s pretty cool though.  Here’s a link to the Amazon app.  Photos below…

    Amazon iPhone Search
    Amazon iPhone Search

     

    Amazon iPhone Product
    Amazon iPhone Product

Images Courtesy: SouthPark, my iPhone

About the author

Al 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.

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