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Cutting the Cord, Pulling the Plug – I Cancelled my Cable!

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Cable TV Static Flicker

January 25, 2012. That was the day (so I’ve had 3 months under my belt). After years of building home-brew DVR’s, and spending countless monthly dollars on a service I rarely used anymore…I made the move.  Shut it down, turned it off, sent the equipment back!  Now I just have an internet connection. How do I feel?  Well, like I’ve got a few more dollars in my pocket for...

Microsoft BizSpark Plus and My Company Embarke

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BizSpark Plus - Embarke Benefits

So, a lot has happened this year with Embarke…and one of the most substantial things is Embarke being accepted into the Microsoft BizSpark Plus program.  If you don’t feel like clicking that link, here’s the Cliff’s Notes:  We get $60k of free Azure Cloud services.  Nice! We’re so excited, we shot a video for it.  Bryan and I chatted for about 15 minutes, then I...

The JOBS Act and Crowdfunding, Will This Work?

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American JOBS Act

Mark April 5, 2012 on your calendars people. It’s a monumental day. Today is the day that President Obama will sign the JOBS Act. For entrepreneurs and startups, the most exciting piece of this is crowdfunding. As Howard Lindzon says, crowdfunding has been around for years.  So what’s the big deal with this legislation?  Today, if you’re to invest your hard-earned dollars in a company (for equity...

Bootcamp for Your Brain – What I got from The Founder Institute

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Founder Institute

I’ve been an entrepreneur and involved in startups most of my 15-year career.  I started my own ecommerce company, helped grow a network management and SaaS organization which was eventually sold, and I’ve built communities to a million page views per month. Because of this you’d think I might have a clue what I’ve been doing all these years.  I’m confident enough in...

I was on This Week In Startups asking about Co-Founders

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Al Bsharah on This Week in Startups

You can see my mug on ThisWeekIn.com Web TV Network today, on their Startups show with Jason Calacanis and Tyler Crowley.  Amazing guys with amazing insights, been watching their podcast for some time now.
I asked some questions about co-founders and how best to find the good ones.
Have a watch of the show here!  I come on at around the 22 minute mark.

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...

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...

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