Them there thoughts down there are mine.

What is it like to interview at Google?

By Colin Dowling | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The only thing this performance needs is five more mics on the snare drum. kickdrum-kickdrum….BANG. Anyway, enjoy. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCuGBYirFQw&w=560&h=315] Earlier this year I interviewed with Google.   I am not a software engineer so if you are interested in all the fun trick questions they ask then I have no insight to offer.   I also…

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About Management

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Best English band since Oasis. Enjoy. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Y2FVD5JVw&w=560&h=315] I am overly qualified to talk about management because I have been good at it for a long time.   Before I was good at management, however, I put in extra time being awful at it.   Downright terrible.  I have managed more than a couple organizations down…

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Essential. Non-Essential. Everything in between.

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

I have a lot of friends that own businesses.   In the last four years, each of them (myself included) has had good times and bad.  We’ve each had months or quarters where business is booming and months or quarters where there simply seems like there is no business to be had.  However, one thing…

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Free startup idea – mobile Turk

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mechanical Turk is awesome. I use it to get tasks done i can’t be bothered to do, like creating spreadsheets of customer leads. I also use it to make a few bucks when I have free time. A penny here, a dime there. A couple hundred bucks a month in spending money for the free…

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Consumption

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The internet is getting smaller.  Well, to me it is.   I am usually finished reading the internet before 8am.   Everything I want to read for the day has been read and I’m off to do more productive things.   I used to have dozens of sites bookmarked and RSS feeds and saved links.…

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Startups and Rock N Roll – Part 4 – How we got here

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve written four other posts linking starting a business and programming and being a musician. Scroll down to find them. ****** With surprising frequency I find myself arguing/discussing the end of glam rock with other people. I am an unashamed hair metal enthusiast and marvel at how easily people dismiss a ~10 year period between…

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Customer service call centers

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

I am of the opinion that you can find out how dedicated a company is to great customer service by evaluating how easy or difficult it is to get a representative of that company on the phone. Lots of companies bury the 800 number on their website where it isnt easily found. They are telling…

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Free Startup Idea – Travel Anywhere if the price is right.

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

My wife and I like to travel but we rarely care where we go. We just like to go experience new things together. We’d be as happy with a weekend in Denver as a week in Des Moines. Here is the idea… Build a travel site. Instead of making me enter the city I’m leaving…

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How to sell Efficiency

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many new products in the B2B world promise to increase “efficiency” in the workplace. The leading idea in B2B sales for a long time has been to sell something that helps the customer make more money with the time/work they have or make the same amount of money while working less. Both of these are…

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How to make money from your blog.

By | Oct 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

My friend asked the following: “My wife is looking to start a website / blog / cookbook, and we were trying to figure out the best way to go about it in terms of monetizing it. Hoping to get some tips from the folks here who have done these sorts of things successfully and built…

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