Posts By: vansunder

Temptation of Completion

Right now I have 76 articles in my RSS feed, 1 unread email, 10 unwatched podcasts, 8 shows in my Hulu queue, 59 items in my Netflix queue and more items on my to-do list than I care to mention. Those numbers aren’t really that bad though. I feel like I can get caught up… Read more »

Karma or Networking?

We have all seen someone in need and thought, “I could help them, but that’s not my job.” It’s human nature. People usually look after themselves before they think to help someone else. While that seems to be the way of things, I’d like to argue that in a lot of cases (but not all),… Read more »

Suitcase Startup – Marketing

I checked back in to see how Chris Bradley was doing with his web show Suitcase Startup and his company Publicate. This week the focus was on marketing on a shoestring budget. The main findings of the episode were that you just have to create a product that delivers value and give the people that… Read more »

Monetizing the Untrackable

Many consumer facing¬†internet¬†businesses realize that people want free services. As a result, they pursue alternate monetization options. The most common monetization strategy is advertising. Achieving sufficient monetization for complex webs apps or services through advertising has been a difficult feat to achieve though. It has been possible for some companies because of the large amount… Read more »

Check iOS App Usage Rankings

Since I’m working on a startup in the exercise tracking space, I’ve been very interested in the competition. What are they doing? What are they doing well? Poorly? And how positively are their apps being perceived? Most importantly though, I’ve wanted to know how much are their apps used. That information is good for many… Read more »

Being a Founder

While working on the initial stages of the stealth mode startup that I’m currently working on, I received an email from SlideShare with a presentation from Om Malik called Evolution of a Founder. I’ll embed that below, but before I do that, here was my big takeaway from the presentation. If you’re a founder, remember… Read more »

Quantifying Yourself

If you haven’t heard of the quantified self, it’s a movement to gather as much data as possible about one’s life using technology. ¬†That data is then analyzed to provide your with the information you need to improve yourself and your life. That could include everything from exercises performed, food eaten, hydration, sweat volume, heart… Read more »

Work Ethic

Over the years, I’ve noticed that a lot of people don’t have the work ethic that I grew up with. They want to do the minimum at work all the time. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some highly motivated individuals during the years I worked as a consultant with Accenture, but I’ve still… Read more »

Privacy Lost

People seem to be going gaga over Google Glass. I get it. It’s a cool piece of technology. It looks like the future that the sci-fi movies I watched when I was younger promised us. As soon as I wrote that last sentence, a thought occurred to me. Most of those movies were of dystopian… Read more »

The Value of Your Information

Everyday, we all give up a little more of our privacy, whether we know it or not. Some ways are obvious, such as closed circuit cameras (some with microphones), which are being used to monitor us(especially in the UK) or unmanned drones. These are some of the worst because people see their privacy being stolen… Read more »