1. A few years ago, I designed and ordered a slew of business cards that looked rather like the coffee-ring-on-paper design you see here. Now that I’m almost out of cards, I ordered a new slew from Moo. This batch is at slightly different dimensions, with a new texture and a few different varieties of photos. Most sport the paper design but a few feature photos taken by me or my wife on our travels—call them rare collectible editions, I guess.

    (These are just the card backs, of course.)

  2. I can never seem to decide if I want to business grow up or not.

    I can never seem to decide if I want to business grow up or not.

  3. "[SOPA and PIPA] diminish what makes the Internet a vital and vibrant place for a multitude of creators willing to compete for the sake of a flabbergasted few unsure how to adapt."

  4. verybusyandimportant:

This is the single most important thing I’ve ever babbled about on the internet.
My incredible partner Tanner is opening a book store here in Chicago. This is their dream, and what we’ve dedicated the last 7 months of our lives to work towards. He quit his job, he sold the proverbial farm, and we are ready to open Uncharted Books very soon—
but not without help from our friends and our communities. 
Tanner has launched a Kickstarter and we are looking for people to invest to help turn the perfect location in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood from

into a haven for writers, readers, and nerds without refuge.
I know times are tough, I am acutely and personally aware of this fact, so please know that your investment means the world to me and to Tanner and to our future.  Your investment, also, is just that: an investment.  It comes with a reward.  Things like lifetime discounts, free books, swag, and invitations to our investor-only preview party.
Please check out our kickstarter page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945935286/uncharted-books to see all of the cool rewards and read more about the store Tanner is trying to build.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this and please, please, reblog.

I don’t know these people or live in this part of the city. I love independent booksellers, though, and welcome their enthusiasm and their gumption. Once I get paid, I’m donating to this Kickstarter. Godspeed, booksellers!

    verybusyandimportant:

    This is the single most important thing I’ve ever babbled about on the internet.

    My incredible partner Tanner is opening a book store here in Chicago. This is their dream, and what we’ve dedicated the last 7 months of our lives to work towards. He quit his job, he sold the proverbial farm, and we are ready to open Uncharted Books very soon—

    but not without help from our friends and our communities. 

    Tanner has launched a Kickstarter and we are looking for people to invest to help turn the perfect location in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood from

    into a haven for writers, readers, and nerds without refuge.

    I know times are tough, I am acutely and personally aware of this fact, so please know that your investment means the world to me and to Tanner and to our future.  Your investment, also, is just that: an investment.  It comes with a reward.  Things like lifetime discounts, free books, swag, and invitations to our investor-only preview party.

    Please check out our kickstarter page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945935286/uncharted-books to see all of the cool rewards and read more about the store Tanner is trying to build.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this and please, please, reblog.

    I don’t know these people or live in this part of the city. I love independent booksellers, though, and welcome their enthusiasm and their gumption. Once I get paid, I’m donating to this Kickstarter. Godspeed, booksellers!

    Reblogged from: verybusyandimportant
  5. Why, if your company was expanding due to ongoing growth, were layoffs the solution to too many projects in the workshop? Shouldn’t the expanding-due-to-ongoing-growth thing have taken care of that? Shouldn’t it have grown and given you the bandwidth to do well the things you said you were going to do?

  6. Today I saw these related stories on the Internet. They seem to belong together under the #StartupSouth tag.

     The Atlantic is looking at technology companies innovating in the American South

    That’s the big idea behind The Atlantic’s road trip through the South looking for startups and technologies below the Mason-Dixon line. Long caricatured as precisely the kind of place where tech companies could not be born, we’re betting that the territories from Richmond to New Orleans are already fertile ground for innovation. Beginning Sunday October 23, we’ll be driving through seven cities and bringing you stories from several others that highlight just how much is going on in the South. 

    …while international gaming company, CCP Games, are cutting 20% of their workforce, mostly in Atlanta:

    Rather than allowing this to persist, we have made the decision to sharpen our focus. Sadly, this means reducing our staff. We estimate that around twenty percent of global positions will be affected by this process. These will be predominantly in our Atlanta, GA office, although select positions in our Reykjavik, Iceland office will be affected.

    Compare this to a press release from February, wherein…

    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced today that CCP Games, the Reykjavik, Iceland-based digital entertainment developer, will relocate its CCP North America headquarters from Gwinnett County to the City of Decatur in DeKalb County.  This move is expected to create 150 new jobs over three years, bringing the company’s U.S. staff total to 300 by 2013.

    In 2009, CCP was recognized for its remarkable year-over-year growth by being ranked on the Media Momentum’s 2009 Larger Companies List.” Today, CCP announced that three AAA titles are too many at once, writing “we have come to the conclusion that we are attempting too many things for a company our size. Developing EVE expansions, DUST 514 and World of Darkness has stretched our resources too thin.”

  7. Dear Netflix: | JamesRocchi.com

    jaybushman:

    Wherein James tries to save Netflix from itself.

    Reblogged from: jaybushman
  8. deadlyfredly:

    Trent Reznor Case Study: Connect With Fans + Reason to Buy = Business Model

    Reznor’s new business model has been broken down and written about in a few places, but this is a great overview of what’s what in 15 minutes.

    Reblogged from: deadlyfredly

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