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Over the past few weeks I’ve been experimenting with a handful of social media post tools to help increase engagement on a handful of the brands that I manage on Facebook. It was tough to find the right tools because there’s so many out there but it was more so about finding the right tool for social versus just a generic content creation or video editing tool. What I was most concerned about was finding…

I spent time with Ron Gamble from Fallout hobbies to discuss how he started and successfully funded his Kickstarter campaign.  Check out some of Ron’s highlight quotes from the interview below… “This is a company that is a very niche service, that offers custom decals, and predesigned decals, to people who are really in to table-top war games and in to making miniature plastic models.” “It’s something that I knew years ago that I had the…

The life of an entrepreneur is crazy.  In fact, to be an entrepreneur, you have to be a little crazy.  What person would subject themselves to 14 hour work days?  Risking their entire bank account on the hope that an idea will become priceless. Sacrifice time away from friends and family to dedicate yourself to a life of anxiety and sleep deprivation. But to be an entrepreneur you also have to believe what you are doing in…

Google introduced the world, and more specifically designers, to a whole new way of thinking about User Interface and User Experience design at Google’s annual I/O conference back in June of 2014. And ever since that day, the way we have experienced apps and websites has changed forever. But what is Material Design? Basically it’s Google’s design Bible.  It’s a foundation of design principles that make the screen on your phone, tablet or computer more intuitive and…

If you haven’t already heard, Apple has just released a major update to its native music app. And I mean MAJOR update.   The details around it are no surprise as it was originally announced at Apple’s WWDC conference earlier this month in San Francisco.  Rumors of a launch date were buzzing around the internet since then, but as of June 30th, Apple has released it to all iPhone users. So what is Apple Music?  Essentially it includes…

Oops! Looks like Snapchat made an uh-oh on one of their latest updates (V9.1) to the beloved ephemeral photo and video sharing app. In the latest release of Snapchat, we saw some huge leaps forward for the app including the ability to more easily add friends and Discover: Snapchat’s first-ever news and information feeds supplied every 24 hours. So what’s got everybody so upset?  Well, within the update, Snapchat also made some huge leaps backward.…

I did it. I put the “start” in Start Up. I took the plunge.  I officially made a commitment to begin my idea and now there’s no turning back. It’s off to the races on fulfilling my vision.  And to be honest, I couldn’t be any more scared shitless.  But I think fear comes from the unknown of future events.  And in this case, those future events are starting a new project. So that’s what this month’s theme…

I hold a role as Systems Architect at my current company. That’s basically a fancy title for a person who takes the needs of a business and automates them so humans don’t have to do as much work to accomplish a task. So that means a few things. First, is I work in development. I oversee an awesome team of developers that work with me to turn concept into reality. Secondly, I’m in a position…

Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking around why it’s so difficult to get started on a new business. During the commercials of New Girl I decided to do some reading and look at some old bookmarked articles that I remembered inspired me in order to help me figure it out.  I pulled away 5 inspirational quotes that really drive home a key value of all successful people: Believe in yourself first, and…

It’s scary. The unknown of starting a new business. Especially when you’ve never started one before. There are so many questions you ask yourself.  I have a sweet idea, but… now what?  What’s the first step? Ugh, how many steps are there? Am I successful yet? Isn’t there some sort of app that will build my business for me? No? But I’m like, SUPER tired! Taking that first step off the high dive is probably the hardest…