Failure and Risk

Failure and Risk

I think there may be something wrong with me. Working in Silicon Valley for these many years seems to have warped me. I just announced that I am leaving my current day job PayNearMe.com to work for myself. My intention was to work on some of my own projects like BloggerBridge.com and support myself as …
PayNearMe in the News – $10M round, PayNearMe Express

PayNearMe in the News – $10M round, PayNearMe Express

I have not blogged much about my current job at PayNearMe but we had a pretty interesting day in the press today. Wired – Pay Anyone With Cash — Even When They’re Miles Away Bloomberg – Banks’ Pain Is Startups’ Gain TechCrunch – PayNearMe Raises $10 Million Series D; Launches Self-Serve Platform To Allow Any Business Accept Remote Cash …
I am Teaching Classes on Blogging at DeAnza

I am Teaching Classes on Blogging at DeAnza

I will be teaching two short courses in November on blogging at nearby DeAnza College in Cupertino, California. Blogging for Profit Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm November 10, 2012 Course Fee: $89.00 Class Description This course will look at blogging strategy: • Three different models for using a blog to make money • Setting …
Bad Product Design is Sapping My Will to Live

Bad Product Design is Sapping My Will to Live

It has been a bad week for product design in the Christensen household. FirstTech Credit Union Our credit union has been marketing their new iPhone app that will allow us to deposit checks remotely by taking a picture of them. What a great idea. I had a check that I wanted to deposit so I …
True University – A School for Startups

True University – A School for Startups

My new employer, PayNearMe, had an investment from True Ventures. One of the interesting programs True runs is a two day educational program once a year called True University. The 250 students at TrueU come from the 70+ startup companies that have had investment from True. There are 39 classes led by 52 instructors over the …
Chris Interviewed on “Let Us Present” Podcast

Chris Interviewed on “Let Us Present” Podcast

I had the chance to be interviewed on the “Let Us Present” Podcast by hosts Mark Shore and Zane Claes. Let Us Present is an introduction to a number of content creators worth getting to know. Streamified’s Zane Claes and Mark Shore invite a variety of bloggers, musicians, podcasters, etc. from across the web to join them …
Turn Your T-Shirts Into a Quilt

Turn Your T-Shirts Into a Quilt

Working in Silicon Valley for a couple of decades, you can accumulate quite a few t-shirts. I had shirts that lasted longer than the company did. I had shirts from companies like Momenta, Apple, Talk City and LiveWorld, not to mention project shirts like Amateur Traveler, eWorld, Newton, and that production of Joseph and the Technicolor …
Intuitive Surgical – Robots are Cool

Intuitive Surgical – Robots are Cool

One thing that science fiction has taught us is that robots are cool… at least until they take over the world. But some robots are cooler than others. I had the opportunity recently to visit Intuitive Surgical with my alumni group from RPI. Intuitive Surgical is located here in Silicon Valley. They make surgical robots. …
Not Quite Done

Not Quite Done

My friend Margit is a teacher. Her Facebook wall had the following update recently: Note to student: “Thank you for submitting your paper. Unfortunately, I am unable to access your work. It appears there has been an error in the file upload. Please submit a new copy of your paper before deadline. I look forward …
6 Tools to Capture Your Brilliant Ideas

6 Tools to Capture Your Brilliant Ideas

I was just asked to moderate a panel at an upcoming conference on Time Management. I also get asked all the time how I get so much stuff done. Let’s look at just one aspect of getting things done and that is capturing your ideas. I am a big fan of David Allen’s book Getting Things …