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I was reading a post over at Robby Slaughter’s blog about the difference between a networking event and a conversational French club. His post: The Expert Detector. In it, he compared and contrasted these two distinct gatherings. One (the networking event) where everyone is prepared with scripts and pitches; the other a free-form experience where the conversations switch between discussions in a foreign language to discussions about a foreign language.   Read More ...

Business

At Blog Indiana I attended a presentation by Jeremy Dearringer of Slingshot SEO entitled “Defending Your Brand with SEO, Social Media and WMD”. I took sketchnotes during the session: Takeaways: Many people confuse Google’s Search box with the address bar. Watch out for what Google suggests when people search for your company 70% of people read negative reviews first. Build your reputation on websites you control (stake your claim) SERM   Read More ...

blogging Business

This year for my Groundhog Day Resolutions, I’m taking an idea from Chris Brogan. Each year, Chris uses three words to guide and direct his focus for the year. For me, I chose these three words: Deploy Serve Connect Deploy I’m full of good ideas. Have I ever told you I invented XML back in 1994? Too bad I never did anything with the idea; I could be rich like   Read More ...

Business Groundhog Day Resolutions GTD and Lifehacks

Keynotes I’m here at the Smaller Indiana blogging unconference, BlogIN. We’ve been through the keynotes, two break-out sessions, and are now in the third. I’m a horrible live blogger, apparently. Granted, I hosted a "Blogging 101" session, so I didn’t take many notes in that one. For the keynotes, Chris Baggot, Kevin Makice, and Douglas Karr talked about their blogging experiences. Here’s the few chicken-scratch notes I took in the   Read More ...

Business Web

One website I read on a regular basis is the Shane and Peter blog. These gentlemen are entrepreneurs and when preparing a series of questions to interview other entrepreneurs, they asked their readers to comment on their own blogs as well. This was a post I started some time ago but busy-ness got the better of me. Here are the questions they asked and my answers.

Business Web

My sister was telling me about an opportunity she had recently to market her photography studio through an event at her church. Each Halloween, her church puts on an event for the kids to come in costume and celebrate in a safe non-threatening way. Instead of going door-to-door to ask for candy, the kids go car-to-car instead. Each adult with a vehicle decorates the trunk of their car in a   Read More ...

Business

I am a software programmer by trade. As the owner of my own company, however, I wear other hats as necessary. Recently, I found myself playing the role of marketing guru and graphic artist when I placed an ad in a local niche phone directory. I don’t pretend to be an expert in this area, but here is the inspiration and thought process I went through to design the advertisement   Read More ...

Business

Today marks the six month anniversary of Red Bit Blue Bit. That’s right, I’ve been in business for about 180 days. I wrote my thoughts on the first 30 days; now it is time for a follow up. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on business:

Business

The State of Wisconsin has announced the cancellation of yet another IT project. This project, according to the Wisconsin Technology Network was a $42 million project. Fortunately (I guess), they halted the project after wasting only $23.6 million on the project. This is on the heels of a failed project by the UW system that cost Wisconsin taxpayers $26 million over 5 years.

Business Software Development

I dug up an article I read last year as I was preparing to leave my job for the adventure of entrepreneurship. It’s the Top Ten Reasons People Quit Their Job. My favorite quote is near the end: “Employees don’t quit their companies, they quit their bosses.” An astounding thirty-five percent of surveyed employees said their managers were the reason they quit. They quit for reasons that could have been   Read More ...

Business