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Rob Gordon has been at 9 events

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Elaine Lindsay40,650Test for hangout settings2014-09-11 22:30:0041  
Google Small Business3,343,695Maria Contreras-Sweet, leader of the @105991827795477341945 and the voice of small business in President Obama’s Cabinet, will join the Google Small Business Community (http://goo.gl/1Zd9D5) ​on August 27th at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT for a live Hangout on Air answering questions about how SBA can help you start and grow your business. RSVP and submit your questions from now up until the day and hour of the Hangout. *Note: This is a live event.*Hangout on Air: Ask the SBA Administrator2014-08-27 22:30:002271  
Wade Harman22,651Building A Google Plus Community Have you tried out @108883357423682942734 for your G+ account yet?  It will literally open up a brand new world for you to explore here on Google Plus! http://nod3x.com Also, don't forget one of the best cross posting platforms out there devoted to G+ as well called @105750980959577516811!  If you're serious about marketing, get the $10 plan, it works awesome for my business! http://goo.gl/Dolyku Join @111552522175915203592 from @108827198716965466311 as I talk to @103008963082975341976 and @117547081660023231214 about how we can go about building a successful Google Plus community here!  What makes a community successful, how to keep out spam, and how to keep people engaged other than on their own material. Join the Social Media Strategy Community here: http://goo.gl/tFhMXi Join the Relationship Marketing Community here: http://goo.gl/ma1wej Don't forget you can sponsor my *Relationship Tips* segments and become a Patreon for only $1mo! http://www.patreon.com/wade #googlepluscommunity   #googlepluscommunities   #googlepluscommunitytips   #relationshipmarketing  Building A Google Plus Community2014-06-13 00:00:00102  
Stephanie Sims2,824*Pooling Our Knowledge: Entrepreneurs’ Community Hangout* *Monday, May 12 2014* *1:00 pm Pacific (4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, and 2:00 pm Mountain)*   We’re excited to start this HOA series specifically for the Entrepreneurs’ Community, entitled “Pooling Our Knowledge”. Each week, a community member (or two!) will speak on their area of expertise, and give you some tips to improve your business in that specific area.   Of course, we’ll take all the questions from the audience that we have time for during the show, and do our best to respond to those we can’t answer on-air afterwards.   Not only will you get some helpful tips, but you’ll have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs who may be struggling with the same issues that you are!   This week’s topic is *“Setting Your Business up for Financial Success”.* We’ll be covering some of the essential tools you need to manage your finances, including financial projections and financial reporting (and NO, they aren’t the same thing!). If you have any questions, please leave them on the event page! This week’s hosts are: @100507762856957104832    Judi is the founder of GrowthCast. She helps small businesses see their financial future. Judi and GrowthCast are on a mission to demystify business financials and allow any business owner to understand the health of their business. @104267556228949747305  Stephanie gives owners a new way to measure the value of their business, using a method called Finance-Ability. She wants owners to understand the value of their company before they get involved in any financial decisions, so they are dealing from a position of strength. Knowing your worth is always a good thing - in life and in business!   We look forward to seeing you for the first of many community hangouts!   #PoolingOurKnowledge #EntrepreneursCommunityHOA  POOLING OUR KNOWLEDGE - Entrepreneurs' Community Hangout2014-05-12 22:00:0033  
Andy Nathan14,943We had a great conversation last Tuesday with a number of the Learning From Failure authors. Now, let's get the rest of the authors on part 2 of our discussion Learning From Failure. Guests this week will be: @106239597077013550982 @104337529165562531044 @114080279619551546069 @101723402717315646723 Here is the link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JL2O9LY Also, do not forget to check out our sponsor's website: @102183121375310741688 Start Up Gap Episode 22: Learning From Failure Part 22014-05-06 23:00:0017  
James Fierce18,924 Are You Passionate About Your Business?  This weeks show is all about passion:   1. Is it a requirement for success?  2. Why is it important to cultivate your passions?  3. What to do if you are not passionate about your business/ career 4. When can it be a problem and how do you recognize it? 5. How to use it to your advantage for growth and bringing in new clients.  We have two special guests:  *Marilyn Moore:* I am the coordinator for SEO and social media for SonicSpider LLC and RightStartwebsites.com.  Following a career in education,I am now our company's go-to person for using Google+ for business, Semantic Search, and developing content marketing strategies/SEO. *Rachael Alford:* is a success coach, fundraising consultant and meeting and event planner. Most days, Rachael can be found helping others with their crowdfunding campaigns.Is Passion Essential For Business Success?2013-11-12 20:00:0022  
James Fierce18,924*It's Not What You Know But Who You Know* We are usually on at 11:00 PT but this week I have an IRL commitment so we are coming to you an hour earlier. Note this is an HOA so unless you are on the panel you won't actually be in the hangout...of course, you can watch us live and we are going to be using comment tracker so you can engage with the panel by asking comments or questions directly in the event comment section on this event page.  *To Be Discussed* Why Networking is important How to network effectively How to become the one others want to network with Tips for introverts Tips for extroverts How to use hangouts  I am looking to add a few guest panelists for this show. So check back here on the event page to see how well I really am at using the networking skills  :) *Please share this event or invite anyone you know that may be interested in learning more about networking*Get Bizy with Nate and Jim - Networking Effectively2013-10-15 19:00:0011  
Stephan Hovnanian43,297Some say the role of the web designer is no more, and in many cases, they're right. But a professional can be extremely valuable to your online presence. Part one of this 3-part mini-series explores the front-end of your website, when it's okay to "DIY" and when you should bring in a pro. Go to the URL below for complete details (and to watch on your mobile device), as well as to sign up to be notified of the Parts 2 and 3! http://www.websighthangouts.com/diy-websites-vs-professionally-designed-part-1/"DIY" vs. "Professionally-Designed" Websites (Part 1 of 3)2013-02-14 19:30:009  
martin shervington1,436,851*Want to ask questions about publishing YOUR book?* Well, next week I will be joined by Shawn Welch, co-author of 'APE: author, publisher, entrepreneur'. I am sure he will have a lot of answers for you as well. *When.* Sunday at 7pm GMT; 11am PST; 2pm EST. *What it is all about.* Since reading Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch's book 'APE: Authors Publisher and Entrepreneur' I felt inspired to help more people follow their dream. I've motivated people for years to find their enthusiasm of writing, and published a few books myself along the way (both traditional and self-publishing). *The Plan:* Guy has launched the FREE 4 session course and Shawn will take us into Session two. So get yourself ready with some interesting questions! Then, in the following two on-air hangout sessions, I will help you get some structure in place that will help motivate you to become a successful author - I've gone down the publishing and self publishing route myself.  There may also have additional guests to the subsequent hangouts to get you focused and inspire your inner author! *Next Dates:* 17th Feb 17th March *Interested in getting involved?* Click ‘YES’ on the event, read Guy’s book and I’ll see you at the launch! Want to know more about Guy and Shawn’s book check out this post on my blog: http://www.martinshervington.com/getting-books-published-with-ape-author-publisher-entrepreneur-self-publishing/Going 'APE' with Shawn Welch!2013-01-20 20:00:0059  

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2016-12-23 23:19:14 (97 comments; 15 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

A "Limitless" Drug? So about a week ago I asked my doctor if anything could be prescribed for ADD (attention deficit disorder). I think just about everyone claims to have this disorder these days but while mine is not probably not super serious I do think I have at least a mild to moderate case of it. I mentioned that a wile ago I took I took a workout drug commonly known as the "ECA Stack" containing ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin and that this drug seemed to quiet my racing thoughts. In the United States, Congress made this drug illegal after several people overheated and died after taking it.

So I asked if he could either prescribe that or something similar but he didn't want to - it sounded like a lot of justification was needed to give a stimulant to an adult because the the risk of heart attacks. With a little more prompting, he said "now you... more »

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2017-03-25 23:17:48 (43 comments; 42 reshares; 478 +1s; )Open 

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2017-07-16 22:28:54 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Anyone one caught "comment spamming" here will be banned from this community. I am talking about the completely off-topic advertising and scam like promotions we have been seeing in the comments here lately. We are here for intelligent business discussions, not to provide a platform for your selfish needs. Take this comment spam crap elsewhere.

+Rebecca Quinn
+Aleta Curry
+Mike Villeneuve

Anyone one caught "comment spamming" here will be banned from this community. I am talking about the completely off-topic advertising and scam like promotions we have been seeing in the comments here lately. We are here for intelligent business discussions, not to provide a platform for your selfish needs. Take this comment spam crap elsewhere.

+Rebecca Quinn
+Aleta Curry
+Mike Villeneuve___

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2017-07-11 04:26:38 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

for your future grandkids when they ask "what was 2017 like"?

Spot on - from @KashannKilson's Tweet: https://twitter.com/KashannKilson/status/884534454391250944?s=09

for your future grandkids when they ask "what was 2017 like"?

Spot on - from @KashannKilson's Tweet: https://twitter.com/KashannKilson/status/884534454391250944?s=09___

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2017-06-29 21:04:38 (45 comments; 2 reshares; 167 +1s; )Open 

What's going on in your community? I spent all last week in downtown San Diego volunteering for San Diego Startup Week. It was really quite a production - Multiple venues, classes and presentations from 8AM to 5PM every day, lots of parties and special events. I have a few disagreements with the startup community here - I think it is maybe a bit too "investor driven" and focused on "rapid growth" startups with almost no emphasis on self-employed or independent business. Still, I have to admit this was fun, and certainly entertaining. The pic below is from one of the parties - on a garage rooftop in downtown San Diego - now you have to admit that is pretty cool.

So my question is, what is going on in your community - wherever you might be in this big world? Are you involved or would you like to be? Are there things that you think could be done in your city... more »

What's going on in your community? I spent all last week in downtown San Diego volunteering for San Diego Startup Week. It was really quite a production - Multiple venues, classes and presentations from 8AM to 5PM every day, lots of parties and special events. I have a few disagreements with the startup community here - I think it is maybe a bit too "investor driven" and focused on "rapid growth" startups with almost no emphasis on self-employed or independent business. Still, I have to admit this was fun, and certainly entertaining. The pic below is from one of the parties - on a garage rooftop in downtown San Diego - now you have to admit that is pretty cool.

So my question is, what is going on in your community - wherever you might be in this big world? Are you involved or would you like to be? Are there things that you think could be done in your city or town that is not being done now. Have you ever thought about helping to organize community development activities? Any thoughts on community building for that included not just startups, but also the self-employed and small business? Always interested in hearing from smaller towns and cities, and our many members here in different countries. ___

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2017-04-23 02:17:13 (34 comments; 7 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

Don't buy it! I bought an undersized laptop - big mistake.

Don't buy it! I bought an undersized laptop - big mistake.___

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2017-04-18 23:30:17 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Comment on original please.

Losing My Patience with Google+

Over the last six months or so I have watched as the quality of engagement here on Google+ has steadily declined. I have watched my follower count fluctuate and flatline. I have watched as people I used to engage with quite a bit here have left or dramatically scaled back their investments of time here. And yes, I have seen my own enthusiasm for investing time here wane significantly.

I ask myself why and the answers are never as simple as I would like. In the end though, I have come to the sad conclusion that the real thing that is killing Google+ is just plain bad management.

Lack of Attention
One gets the real sense that many of the people now charged with running Google+ don't really understand what it was that once made this service so good in its early days. Indeed, one gets the sense that few of the people managing the service today even really use Google+. There are a few noteworthy exceptions like +Yonatan Zunger and +Leo Deegan, of course. I once made a circle with some 50+ Googlers who were once active here, and when I click on that stream, well, it feels a lot like a ghost town.

+Bradley Horowitz, the VP in charge of Streams, Photos and Sharing, (which is where Google+ sits within the Google org structure) hasn't posted here on Google+ in half a year.

Oh, and remember +Luke Wroblewski, who used to manage Google+ and would send out all those updates on the redesign? Well, he hasn't posted a single thing here in over 7 weeks (even though @lukew is quite active on Twitter). You know why? I just happened to check his LinkedIn profile, and he's apparently no longer managing Google+. I don't recall seeing any announcement of this change - just a sudden silence from the man perhaps most responsible for the UI makeover of Google+.

Rudderless and Un-resourced
That decision to remake the Google+ UI followed a long string of decisions going back to the separation of Photos and Hangouts, each of which have seriously hurt the service. I know there were probably some good reasons to move to the new, mobile-dominant (as opposed to "mobile-friendly") UI, but the lack of enduser empathy from deprecating all the old functionality really was pretty staggering. Much of it hasn't come back, and much of what has is so stripped down (e.g. Events, community moderation) that it isn't really that usable.

As users, we have been asked to be patient and to have faith in the new strategy. Because I have been such a huge fan of Google+ for so long, that is exactly what I have done. I've been patient. I've believed. Believed that some big, cool fix was coming down the pike that would not only fix all the problems caused by the UI decision, but actually start innovating again with some cool new functionality.

Yes, we got Collections, and they actually are quite useful even if they do need a lot of work still. But that's really about it. It's been a couple years now and the silence is stultifying.

And finally, it hit me:

Maybe this is it. Maybe Google has significantly curtailed its investments in this network. Maybe the management squandered the scarce resources it did have on a redesign that users weren't really even asking for. And maybe, just maybe, what we see right now is pretty much what we're going to get.

User Investments
And this is where I start to get really mad. Like many others here, I have invested a lot of personal time and energy building a following here. Like many of you, I have poured heart and soul into filling this place not just with great content, but also with a sense of community. I could have made those investments in Twitter or Facebook or reddit, but like many of you, I made them here. And now I'm starting to wonder how smart of a decision that was.

All of this is particularly raw right now because I'm starting to play around a bit with the new distributed social network called Mastodon (https://mastodon.technology/@gideonro). It's far from perfect, but one thing that is very different is that it is open source and federated, rather than centrally owned and controlled.

There are lots of implications to this different model. For one, there is lots of competition and innovation in the works because Mastodon sits on top of GNU Social and rests within a "Fediverse" of related, and interoperable, social network platforms. They are working on solutions that make it easy to export your content from one platform to another - to prevent lock-in. Also, there is a lot of visibility on exactly what investments are being made in the platform by various contributors.

More importantly though, there is a very conscious understanding that the value of these networks is only partially the result of the software developers behind these solutions. Just as much of it lies with the end users.

In the end, this is the thing that I am most frustrated about right now with Google+. End users have made this place every bit as much as the coders and product planners behind Google+. This isn't to in any way diminish the importance of those contributions. But what I do find frustrating is the way that Google seems to regularly dismiss the importance, and the real economic and social value, of end user contributions. This was true with Google Reader, and sadly it appears to be true with Google+.

I'm still rooting for Google+ to turn things around, of course. I have a huge soft spot for this place, given all the great learning I've done here with my fellow travelers. But one thing is clear: I'm losing my patience, and I don't think I'm alone. ___Comment on original please.

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2017-04-10 22:41:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Wonderful idea +Rebecca Quinn - especially given the downturn in retail, but don't ask for opinions and then close comments on your post :-)

btw - is it just you and me, or does there seem to be more interest in rural America these days?

Love this idea! And not just for small towns either. As a matter of fact, it could be more important in a high rent, urban city. I live near a couple of similar concept stores that are full of products from local businesses and artists. It'd be great to see this done with more kinds of products, especially more necessities.

I see it as a blend of business accelerator, coop, coworking, food court ... but for retail. Who says we must follow the old models these days? We need to innovate at a time when retail faces extreme competition from online sales, and a loss of consumers whose primary goal is to constantly buy more stuff.

Plus I bet we could do this with lots of business types ... services, B2B ... what do you think?___Wonderful idea +Rebecca Quinn - especially given the downturn in retail, but don't ask for opinions and then close comments on your post :-)

btw - is it just you and me, or does there seem to be more interest in rural America these days?

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2017-03-25 23:25:36 (14 comments; 0 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Did I ever show you guys a picture of my staircase?

Did I ever show you guys a picture of my staircase?___

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2017-03-25 23:17:48 (43 comments; 42 reshares; 478 +1s; )Open 

Arr matey - me want

Arr matey - me want___

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2017-03-25 23:04:18 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Well I'm impressed

Well I'm impressed___

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2017-03-25 22:49:37 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Minimalist Drawing. I have been toying with the idea of learning to draw, even though I have no natural talent. The nice thing about getting older is that you can keep leaning stuff even though you know you will never be great at it, so there is no pressure.

Update: I did not make this drawing and didn't intend to imply that I did. It is signed but I don't know the original artist. 

Minimalist Drawing. I have been toying with the idea of learning to draw, even though I have no natural talent. The nice thing about getting older is that you can keep leaning stuff even though you know you will never be great at it, so there is no pressure.

Update: I did not make this drawing and didn't intend to imply that I did. It is signed but I don't know the original artist. ___

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2017-03-10 00:17:17 (49 comments; 12 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Soon, robots will be roaming the sidewalks of Washington D.C.

Soon, robots will be roaming the sidewalks of Washington D.C.___

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2017-03-09 01:45:36 (52 comments; 15 reshares; 310 +1s; )Open 

A solution in search of a problem?

A solution in search of a problem?___

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2017-03-03 05:51:47 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

From Twitter - apparently people who write stuff on back of pickup trucks have turned on Trump.

From Twitter - apparently people who write stuff on back of pickup trucks have turned on Trump.___

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2017-03-03 00:24:15 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Starting a blog to cover self-employment and the gig economy. I wrote up what happened yesterday shopping for a co-working space at WeWork. Spoiler alert - I was not impressed. 

Starting a blog to cover self-employment and the gig economy. I wrote up what happened yesterday shopping for a co-working space at WeWork. Spoiler alert - I was not impressed. ___

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2017-02-08 03:02:15 (19 comments; 18 reshares; 161 +1s; )Open 

Seems like a good idea

This is a rather clever device. It's a cargo-carrying robot which is designed to follow people around in order to learn where it can and can't go. It's designed to be able to go anywhere a wheelchair can, and the use case they're focusing on to begin with is helping maintenance, gardening, and custodial workers -- people who have to cart things around all day.

h/t +Aleatha Parker-Wood___Seems like a good idea

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2017-02-01 22:20:08 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Sign of the Times? Message about new service being provided by San Diego Police Department.

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Now, more than ever, online platforms such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, LetGo, Offer Up, and Shopify, have become an epicenter for scam artists and predators looking to take advantage of innocent people. D.O.T.S. will provide a convenient, public meeting place for carrying out or completing an online or private sale. Marked with City of San Diego signage in a well-lit area, D.O.T.S. is in clear view of the San Diego Police Department Northeastern Division's front door. There is no appointment necessary. While such zones are established in other parts of the country, D.O.T.S. will be the first-of-its-kind for the City of San Diego and for the region.



Sign of the Times? Message about new service being provided by San Diego Police Department.

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Now, more than ever, online platforms such as Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, LetGo, Offer Up, and Shopify, have become an epicenter for scam artists and predators looking to take advantage of innocent people. D.O.T.S. will provide a convenient, public meeting place for carrying out or completing an online or private sale. Marked with City of San Diego signage in a well-lit area, D.O.T.S. is in clear view of the San Diego Police Department Northeastern Division's front door. There is no appointment necessary. While such zones are established in other parts of the country, D.O.T.S. will be the first-of-its-kind for the City of San Diego and for the region.

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2017-01-28 07:51:51 (33 comments; 3 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

Do we need this do you think?

Do we need this do you think?___

2017-01-26 22:18:27 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Requesting some advice from this group
(sorry - rather long)

I have website / venture that I sometimes call my "white whale" project' It is something I developed many years ago for the international trade industry.

At one time, it has some paying members and occassionally it even attracted the attention of venture capitalists but it never really got much traction.

I developed this before I knew much about the concept of a "lean startup" it it is really a mash up a bunch of open source scripts I have hammered together. Lot's of people liked at least the "idea" of this website but the biggest problem with it was me - or rather my time. Because it was bringing in so little money I would have had to put in a bunch of time for almost no money. I imagine this is a common problem.

So for the most part, I... more »

Requesting some advice from this group
(sorry - rather long)

I have website / venture that I sometimes call my "white whale" project' It is something I developed many years ago for the international trade industry.

At one time, it has some paying members and occassionally it even attracted the attention of venture capitalists but it never really got much traction.

I developed this before I knew much about the concept of a "lean startup" it it is really a mash up a bunch of open source scripts I have hammered together. Lot's of people liked at least the "idea" of this website but the biggest problem with it was me - or rather my time. Because it was bringing in so little money I would have had to put in a bunch of time for almost no money. I imagine this is a common problem.

So for the most part, I abandoned the project. Registrations for the community went ignored and listing requests for the directory were not processed - not to mention functions never being impoved or fixed, upgrades never being done - including security upgrades. The site pagerank, which had been fairly high, crashed and I even got requests to be removed from the directory. As every web developer knows, these things need constant maintenace - otherwise they gradually fall apart just like an old building that hasn't been maintained.

The strange thing was though, that traffic never really went away. It still gets about 100 unique visitors a day - and that for a site that has been completely stagnent for over three years. My theory is that this is because the site covers a "big niche" and it is still the best place to send people for many search queries.

So about three and a half years ago I was pondering what to do about this site. I didn't have any money to put into it, and I also couldn't afford the time it would take to fix it - I needed to use that time to make money some other way. Should I shut it down and maybe get a small amount of money from selling the domain name, or should I sell the entire site "as is" and maybe get a bit more money? I didn't see "an investor" as a possibility - the site wasn't in good enough shape for that, and there was no way I could prove future revenue.

Then, by coincidence I got a call from a guy - I'll call him Mike - who worked for a financial services firm that serviced the international trade industry. He loved the site and the concept and wanted to find a way to work together. I mentioned that I was open to taking on a partner but that it would need both some money and a consistant level of effort on the part of both of us. He agreed that he would come in with $2,500 and contribute "not less than" five hours a week working on the site. I needed the money, but I needed the "co-working" part even more, and I made that clear to him that it was an important part of our agreement.

Unfortunately, that part of it never happened. Shortly after he had agreed to pay the $2,500 upfront he had some kind of issue at work so we agreed to change this to $500/mo for five months. He did make these payments - and he did so without complaints or too much prompting on my part, but the "level of effort" part never happened. In fact, there were several times during the relationship when he went completely "incommunicado" for weeks at time - not answering his emails and with his voicemail disabled.

I started putting more time and effort into the site but without any help the old issues came back. I tried differerent ways to convince him to contribute and he was usually agreable - but then nothing would happen. I thought we needed to make some big decisions about the site - shut down the community for example, and concentrate on the directory which I thought had the most potential.

Everytime I recommended something like this to him though, he would say 'oh, I like the community" but then not do anything to build, manage or maintain it. Then, about a month ago he again started showing interest in the site and registered himself for the community (even though he already had several accounts there). I hadn't talked to him in almost a year and wrote to again tell him that the site was no longer being maintained or developed, and I assumed he had again abandoned it.

In reviewing technologies for business directories for another project, I realized that the directory we had developed for that site was actually pretty good, and by reviewing the log files could see that almost all of the "traffic" we still had was going to that directory. I got excited because I realized that we could upgrade the directory with just a little money and development effort and use it as the front end. Then, immediately it would go from being an unmantained site to being a useful business service.

I called Mike and told him about my idea - which was similar to want I had already recommended- that the directory be emphasized, but this time I wanted to shut down the other services alltogether. The conversation was like out of the Twilight Zone - he "liked the community" and wants to keep it, even though he has no proposal on who should do the work.

I left the conversation with the wind totally blown out of my sales. As far as he was concerned everything was fine. There was a vague committment to work more and plans to talk "soon". After about a week I wrote a somewhat snarky message to his gmail (he wants me to write him there but only looks at it about once a week). When he didn't answer that I wrote a much stronger message to his company email and this time told him that the agreement may have to be terminated.

We spoke on the phone and he was freaked out - somehow he thought everything was fine. He said he was finally going to have more time and agreed to start working a half hour each week. I guess I agreed to that because for the longest time I have been trying to get him to do anything and forgetting that the original agreement had him working for five hours each week.

Here is the problem now. Even if he does start contributing some small amout of time each week - which is by no means a certainty - I still have a huge amount of work to get the site back in shape. I am pretty sure I can make it revenue generating - not sure how much - but can I make it worth my while? Now someone who is not doing anything owns 50 percent of the equity (I know, I know).

Can anyone tell me if there is still a "win win" deal in here anywhere? I want to emphasize there is absolutely no "ill will" on the part of Mike though there is some wishful thinking. He has a full time job in sales and could be using his knowledge of the industry to build directory content but this is low priority project for him.

I am not sure what to do now but something has to change. I no longer feel like I have an incentive to work on this. All I could think was for both of us to start recording our hours and then assiging an value to that - say $100 an hour, and then somehow have that apply to equity - but I don't know how that would work.\

Does anyone have any ideas on where I should go from here? Would it be possible for this deal to be somehow resturctured so that it is fair? If I had the money I probably would just pay him back and reclaim that equity. I suppose I could just terminate it and offer him a note for what he put in - though I don't think I am still legally obligated to do that - or I could sell or shut down the site entirely.

Thoughts?

P.S., It wouldn't take too much digging to figure out the site I am talking about. I don't mind disclosing that if need be but first I would like to get some responses from the information provided above.
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2017-01-21 22:33:01 (9 comments; 13 reshares; 268 +1s; )Open 

Not sure - then where would I make my toast - in the frying pan?

___Not sure - then where would I make my toast - in the frying pan?

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2017-01-19 00:21:08 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

More and more on Google+ I have to stop everything I am doing to block and report people like this. Disgusting comments all over a bunch of light hearted joke posts - it is getting so it isn't worth it. 

More and more on Google+ I have to stop everything I am doing to block and report people like this. Disgusting comments all over a bunch of light hearted joke posts - it is getting so it isn't worth it. ___

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2017-01-14 00:35:58 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Great meeting of self-employed professionals in my neighborhood yesterday. These folks braved the rain for our meeting and we kind of overwhelmed to coffee shop where we met. 

Great meeting of self-employed professionals in my neighborhood yesterday. These folks braved the rain for our meeting and we kind of overwhelmed to coffee shop where we met. ___

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2017-01-10 01:47:20 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 70 +1s; )Open 

Did I ever show you guys a picture of the inside of my van?

Did I ever show you guys a picture of the inside of my van?___

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2017-01-10 01:27:42 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

Turnabout is fair play. 

Turnabout is fair play. ___

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2017-01-10 01:11:14 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

Youthful innovation 

Youthful innovation ___

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2017-01-08 08:00:23 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Is Google abandoning Hangouts altogether?

Is Google abandoning Hangouts altogether?___

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2017-01-03 23:13:44 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Write it down. A very minor point here, but an interesting one. From the always entertaining "Cracked" magazine, did you know that if you write something down, not type it on a keyboard, you will remember it better, and your mind will consider the information to be more important - even if you don't read it later. Perhaps this is why so many life coaches recommend writing down your goals.

"The act of handwriting actually engages neural activity that you don't get by hammering on a keyboard.... forcing another part of your brain into the action to help out with memorization. We invented keyboards because typing is way easier and faster than writing, but making it faster means we're losing handwriting's unique ability to imprint information in our brain"


NOTE: This post was made a few years ago on a private community here - I amm... more »

Write it down. A very minor point here, but an interesting one. From the always entertaining "Cracked" magazine, did you know that if you write something down, not type it on a keyboard, you will remember it better, and your mind will consider the information to be more important - even if you don't read it later. Perhaps this is why so many life coaches recommend writing down your goals.

"The act of handwriting actually engages neural activity that you don't get by hammering on a keyboard.... forcing another part of your brain into the action to help out with memorization. We invented keyboards because typing is way easier and faster than writing, but making it faster means we're losing handwriting's unique ability to imprint information in our brain"


NOTE: This post was made a few years ago on a private community here - I am moving some of those posts to this collection so I have a public reference link.___

2017-01-03 22:55:05 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Just look at it. This is some very minor advice on a way to avoid procrastination, but it may help some. I had a boss once when I worked for an IT firm who would give me a task to just look at some file. "What should I do with it after I look at it?" I would ask. "I don't know" he would say, "just look at it and tell me what is in there".

I didn't realize till later the wisdom of this approach. I looked at the file, and of course I got some ideas on how to proceed.

Sometimes when you are stuck - or don't know what to do, taking a quick minute to "assess the situation" can make a big difference. I did this just now - there was an online form I knew I needed to fill out, but I kept thinking of all the information I would probably have to gather to finish it.

I decided to "just look at it". Yes,... more »

Just look at it. This is some very minor advice on a way to avoid procrastination, but it may help some. I had a boss once when I worked for an IT firm who would give me a task to just look at some file. "What should I do with it after I look at it?" I would ask. "I don't know" he would say, "just look at it and tell me what is in there".

I didn't realize till later the wisdom of this approach. I looked at the file, and of course I got some ideas on how to proceed.

Sometimes when you are stuck - or don't know what to do, taking a quick minute to "assess the situation" can make a big difference. I did this just now - there was an online form I knew I needed to fill out, but I kept thinking of all the information I would probably have to gather to finish it.

I decided to "just look at it". Yes, it took me 45 minutes to finish it, but had I not taken that first minor step, I probably would still be worrying about it. 

NOTE: This post was made about two years ago on a private community here. I am reposting because it came up in a Twitter conversation and I want to have a public reference link.

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2017-01-03 22:41:16 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I'm trying - unsuccessfully - to find a post I made here a while ago, and instead keep finding weird old shit.

Why I am still betting my future on Google+

If you haven't noticed yet, my blog at http://scobleizer.com isn't the same. It has no life. It's just a reprinting of some of the most interesting stuff that happened elsewhere already.

Most of the tech press is like that too. Yeah, they are trying to play games to get us to come and visit their little islands of content, but the action has moved away from blogs.

My ATTENTION has definitely moved.

On my screens I have five screens:

Google+.
Facebook.
Twitter (I use the Twitter Mac app so tweets scroll down the stream).
Quora. I see interesting news break there, which is interesting because it's a QA site.
Hacker News open too. The nerdiest amongst us hangs out there (programmers, etc).

What I'm noticing is Google+ gets the best stuff first. And this is "with no one on it." (That claim cracks me up, a new post shows up every 20 seconds, 24 hours a day, and that's with following only 5,000 people here).

So, my inbound is already higher quality than pretty much anywhere.

Blogging is about telling a story. Google+ lets me do that "good enough" (yeah, I wish I had more typographical controls, and ways to embed pictures into the text, and stuff, but I bet that's coming as Google+ and Blogger get rethought and moved together).

That said, out of 1,000 average users how many of them use Google to search for content? Nearly every one. How many have advanced enough social graphs on Google+ or Facebook or Twitter to bring good content to them? I'd say fewer than 100.

So, it is still VERY IMPORTANT for content producers like me to be on Google. I see it everyday. My videos get more views after a month, due to Google and other search engines, than they do in the first day (which is when you'd see them on social networks).

Guess what? Google+ items are the best way to get my media into Google search. I'm already seeing that. Now that there's a search engine here on Google+ it's even a bigger deal.

Facebook doesn't understand search. Not yet, at least. They do understand capturing emotion better, which is due to them using terms like "friend" and "like." Those are emotion capturing terms, which is why most people's social graphs are better, stronger, and more interesting on Facebook than they are on Google+ (already most people have circled users that don't bring any value in here, which is why you see complaint after complaint of no engagement, no content, no users. They are all wrong, but to them I'm wrong. What really happened there is Google failed them due to its inability to capture emotional ties properly).

Which brings me to this picture.

How do you best capture the EMOTION of your time? Blogging? Not for me anymore. Tweeting? Not for me anymore (I will continue being there, mostly to let people who won't leave that system know what I'm doing and where I'm doing it -- it has turned into a UI for my Facebook and Google behaviors). Facebooking? Yes. I'm still there and will be for forseeable future at http://facebook.com/robertscoble

But my hub is Google+.

Now, what do I do with my blog? I have some ideas:

1. Use it to give certain readers a low-noise place to follow what I REALLY care about. If I post it on my blog you know I've thought it out some more and have something deeper to say than if I said it here.

2. Use it as a "backup" for my content and ideas. That way if Google or Facebook decides to block me, or limit my participation here somehow you still can find me (Facebook kicked me off the system for a day a few years ago, so this is still a fear of mine).

But other than that, what is my blog for? Monetization? Nope. My bosses are very willing to pay me even if I give up my blog completely. Branding? Does having a big logo help anyone? Really?

How is your view of a blog changing due to this battle between Facebook and Google?___I'm trying - unsuccessfully - to find a post I made here a while ago, and instead keep finding weird old shit.

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2016-12-28 20:46:11 (21 comments; 22 reshares; 243 +1s; )Open 

Well at least now I know who's going to take care of me when I get older.

Well at least now I know who's going to take care of me when I get older.___

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2016-12-27 21:15:50 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Bummer!

Bummer!___

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2016-12-27 21:09:32 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Meanwhile, in Texas

Meanwhile, in Texas___

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2016-12-27 21:02:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Aww - poor doggie

Aww - poor doggie___

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2016-12-27 20:51:36 (41 comments; 24 reshares; 465 +1s; )Open 

I want one of these

I want one of these___

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2016-12-26 22:58:09 (57 comments; 27 reshares; 252 +1s; )Open 

Oh no - a smart bathroom mirror. 

Oh no - a smart bathroom mirror. ___

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2016-12-25 23:08:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Ken's girlfriend is out of town so he made a steak dinner for me!

Ken's girlfriend is out of town so he made a steak dinner for me!___

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2016-12-25 21:09:09 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Merry Christmas everybody!

Merry Christmas everybody!___

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2016-12-23 23:19:14 (97 comments; 15 reshares; 149 +1s; )Open 

A "Limitless" Drug? So about a week ago I asked my doctor if anything could be prescribed for ADD (attention deficit disorder). I think just about everyone claims to have this disorder these days but while mine is not probably not super serious I do think I have at least a mild to moderate case of it. I mentioned that a wile ago I took I took a workout drug commonly known as the "ECA Stack" containing ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin and that this drug seemed to quiet my racing thoughts. In the United States, Congress made this drug illegal after several people overheated and died after taking it.

So I asked if he could either prescribe that or something similar but he didn't want to - it sounded like a lot of justification was needed to give a stimulant to an adult because the the risk of heart attacks. With a little more prompting, he said "now you... more »

A "Limitless" Drug? So about a week ago I asked my doctor if anything could be prescribed for ADD (attention deficit disorder). I think just about everyone claims to have this disorder these days but while mine is not probably not super serious I do think I have at least a mild to moderate case of it. I mentioned that a wile ago I took I took a workout drug commonly known as the "ECA Stack" containing ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin and that this drug seemed to quiet my racing thoughts. In the United States, Congress made this drug illegal after several people overheated and died after taking it.

So I asked if he could either prescribe that or something similar but he didn't want to - it sounded like a lot of justification was needed to give a stimulant to an adult because the the risk of heart attacks. With a little more prompting, he said "now you didn't hear this from me" but told me to check the Internet for a drug called "Provigil". Remember that movie "Limitless" where that guy took a pill and suddenly got really smart- that is what I really want. I think it would be fun to know what it is like to be smart - even if for just a few days.

That is why this drug has me intrigued. Of course, as we learned in Limitless, there always seems to be a down side to these things, but I would still like to try it. ___

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2016-12-23 22:25:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Inaugural Meeting of the Beach Area Happy Hour Club. We were there to celebrate "The Return of the Sun" - the day after winter solstice where every day keeps getting brighter and longer.

Thanks for coming +Jim Dey and +Cindy Brown - my birthday at this time of year is usually a dark, dismal time but you guys made all the difference. 

Inaugural Meeting of the Beach Area Happy Hour Club. We were there to celebrate "The Return of the Sun" - the day after winter solstice where every day keeps getting brighter and longer.

Thanks for coming +Jim Dey and +Cindy Brown - my birthday at this time of year is usually a dark, dismal time but you guys made all the difference. ___

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2016-12-21 22:49:25 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

View from the barber's chair - my new testosterone- laden haircut place. No girls allowed!

View from the barber's chair - my new testosterone- laden haircut place. No girls allowed!___

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2016-12-10 23:05:03 (17 comments; 4 reshares; 138 +1s; )Open 

I normally don't do reshares here but I want one.

Now that I have one of their globes sitting right next to me, I can confirm that +Bellerby Globemakers​' globes are even more amazing in person than they are in pictures. ___I normally don't do reshares here but I want one.

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2016-12-10 22:45:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Santa has arrived!

Santa has arrived!___

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2016-12-10 22:43:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Old Mission Beach Athletic Club's float

Old Mission Beach Athletic Club's float___

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2016-12-10 22:28:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Just encountered this nasty crew at the Pacific Beach Christmas parade

Just encountered this nasty crew at the Pacific Beach Christmas parade___

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2016-12-10 22:14:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

One of my neighbors is carving cool looking owl on a stump on the tree in her yard.

One of my neighbors is carving cool looking owl on a stump on the tree in her yard.___

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2016-12-05 02:39:34 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Mandy

Mandy___

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2016-12-04 21:28:16 (36 comments; 17 reshares; 256 +1s; )Open 

Okay - but only if it's armed with laser cannons.

Okay - but only if it's armed with laser cannons.___

2016-12-02 02:46:05 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Has anyone tried this? It's a virtual accelerator called "1 million by 1 million". They take your credit card to join but then don't charge it for a year I think it's around $100 I think. I was tempted but thought I would ask her first - does anyone know how it works and if it is any good?

Has anyone tried this? It's a virtual accelerator called "1 million by 1 million". They take your credit card to join but then don't charge it for a year I think it's around $100 I think. I was tempted but thought I would ask her first - does anyone know how it works and if it is any good?___

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2016-11-30 23:46:29 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

It hasn't even been a pipe dream for the longest time, but it still would rather not see this reminder.

It hasn't even been a pipe dream for the longest time, but it still would rather not see this reminder.___

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2016-11-28 21:52:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Article about self-employed group I'm organizing in Pacific Beach, San Diego. I want you all to know that this publication has a circulation of over 500 people, so I have definitely hit the big time :-)


Article about self-employed group I'm organizing in Pacific Beach, San Diego. I want you all to know that this publication has a circulation of over 500 people, so I have definitely hit the big time :-)
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