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At Peace with the Machines

The Opposite of Greatness…

...is mediocrity. It's easy to be lulled by the thought that the opposite of great is horrible.  When you believe this falsehood, then as long as nothing's failing catastrophically, things must be great. But the truth is that greatness is... Continue Reading →

Start with Why

This book and Simon's TED talk have a great message: all things are more powerful, in business and in life, when we are clear and consistent about WHY we are doing something.  WHY we are in business, WHY we are taking a... Continue Reading →

How Square Lets me Spy on my Wife

Square is awesome... it helps millions of entrepreneurs and and small businesses easily accept credit card payments.  And they're super-smart.  For example, once I give them an email address for an electronic receipt from one merchant, they automatically send me email... Continue Reading →

If you can’t name it, don’t build it

We recently shipped Touchpoints, a new feature in Yesware. It allows sales reps to create standardized plans for reaching out to their customers and prospects (e.g. an email followed by a phone call, then a LinkedIn connect, followed by one... Continue Reading →

Arduino Haunted House 2016

This year marked our 3rd annual Arduino-controlled Haunted House.  The girls helped me out, and we created two entirely new props: floating phantasm and grim reaper coffin.  I'll follow up with some how-to posts well before next Halloween. https://youtu.be/yRpC1_ZGsWk&rel=0 More... Continue Reading →

One Week Make-ation

I took a week long vacation so I could build a piece of furniture. I didn’t know what I was getting into. Yes, I have some tools. Yes, I’ve built a quick and dirty workbench out of 2x4s.  But I’ve... Continue Reading →

Stop Motion LEGO Movie

My daughters and I had a blast making our first stop-motion movie.  We used Stop Motion Studio and an iPhone to create this masterpiece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BGxbWINHXQ?rel=0

Design at Yesware – Invision Blog

Invision wrote a great blog post about design at Yesware.  Eileen Ani, our Lead Product designer has done a ton over the past 3-4 years to drive design as a priority and differentiator here at Yesware We got to the... Continue Reading →

My First Autonomous Robot

It may not look like much, but this is the first autonomous robot I've built.  That board on top is an Arduino Uno that has a simple program to make the motors move forward, pause, then move backward. https://youtu.be/pq7lCPaNE6E?rel=0

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