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Building an airplane while in flight

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Obama for America Design

“We were truly building an airplane… while in flight” ~ Scott Thomas, Design Director, Obama for America

This was taken from a slide at An Event Apart, Seattle. Not sure why I just got around to posting this now (a few weeks later). This speech with Scott Thomas was possibly one of the best conference talks I’ve ever seen. You can watch a similar speech on the Obama for America campaign with Sol Sender on iTunes U here.

Get your website graded

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

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Let me put my entrepreneurial glasses on

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

A very young Bill Gates with huge glasses
A very young Bill Gates ~ Source:

Great home office in New York

Monday, May 4th, 2009
Awesome home office scenario. Love it.

Awesome home office scenario. Love it.

New branding and site

Monday, May 4th, 2009

We’ve just launched our brand shiny new website. We’re still in the process of editing copy, touching up final details and pixel perfecting things. If you spot something we’ve missed please let us know.

Challenging Mankind

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

I was on Saltspring Island last weekend for a little camping and stopped at a local organic coffee shop for a cup of tea. While enjoying the company of one of my good friends I spotted a great quote on one of the walls that really caught my attention. With some digital enhancement I’ve turned it into a desktop background.

Saltspring Art

The earthen walls of this coffee shop were so cool! This quote hit home with 2 points for me.

First, in business it often seems to me that more of us could be challenged or pushed to prove our maturity over our own egos or wrong perceptions of others. More good in the world could certainly be done if we all demonstrated a little more humility and maturity in our daily tasks.

Second, with the growing concern about global warming I think this quote from Rachel Carson bears significant importance. I recently watched Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” that addresses a number of emerging climate crises. Interestingly, Al Gore states that we have all the technology, all the brainpower, and all the resources that are necessary to reverse the effects of global warming, but what we need most is a change in public thought. Rather than constantly striving to demonstrate our mastery over nature, we really ought to be exercising greater self–discipline and really caring for our environment in whatever way we can. Make time to do your part.

With this in mind, I just received my MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-Op) spring catalog. I was excited to see that they have just joined 1% for the planet, which is an organization of businesses that have agreed to pay 1% of their profits to benefit environmental organizations. Along with compostable shopping bags and many other neat ways to improve the environment, they’re on the right track. Congratulations MEC!