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Post your Nike+ Runs on Twitter (Nike Plus)

October 4, 2008

Over the last couple weeks I’ve been getting more and more into running again.  While I don’t have the gumption to go run on streets since breaking my foot, I have been hoofing it on the treadmill at least 3-4 times a week.  The challenge has been that I love to update my Twitter and Facebook pages with my status and wanted a simple way to NOT have to update my runs by hand.  So today I’m releasing a VERY alpha version of what I’m calling Twiike (Twitter+Nike).  What it does is watch for me to sync my iPod after runs and posts those runs to Twitter (which I also have wired to update my Facebook status via the Twitter Facebook app).

It’s SUPER easy to use.  Basically login to your Nike+ account, click ‘Share with Friends’ in the upper right corner of the run, click ‘Send to a friend,’ enter ‘nikeplus@twiike.com’ in the email address field and click the ‘Send it’ button.  You’ll get a welcome mail that will link you to login and enter your Twitter account (or set one up if you don’t have one yet) and VOILA!  Twiike will auto post to Twitter every time you sync after a run.

I’d love feedback on what people like and what people think sucks and where it can be improved enhanced.

Click here to try it out.

Here’s what it looks like on Twitter

Being an anal-retentive hushed-toned paranoid entrepreneur…WTF?!?!?

February 24, 2008

Most of you who read my blog know pretty well by now that I’m a serial entrepreneur.  I’ve done 3 startups of my own and a 4th as a co-founder and CTO.  All of them have, at some point or another, have involved developing in a public venue like a Starbucks, random coffee shop, Borders, park bench and even, on more than one occasion, cliffs at the ocean.  What FINALLY dawned on me today, as I continue to evolve the Mojeeto File System and apply it to something truly useless using the Facebook API, is that WTF is up with all of the paranoia that we ALL have when we build stuff?  I mean REALLY?!?!?!  Is that random guy or gal in the coffee shop REALLY going to see over your shoulder enough or hear enough of your conversation to, in what will probably be noted as the first practical use of time travel, beat you to market with YOUR product, only better?  Will they glean the special sauce that you’ve supposedly come up with?!?!?  I think not.

I’ve been playing with distributed adaptive storage, natural language processing (NLP) and all-around cool effing ideas for the last 10 years now in technology.  NOT ONCE has some random bojo ripped me off by seeing what I’m working on in a coffee shop or the Old Pro (a sports bar in downtown Palo Alto owned in-part by super-company board member and Intuit CEO Bill Campbell).  While I’m not saying that I’m going to stop being so damn ridiculous when I build, I have realized I’m gonna relax a bit and stop peering over my shoulder like someone is feverishly copying my code +/or designs.

The Best Sweater for Riding, Running, Training + Chilling from Pearl Izumi

November 27, 2007

Over Thanksgiving, we went up to Tahoe to cook and chill with friends. Every time we go to South Lake, we stop in at the Pearl Izumi outlet to see what sort of wicked deals they have. For those of you living under a rock for the last 20 years, Pearl Izumi is probably (IMHO) the BEST gear for riding, running, training, living, etc that one can own. Their apparel is an excellent fit (assuming you take care of yourself) and will just about last forever if you take care of it.

During this trip, Lauren (the spunky manager of the store) pointed me toward a sweater in particular that had me drooling. Dubbed the Woolie Mammoth Long Sleeve Jersey. It’s simply something that you want to live in non-stop. Sporting two-toned ribbed (gotta love ribbed) Merino Wool, I’ve basically been wearing it non-stop since coming back Friday night. SO DAMN NICE!

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Lauren has a bunch in stock and will ship anywhere you need for a $4 (yes I did say $4) flat-rate. Check out their site for more info and how to contact her. They regularly post deals as they get new shipments.

If you get a chance to roll in there, do so. She’s super nice and will set you up with killer gear…AND since it’s an outlet, you get away with sub-Amazon prices.

It’s official…San Jose…YOU SUCK!

September 12, 2007

While out grabbing coffee this morning, I caught a glance of a headline on the front page of the San Jose Mercury News…”SAN JOSE GRAND PRIX FINISHED.” Those who know me know, the GP was one of the main reasons we moved to the southern-most “ass-end” of the Bay Area. The GP showed the promise of a city pulling itself up (albeit slowly) from the depths of being a dirt-ladened ghetto with a general malaise of being the least respected of the Bay Area’s 3 major cities. Having growing up in an area of Chicago very similar to most of San Jose, and working my ass off to get out of it, I took the dirt and the general moronics of its inhabitants as the opportunity costs to be close to an event that truly kicked ass. At least we got to see this year. It was, by far, the best yet.

I should say, however, that it’s not necessarily that San Jose sucks as being the reason the GP is gone. The Champ Car World Series definitely needs to get their heads out of their ass on several fronts. Disorganized, cheesy and petulant, it (as Mark Purdy so aptly called it today) IS a 3rd-string series no matter what series promoters want to hear. American open-wheeled racing has some serious overhauling to do in the near future if it is to continue.

San Jose has an opportunity to become a great city in its own way. Far more promise than Oakland and a different kind of promise than San Francisco (which will forever be considered “The City” of the Bay Area). It was 10 years since the last time I was in San Jose before moving here in March…hopefully it won’t be another 10 before its a place that makes we want to live here again.
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Road America SCCA Regional race – 08/25/2007 Formula 2000!

August 30, 2007

To get back into a Formula 2000 car after a year and the broken foot which kept me out of this race season, I traveled to Road America over the last weekend to dip my foot (all puns intended) back in the waters of race cars. I definitely drove with my purse in the car overslowing way too much at key points, but still had great times. Having been out of a car for a year and never driving Road America in a F2000 car, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was nothing but fun fun fun. I’ll give the hardcore reset in the next couple days. In the mean time, here’s some video from Race1. Qualified 5 in FC class (15 running) and 6th over all (33 cars running). Finished 4th in class and 5th overall. The video is a battle for 4th , starting around the halfway point in the race.

Enjoy!

Why it’s not always great to be like Mike

May 13, 2007

Have been doing karting leagues for the last couple weeks to get my mind back into the car in prep for the Summer races. OH boy….now, if you’ve seen me in the last couple years driving, I have think annoying tendency to stick my tongue out while I drive (reminiscent of the all-powerful #23 MJ — although not quite so talented 😉

Well, in the 3rd and final race of the evening, I was battling fatigue and a general crappy frame-of-mind as I ran the fun as all hell Monza circuit at GoKartRacer. Coming out of the last chicane onto the fast front-stretch I misjudged the final turn of the sector a WHAM!!!?!@!$%@?%@ ran into the anchor portion of the turn instead of the flexible end section. CRAP! the whole kart came to a sudden and very definite and abrupt halt. I bit into the protruding tongue, the right side back portion of the meat of the tongue and my left cheek. What a boneheaded move!  Well at least nothing was bitten off!

Rule goin forward…No more mouth breathing with the tongue stickin out. Sheesh!

Why listing on Craigslist AND eBay should be SUPER easy…

April 21, 2007

So back in January I launched my pet project WipBox. Built originally to bust out items I wanted to sell on eBay before moving back to the Bay Area more quickly, it saw amazing response. With over 3,000 people signing up in the first month, I decided in February to build it out and make it soup-to-nuts. This week the new version launched to it’s (now) 6,000 users.

The world of online auctions and classifieds is still an open unorganized mess. eBay and Craigslist have done an solid job in providing venues to sell and buy items, but the core of ACTUALLY selling is still far from a user-efficient experience. Hence, this is what I set out to solve in the new version of WipBox.

While posting is straightforward on both sites, when you’re all ready to put your listing out there, getting to the point where you can actually post remains a very circuitous route. Listings, no matter where you want to post them, should be straightforward. There are certain things that sellers (especially casual sellers) should have at their fingertips to get their stuff sold in double quick fashion. Items sell better when buyers have high-quality info and images for the item they’re considering. But, right now, sellers either have to signup for massive sites like Andale, Vendio, Zoovy or try to cobble together their own solution to post to eBay or Craigslist. WipBox has been built to address this.

I wanted something that I could use to post something in under 2 minutes. That’s what we’ve achieved in WipBox. While it’s still a BETA, it does exactly what it was designed to (thanks to ex-Yahoo-er jenni4). It tells you the best place on eBay AND/OR Craigslist the item is selling, makes a beautiful and (more importantly) very informative listing, and auto-posts it directly to eBay AND/OR Craigslist (I’ll be doing a follow-up post on playing nicely with target sites, as it’s mission critical in solving technology-related user-experience challenges while not killing the target domain). Take a look at WipBox. The feedback over the last 2 days has been AWESOME. But I’d love to hear more.

Great weekend to all!

J.

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WipBox driving traffic to eBay listings

February 15, 2007

Pulled this stat a couple minutes ago. Last week I started posting cool eBay listings I found that were done by WipBox users. In just about 7 full days the WipBox blog pushed 417 clicks into the 3 listings I featured. Pretty neat.  Check out more on the WipBox blog or try WipBox for yourself!

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Nanook of the Midwest!

February 6, 2007

Just got back from Chicago for the weekend of Super Bowl madness (and Rex’s failed gag reflex test).  I don’t like LA much at all, hence my departure, but there are times when it doesn’t COMPLETELY suck.

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WipBox…WOW! 4 days LIVE -> 375 users, ~6000 PVs

January 22, 2007

What a great way to start things off!!! Had awesome feedback from people right out of the gates, was written up by Mashable and Emily Chang’s eHub, received excellent suggestions and had WAY more than expected signups.

Launching Wed, the last 4 days brought 5,987 page views, 1,968 visits and 375 registered users. Thanks to everyone for trying WipBox out!!! I’m planning some cool new additions, but definitely, let me know how I can make it better.

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