From: Eli Duke

i live in seattle and recently drove up to vancouver (bc) for a friend’s bday. there was a long line at the border check, so i got out of the car and took a few pictures. i thought that you guys might appreciate this one:


it’s simple, effective, and clever; and just the right amount of each.

Tax Preparation Software Pricing Comparison
From: Samuel Peery

I recently posted a tax software provider pricing comparison with some interesting results. I calculated and compared “out-the-door” pricing including both state and federal tax-prep and e-filing. I think you’ll find the results very interesting.

Talk to Wesabe
From: Siddharta Govindaraj

“Talk to Jason” at Wesabe

Hi! I’m Jason Knight, the CEO and co-founder of Wesabe. Every afternoon, from 12 to 4 p.m. PST, you can reach me directly at (800) 511-8544. If you have comments about our product, questions about how it works, or just want to chat a bit about what inspired us to create Wesabe, please give me a call. Sure, I could have an intern man the phones, but I can’t think of any job more important at Wesabe right now than talking to our new members and people who are thinking of signing up.

Very cool that you can talk directly to the CEO.

VC Failures
From: Ed Raynham

Thought you may find this interesting..

Venture Capitalists are usually quick to tell you about their successes but Bessemer Venture’s anti-portfolio tells you about the companies they turned down…apple, google, intel, paypal, ebay to name a few.

Refreshing to see a large company telling you about their failures rather than covering them up.

In Praise of Slowness
From: Dhrumil K. Purohit

In Praise of Slowness

Why I’m recommending this: 37signals mantra is about more by doing less. This talk by Carl Honore is about getting more from life by going slower.

Woot copy
From: Kevin O’Malley

Don’t know if you all have ever written about, but their copywriting is consistently excellent. And funny.

I can’t help but think the sarcasm and most-important detail nature of it is a true reflection of their audience.

Example 1: The blog shows past product write-ups. Always interesting to read, and well-executed considering the context – single item, undoubtedly loyal geek-followers.

Example 2: The ‘What is Woot?’ page:

Will I receive customer support like I’m used to? No. Well, not really. If you buy something you don’t end up liking or you have what marketing people call “buyer’s remorse,” sell it on eBay. It’s likely you’ll make money doing this and save everyone a hassle. If the item doesn’t work, find out what you’re doing wrong. Yes, we know you think the item is bad, but it’s probably your fault.

Embracing constraints
From: Peter Hentges

Thought you’d like to see one way someone is embracing constraints: Exactly 101 word short stories.

Washable PDA for doctors
From: Jason Turgeon

A PDA for doctors designed to fit in a shirt pocket and survive thousands of trips through disinfectant, via today’s Boston Globe.

Relevant snip: “It’s not the technology that drives this market,” Caspe said. “It’s the usability. The form and function is going to determine the success of this product.”

Kaizen software manifesto
From: Robert Hoekman, Jr.

Since you guys have talked about kaizen and other Japanese-related approaches before, I thought you might be interested in this:

It’s about applying kaizen to the software industry, its products, and its customer experiences. Instead of religiously following defined processes (Agile, UCD, etc), the goal is to help people see that they can look for ways to improve those things, and to find new solutions.

Saw this in St. Louis and thought of 37s
From: B.J. Schaefer

I saw these hours posted on a breakfast/lunch restaurant in St. Louis and immediately thought of you guys.


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