Team Cruise 2016

Seven friends and I did a Caribbean Cruise focussed on growth & productivity. Team Cruise 2016 included:

  • self-facilitated workshops on hacking psychology, aikido, functional relationships, overcoming chronic pain, unhinging creativity, life principles, etc;
  • a hostile takeover of karaoke night;
  • pre-meal base layers, aka we ate a shit tonne of spinach;
  • coconut harvesting in Grand Cayman and Mexico;
  • put put, ping pong and sauna talks;
  • curious artifacts: the Tripod of Stability, Harmonica of Silence, Medal of Awesomeness & Bandanas of Solidarity;
  • soooooo many level red icebreakers.

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I Google-Stalked My Name Twins & Wrote This Creepy Post

My first online search was, “magic cards.”

The second search was my name.

The results for both? 90% porn. Pre-Google searches were pretty useless…

But today, you can easily find most of what you are looking for. Exception: the occupation of lottery winners. Over the years I’ve tried the name search again, and found some of the more interesting folks that I share a name with.

This post is an homage to name twins, and features several of mine in the order I’ve discovered them.

Let’s get to it…

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3 Rules of the Internet

Twenty years ago I found eBay and sold some stuff on it.

At the time you could sign up to eBay without a credit card, which meant you could easily create multiple accounts and submit fake bids to increase the final sale amount.

If I could email my 12 year old self I’d say, “that’s clever, but you should really optimize for integrity and not $10 gains.”

What a fool…

Since then I’ve spent a lot of time on the internet. I’ve written articles, hosted podcasts, built websites, freelanced, met girlfriends, met platonic-friends, invested in stuff, and sent about 800,000 emails.

I’m an internet expert!

And you are too, so let’s bond over three rules of the internet; observations I’ve found to be mostly true across the web.

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Why I Buy Lottery Tickets

I have zero emotional attachment to the lottery. I don’t hope I win, and I don’t feel regret when I lose. For me, buying a lottery ticket is about as interesting as paying a parking ticket; and yet I buy lottery tickets anyway.

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Noah Kagan: 10 Life Lessons From the Guy That Lost $100 Million on Facebook

Noah Kagan is an entrepreneurial machine.

  • his “deals on products” site, AppSumo hit 500,000 customers in less than 18 months;
  • his company Kickflip Inc. was the #1 largest Facebook App developer;
  • his payment company Gambit reached $150,000/day in revenue with clients like Zynga, Tagged, Gaia Online, and Disney;
  • his new business, SumoMe, free tools to grow your website traffic, is already reaching 965,720,950 visitors – damn!;
  • and yes, he worked at Intel, was #4 at Mint, and #30 at Facebook (where he got fired and missed out on $100 million+).

This article is about the man behind the machine and how he operates day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year to get results like these.

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Finally: A Way For Creatives To Stand Out On LinkedIn

Do you get business from LinkedIn?

If not, you aren’t alone. You opened an account two or three years ago, right? You filled it in with some of the basic info and uploaded a picture. Since then you’ve accepted a few connections and maybe left or received a review. Not much else. So how come you hear these stories about people networking their way to six-figure jobs, or landing mega contracts through LinkedIn?

Here’s the thing. There’s a reason those people are getting big deals, while you are left feeling like LinkedIn is a waste of time. They know the proven strategies for making their profile stand out. Read on for those strategies.

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