MyFrontSteps at Inman

June 27, 2008
Things are starting to come together at MyFrontSteps. We have been selected as a participant on a panel to discuss new real estate technology.  The panel is appropriately titled: Changing the industry: 5 ideas at a time .  In this venue we will be talking about  our StepRep product for home service providers. However, we have been around in the industry long enough to know that “a new tool” for real estate professionals, while exciting, won’t be game changing proposition unless you can bring the consumer along , and en mass at that.
 
So what, you might ask, do we have for the consumer?  Well, were not really saying just yet but we have been experimenting with Common Craft style videos.  Here is an early try at a high level partial explanation of MyFrontSteps  Like I said, this is one of our very early videos so please be kind. 🙂

Graphing Social Patterns East Recap

June 19, 2008

I was working on a post to recap GSP East conference.  However, I just noticed that Frank Mashraqi of Fotolog posted a great recap.  So I am just going to link to it here.


Getting to Graphing Social Patterns East

June 9, 2008

Finally made it to GSP (Graphing Social Patterns) East in Washington. Jeff and I were supposed to arrive Sunday night. The hot weather sparked a thunderstorm in Toronto so we couldn’t land and had to to on to Ottawa. The Ottawa airport was overwhelmed with incoming flights so they couldn’t take us off the plane, Instead they parked us (in a plane parking lot as Jeff described it). We sat there for a couple of hours, refueled and got back to TO in time for, well in time for nothing actually. When we got off the plane nobody said anything to us, it was as if nothing had happened. It was about 10 PM and an Air Canada employee at the gate told us that they “shut down customer service because it got too busy with the cancellations and rerouting.” Wow. He must have noticed the tired angry incredulous look on my face because, with a sigh, he handed me a tiny white slip of paper. A coupon for a hotel, or a meal or credit or something maybe? No a small piece of paper with two phone numbers. One to rebook my flight and one for area hotels. It seems there is/was no way to rebook your ticket at the airport. You need to call an 800 number and wait on hold for over 15 minutes (at least they warn you) and then talk to someone. Air Canada had already booked me on a new flight but it didn’t get into Ronald Regan until 10 am and the conference started at 8 am today. I finally changed our flights to get into Dulles at 7:45am. Okay, but Dulles is a 29 miles from the conference and Ronald Regan is 5 miles. I did it, but Air Canada, if your listening, it sucks. Oh and the hotel that Air Canada gets you at a discount – when you get there they don’t want to let you stay for the $75 quoted, but for $145 – no problem at all.

We got to sleep at 1:30 Toronto time and had to get up at 4 am to get the shuttle to the airport. We waited in the Air Canada line and finally got to the front only to have the attendant inform us that our flight was operated by United. “Go down to isle J”. Long line at isle J. Why couldn’t the person on the phone last night tell me that we needed to go the United gate. Air Canada, I don’t know if you listening. but this sucks.

So now we have a very short time to get through customs and security. Customs goes smoothly but we we get to security the guy says to me, and I kid you not, “I have been waiting for you”. We get some kind of rub down search that you might pay money for in other circumstances. But we made it to our plane, Washington and the conference.

It’s 102 degrees here so I spent the lunch break at the small pool here at the Regency Hyatt. Another Canadian, well a Newfie so almost Canadian (joking) , showed up. Nice guy working on cool stuff.

Back to the conference!


News from the News People

June 5, 2008

Some interesting news from the news people at Inman.  Jessica is moving on and Joel and Glenn are moving up.  All of us at VendAsta are going to miss Jessica.We have gotten to know and appreciate her over the years.  Jessica we wish you well in your new adventure. I hope we still have the pleasure of crossing paths. 

 

Congrats to Joel and Glenn.   Joel certainly has a a keen insight into the future of real estate marketing.  He is especially apt at identifying and dissecting the latest and greatest.  Joel you will make a great VP Content. 

 

I have had the pleasure of being interviewed and meeting Glenn over the course of the years.  He is a super nice guy with a mild demeanor, but don’t let that fool you.  Glenn does his homework and has a way of capturing the essence of the story and getting all the facts.  Glenn you will make a great managing editor.


Piclens is Super Cool and Super Smart Too

June 4, 2008

Looks like I am not the only one that likesPiclens (see my Trulia Snapshot review ).  YouTube’s head of monetization Shashi Seth has left YouTube-owner Google to become the chief revenue officer at Cooliris to head up monetization of Piclens.  I think it is super smart on the part of Cooliris and Kleiner Perkensto start thinking about monetization early on in the game. Look for this same strategy from a really super cool bunch of guys from the North. 🙂


Dream Like A Child

June 3, 2008
Every once in a while I have a random rambling thought.  I think I will start publishing them, here is a recent one.
  
Sometimes you just get a feeling like you want to hunker down, navigate over to Glassheads Wholesale | Headshop & Smoke Shop Supplier and browse through their selection of bongs, pipes and accessories. The quality is paramount.

 
I have five children ranging in age from brand new to 17 so I have a lot of exposure to the young mind.  The vivid conviction with which little kids hold their, dreams, hopes and desires is amazing.  In their minds, they feel that when they grow up they can be or do anything.  It is certainly sad to see those dreams fade and change, for some, as they grow up.  Life, it seems, inexorably conspires to beat the little kid out of us with insidious persistence.  Sadly for most, somewhere along the line the kid inside  becomes silent. People become satisfied with the mediocrity of their station and call it reality.  Fortunately dreams, like children, are resilient.  I think that everyone has remnants deep inside of the kid they once were.  Don’t let life beat the little kid out of you.  

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