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Phuket Island Tours

As a traveler, I’m obsessed with exploring the world, meeting new people and getting as lost as possible with my camera. And one of my dream destinations is Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand. It is in the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand. The island is mostly mountainous with a mountain range in the west of the island from…

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Kickstarter Enables Artists to Create

Have a creative project you’d like to see come to fruition but lack the funds to make it work? Venture capital for arts-related projects is often hard to find, but now there’s a new avenue based on an old concept: crowdfunding.The model is a simple one: Promote your idea. Ask others to put up cash. Offer rewards. Receive funding. Bring…

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Startup Diaries: Landscaping

Years of neglect took their toll on the lawn and shrubs. The azalea bushes which bloomed beautiful red flowers were dying. Vine-like weeds strangled them and robbed the roots of water. The tall podocarpus bushes on both corners had grown against the wood and up into the soffit. The tenants neglected their responsibility in the lease which stated they were…

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Remember the Facebook Friend Wheel?
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Remember the Facebook Friend Wheel?

Thanks to a Facebook Application called Friend Wheel, I could generate the visualization pictured above of my 9000+ Facebook friends (and still growing). It was kinda fun to look at; my friends are listing around the edges of the circle, and a line connects to people who are also friends of each other on facebook. The reds, oranges, and yellows…

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Creative Business Ideas With Little To No Cost
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Creative Business Ideas With Little To No Cost

If you’re a creative person and you’re not using that creativity to make a living…you’re making a mistake. A HUGE mistake. The thing is, there are so many creative businesses out there and plenty of creative people making plenty of money from them. Now, one thing you have to realize is no matter how creative you are…being in a creative…

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What Microsoft Should’ve Done About Yahoo (old)
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What Microsoft Should’ve Done About Yahoo (old)

While on the subway heading back to Brooklyn – I had gone to see Iron Man at Union Square, it was great – I was thinking about Microsoft. I was trying to imagine what exactly Microsoft could do that 1) doesn’t have an entrenched player, and 2) they might be able to be successful at. Search the Google way, in…

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Jeff Bezos on persistence, patience, & customer focus
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Jeff Bezos on persistence, patience, & customer focus

Of the many reasons to admire Jeff Bezos, top billing goes to his unwavering long term vision. Here’s some quotes from this NY Times article contrasting Amazon and eBay: “Our willingness to be misunderstood, our long-term orientation and our willingness to repeatedly fail are the three parts of our culture that make doing this kind of thing possible,” he said.…

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5 Fundamental Social Design Patterns
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5 Fundamental Social Design Patterns

A few different sites have implemented some very successful social designs. I’ll lay out 5 social design patterns here and then follow up with case studies in subsequent posts. These apply to sites with user-generated content where the content is the primary object. Public Timeline I’m starting with the public timeline because, while it’s not the sexiest thing on this…

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