In light of these trying times, I just had to make a quick post about what I think is a fun map: the locations of Starbucks around our office here in the Downtown San Diego area. We always end up at the one on F & 5th, which I think is mainly so our coffee comes with the thrill of knowing we are stepping out of Ninthlink territory, and in to Digitaria’s hood. Some day, our dreams of a Downtown SD Interactive Agency West Side Story will come to be. In the meantime, its good to know we also have other options for coffee within a few miles, should the need occur…
Here is a cool new website I stumbled upon yesterday. Meetup.com is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
So check it out. It seems like there is a group for everything. In New York There is a beekeeping group that you can join, or just make fun of. There is even an Origami group if you are into that. There are a ton of groups right here in SD, so take a look.
Musicians have loads of options with which to sell their music and merchandise online. If you’re Radiohead, you can afford to give your music away for whatever fans feel like paying and you’ll get enough returns to pay the bills. But what about up and coming bands? A new site called Audiolife has the right idea. The site offers tools to build an online storefront for digital tracks, hard copy CDs, ringtones and other goodies that exists as an embeddable widget. So instead of trying to drive traffic to a yet another site, artists can sell directly from their MySpace page or existing site. The software handles credit card transactions in a variety of currencies and Audiolife takes a cut of everything it sells, including $5.49 for every CD and $3 for every digital album sold. Two other big plusses are that there is no-up front costs and artists maintain the rights to their music. The hard copy CD printings are also a big draw, as you can order small batches for just $4 per CD plus a small fee; until now small bands have typically had to order printings of 1,000 or more.
Read what Jeromy Stallings, President of Ninthlink, and other entrepreneurs from around the country have to to say about the value of leadership and passion in starting and running a business.
Jeromy was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and helped develop the article.
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Yesterday night as I was leaving the office at 7pm, the guy who mans the front booth of the parking garage commented that I was “working late again”. Well, when I’m not working late, I have been known to rock as one fourth of The Modlins, from time to time. Now, Stoph (drummer of the Modlins)’s wife Renny is a photographer, and wanted a website to showcase her photography. Hence, Renny Rhanor Photography a la RennyPhotography.com. And to answer Travis’s question, yes, I built it all in WordPress, with help of their NextGEN Gallery.
Hungry? Like pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day (today, Feb. 24) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. by giving anyone one free shortstack (three) of their famous buttermilk pancakes. They ask that you consider donating to the local chidren’s hospitals through the Children’s Miracle Network. Their goal is to raise more than $875,000 for this cause. So–go stuff your face with yummy pancakes and help a few kids.