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Weekly insights from an Entreprenuer: To spend one year as a tiger is better than to live forever as sheep

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Dragonforce Expert

Two and a half months away from my beloved Guitar Hero III and I’ve realized after playing at a friend’s house that I can no longer beat Dragonforce on Expert. I played it everyday during lunch when I was at Zillow and it took ~2 months of practice to be able to beat it. That’s about ~40 hours. Man, GH3 is like a full time job

So, last weekend, I finally bought the game. Lets see if I can get my skills back. Dragonforce, here I come:

Startup: two months recap

One month after I took my first step to start my new adventure, I wrote a quick recap about what I’ve been up to. In keep with that tradition, I figured it’d be cool writing up a recap for month #2.

When I left Zillow, I wrote down some simple goals for myself:

  1. Become a well-known blogger
  2. Have a successful startup in a year
  3. Get in shape and Lose 40 pounds

And here’s what I’ve done to work at those:

  • Goal #1: Blog
    • Started this blog. Recently bought – there’s nothing on there yet, I’m trying to figure it out. Stay tuned. :)
    • Setup my girlfriend with her blog:
    • Setup and starting to blog on EggSprout:
  • Goal #2: Startup
  • Goal #3: Get in shape
    • I’ve kept up the 3 mile run/day. It’s starting to get easier now.
    • Been eating less and healthier – it’s way harder than it sounds.
    • Lost 20 pounds already. That’s 50% to the goal!

Everyone asks me how much I work. You can see my day’s hourly breakdown in the one month recap, and it hasn’t changed since then. Still about 12-13 hours of work a day, 7 days a week. But seriously, when you’re working for yourself, it isn’t work at all. I’m learning SOO much, having so much fun, and lovin’ it.

“To spend one year as a tiger is better than to live forever as sheep”

Eggsprout: My Startup

Update: Eggsprout is now live!  Check out

Read the press release here.  And our Techflash article here.

There’s not much there right now, but hey, it was exciting when it went live. :) Lots of stuff happening behind the scenes to try to get the beta launched asap, but in the meantime, check out the eggsprout blog. I’ll be splitting my blogging efforts on both of these blogs from now on.

And here are some random egg images for your Enjoyment:

Introducing Jpharm

So who is this JPharm character? Well, she’s my girlfriend…

After seeing the incredible amount of traffic (not) and fun that I was having with my blog, my gf has decided to start her own, so if you’re interested in the medical industry, pharmacy, girly asian things, and the occasional random post about cell phone mishaps, check her blog out.

I don’t like medical stuff or hospitals – I think they’re stinky, but for your convenience (and like any good boyfriend would do), I’ve added a link to her blog from my blogroll on the right side. Enjoy.


Photo courtesy of

What’s harder than launching a startup?

Losing weight.

For those of you that have been following this blog, you know that I’ve been trying to lose some weight and get back in shape. Not going all crazy like those guys in Biggest Loser. (which for whatever reason always comes on when I turn on the TV. Must be a sign. Great show btw) Just trying to keep consistent with running and lifting daily and eating more healthy foods – veggies, fruits, and such.

It’s hard. So, of course, in the first few weeks of my commitment, I turned to what I knew best – Web 2.0. And guess what? There’s nothing there. Here’s a few sites that I tested and left unsatisfied within a couple days:

And here’s a great blog about other ones. Someone PLEASE write better software for this. There’s a massive market and it helps people. If no one does by the time my first startup gets off the ground… I might just have to tackle it myself.

If I can put my mind to quitting a great job to try to get a risky startup off the ground, I can put my mind to shredding a few pounds. This is going to be an exciting year of big changes. WIsh me luck. I’ll need it.

I can be a Loser too.

PS: (What prompted me to write a post about this was seeing a good friend at dinner yesterday who’s getting good results from his diet/exercise plan. It’s hard. Very hard, but you’re looking good JT, keep it up.)

Body Building?

No, not this type of body building.

This type of body building. Click the link to see the blog pictures before you actually view the video – cause you’ll have no clue what they’re saying.

Sometimes you just run into the weirdest things… and being a real estate junkie, I had to share. I’ll build something strange and interesting like this someday… maybe a tiger… :)

Startup: One month recap

It’s been one entire month since I took my first step so I thought it’d be a good time to recap my accomplishments: afterall, I did start this blog to document my crazy startup journey. I’ve worked more hours, learned more, and gotten more done then I’ve ever done in my LIFE. Productive time has shot through the roof. A typical day:

  • 7 hours sleep
  • 13 hours work
  • 1 hour blogging
  • 1 hour workout
  • 1.5 hour lunch + dinner
  • 0.5 hour logging into Warcraft and realizing it’s really not that fun anymore

What’s funny is that weekends are the same as every other day now – still 13 hours of work – which means a typical week is easily 60+ hours. I no longer work for the weekends. I work for fun. (And when work is fun, it’s not really work). :)

Alright, enough analysis. Here’s my list. Accomplishments in the past month:

  • Started a blog
  • Met more people then I’ve met in an entire year
  • Had catchup lunches with old old friends
  • Wrote my first 20 page business plan (much harder than I thought)
  • Learned a bunch of stuff about VCs, funding, taxes, incorporation, HR, etc – more stuff then I’d learn in my many years of college
  • Bought an iPhone AND a macbook.  $$ down the drain, but well worth it
  • FINALLY wrote some code – after going through code withdrawal since college
  • Declined more interviews/offers than I can count
  • Run 3 miles/day consistently (After starting out huffing and puffing after 3/4 of a mile) :)

So there you have it. One month in to a long, hard, but hopefully rewarding adventure.

“To spend one year as a tiger is better than to live forever as sheep”


Today marks another milestone in my life. I got a MacBook. I can’t believe I spent SOO much money on this, but it is SOO cool. Apple just has that thing about it that makes you feel like you’re extra special. Wow, a Macbook AND an Iphone in less than a month.


The design is AMAZING. Spaces? Dashboard? Time machine? Expose? Why doesn’t Windows have any of these? And how can you beat a magnetized power cord? Even the packaging is AWESOME. Now if only I can figure out where my went… I think i deleted it cause it’s not showing up on Spotlight.

You guys better start buying Apple stock, cause they just got another convert.