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Iphone + Careerbuilder: Jobs on the Go

With the new Iphone 3G hype, Careerbuilder has decided to launch their own Iphone app to help you find your job on the go.

My opinion:  Nice try.

I’ll give credit to Careerbuilder for at least trying to be innovative, but seriously, how many people would want to search for a new job on the go?  They must be super super desperate.  You won’t be able to apply, or upload a resume, or anything.  And they try to make it sound even more innovative by saying they “use iphone’s built-in geolocation technology” aka GPS. I mean seriously.  How does walking around in a city make my job search any more relevant?

Please.  If everyone else is building a mobile app, it doesn’t mean you have to too.  Espiecially if it’s as useless as this one.  I feel bad for all the engineers who worked long hard hours to get this one out the door.

Mac Domination… It’s taking over the world

I’ve been coding pretty much non-stop this whole week and for a change of pace, decided to go to a coffee shop to… code even more. Zoka’s near UVillage is probably one of the best places around – why? Lots of room to work, and lots of power outlets. Outlets are key.

What’s even cooler though, is that EVERY SINGLE PERSON here has a mac. Seriously. Out of 30 people, I’d say only 2 are non-macs. Ok, not exactly everyone, but pretty close.

Time to buy more Apple stock before the new Iphone takes over the world.

IPhone beats me. All the time.

I’ve been stacking my IPhone recently with tons of cool games, but the one that I play over and over and over again? Chess. Cause I can never win.

Have you ever been in a conversation or meeting and it seems like whoever you’re talking to is always 3 steps ahead of you? It’s like they can read your mind. That’s what it feels like playing chess on the Iphone. Why can’t I win?! Argh.

Fortunately, there’s an undo move button. =) I’ve managed to win a couple of times… by cheating.


Best Iphone Apps: part 2

A while ago, I wrote about the Best Iphone Apps, which really… weren’t very practical even though I’d love to use that stock app. (Check it out if you haven’t)

This week, I actually got to know my iphone a little bit better and started customizing apps onto the home screen. Here’s what I have so far:

  • Facebook – Duh. Everyone needs this.
  • Dictionary – For all those times at the bar when someone says some funny word that you don’t understand. (*cough* Steve *cough*)
  • Meebo Buddy List – This is just meebo for the iphone. Didn’t make it into Apple’s web apps gallery for some reason, but super useful.
  • Pricecheckah – Comparison shopping while AT THE STORE! I’ve always wanted something like this. I remember trying to write one myself.
  • Deals – There’s two things I check on my iphone in the morning when I’m too lazy to get up from the bed to move to the computer. Deals and Stocks.
  • iGas – This one BLOWS MY MIND. Check for the cheapest gas prices near you. A must have. I’m very religious about getting to the cheapest gas station possible.
  • Zillow – Really not that impressive, but since I was the one that PM’d the Zillow API and ZMobile that made this possible, I thought I should mention it.  It basically gets the basic home facts and then links you to Zillow.
  • Guitar – Wanna know how I own Guitar Hero? This is my secret. Must have for any budding Guitar expert.

I’m sure there are lots more great apps. I’m probably just scratching the surface, but hey, I gotta spend some time getting to know my macbook too. Or else he’ll get jealous.


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.

IPhone Killer: Instinct

Instinct. That’s the Samsung and Sprint partnership to create an IPhone competitor. Read about it here on Engadget. Better yet, just watch this video:

What’s funny is that since IPhone has come out, there has been sooo many people trying to copy. (This post reminds me of my “Youtube Killer? Hulu” post.)

Look at this: (Not an Iphone, but could’ve tricked me)

They’ve always said that being copied is the highest form of flattery, but it still sucks. Oh well. Tip to all those trying to copy the IPhone out there. You better have some really really cool features or else no one will want to switch. IPhone is SEXY, you are not. Iphone = the most well designed gadget ever.

So… Iphone Killer? I think not.

(Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this story to me. Funny coincidence that today, she’s actually looking for a new phone since her previous slick Japanese one had an accident)

Startup Studio: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

Unemployment for me so far has meant – working out alot + fooling around with IPhone + startup stuff. In the interest of multitasking and making my time more efficient, I’ve managed to combine all those things into one.

Check out Startup Studio. As they put it, they’re about “Interviews with extraordinary entrepreneurs. Hear how they did it. Learn how you can too” Not bad huh? Now I can run while tuning in with my IPhone listening to startup stuff.

If anyone has any other great startup podcast/audio sites, let me know. I can’t believe there’s no good comprehensive site for these audio resources. Maybe I should do another startup in this space after I finish with my current endeavors.