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Start Me Up: Keith Richards’ Startup Advice

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Guitarist Keith Richards is infamous for heroin addiction and supposedly snorting his father’s ashes. Those topics should pale in comparison to his incredible musical accomplishments with the Rolling Stones. But, he also is an illuminating source for startup inspiration and advice. Richards has the answers to questions such as, “How do you get it started when you’ve never done it …

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New Web Design Project: Julian Coles – Singer + Songwriter

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Recently I was pleased to finish a web design project for Julian Coles – a singer and songwriter who finished recordings in a Memphis studio late last year. It was important to communicate visually both the vibe of Julian’s music and his persona. Words that come to mind are smooth, sophisticated, romantic, inspiring, and heartfelt. And of course it always helps …

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Oliver Burke: Proving My “Expat” Soccer Thesis

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In late June of this year, as the European soccer Championships were being played, I published this blog post about one way England could help its chances of winning an international competition for the first time since 1966. My point? More England players need to play abroad rather than in the comfy, familiar confines of England. It’s partly about learning …

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Early Stage Failures: The Path to Success?

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I’m in the early stages of some digital product ideas, one of which is approaching what I will call the official “startup” stage. This particular idea is my “Big Idea,” and therefore it’s the one that has potential “Failure” written all over it during my darker moments. That’s given me some time to reflect on the subject of Failure – …

If England Is to Win Tournaments, They’ll Need Expat Players

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I’m not even English, and I’m tired of seeing the under-performance of this team at the World Cup and European championships. They never deliver on expectations. Are the expectations too high? I don’t think so. A semi-final, a quarterfinal, even a final should happen every dozen years at least. So what is the problem? One commentator today – after Iceland’s …

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Rethinking Maps: Colonial Waterways > Interstates > Digital Mental Maps

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I’ve been road-tripping a lot through Virginia in the last few years. Like many, I’ve also been road-tripping around the internet. A strong coffee while waiting for my two youngest daughters to get their annual homeschool end-of-year testing, and I came up with this … my Medium-based ruminations on the connections between American colonial ideas of geography, the (increasingly less …

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International Communications: 1700s Style

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One way I keep up with historical and cultural interests is through my association with the Associates of Colonel Philip Ludwell III, a historical non-profit association focusing on interesting personalities of the 18th-century in the Colony of Virginia. In an age when we can Facebook message each other from the United States to Siberia (something I’ll occasionally do with cousins), …

Suburbs and Safety

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“In the suburbs, things are very safe and laid out. You know where things are, so there isn’t a lot of adventurousness. That’s always tempting to fall back on. I had to fight that instinct to fall back and cleave toward safety rather than adventure and variety.” – Patton Oswalt An interesting – and frightening – quote. It brings up …

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New Web Design Project for Ludwell.org

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I am pleased to have recently completed the website design for a nonprofit historical association called the Associates of Colonel Philip Ludwell III (ACPL). ACPL is focused on investigating the life and times of an interesting, little-known, but influential Virginia landowner and statesman who lived in the 18th century. The design is based in WordPress and features blogging capability, which …

3 Digital Mistakes That Will Thwart A Professional’s Market Expansion

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Struggling to spread the brand promise? Here are three mistakes to avoid, and some encouragement from Benjamin Franklin. As we know, corporate brand names are always aware of the need to get in front of new eyeballs. It’s one of the first assumptions of the brand marketing challenge. However, marketers in the professional services sector are often faced with intelligent …