A Record Breaking Business


The business of breaking records is breaking records.

Earlier this week 43-year-old Felix Baumgartner finally made his record breaking jump from the edge of space. A feat that makes him the first person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle.

It began with a 2 1/2 hour journey in a helium balloon to a distance 23 miles above the earth’s surface. Once there he entered a five minute free fall reaching a speed of 834 miles per hour.

During this stunt Baumgartner set the altitude record for a manned balloon flight, parachute jump from the highest altitude and greatest free fall velocity. But he wasn’t the only one breaking records that day.  read more »

Different Directions


Who says you can only take one direction in life.

Chad Hurley is the co-founder and former CEO of YouTube. In October of 2010 he stepped down from his executive duties for the video site staying on only as an advisor. Now he has switched gears and is focusing on a new venture, fashion. Today Chad is also the co-founder of Hlaska. A clothing company that began six years ago with a focus on using the best materials for products made right here in the U.S. and while fashion has posed more obstacles than technology Chad says taking the risk is worth it.  read more »

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An Online Romance


The most famous love story of all time has been portrayed on theater stages for centuries and the silver screen for decades. And now with all of their sweet sorrow, Romeo and Juliet are coming to twitter.

A twenty-first century rendition of “Romeo and Juliet” will be featured on both Twitter and You Tube. The production is titled “Such Tweet Sorrow” and is collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and Mudlark, which produces cell phone entertainment. While organizers have devised a script loosely based on the original play, most of the dialogue will be improvised by the cast through tweets.  read more »

Twitter Twitter de dumb?


I had the opportunity to participate at a Web 2.0 seminar for some local business owners and workers at a Chamber of Commerce event in northern California yesterday. It was set up by Dagaz Solutions, the folks who designed my own web site.

Some three hundred business folks showed up, eager to learn how to jump into this brave new world of social networking as a way to get and keep more clients. All the usual suspects were in the spotlight. Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, LinkedIn, and the latest craze, Twitter.  read more »