Archive for August, 2007


How not to die

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Yes, this is blog is mostly about sports, but it’s also about running a startup. Quitting my job and trying to build something useful from scratch from the desk in my bedroom has easily been one of the most memorable experiences of my life—some days are awesome, yet some are just crushing. The constant, lingering question though is, will we make it? Paul Graham has an awesome post on that today, and if you’re currently in a startup (or considering joining/starting one), you definitely need to give this a read.

When startups die, the official cause of death is always either running out of money or a critical founder bailing. Often the two occur simultaneously. But I think the underlying cause is usually that they’ve become demoralized. You rarely hear of a startup that’s working around the clock doing deals and pumping out new features, and dies because they can’t pay their bills and their ISP unplugs their server.

Startups rarely die in mid keystroke. So keep typing!


Keep typing indeed. The RUWT? Sports Desktop Widget launches next week. Drop me a line if you’d like to join the beta test.

Sophomore Slump

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

I hosted the draft party for my Fantasy Football league last night. Got pick #2 and I’m pretty happy with my team, despite some hiccups in ESPN’s draft application that almost screwed me over. Palmer, Steven Jackson, and Reggie Wayne are the headliners as I try not to overthink things in my second year doing fantasy. My future productivity just plummeted.

How are your drafts going?

We’re Done with August! Everything’s Great! Except…

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Okay folks, I have some good news and some bad news. Good news first, cause that’s how I roll.

College Football starts this weekend. That’s right. We’re done with the dog (ahem) days of summer, pretty much the worst time of year for sports. JCMJ sums it up gloriously:

But the long wait is over now. Pretty much every weekend is covered through February thanks to football and college basketball, and that February pause is only a minor speed bump to the glory of March Madness. The days of trying to choose between the MLS and Pro Volleyball are behind you. more…

Now for some bad news. I got a message this morning from my TV listings provider saying that getting me Canadian TV listings isn’t a matter of just flipping a switch. My rep is apologetic and is hustling to get the data to me as soon as possible, but RUWTbot might be delaying his invasion for a week or so. I’ll let you know as soon as I know more. Lame.


Friday, August 24th, 2007

Has it really been over a month since I’ve posted? Frick on a stick!

I qualified for this weeks ago, but this blog is offifically blogglenecked. I coined the term back in ’03 when blogging was oh so cool. It’s a verb and defined as:

To reduce postings to a blog due to some sort of blockage. Often due to a really good post that has yet to be written.

Pretty accurate. Even my awe-inspiring wit couldn’t find something interesting to say (or that hadn’t been said already) as Barry did his thing, Vick did his thing, the Yankees did their thing, and the dog days of summer dragged on.

Time for the good news. September brings penant races, the NFL, College Football, and my birthday, but you guys are getting all the presents. There have been a ton of tweaks to the site to make things run smoother including an overdue redesign of the alerts page. In just over a week, RUWTbot will be invading Canada to continue his world domination, and (shhh) a RUWT? Sports desktop widget is currently in Alpha testing.

Things have been silent on the blog, but don’t worry, I’m still slinging electrons around like it’s my job. Oh right. It is my job.