Posts tagged ‘video’


I’ve written before about the injustice of our prison system in the United States. I continue to be horrified by the racism and unfairness shown in the enforcement of our laws. The deprivation of anyone’s liberty is not something that should be taken lightly, and certainly never for the sake of financial gain. It should go without saying, but neither should rape ever be the punchline of a joke.

I’ve been really impressed with John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. He’s hilarious, but more importantly, he’s not scared to tackle hard but important issues head on. This episode about prison is no exception.


Learn to code

The team at published a terrific video encouraging people to learn to code. It features some of the biggest names in our industry and it does a great job at explaining why programming skills are so important in this day and age. They want every student in every school to have the opportunity to learn to code. I’ve shared before the story of how I became a programmer. I was privileged to have access to a computer at a young age and a dad who encouraged me to learn to code. Considering the ever increasing demand for programming skills, it’s crazy that nine out of ten U.S. schools don’t offer computer programming classes at all. This is a great initiative to raise awareness and help inspire the next generation of developers.


Torbit demo with Robert Scoble

A few weeks ago I met up with Robert Scoble to chat about what we’ve been building at Torbit. The video he made was published today. You can check it out below.

Thanks again Robert! Rob La Gesse too!

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O’Reilly interview about Torbit

I recently attended and spoke at the Velocity Conference. While I was there, Mac Slocum grabbed me and we spent a few minutes talking about mobile performance. Mac is the Online Managing Editor for O’Reilly and it was fun to get to share some of the ways we are thinking about mobile performance at Torbit. The video is less than 5 minutes long. Check it out.

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Talking about Torbit at BDNT

A few weeks ago Robert Reich called me up and asked if I would present Torbit at the Boulder New Tech Meetup. They’d had a cancelation and needed someone to fill in at the last minute. Of course, I jumped at the chance. Here’s 5 minutes of me talking about my favorite company in the world and answering a few questions at the end:


Live dangerously! It’s safer.

I was honored to speak at Ignite Boulder 11. For those unfamiliar with the format, Ignite is a national public speaking event where each speaker gets 5 minutes and 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. Topics tend to be quite geeky and the audience can get quite harsh to people who fail to entertain, educate and inspire. Ignite Boulder is the largest Ignite in the world and I set a new personal record of speaking to around 1,400 people.

It was a fun event and I’ve got to give huge props to Andrew Hyde and all the organizers for pulling off such an incredible event. Chautauqua is a beautiful venue and the fact that 1,400 people would show up to a predominately-geek event is quite a testament to the community we have here in Boulder.

My title of my talk was Snakes and Staircases and the idea was to point out the disparity between the things that scare us and the things are actually dangerous. In general we tend to be scared of a lot of the wrong things. My goal was to make us to take a step back and reevaluate our fears to see which ones make sense and which ones don’t.

My slides are also available on Slideshare if you want them.

I borrowed a lot of my statistics from a bunch of various sources. If you’re interested in this topic, you might enjoy checking out some of these books:

One of the most challenging things about a 5 minute talk is figuring how to cut stuff out.  Here are a few other statistics that I find quite fascinating that didn’t make the cut:

  • 15 times more people die from disease than from accidents
  • 1% chance of dying in outer space (assuming you go)
  • 1 in 4 odds of dying from attempting to climb k2
  • 1/112,000,000 chances of being killed in a vending machine accident
  • 1/5,913,000 chances of being killed by lightning
  • 1/477,300 falling out of bed

Live dangerously!


My talk on AB testing at BDNT

On Tuesday I gave a 5 minute talk at the Boulder New Tech Meetup on the value and dangers of AB testing. It’s an area where I’ve made mistakes in the past and it was fun to share my perspective on the topic.

Here’s the entire video from the event.  I start talking around 19:22.

Thanks to Robert Reich for the opportunity to speak, Julie Penner for doing such a great job MCing at the last minute and to Dan Moore for linking me to the video.


My interview on Mixergy

If you haven’t heard the news yet, Rob and I have decided to shut down EventVue.  As you can probably imagine, it was a incredibly hard decision.  We’ve poured the last three years of our lives into EventVue and it’s tough to say goodbye.

One of the things we wanted to make sure we did was to share some of the lessons we learned.  Our hope is that other entrepreneurs can avoid making the same mistakes we did.  Rob wrote up a good post-mortem on our blog that tells our story in pretty good detail.

On Friday I had the privilege of being interviewed by Andrew Warner on Mixergy.  To be honest, it wasn’t my greatest performance.  I’ve been struggling with a cold and there were a couple times during the interview where I found myself wishing my brain worked faster.  That said, it was a real honor to have been invited on the show and be numbered with the incredible people that Andrew has put together. Speaking of which, if you’re not subscribed to Mixergy, you’re missing out on some fabulous content. Andrew has put together a great set of interviews from countless people I respect like Jimmy Wales, Seth Godin and Paul Graham to name a few.

My interview is about an hour long and is imbedded below.  I hope you’ll check it out:


My talk from The AJAX Experience

Back in September 2008 I had the privilege of speaking at The AJAX Experience in Boston.  I talked about designing great forms and covered a lot of my own pet-peeves with forms on the web and shared some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

Today I got an email from a guy who found the video online and said he’d gotten some great stuff out of it. I had no idea a video even existed.  600 views and many months later I finally found out about it.  And in the spirit of better late than never, I’m posting it now.  The talk is about an hour long and covers a lot of my thoughts around form design, usability and creating experiences on the web that are actually fun!

One of the coolest parts for me was the amount of discussion this talk generated, both during the show and afterwards.  I had a great audience with lots of participation but I apologize for the parts you can’t hear since we didn’t have an audience mic set up.

And here are the slides:

As always, if you’re interested in having me speak at your event, let me know.


Happy Birthday Cohen

We’re going to take a short break from our regular programming in honor of David Cohen. David runs the TechStars program and honestly our company wouldn’t be where it is now if it weren’t for him. I know most of the other TechStars teams feel the same way. Today is David’s birthday, and a few of us wanted to take a minute to say thanks and wish him a great day. Enjoy.