We Interrupt This Program For An Atlanta Public Schools Shooting

I mostly write about the Internet, management, marketing, and startups on FoG. But every so often something happens that makes me change the focus here. A few years ago it was a change in Georgia law that limited the mobility of workers. Today it was a student at Grady High School shooting herself in the […]

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February 27, 2013  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Current Affairs, Personal, Politics


FoG turned seven last week. Truth be told I seriously contemplated using the occasion to shut it down. Outside of family I have very seldom done anything in my life for more than five years. Seven in my mind is the absolute longest time anyone should do any one thing. But for some reason I […]

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February 23, 2013  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Personal, Web/Tech

On Blogging

So about two months ago over on Atlanta Starup Community Johnny Bird wrote an article about why more of Atlanta's startup community leaders should blog. Of course they should. And I meant to wrote a response to Johnny's article agreeing with him 100%. But I did not. For one simple reason. It is kinda tough […]

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October 18, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Personal


When my kids were a bit younger and they brought home those straight A report cards we would always make a beeline for Jake's Ice Cream Midtown for a tasty treat. I would even indulge, which is quite the rarity.  Jake's closed their Midtown and some other locations during the recession. Jake, he is a […]

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August 31, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Fun, Half Off Depot, Personal

My New Morning Routine

1. Brew coffee, take the high octane first eight ounces. 2. Check for website monitoring alerts. 3. Check server resource use. 4. Check eCommerce platform for successful order completion. 5. Check market web pages for proper rendering and responsiveness. 6. Take a shower. Rinse and repeat. Whatever it takes.

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July 13, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Entrepreneurship, Personal

One Year Later

Last week I celebrated my first full year at Half Off Depot.  It has been a pretty amazing first year. Some of the stuff we have accomplished, purposely partially masked through statistics. We raised $7 million via venture capital and $1.5 via venture debt. Subscribers have grown by 450%. Over 200% in 2011 and over […]

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May 21, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Half Off Depot, Personal

Get Rich Once

I recently had a meeting with one of my long-term financial advisors Rusty Holcombe. He has his own firm, Holcombe Financial. As always the meeting was thought provoking. To say Rusty is a contrarian is quite the understatement. As we we leaving Rusty gave us a few books. One on top grading sales, finding good employees, […]

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March 7, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Books, Personal

8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees

So I came across this article the other day at Inc.called 8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees by Jeff Haden. Here's the quick list. They ignore job descriptions.  They’re eccentric. But they know when to dial it back.  They publicly praise. And they privately complain.  They speak when others won’t.  They like to prove others wrong. They’re […]

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February 29, 2012  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Management, Personal