Meet @ LeadsCon or SMX?

February 28, 2011

Anyone going to LeadsCon or SMX and want to meet up? Thanks to (the incredible) Jay Weintraub and (the rock star) Danny Sullivan (two people I got to know because of this blog!), I’m heading to both conferences.


Knocking the Great Sloth Down on His Ass

February 28, 2011

I’m starting to see things a lot clearer. Starting to engage more and dwell in possibilities. Thanks to everyone for your support. I’m lucky to have such great friends and a pretty awesome extended group of acquaintances who are just as passionate about this crazy ecommerce, internet marketing, and techie world as I am. Still amazes me that this all started with a blog.

One of my favorite quotations comes from Bradbury’s Farenheit 451:
“I hate a Roman named Status Quo!” he said to me. “Stuff your eyes with wonder,” he said, “live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,” he said, “shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.”

With my mind coming off of vacation (as of about a week ago – thank you, you know who!), a smile on my face, and a hunger to learn and grow, I’m starting to ‘shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass!’ I’m thinking seriously about what’s next and entertaining offers. I want to share some of this process with you.

To the casual reader of this blog, I just want to say that the upcoming content might be completely useless to you. If so, I thank you for reading and wish you well. If you want to just read about the shopping engines (and a bit more), tell Kevin Packler of Mercent, and the author of Channel Dollars to get to work. He’s a good guy, a quality writer, and an incredible fountain of knowlege. Tell him to bring @CoryCalifornia and @RickGalan along for the ride! You won’t be disappointed.

For those of you willing to stick around, it’s going to take me a bit to find my new voice, and I could be all over the place, but take a chance on me like you’ve done before. I’ll try not to disappoint.


What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been…

February 8, 2011

I’m no longer with SingleFeed. The board has appointed an interim CEO and there is a quality team in place to help merchants continue to succeed on the shopping engines and beyond. The company is profitable, growing, and expanding into new areas like social marketing and marketplaces.

As more and more marketing channels rely on high quality structured data, I believe that SingleFeed is working on a very difficult and important problem. Merchant data feeds can power not only shopping engines and marketplaces, but are also critical for site search, personalization, PPC, SEO, mobile, local, email marketing, affiliate programs, social marketing, and more.

I still believe in SingleFeed’s vision to manage, submit, and optimize data feeds. I’m also still a significant shareholder in the business.

I’d like to thank everyone who has helped make SingleFeed possible. I couldn’t have done it without the support of friends and family, VCs (True Ventures, KPG Ventures, and NetService Ventures), many advisors/mentors/angels, the shopping engines, partners, my awesome team, and the hundreds of merchants I’ve worked with over the years.

At this point, it’s time for me to move onto my next challenge. Exploring lots of PT and FT options…but seem to be sticking with ecommerce and internet marketing. If you have ideas or want to catch up, brainstorm, and buy me lunch, please email brian at comparisonengines.com.

You’ll continue to hear from me through this blog.

Thanks for all your support!
-b


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