HelloBirthday Grows Up, Goes Private

It must have been two years ago that I missed my friends birthday and she was super upset with me. Naturally, I devoted 48 hours to building an app that would never let me forget a birthday. (I think this may have pissed her off even more…)

Fast forward… I’ve decided to change HelloBirthday so that as of January 25th, 2012 new users will only see a forecast of birthdays and wishing will not occur. This only affects new users; current users you’re OK.

HelloBirthday still has the capabilities to automate wishing and I’m letting friends, family, and people who know me to continue to use it. If you want to use HelloBirthday please add it and then e-mail me (mike@thinkeffect.com).

I hope you’re surfing

The Rush

I’ve been thinking about how thrilling life can be. One minute you’re in a comfort zone without realizing it and then in a flash you’re paddling your heart out head-on for a large body of water that’s trying to crash down on you. And as you paddle into this wall of a wave your instinctual response, to the sheer amount of fear amongst other things, is to paddle, kick, and dive into the belly of the beast. Just barely scraping past the wave you and your board flop down onto the hard surface water only to keep paddling because you know there is another wave coming; the set had just begun.

A freezing chill runs down your spine but you realize it’s just some of the water from that last wipe out. Fuck, it’s freezing cold.

But you continue because the feeling of this challenge has never felt better. It’s why you put yourself in situations you’re never comfortable in, and why you know the devil in comfort intimately. These waves don’t care about anything except providing you challenge after challenge with no end in site.

Ride a Wave

Surfing is a lot like¬†entrepreneurship. It’s fueled primarily by you and your own will, and encouraged by that group of people in the water with you.¬†It’s still somewhat of a dog-eat-dog world but that bond between soloists is stronger than one might think. It’s incredibly rewarding. It takes an immense amount of time to do it well but you can start and feel empowered immediately.

Good luck. Have fun. And remember to share the waves.