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Now blogging at INC. Magazine

I’m proud to announce that I’ll be blogging over at INC. Magazine’s Startup Blog on a regular basis (more than monthly, but not daily). My first post, on Building Success via Blogging, is already up, and describes the success of a Westchester-based architect whose site and blog gets him clients who feel they know him and his work before he even has to pitch them.

If you have ideas on companies or tech I should cover that will benefit startup businesses, please get in touch.

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The economy is so bad…




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Even the good stuff is on sale…

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Finally heading home




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After almost 4 hours of dealing with Continental yesterday, and a flight delay of 3 hours today I’ll be leaving to go to the airport (across the street) shortly for a few hours of passport control hospitality and 8 hours in a seat. I’m just looking forward to seeing the wife and kids and getting lots of hugs, as soon as possible. I am tired.
The folks at Citizen M have been really hospitable. Time to head out. Later, everyone!

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IAmSterdam, at least for another day

The popular tourist shirts say “I AM Sterdam” in all the shops. Well, I AM in AMsterdam for another day, thanks to a cancelled Continental flight. Continental actually sent a check-in notice, but when I tried to do so at the hotel computer, it said “gate only.” Not cancelled, Gate Only. Get to the gate, and then find out from the HUGE line that it is cancelled. And, btw, no more info. No one to speak with, just get on line.

The travel agent who helped us via the E-Factor said she managed to get Bill and I on a flight tomorrow, but no guarantees until we get to the counter. I’ve been on a line for 2.5 hours now. Hey Continental, you’re working with the kind of efficiency that the 1980’s Aeroflot would have admired. How long do I have to wait  to  confirm what I did on the phone? This is insane. What crappy customer care. And, this is just the start of the “new Airline industry.”

Hoping to get out of line soon and drop the bags so we can go enjoy another evening with dinner in Amsterdam.

Update:3.5 hours to get on the same flight tomorrow as I was on today. Only reason that happened was due to travel agent, otherwise I would have been playing the “Amazing Race” all day. Thanks again to CitizenM for making sure Bill and I had a place to stay again tonight that will be cozy and close to the airport. The staff is so accomodating and welcoming.

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Great Dinner in Amsterdam with NextWeb.org guys

As I tweeted before, Thanks to Boris and his wife Tessa, and all the guests last night for an excellent night of home cooked food, great drink and conversation.

I’m having trouble uploading photos, so stay tuned for those.