You need a side project

For more than a year, I’ve been spending a sizable chunk of my free time — hundreds of hours — as a web designer/developer for Snowpals.org. Doing that, while unpaid, has been a fantastic experience. Here’s five ways it’s changed my life, and why you might want to think about starting a side project for yourself.

1. Side projects can lead you to a new job

Snowpals.org was (and is) an online community of people who love to spend time visiting Lake Tahoe, most of whom are based in the Bay Area. Their old website was very spartan, and I signed … Continue Reading »

60 great ‘Welcome Email’ examples from across the web (L-Z)

This is Part 2 (Let’s Pour – Zimride) of a two-part collection of welcome emails. Back to Part 1 (About.me – Jetsetter).

Let’s Pour (2012)

Living Social (2011)

Mint (2008)

Netflix (2009)

Ning (2011)

OMG Pop – Draw Something (2012)

OpenDNS (2010)

Path (2012)

Pinterest (2010)

Quora (2012)

RedBeacon (2010)

Ridejoy (2012)

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60 great ‘Welcome Email’ examples from across the web (A-J)

This is Part 1 (About.me – Jetsetter). Skip to Part 2 (Let’s Pour – Zimride).

The most important email a Web service can send is the welcome email. OK, maybe that’s not true, but it’s damn important! It’s your users’ first view of your company, your aesthetics and it sets the bar for communication to come. Like they say, first impression is everything. So spend some time making sure your welcome email shows off the best your company has to offer, and gives a user a reason to come back.

Some best practices for welcome emails:

A better Chronicle iPad app

As an avid news reader and fan of local journalism, one of the most exciting things about getting my new iPad was being able to drop my print subscription to the San Francisco Chronicle and give the SF Chron’s iPad app a try. I’d be saving paper, saving myself money (an all-access pass to the iPad app is cheaper than a Sunday-only print subscription) and I’d get news from the Chronicle between editions. Best of all, I could … Continue Reading »

List of tech companies hiring in San Francisco

I recently left my job at Ning, where I’d worked for the last four years, to take a job at Zimride, a ridesharing company. After Ning was acquired, I made a list of local companies that were hiring in case I started looking for work.

While I was looking for product manager and product designer postings in particular, my list eventually came to include companies hiring for any kind of jobs in San Francisco (and a few elsewhere). I figured other people might get some use out of this list. Of course, be sure to … Continue Reading »