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The Life & Death of Side Projects

I've been itching to close down two side projects I've had running for a while now. Right now, I don't have the time, money, or focus to put any effort on them as they don't have clear monetization strategies and distract me from focusing on getting more results from projects with clear revenue streams.

Before I did that, though, I thought I'd do a spotlight on two of them: MakerFile.co & Spacejobs.us.

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Learning to Code - One Year Later

This original essay was written for the Designli.co blog.

I bought my first domain name about one year ago on 11/10/2013. Since then I've spent hundreds of hours staring into my computer screen, but this time it was in a different way.

I was helping to create the internet, not consume it.

I was coding.

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What Am I Doing?

I've been squatting on a few half-finished posts (boo!) and have been busy on a few things, but I really wanted to share something I found important from last week. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, stopped on campus at an incredible event put on by Ohio State Business Builders Club and Fundable. Props to them for an excellent time and all of the insights that they helped bring to the stage.

Alexis' message was pretty simple:

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Defining Qualities

I've been thinking lately about how our generation is forming. How are some becoming top performers in their domain? How are they getting ahead? Do they bare their teeth when the going gets tough or back down? I just said that for an excuse to put a kick ass picture of a tiger in this post (win). You could say it's smarts, looks, or a rich uncle but I think that's too easy. Plus no one actually gives a shit about how smart you are.

There are a few qualities I'm seeing in people that are making things happen:.

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