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Below is the public art exhibit in Coral Gables, FL, that I photographed last Saturday night with my iPhone.
I noticed that my handwriting was getting worse and worse. At first, I thought it had to do with getting older. I noticed my mother’s handwriting got shaky looking when she reached 70.
I mentioned this to a friend who owns a digital company and he laughed. “When was the last time you held a pen and a piece of paper?” he asked. I thought about it. I do all of my note taking on electronic devices. Occasionally, I have to sign a document with a pen, or hand write a list. Other than that, everything is digital.
It’s no surprise that my penmanship looks wiggly. I lost my touch. That’s too bad. I’ve been told many times that when you hand write something you exude more emotion and detail. The feel of pen, or pencil to paper, allows you to be more creative. I can’t prove any of this, but it does make sense to me.
I work very hard to be totally digital. I really try not to use paper. In my profession, it’s totality uncool to be seen with a pile of papers. That’s why I loved a recent story in the Wall Street Journal that discussed what devices and apps you can use for note-taking and writing that mimic the pen and paper process. There are alternatives.
Read about it here.
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There is no secret that most restaurants are having a tough time making ends meet. We don’t go out to a restaurant without calling first to make sure they are still in business. You never know. We have shown up at a few restaurants only to find out that they closed a day or two earlier.
A company named Spacious, located in New York and San Francisco, is trying to help the restaurant industry. They created a new concept so restaurants can make money and get exposure to potential new clients.
Spacious is converting 25 popular restaurants in New York and San Francisco into weekday work spaces. That means restaurants who are closed for breakfast and lunch can now get paid for renting out their dining rooms. Restaurants make great work spaces for the community.
Bars and tables become desks and booths are conference rooms. For folks who would like to consider a restaurant as a workspace, it will cost $99 per month on an annual basis, or $129 by the month.
Will this work?
Spacious just received $9 million in venture capital and plans to sign up 100 more restaurants.
You can read about Spacious in the New York Times and here https://www.spacious.com/.
I remember my girlfriend Ruth telling me she thought the founders of Groupon, the leaders in daily deals on the Internet, were nuts because they turned down a $6 billion buyout from Google just a few years after they started. I agreed with her. We had a good laugh about how greedy they were.
A year later they were worth $16 billion after a 2011 IPO, which was the second largest for a tech company during those years. Ruth and I stopped laughing. We should have started crying that we weren’t the ones who came up with the idea. Ruth became a big Groupon customer. She always included us in the fun activities she bought. To this day, she and her husband Howard, are always going to amazing events that were presented on Groupon.
That’s why I was so startled when I read that Groupon was putting itself up for sale. Recode, a leading tech site, announced the sale. I later learned that Groupon is now valued at just $2.4 billion.
It doesn’t make sense that a very successful and popular company suddenly starts to go sour. I often wonder why it’s so easy for an entrepreneur to start a business but not as easy to keep it going forever?
For clues to what went wrong with Groupon read Recode. Click here.
I used to love coming home just to ask, “Did anyone call?” That was before cell phones. Now you know the answer because all of your calls go directly to your individual cell phones.
Even though everyone we know has a cell phone, the landline is still very much alive and well. The Wall Street Journal just reported that 44% of all households still own traditional at-home phones. This is a high number considering most people complain that they get way too many solicitations on their phones at home. They find it annoying to keep answering calls from commercial enterprises or people running for political office.
We still have a landline, with many extensions, because we just can’t depend on cell service. We get a lot of interruptions, or the calls just drop. That doesn’t work well when we are on business calls, or we need to have serious conversations.
It’s amazing to learn how many areas around the United States don’t have decent cell service. The Hamptons and Silicon Valley are notorious for poor service. We also can’t forget about emergencies like hurricanes, snowstorms, mudslides, earthquakes, floods, and fires. It’s always good to have a backup.
The Wall Street Journal has more to say about this subject. Click here.