Google revenues and profits in the early private years.  From: Google IPO To Happen, Files For Public Offering - Search Engine Watch (SEW)

Google revenues and profits in the early private years.  From: Google IPO To Happen, Files For Public Offering - Search Engine Watch (SEW)

Great poem from The Four Hour Working Week

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?

When you ask: How are you?
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done,
do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t run so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time
To call and say, “Hi”?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower.

Hear the music
Before the song is over.

“ In every possible future, all of today’s bubbles will burst, and their ideological scaffolding will prove to be but lint in the winds of history ”
Peter Thiel 2008
300,000 Largest Websites Visualized with Favicons
Top 300,000 sites - The Equity Kicker favicon should be in here somewhere.  Until about two weeks ago it was my photo, but then something changed (I must fix it).  I hope they pulled together the favicons before then!

300,000 Largest Websites Visualized with Favicons

Top 300,000 sites - The Equity Kicker favicon should be in here somewhere.  Until about two weeks ago it was my photo, but then something changed (I must fix it).  I hope they pulled together the favicons before then!

The fourth in the set, and probably the best tasting.  Carbs to protein ratio is high though at 1.4.
239 calories
via www.cheap-supplements.co.uk

The fourth in the set, and probably the best tasting.  Carbs to protein ratio is high though at 1.4.

239 calories

via www.cheap-supplements.co.uk

PHOTO
The third of four protein snacks I’ve tried. I like this one for its small size (136 cal, 35g) but it has proportionally more carbs than the others, which isn’t so good.
Carbs to protein ratio 1.6:1
via www.multipoweruk.com

The third of four protein snacks I’ve tried. I like this one for its small size (136 cal, 35g) but it has proportionally more carbs than the others, which isn’t so good.

Carbs to protein ratio 1.6:1

via www.multipoweruk.com

Another decent options.  246 cals in the bar.  Not quite as much protein as the other bar, but equally doable, and maybe a little cheaper.  Available from the site below.
Carbs to protein ratio 1.5:1.
via www.bodybuilding-supplements.co.uk

Another decent options.  246 cals in the bar.  Not quite as much protein as the other bar, but equally doable, and maybe a little cheaper.  Available from the site below.

Carbs to protein ratio 1.5:1.

via www.bodybuilding-supplements.co.uk

I bought a handful of different protein snacks from Holland and Barrett today, and will post a quick review of each here to aid my memory…
CNP Pro-Bar XS - Berry Chewy Crisp
Protein rich snack.  Tasted ok, higher ratio of protein to carbs/fat than other equivalent bars.  Carbs to protein ratio 0.6:1.
Can buy over the web from site below.
THIS IS THE ONE FOR ME.
via www.cnpprofessional.co.uk

I bought a handful of different protein snacks from Holland and Barrett today, and will post a quick review of each here to aid my memory…

CNP Pro-Bar XS - Berry Chewy Crisp

Protein rich snack.  Tasted ok, higher ratio of protein to carbs/fat than other equivalent bars.  Carbs to protein ratio 0.6:1.

Can buy over the web from site below.

THIS IS THE ONE FOR ME.

via www.cnpprofessional.co.uk

“ Will robots inherit the earth? Yes, but they will be our children. ”
— Marvin Minsky, 1995

How not to do customer service - Viagogo

I’m trying to buy some Chelsea Tickets on Viagogo for my family.  I have a season ticket and I’ve used the service before, but I’m really struggling with it now.  Firstly it didn’t recognise my email address, ok, maybe that’s my fault (although I don’t think so), so I register again.  It doesn’t recognise my season ticket number and advises me to contact customer services.  So I click on ‘contact us’ which tells me to use the FAQ.  I then do a search on ‘telephone number’ and get the message below which tells me exactly how hard they make it for me to contact them as they’ve asked me to.  Priceless.  (In a bad way.)

____________________________________________

We do have a phone number and e-mail address.

It is important to us to make sure that our customers who need to speak to us most urgently are able to get in contact with us straight away. To achieve this there are a few steps we have taken:

  • First we offer our customers a range of tools to find the answers to their questions straight away: through our help search, our help pages and our frequently answered questions
  • If our customers can’t find the answer to their question, while checking the tools, they will find many ‘contact us’ links in the answers which will direct them to our e-mail page to ask us their question
  • We offer a ‘track your order’ page, where buyers can enter their e-mail address and transaction ID to get an up to date status on their order at any time – this is regularly updated
  • We provide a phone number for sellers in their first transactional e-mail
  • We also provide an ‘emergency’ phone number for our buyers in an e-mail and in their ‘track your order’ page 10 days before their event

Please be assured viagogo is working hard to ensure we are able to serve our customers as effectively as possible. Any purchases or sales you make through our website are covered by the viagogo guarantee.

“ "A man interrupted one of the Buddha’s lectures with a flood of abuse. Buddha waited until he had finished and then asked him, "If a man offered a gift to another but the gift was declined, to whom would the gift belong?"
“To the one who offered it,” said the man.
“Then,” said the Buddha, “I decline to accept your abuse and request you to keep it for yourself.” ”

The elevator pitch forms everyone’s first impression of your venture. It needn’t be a single sentence, but the delivery ought to be measured in seconds not minutes - like any good TV or radio commercial.

I know it sounds a little crazy, but I’ve come to believe that a clear, compelling elevator pitch is essential to growing a business. And I’ve paid dearly for the evidence.

— David Cowan - Bessemer