Category Archives: Mobile

ShipStation – A year later

Last week marked my one-year anniversary with ShipStation (Austin-based SAAS Ecommerce Shipping) and I was, frankly, too busy and excited about what I’m working on there to post to my personal blog.

So, the year has been crazy, awesome, stressful, wonderful, strange, fun, busy, and almost nothing like I expected it to be like. That last part is GREAT as I didn’t leave Calendars.com to keep doing the same old things.

Here’s what I posted about my move to ShipStation last year:

My Calendar Days are Numbered

My Calendar Days are Numbered – a follow-up (you have to read this one too)

Here’s a ShipStation customer review that was just posted on our Shopify app page that really does hit the nail on the head as to why I made the move to ShipStation:

“I wish we had signed up with ShipStation YEARS ago. It is so easy and streamlined. Their customer service is A+ and the system is fast and organized. It has saved us time and money, and allowed us to serve our customers much better. And that’s who it’s all about ….our customers.”

So looking forward to the future…

Onward and Upwards.

10 Things I love – Austin

10. Austin’s strong economic climate – Austin Business Journal article
9. Everything in Austin is relatively close and easy to get to
8. Supportive Start-up scene – Capital Factory is just the tip of the iceberg
7. Cost of living is still manageable
6. Our bad traffic is still so much better than most
5. The guy sitting next to you wearing a t-shirt and vans at dinner might be a millionaire
4. Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail (sorry Lady Bird, I stay old school with my namings)
3. You can make it what you want – A metropolis or a small town
2. I’ve been here for ~20 years – That makes me a local, right?
1. No out of state transplants whining about why they hate Austin.**

Honorable mention goes to Austin Beer Works

** Let’s not let #1 happen to Austin – Backlash to Baby Tech Riches

WPP Digital Acquires Minority Stake in Austin-based Start-up Mutal Mobile

15 August, 2013 – directly from WPP’s website

WPP Digital, the digital investment arm of WPP, has acquired a minority interest in Mutual Mobile, Inc. (“Mutual Mobile”), a mobile product development agency. Mutual Mobile builds technology products for its clients that allow for better communication and transacting across any mobile devices and all operating systems, wherever the consumer may be.

Mutual Mobile’s unaudited revenue as of 31 December 2012 was US $25.7 million with total net assets of approximately US $4 million. Clients include Google, Pearson, Cisco and Xerox. Based in Austin, the company employs 320 people.

This investment continues WPP’s strategy of strengthening the Group’s capabilities in digital media and in mobile advertising. WPP’s digital revenues were well over US $5 billion in 2012 and represented 33% of total Group revenues of US $16.5 billion. The Group is targeting at least 40-45% of revenues to come from each of fast-growth markets and new media over the next five years.

Within WPP, its operating company WPP Digital develops new digital services, provides common data and technology platforms for WPP clients and agencies and coordinates relationships with leading digital media and technology companies. WPP Digital comprises the agencies Blue State Digital, POSSIBLE, Rockfish, and F.biz in Brazil; the technology companies 24/7 Media, Acceleration, Hogarth and Salmon; as well as investments in technology companies such as eCommera, mySupermarket and Fullscreen.

Source = http://www.wpp.com/wpp/investor/financialnews/2013/aug/15/wpp-digital-acquires-minority-stake-in-mutual-mobile-in-the-united-states/

My Calendar Days are Numbered – a follow-up

My post on Tuesday was lacking. It’s probably best for you to read that post before reading this one.

Why, you might ask. What was missing?

Well, the BIGGEST factor to my success was missing.

I did a bunch of things to go from zero to McCoy’s, but it’s during my time at McCoy’s that things really changed. Not only did I get my first real-world (outside of eBay) taste of ecommerce, I experienced a life-altering change that I may or may not write about someday.

During and right after that change, I fell as deep as a person could in love with the woman who would be the true and “behind the scene” reason for my current success and for me being where I am today. She was literally the only one, at the time, who was 100% in support of me and what I needed to do next. She was someone who challenged me to be better, push me in positive ways, and believe that I could move forward.

I met Sarah, almost literally, “on the Guadalupe river” while tubing during a fraternity alumni weekend event. We were both at the event with other people. Again, that’s something I might write about some other day. This was just when we first met. It was later that the sparks really flew.

Sarah has been a source of support for me the entire time we have known each other. We have been through so much together. My change from McCoy’s to A.S.S. My grad-school days at St. Edward’s. We did at least one home remodel in that time and she gave birth to our first child less than 30 days after I graduated. She supported my, possibly irrational-jump, to Adlucent and she had my back when I was “let-go” less than a year later. She listened to me worry (whine) and she always told me that we would be OK. She was, of course, right all along. She supported my attempt at consulting while she put in long hours at her office and I did my best to take care of our one-year-old daughter.

Back to A.S.S. and more worry from me, this time, about the merger and looming acquisition. Sarah experienced her own major and drastic changes during this time as well. We decided that Sarah would end her 10 year career in Austin real-estate development to take on the bigger job of being a stay-at-home mom. (It’s a change that I know we are both continually happy and grateful to have been able to make, but it was scary none-the-less.)

Calendars’ offer and opportunity was the right next step for me career-wise and Sarah was right there, as always, weighing out all the pros and cons. She has this awesome ability to dig into the details of the pros and then turn on a dime and analyze the cons. I’m not sure if it’s just in her genes or if it has to do with the urban planning masters she has from the University of Texas. Either way, I’ve learned to step back a bit when we are debating something as she will always, and to our benefit, flip the conversation to the other side.

Many “Flip Days”, two more kiddos, and now my most recent change, Sarah continues to be the rock of the family. I’m able to take risks in other parts of my existence because of her. I can try to tell her how much I appreciate her, but it would never fully acknowledge or equal what she has done for me, for our kids, nor what she will do for all of us in the future.

Sarah, I Love you and appreciate everything you do for me and the three little ones so much. Thanks for all you do and have done to get us to where we are today.

Take Five!