Finally, talk 7 hours straight again

Written by Verne on September 8th, 2007

In light of this year’s wireless number portability hoopla, I found Fido’s latest approach sort of interesting.

Fido - Talk 7 hours straight
 
Thank god! I was growing tired of my 7-hour conversations having to be cut off because my phone battery wouldn’t keep up.

Wait, do the phones come with 7 hours of free minutes too?

Isn’t it a bit weird that such a competitive service industry has one major player showcasing their products on the frontline (especially since 7-hour mobile batteries aren’t exactly unique to Fido)? Unless Fido expects wireless consumers to naively rack up their phone bills by making use of their “new-found” 7-hour batter life…

Oversight or strategy? What do you think?

In focus, lifehacked, and rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

Written by Verne on August 31st, 2007

It’s been a busy week. What has probably been the longest break I’ve taken between posts (4 days) has also been one of my busiest weeks since starting my company 4 years ago. Not that I’m complaining though – it’s a positive reassurance that going full time was the right decision. Y’know, like that feeling that everything’s going to be just fine. It feels great!

Freelancer Focus at Graphic Design BlogIn light of all this freelancerness, I wanted to draw your attention over to the Graphic Design Blog where I am the latest specimen under examination as part of a weekly segment called ‘Freelancer Focus’. The Graphic Design Blog is a great site to get insight and perspective on graphic design, freelancing, illustration, advertising, and web design, and is run and authored by UK graphic designer Tara. GDB plays a valued part of my RSS design roster (which compliment my entrepreneurial reads), and I’m happy to have my mug featured there. Head over and give it a read!

Waking up this morning, I was also pleased to find that my article on 5 ways to better manage your team virtually has been featured on lifehack.org. Certainly a new milestone for this blog!

If you’ve arrived here from either of those sites: welcome! While you’re here, grab a seat and take in some of the other reading material this site has to offer:

And on a closing note, I’m thrilled that I picked up my new 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS yesterday! I was fortunate to have been able to pick it up two weeks from my ordering time, despite the common two-month waiting list. And the fact that the dealership told me that my model is likely going to be going up in price and will only be available in limited quantities going forward (to be replaced by a Special Edition model) is just icing on the cake. It certainly helps to put more emphasis on the free in ‘freelancer’!

Pictures to be posted soon. Stay tuned.

Update: Here are some pictures taken this morning. Enjoy!

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

Entrepreneurial Reads

Written by Verne on August 27th, 2007

In my post about how to be a better creative writer I prescribed reading more as my #1 tip. And as I fully ramp up into my full-time entrepreneurship, one thing I’m really looking forward to is bulking up my RSS feeds on blogs and sites that surround marketing, design, and of course, entrepreneurship. Not only has frequent blog reading helped me to amass greater knowledge from those who know best, but it’s also helped me connect with like-minded individuals that inspire me with their perspectives on this glorious lifestyle we proudly share.

So as I grow my roster of feeds, I wanted to share with everyone some of my favourite blogs. If you’re an aspiring marketer, designer, entrepreneur (or all three), I recommend that you give these sites a read.

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Goodbye, Hello

Written by Verne on August 23rd, 2007

Today, life begins. Again.

It’s been a great four years but I’m happy to close off this chapter of my life. Through the journey, I’ve come to discover my life’s passions and have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great people that have helped me realize them. I’ve joked a lot about this $40k piece of paper I’ve now quasi-deservingly earned, but in reality, it represents some of the greatest assets I am proud to say I own today.

Management Building, University of Toronto at Scarborough (courtesy of Ken Jones)
My home away from home for the past 4 years.

As of 10:23 am, I’m a deskless, 9-5-less, ambitioned-filled, full-time professional entrepreneur (if there is such a thing). I’m a free man!

To give more purpose to this post beyond letting out a rare and sappy rant, I thought I would jot down a list of to-do’s to jump start the celebration.

Lots to do in the weeks ahead. The agency has its fair share of work too, including a redesign and a few projects to launch. All in all, I’m embracing the adventure ahead with a big smile.

Guy Kawasaki on the Art of InnovationWith that, I’ll leave you with a kick-ass presentation by Guy Kawasaki who preaches on the Art of Innovation. Out with inventions, and in with innovations. Get in the know and maybe we can all wear snazzy shirts like Guy someday.

Enjoy!

I Heart Art

Written by Verne on August 20th, 2007

My passion for design still stems from my love for drawing. Check out these great anime renditions of everyone’s favourite cartoon characters (courtesy of Space Coyote).

Anime Simpsons

Anime Futurama

Anime Calvin & Hobbes