Happy New Year!
Written by Jonathan   
Wednesday, 31 December 2008

I thought I'd take a few minutes to drop a line on the old TCEP blog to wish everyone a successful 2009.

Everything is going well with Matt and me.  Matt recently welcomed his second child into this world.  He is doing well at the marketing firm in Tallahassee.  I relocated back to Orlando, FL in October to be closer to my family.  I'm doing the telecommuting thing, which is not as nice as I thought.  It's work all the same, so who am I to complain?

We were dormant on the entrepreneur side of life in 2008, but we've got a few leads to start off 2009.  If anything comes of it, I'll post something up here.

If you're a long-time TCEP follower, thanks for keeping us in your RSS reader and/or visiting the website now and again.  If you've recently stumbled on to the site, I hope you find the information helpful even though we're not adding new content anymore.

You can follow me over at Twitter.com/JonathanBrown or at my personal site JonathanBrown.me .

Take care,


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One Year Later...
Written by Jonathan   
Tuesday, 06 November 2007

Well, lookie what we got here.  As I'm backing up all the old TCEP sessions committing them to DVD as their final resting place, I can't believe it's been over a year since our last show.  I've been struggling to decide exactly what to do with The Cubicle Escape Pod for a long, long time.  It's been an albatross around my neck -- a constant source of guilt.   We never intended to leave the show hanging for a year and I hope you, our faithful audience, can understand that life just got in the way.

So what have we been up to?  When we last talked to you we were struggling to bring our newest venture to market.  Mired in another long development cycle, our partnership began weakening as each of us were bombarded by life in general and our day jobs or other businesses.

At work, my boss resigned and I took the interim-CIO position which demanded quite a bit of my time.  Shouldering a whole new realm of responsibility, I held the position for nearly six months before we hired my successor.  During that period I was set on seeing our venture launch.  "Live or die" was my mantra.  I would accept either to see closure on the project.

We informally launched InkOutLoud.com back in February with the agreement that we would test the market for about a month before throwing in the towel.  We felt the market had passed us by and the podcast/web audio trend was quickly dying as video was where our target market was moving.  We made a few phone calls, entertained a potential client, but in the end we gave up and moved on with our lives.  Personally, I was so burned out on the entire thing I was relieved to see it put to rest.

Matt, in particular, has had almost as many life-changing events as possible in the span of one year.  He bought a new house, got a new job, got another new job, had a baby and moved to Tallahassee.  Free of the University and a stint at a horrible job, Matt settled in with his new family in the rolling hills of Tallahassee with his wife, Lindsey, and beautiful baby girl, Lillian.  Matt now holds the title of Director of Marketing and oversees interactive marketing projects.

Bert continued to focus on his growing design business.  He made the leap from home office to office office, hired an assistant and now has a couple freelance designers picking up the slack.  Bert struggles with being the "manager" (E-Myth anyone?), but it's the natural evolution of being a business owner.

Our fourth partner began focusing on his other startup -- a real estate marketing company.  I took a very small ownership stake in his company to help bring his idea to market.  After a few months of development, we launched his business back in July.  It is doing fairly well and he has expansion plans already in the works.  Unfortunately, his business requires more of my time than I'm able to give so I'll be fading myself out while he redevelops his website on a new platform.

As for me, shortly after my new boss took the helm I was promoted to Director and Chief Architect of a new Enterprise Architecture group.  My new mandate involves managing three Domain Architects (Software, Data and Network), building new hardware and software platforms to drive the business for the next 5-10 years.  It was a much welcomed promotion as I was able to distance myself from the day-to-day tactical issues of keeping the company running to a more strategic position where I can do what I do best -- play with new technology and find ways to solve business problems with the new technology.

Here and there Bert and I have collaborated on a few small website-based efforts which will probably not see the light of day.  Other than that I've been mending my broken entrepreneurial heart and clearing my mind for the next round, which may come very soon.

As for the show, Bert and I kicked around the idea of 3.0, but it has been only talk thus far.  While we both want to continue the show, we just don't know where the time will come from.  If any of you are still out there, perhaps you can convince us to give it a shot.

In the meantime, I have no idea what I'm going to do with the website and all of the material.  According to our Feedburner account, we still have about 350 people subscribed to the public feed and another 32 on the Modcast feed.  I will leave the site up as is for now until I figure it all out.

Until next time, thank you all for your ear over the last two years.  In its day, TCEP was one of the most gratifying projects I've taken on.  I felt we had a really great little community and I'm sorry we couldn't keep it going.  If you're interested in seeing what I'm up to, you can check my blog at jonathansthoughts.com.

Take care!


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Written by Jonathan   
Tuesday, 20 February 2007

I can't take credit for this find.  Bert sent this to Matt and me as a possible solution for our sales and customer relationship management software.  It's called SugarCRM and it is a free open source CRM package.  They have hosted ($) packages if you don't have the patience or stomach to host the site yourself.  Much like WordPress, activeCollab, etc., it runs on the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack -- though it also has a MS SQL Server connector -- and is easily installed by uploading to your server and stepping through a browser-based wizard.  I can't fully endorse it yet since I've only played around with the online demo.  However, I'm installing it now to evaluate.  Quite timely actually, as just today I sat through demos of Microsoft's Dynamics CRM and Salesforce.com.

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Wednesday, 07 February 2007

Tonight I ran across a very cool site... freeconference.com .  We started up our conference calls again with the four partners of the new venture in preparation for a final push to market.  We used to use Gotomeeting.com, but I don't want to spend the money.  So a quick Google search and the first link is FreeConference.  I signed up and chose the Web-Scheduled base plan .  It features...

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Friday, 26 January 2007

Sorry about the downtime on the website.  We're looking to make some upgrades on our server to prepare for the launch of our new venture.  Needless to say, something happened and I was just now able to get Joomla working again.  Another reason I like to write my own software.  When it breaks it's much easier to fix!  Anyway, we're going to get a new show out soon, damnit!  A lot has been happening to us over the last few months -- personally, businessly and entrepreneurially.

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The Last Piece of the Puzzle
Written by Jonathan   
Tuesday, 09 January 2007

Tuesday was a big day for Apple fans around the world.  Apple Computer, Inc. -- err... Apple Inc. (nice name change) -- launched the iPhone today.  After having a chance to see Steve Jobs Keynote speech -- a master class in presentation -- and reviewing various reportings on the device, I've concluded that it's cool.

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Happy Holidays!
Written by Jonathan   
Saturday, 23 December 2006

I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.  I really wanted to get a new show out before the holiday, but the timing just didn't work out -- much like the last two months.  At any rate, we'll be back soon enough, though probably not as frequently as we used to do the show.  I was thinking about that just yesterday.  It's amazing that we used to do two shows per week.  I don't know how we did that.

Anyway, have a good one and we'll talk to you in 2007.

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43 Folders Podcast
Written by Jonathan   
Wednesday, 15 November 2006

I stumbled across the 43 Folders Podcast tonight.  Talk about the ultimate Getting Things Done podcast, Merlin Mann speaks with Mr. Getting Things Done himself, David Allen.

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Wednesday, 08 November 2006

Former TCEP guest, Ross Mayfield, and his company, SocialText, made a pretty big announcement the other day.  They've partnered with Intel, MovableType, NewsGator and two other companies to bring SuiteTwo to the market:

SuiteTwo is a rich set of interconnected services that combine to improve productivity and enable high-engagement marketing. SuiteTwo includes the most trusted platforms for blogs, wikis, RSS feed reading, and RSS feed management, all under a single management interface.

Ross joined Matt and me back in July 2005 for Episode 1.030.  It was a great discussion about his company, his product and entrepreneurship and remains one of our most popular shows.

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Does It Ever End?
Written by Jonathan   
Wednesday, 25 October 2006

No.  Once again, sorry for not getting the shows out on a timely basis.  My day job has been killing me.  My boss resigned two weeks ago and I've been transitioning to interim-CIO until the company figures out what they are going to do.  That, along with moving my development and data teams offsite to our own suite, has made my life hell.  So as my days get longer (like my commute), Matt and I are having a difficult time hooking up to record another episode.  We'll see what next week brings.  Peace.

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