I just published my first piece on Medium.
LESSONS LEARNED: Never volunteer for the away team. Alternate title: A brief history of Crowd Fusion, The Daily, and working your way out of a job.
Here’s an excerpt:
But as someone who had dedicated 5 years of his life to this business, who had taken extreme pay-cuts during tough times, and who was betting on this company to win and wanted to be part of the company’s entire narrative, it was a mistake.
Never volunteer for the away team.
It’s a pretty cool platform, I think.
UPDATE: After a few edits, Medium decided to feature my post in their Editor’s Picks section! Check out story number 2 on their homepage. Huzzah!
…not because of SXSW (really, that’s a seasonal coolness that the city retains), but because Kristin and I are moving there!.
Earlier this week, I accepted the position of VP of Technology with Chaotic Moon. I’ve worked with the team in the past when Crowd Fusion and Chaotic Moon worked together with News Corp to launch The Daily. Any large potential clients out there looking to build a new revolutionary digital periodical? You should contact us. With me as part of Chaotic Moon, we now have the front to back knowledge of a total mobile publishing ecosystem working together in one team. We’ve done it before and can do it again, better now that we’ve been through the experience and know the challenges and pitfalls that you’ll face along the way.
Chaotic Moon is a full service software company, designing and developing solutions for a wide spectrum of devices and interfaces. We provide strategy, design, development, and gaming services to an amazing client list ranging from Fortune 100 companies and the largest entertainment companies in the world to some of today’s hottest start-ups. We do everything from apps from your iPhone/tablets to connected devices to powering the next wave of interfaces in cars.
I’m a big fan of the epic things Chaotic Moon has been up to and am excited to come on board the giant killer robot that is Chaotic Moon and together with our amazing team to help continue to dominate the mobile software space!
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Tagged app development, austin, awesome, chaotic moon, Crowd Fusion, mobile apps, new job, sxsw, texas, The Daily, vp
Since Jackson first started talking, he’s had a few words that he’s said that we’ve never been able to decipher what he’s talking about. One of them that he’s saying all the time now sounds remarkably like “headcase”. So this post is just for all the other parents of 3-year-olds out there: What is “headcase”? Any ideas?
I just started a petition on the White House Petitions site, We the People. Will you sign it? http://wh.gov/wYqr
Here’s my reasoning: We all sing “Happy Birthday to You” constantly. Our television shows and movies religiously avoid using the song, because supposedly it’s still under copyright. According to this paper, though, it really shouldn’t be. And, by the way, if it actually is, it’s a great example of how broken our copyright system is to the point where it actually works against a fundamental part of our culture: freedom of expression and sharing and singing Happy Birthday to You!
If you agree, please sign my petition. We need 100,000 people total to get the White House to acknowledge.
Also if you have something to say about this, tweet at me and I’ll add to this discussion section:
I haven’t had my fingers in Crowd Fusion templates since I built out ck4.us and Bosh and Bill back in the day. Now I’m working on prototyping an idea of mine in Crowd Fusion and while I’m working on it, I’m also taking notes and adding bits to Crowd Fusion to try to get something together that would be representative of a good Open Source Crowd Fusion starter kit for anyone interested in using it.
The problem working against this is that Crowd Fusion has always been engineered to be an extremely flexible platform and CMS capable of powering absolutely any type of site you can think up. If you look at the customer base we had during our 3 strong years as a client-facing services business, you’ll see a large disparity in the type of implementations we offered them:
- TMZ is a breaking gossip news blog-based site that has multiple distribution channels, including iPad, TV, email distro lists, etc.
- MySpace used Crowd Fusion as a integration engine that pulled in original content from MySpace editorial staff, metadata and content from Daylife, VideoSurf, and various other platforms, and output a JSON structure that was ingested by their huge .NET infrastructure to power their content based Movie, Celebrity, and Fashion pages.
- Tecca was powered by Crowd Fusion and used the platform both for content creation, distribution to web and their phone app, but most impressively to pull in and manage a huge database of tech products and prices from multiple different databases that were normalized in Crowd Fusion.
- The Daily. Walled-garden, subscription only, iPad only to begin, publication that used Crowd Fusion for wire and feed gathering, as a DAM, a CMS, a layout tool, APNS / Newsstand / C2DM messaging system, subscription management system, and distribution to iPad / Android / Facebook / Kindle / iPhone, etc.
All those experiences are insanely different. So it’s difficult to build a starter-kit schema + theme-able front end design that can be plugged into that flexibility. Anyway, that’s what I’m tinkering with currently. I’m using http://fluidbaselinegrid.com/ as the basic beginning front end for this. Then I’m going to create my own plugin that does all the things you need from a basic blog, heavily comment that, and have that and the theme and a set of instructions ready to go for when we actually move to Open Source Crowd Fusion. I also need to tinker with the WordPress import script and see how that works. Stay tuned.