Feb 14, 2015
Jason Thompson

Poll: Did You Purchase Your Valentine’s Day Gift Online?

It’s that time of the year again. You know, the day where everything smells like roses and chocolates. The day where couples are seen out and about, pecking at one another’s necks. The day where some guys rather be watching football, eating chicken wings and drinking a nice cold one. Yah, that day! Some of you might of actually forgotten that today is Valentine’s Day. Trust me, you are probably not the only one.

Some of you were probably prepared and ordered a gift online and for the die-hard Valentine’s Day fans, you might of actually walked into a store to get a gift! (Do people still do that?) Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to put a poll together and see how many of you actually purchased a Valentine’s gift online!

Feb 12, 2015
Jason Thompson

Facebook Announces A Legacy Contact Feature

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I didn’t originally set out to write about this new feature from Facebook, but it certainly caught my eye. It made me think of the Facebook profiles that I have viewed of people that have passed away. I normally run into these profiles when I read about something tragic that has occurred in the news. It’s always a little difficult to stomach viewing these profiles because you can see the last post that a particular individual made.

Sometimes I find it a little intriguing and sometimes I just wonder if that profile will remain like that forever. That’s one of the reasons why I like Facebook’s new Legacy Contact Feature. I feel that our digital footprint should never just freeze in time. Sometimes it is okay to disappear off the grid, especially if you are no longer present on this earth.

It’s a little tough to think about, but if life insurance exists, then this certainly has a need. The Legacy Contact Feature allows a Facebook user to choose a legacy contact to manage their account after they have passed away. I’ve gotta commend Facebook for taking the initiative to develop such a feature. It was one that we can certainly all use and it is just another reminder of how technology will continue to live on, even when we are gone.

Feb 11, 2015
Jason Thompson

What I’m Working On Wednesdays

Hello and welcome to another What I’m Working On Wednesdays. This is a blog series which I started back in 2013. I haven’t been consistent with it and that’s exactly why I am bringing it back. It was one of those topics that I loved to blog about and it allowed me to really think about the progress that I have been making on particular projects I am currently focused on.

On a side note, it just dawned on me that today would be considered Hump Day. Lately, I haven’t looked at Wednesday as being a Hump Day because it has been my Friday for the last year and half. I’m looking forward to getting back to a normal schedule and with the new job I am starting, I will be doing just that. Then again, there is nothing normal about being an entrepreneur that has a day job. You are going to hear me blog about that a lot!

Here is what I have been working on this week:

Day Job

As some of you know, I will be changing day jobs at the end of February. It’s been an awesome ride with the current company, but there have been too many unknowns surrounding the direction of it. The messaging industry is in a state of consolidation. Companies are capitulating and no one really knows where it will be headed next.

I’m 34 years old now and I’m looking for an environment which will be a little more stable then what I have been in. Don’t get me wrong, I love the startup world. The problem is the company / companies I have worked for in the last two years were well past the startup stages, but they were forced to turn back the clock a bit. I went from working for a major force in the Premium SMS world to working for a startup who struggled to become a major force in the SMS world.

It’s kind of difficult to explain, but the company I worked for went through four different name changes. There were legal issues plaguing it from the very beginning and Premium SMS wasn’t something that the United States was willing to embrace with open arms. I witnessed major layoffs from the beginning. This is something that had never occurred to me before. I could never wrap my mind around why a company would be hiring during this time period.

Fast forward a year or two and  Premium SMS, also known as Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) was declared illegal in the United States. This completely wiped the original company I was working for out. Imagine going from making an amazing amount of money to scrapping with the other industry heavyweights for a slice of the pie. Not to mention all the legal battles forced the company to change names. Let’s just say that I got an inside view into how things really work in the corporate industry. 😉

Today I found myself wishing my fellow associates well. I worked with one hell of a talented team! Next week, some of us will be headed to the cigar lounge that I am a member of! If there is one thing that a cigar will make you do, it is reflect! I’m looking forward to it.

Job And A Half

Last night I found myself working on wireframes for an old client of mine. They have been mislead by a few web development teams and I felt it was important to help them get through the rough patches, so I said I would take care of it. I normally don’t accept much web development work these days, but if it is for a good cause I’m more than willing to help.

Have you ever worked on your side business from 2AM and then 4.5 hours later realized you have to start getting ready for work at 7AM? I was practically a walking zombie today. I’m the type of person that needs sleep and I could feel that I was lacking it the entire day.

On other fronts, I’ve taken some steps towards establishing my new business. You’ll hear about it soon enough. Let’s just say, I love to help small businesses and that’s exactly who my new business will be focused on. Any spare time I have, will be dedicated to the new business. I’m going to make the impossible possible.

Regardless of where I am working, I will always have a business running at the same time. There will also come a time that this business will require my full attention and I am willing to accept that challenge. That’s the end goal for all of us entrepreneurs, to create a viable business that we can live off of and make a positive impact.

Right now, I am currently solidifying the products which will be offered to the public. I haven’t decided if I will let the public come to me or if I will simply target specific businesses. My goal is not to have a ton of customers. My goal is to be selective and really partner with small businesses that wold best utilize my services.

Well that’s it for now! I’d keep going but I’ve gotta meet my girlfriend at 8:30. We are headed to the Lone Wolf Cigar Lounge for a smoke!

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