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It’s time to call it: Pulling the plug on Buyosphere

We’ve been keeping Buyosphere on life support for almost 2 years now. It breaks my heart, but it’s time to pull the plug. We kept hoping that something would happen…someone would come along to save the day: we’d get an upswing in usage (from non-spammers), we’d get someone coming along that would want to buy […]

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The end of my world as I knew it and I (now) feel fine…[a retrospective on startup grief]

(from the cover of How To Survive the End of the World as we Know it by James Rawles] Today, at the urging of a friend, I told the story of the past year of my life in a private forum for women entrepreneurs that I avoided for that period of time. The women on […]

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There’s No Shame in That

I was describing my startup experience to a woman I admire the other day, when out of the blue, she asked: “Was it worth it?” I hardly hesitated at all and said: “The only thing I’d change if I could go back is that I’d integrate the incredible lessons I’ve learned during this time.” And […]

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The Upcoming Buyosphere + Its Future

Since I put up my post yesterday about getting a J.O.B., I’ve been answering a long series of questions about Buyosphere and what we’re doing with it. First off, the plan is to soldier on as I said. Of course there are complications to this. All three of the founders are now engaged in full-time […]

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So, What Does a Startup CEO DO, Anyway?

After a recent talk at a conference, a young man walked up to me and proclaimed to me, “I want to be a CEO, too!” I just about spewed the coffee I was drinking all over him. I asked him, “Do you know what that means?” “Well, maybe you can tell me. You are the […]

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My First Haul Video

I’ve been consuming haul videos for a while now…they are an interesting phenomenon: incredibly popular accounts of a shopping spree done on video. Usually by a 20 something or a teen and quite often they cover a trip to the mall. My haul is a bit different. I definitely didn’t spend hours on my hair […]

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BeautyBarX – it happened!!!

We were really happy to be the hosts of the premiere women’s event at SXSW Interactive this year: BeautyBarX Just to give you a little glimpse into what went down…   So yes…it was a RESOUNDING success!! Even though it rained like crazy for the first two days, women were already lined up at 9am […]

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SXSW, BeautyBarX and the Quest to Create a Space for Women

I’ve been attending SXSW Interactive since 2005. It’s amazing and I’ve watched it grow from impressive to “OMFG where are all these people coming from?!” Last year, there were nearly 20,000 registered geeks in attendance, but many estimated that the event was also subsidized by an almost equivalent number of people who came to enjoy the […]

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Time keeps on slipping slipping slipping slipping

…into the future. Now that Buyosphere is funded, I’m writing a regular column on and the myriad of other things that I’ve committed to are going on, I find myself looking at the clock everyday thinking, “OMG, where did the day go?” and the calendar at the end of every week and wondering, “It’s not […]

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2012 #Themeword: GIVE’R

I can’t believe that 2011 is almost over. It seems like yesterday that I was writing the themeword post for this year…REAP. This year really seemed to fly by in a way I don’t recall other years flying by. Perhaps it is because I was so pre-occupied. Between being busier than I’ve ever been in […]

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