Archive for May, 2008

Trials & Tribulations

May 23rd, 2008 Comments off

Well… we got some great press from Web Worker Daily (Thanks Bob!) and had a lot of interest at a demo table at SFBeta, only to find out that the mail server decided to no longer accept the login credentials from the application. As a result, any part of the application that sends mail externally failed. This includes the registration form, password retrieval form and contact form.

We have figured out that the messaging server knew traffic would increase and instinctively decided to no longer accept requests. The messaging server has been reprimanded, and has promised it wouldn’t pull a stunt like that again.

The good news is we had everyone’s email address that tried to sign-up, and have resent your registration email with your password. If you haven’t received your registration email, please enter your email address in the forgot password form or contact us and we will resend it to you.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate you using StartupAgents.

Flasher vs Smolderer

May 12th, 2008 Comments off

flasher vs smoldererI attended Sun’s StartupCamp last week and one of the sessions focused on finding a co-founder or early team members. One of the interesting comments made was to figure out if you are a flasher or smolderer and pick your compliment.

A flasher was described as someone that wears their emotions on their sleeve. When a dispute arises, the flasher will immediately make their discontent known. If both members of the team are flashers, the dispute could escalate quickly and emotions will rise to the occasion. The end result would possibly be the end of the working relationship, especially if the disputes continue. When a flasher and smolderer engage in a dispute the smolderer wouldn’t emotionally charge the situation, resulting in a higher probability that a resolution can be reached.

Smolderers, on the other hand, generally keep their emotions to themselves and have strong suppressed feelings. One day the built-up emotions could come out at an inopportune time or possibly never. If two smolderers are working together, there is the potential for unspoken animosity to eventually ruin the working relationship. When you are looking for team members that you will be working with closely, figure out what kind of person you are and try to avoid someone with the same personality trait.


May 2nd, 2008 1 comment

We had some fun handing out candy (and flyers) before the Iron Man show sponsored by TechCrunch at the Metreon last night. We weren’t able to make it into the movie, but heard some great reviews afterwards and plan to see it this weekend. We also got a nice response from folks in line and after the movie. Now I just need to get that Black Sabbath song out of my head.

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