Working Hard With No Regrets

Posted June 2nd, 2011 in Observations by Greg Bayer

Working for a startup usually means putting in more hours than others. Recently, I spent two days on less than 3 hours of sleep in order to push out our new release. This doesn’t seem strange to me and didn’t make me unhappy. In fact, it was one of the most exciting and fun things I’ve done in a while. However, after mentioning it to some friends, I realized not everyone understands why it can be good to spend so much time “working” to build something you believe in.

Upon hearing about my sleep deprived state, my friend sent me a link to the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed along with the comment “you might need this.”  I appreciated the link and enjoyed the reminder to live life to the fullest, especially with regards to keeping in touch with friends and loved ones. I also realized that my friend didn’t understand that for me the long hours I put in are all about fulfilling my dreams of creating new technology and impacting the world in a positive way. According the article, not chasing after dreams is people’s #1 regret.

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The End of Paper-based Bills

Posted August 10th, 2010 in Opportunities by Greg Bayer

Question / Pain #1:  Why must bills come in the mail and be paid by snail-mail check (or sometimes over the phone during business hours)?
Question / Pain #2:  Why must the bill payment workflow be manual, resulting in waisted time and forgotten bills?

Answer:  Legacy systems & dinosaur companies

Use Case:  Bill from medical lab arrives via snail-mail 6 weeks after appointment.  No further reminders.  Did the customer get/pay the bill?

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Posted August 25th, 2009 in Projects by Greg Bayer

iPhone application for texting in constrained environments. 3-tap texting!

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Posted April 2nd, 2009 in Projects by Greg Bayer

Prioritized audio email.

BAM! [Cars crashing].  If they had been using Zenmail to listen to their email a Ferrari could have been saved!

Rather than (illegally) squinting at your tiny blackberry screen, wouldn’t you rather have  your email read to you after it has been prioritized by your ZenMail secretary?

Hands free, eyes free, safe access to email while driving.