• Posts,  Travel

    What the Heck is This #OCON Thing?

    I’m going to be tweeting a bunch about something with the hashtag #OCON, and I know a lot of people are going to ask me what it is.  #OCON stands for Objectivist Summer Conference, and this year’s event is taking place at Red Rock Resort & Casino, about 30 minutes off of the Las Vegas strip. One of my less public, but very personally significant, interests is philosophy — and I’m particularly interested in the philosophy Objectivism, which was created by the late Ayn Rand.  You might remember her, she wrote the novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, which are required reading in a lot schools. I’ll be sharing my…

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    How I Built a Multi-User Door Buzzer for Our Apartment

    Full disclosure: a lot of people have talked about this idea, this is just my implementation of it for our apartment.  You can check out Buzzeromatic.com if you want someone else to administer yours or post to Elance/oDesk/HackerNews/Twitter to get someone to build it for you.  Look for something cool from @gregkoberger with all those features I left out (user management, UI, adding new roomies, adding more numbers etc.) Making a Present for My Roommates About a month ago, I moved to a 3-story loft in SOMA with my husband Kevin and our good friends Park and Kat.  My sister also graduated college and joined a local startup, so she’ll be…

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    Returning From a Week on the Road

    I’m onboard my return flight from D.C. with Kevin and so happy to be coming home to San Francisco. I’ve basically been on the road for two weeks, last week I was in Seattle for the Seattle 2.0 awards and then I made a quick flight back to SF Friday to do a 12 hour turnaround where I repack and jump onboard the redeye to New York with Adam for the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon. Flying the redeye can be painful since usually i don’t fall asleep, but it does save money on a hotel — which is worth it for New York. Fortunately I flew Virgin America, and the sleep…

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    Watching App Demos at TechCrunch Disrupt

    I’m here in New York for the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon, which is wrapping up the demos and announcing the winners of a 28 hour hack session that began yesterday and spanned into the early morning hours today. Hacks Using the Twilio API Adam and I arrived early yesterday to set up a little table and then find out what people wanted to build.  We hung out with a lot of different teams, and tried to offer our help and brainstorming skills. Originally, we had been thinking of doing our own hack project but wound up never starting it because we were in so many awesome conversations. I’ve been liveblogging the…

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    iPad in the Wild: Shopping at Ikea

    Today I went to Ikea to get new furniture for our loft, and I brought my iPhone and iPad.  The iPhone battery was at 20% when we walked in, despite sitting on the charger the entire car ride from SOMA to Emeryville. Fortunately, my iPad was a little more up for the game. We wandered the store, discussing colors and motifs that would work with our post dot com crash modern pad.  A lot of birch was in order, and in fact we were getting a little burned out on the uber-Malm look.  After looking at the piece I really liked, we realize their might be more furniture in the…

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    My Thoughts on LBS… Almost 3 Years Ago

    Someone asked about how I got into all of this marketing and PR stuff, and it began with this unauthorized interview with Mashable about the launch of the Whrrl iPhone app in the summer of 2007. So funny… how LBS was the hot topic then, and it is again now with the looming Foursquare acquisition. I’m happy I’m not working this anymore, but it was a lot of fun and still think offering these kinds of features and localized lead gen for business, footstreaming, location awareness, etc. are cool. Long interview, enjoy…

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    Birthday Post: I’m 25 Years Old Today!

    Time for some navel gazing, because just a couple hours ago marked 25 years since I entered the world at the first daughter of Daniel and Kathryn Clark. People always remark that life is so short, or life is so long, but lately I’ve been feeling like its just right.  I know I travel a ton, work like a maniac, am great at planning for the hyper short term (spontaneous) and super long term (procrastinator) but not as great in the middle, etc.  I really love being alive, I love the people I’ve chosen to spend my time on Earth with (Kevin, my family, my friends, my professional colleagues, etc.)…

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    My Best Friend’s Wedding: The Startup

    Update: No, it isn’t TweetToCall – although I love that project (yes, it still works and has a few thousand users now) and do think Twitter is going to become the new phone book.  TweetToCall should be a feature of Twitter, and if anyone wants the code etc. I should just open source it. You know that Julia Roberts movie where she doesn’t realize how much she’s in love with her best friend until he calls to say he’s getting married to someone else, and then falls off that bed?  That’s how I feel about my startup idea getting founded and funded by someone else. To be clear, I’ve probably…

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    Hitting the Road Again

    After a couple weeks at home, except for that quick trip up to Seattle for Valentine’s Day and my going away party, I’ve been free of business travel.  I love to travel, but it was good to take some time to be in the office with the team and we got SMS launched.  Sometimes its like we run so hard, our feet don’t even touch down.  Well, I had my time to touch down briefly.  I mean, I did laundry so that means I came home a few nights.  My little room is bursting with stuff… clothes and gadgets, but mostly with papers and books and ideas and my anxiousness…

  • Daily Life,  Travel

    Reflecting on “Stuff”

    As I make the move to the Bay Area, dealing with my “stuff” is a big thing.  Going from a 4,000 square foot house to a 10′ by 12′ room in a friend’s apartment has been an adjustment both physically and mentally.  But more interestingly, its lead me to reflect on all the stuff I have and what it really means to me.  This Paul Graham essay on Stuff from 2007 also resonates with me. The Story of My Stuff In 2004 I purged everything I owned except for what would fit into the Land Rover I bought, and moved to downtown Seattle.  That felt great, and being free of…