Monthly Archives: January 2013

AMAZON.com Goes Down!

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 3.27.22 PMAmazon.com is down.

The site isn’t loading for us at the BI office and we’re hearing others can’t connect either.

IsItDownRightNow says Amazon’s servers are unreachable.

The interruption seems to be isolated to just Amazon.com not the company’s international sites. We can still reach the Amazon.casite.

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OFB 65 | Anti Social Media

Ken, Brian and Tommy  “fly off” on the airlines and airports and then segue into an enlightening conversation about the revolution going on in our universities. And speaking of revolutions, Facebook appears to be, at the very least, redefining the rules of the social media game leaving some “users: feeling that Facebook is being ratherContinue ReadingContinue Reading

National Financial Woes Spur Local Action | US Dept of Commerce talks at Farmington Business Summit

Connecticut native Anne S. Evans was appointed in January 2008 as the District Director of the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration District Office in Middletown, Connecticut. As Director she leads a team of trade specialists and export finance professionals in assisting over 2,500 Connecticut companies export and attract overseas customers to their businesses.Continue Reading

First Look at jOBS, the Steve Jobs Movie Starring Ashton Kutcher: This Is Actually Pretty Good

I don’t know if jOBS—the biopic of Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher—will be any good, but this clip by Inside Movies actually looks pretty decent! We might have to eat our words. Keep Reading …  

BEB 85 | Shake Shake Shake! Shake for Barack!

Playlist: Miss Tess & the Talkbacks- People Come Here For Gold, The Soul of a Man- There Must Be A Better World Somewhere, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers- Bye Bye Blues, Samantha Fish- Push Comes to Shove, Girls, Guns and Glory- Keep Your Distance, Jim Carpenter & the Hoolios- My Angel, Popa Chubby- SlideContinue ReadingContinue Reading

OFB 64 | Almost Dante’s Circles of Marketing Hell

Short exploratory to marketing hell courtesy of HubSpot, wonder why Facebook needs a search engine, and discuss intrapreneurs vs. entrepreneurs. References to Dante aside, HubSpot says there are nine circles of marketing hell.  From ugly content to bad automation to interrupting way too much, we take a look at all nine circles and how theyContinue ReadingContinue Reading

BEB 84 | Downtown Rocks for Newtown

Playlist: Jackleg Preachers- Give Me Some Space to Breathe, Delta Generators- Canebrake, Elison Jackson- Parking Lot, SAmantha Fish- Down in the Swamp, Rhett TYler & Early Warning- Slow Down Baby, Dan Stevens- 32-20 Blues, Alexis P. Suter Band- Louisiana 1927, Paul Gabriel & his Blues Band- Five Cars Later, Girls, Guns & Glory- Six SixtyContinue ReadingContinue Reading

OFB 63 | The Talking Stick | 1+1=4

On this edition of OFB Brian, Tommy and Ken take a crowd sourced funded trip to Vegas, visit another innovative online retailer, and explore how collaboration works in Silicon Valley, but doesn’t work in Washington. HOT POTATO NEWS:Continue Reading

OFB 62 | Don’t Stand Alone with Social Media

Smart marketing is smart marketing, regardless of the venue.  On this edition of OFB Brian, Tommy and Ken, along with our guest Chris Reimer explored some applications of smart marketing, and some not so smart marketing moves as well. Our first Hot Potato was ReferralKey.com.  Describing itself as an online community of connected people sendingContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Juicing Day 4 | Tabasco to the Rescue

Tough day yesterday. Low energy and cranky. While preparing my dinner juice I told my wife I was starting to doubt if I could continue. I was hungry! Dark, angry and jealous, I started dinner for my wife — buffalo chicken. Oh the smell was delightful; my tastebuds perked up. How to resist? What wouldContinue Reading