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Posts in Personal Productivity

Tools and resources from the Nitron Advisors team. We tend to blog about investing, leadership, management, career acceleration, personal productivity, securities research, and online networks.

March 30, 2007

Guidelines for Using a Cellphone Abroad

Posted in General, Personal Productivity
by David Teten @ 9:45 am —

Some useful Guidelines for Using a U.S. Cellphone When Traveling Outside of the U.S.

March 12, 2007

Kids, the Internet, and the End of Privacy

Posted in General, Social Software, Personal Productivity, Leadership and Management
by David Teten @ 1:10 am —

If you’re having trouble understanding why and how it’s become normative for the broadband generation (12-24) to document their entire lives online, I recommend Emily Nussbaum’s Say Everything in New York magazine.

My favorite section is from Clay Shirky of NYU, who has an amazing gift for metaphor:

Shirky describes this generational shift in terms of pidgin versus Creole. “Do you know that distinction? Pidgin is what gets spoken when people patch things together from different languages, so it serves well enough to communicate. But Creole is what the children speak, the children of pidgin speakers. They impose rules and structure, which makes the Creole language completely coherent and expressive, on par with any language. What we are witnessing is the Creolization of media.”
That’s a cool metaphor, I respond. “I actually don’t think it’s a metaphor,” he says. “I think there may actually be real neurological changes involved.”

February 20, 2007

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Posted in General, Personal Productivity
by David Teten @ 11:36 pm —

Michael Pollan has a lengthy, excellent article in the NY Times on “Nutritionism“: how modern technology can make your food less healthy. I strongly recommend it, particularly for people sensitive to their health and their weight. The bullet points at the end are critical, and will save you a lot of money buying diet books (most of which say exactly the same thing).

January 31, 2007

Ten Ways To Take Advantage of Web 2.0

Dion Hinchcliffe reports on “Ten Ways To Take Advantage of Web 2.0“.

One of the questions I get asked fairly frequently is how people can leverage Web 2.0 techniques in their applications and infrastructure today. Now that it’s getting more well known, more people seem to be actively interested in making immediate, practical use of Web 2.0 ideas.

On a related note, the new meta-search tool Zuula looks very useful. (via Shally)

January 19, 2007

Sports and entrepreneurship

Posted in General, Personal Productivity, Leadership and Management, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 10:48 am —

“For CEOs and CEOs-to-be, sports may be a more effective training ground than any business school, according to both psychologists and entrepreneur athletes themselves.”

January 18, 2007

The U.S. government wants to subsidize your phone calls

Posted in General, Social Software, Personal Productivity
by David Teten @ 2:23 pm —

Thanks to some regulatory arbitrage, AllFreeCallswill let you make phone calls to many foreign countries for free. Dial 712-858-8094, and at the prompt dial 011, the country code you are calling, and the number you wish to call. Easy.

Some of the bloggers writing about this call this “free”, but that’s a bit misleading. Because AllFreeCalls is taking advantage of certain government subsidies, you as a taxpayer are really paying for this call.

December 25, 2006

Nine Tools for Researching Leads

Posted in General, Personal Productivity, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 3:05 pm —

“On the 9th Day of Xmas, Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters revealed to me: Nine Tools for Researching Leads.” Whether you are looking for sales or job-hunting purposes, there are a vast number of services you can subscribe to for free that will bring information on worthwhile new companies straight to you. This is a useful list.

November 29, 2006 How to increase your consulting revenue and your profile

I had lunch recently with David Jackson, CEO of SeekingAlpha, and a former neighbor of mine. I thought that many of our Circle of Experts would benefit from contributing to David’s company.

Briefly, is the leading blog source of stock market related commentary by money managers and industry experts and a major provider of financial content to Yahoo! Finance. Articles published on Seeking Alpha reach over a million readers per month, about 17% of whom are finance professionals. Crucially, each article published by Seeking Alpha (including those syndicated on Yahoo Finance) contains a link to the author’s biography or URL of choice, and can therefore be used to publicize your availability for consultations via Circle of Experts. If you are already writing any sort of analysis, there’s no marginal cost or effort to you. Just send SeekingAlpha your work, and they’ll do all the editing and production for you.

You can read about Seeking Alpha at, view a list of sample contributors at, and submit an article for publication (Seeking Alpha’s editors will contact you directly after doing so) at or by emailing Mick(at)

(As disclosure, Nitron Advisors does not get any sort of commission or payment from SeekingAlpha if you sign up; we just think that publishing through their channel is valuable to you.)

November 19, 2006

Why Most Small Businesses Dont Work and What to Do About It

Posted in General, Personal Productivity, Leadership and Management, Career Acceleration
by David Teten @ 11:55 pm —

An interview with Michael Gerber, Author of The E-Myth Revisited:

“If they don’t fail outright, most businesses fail to fully achieve their potential. That’s because the person who owns the business doesn’t truly know how to build a company that works without him or her.. which is the key.” - Michael Gerber

Michael Gerber is the founder and CEO of E-Myth Worldwide, and best selling author of The E-Myth Revisited, and E-Myth Mastery. He defines E-Myth as: 1: The entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start a small business are entrepreneurs, 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does technical work.

Since its publication in 1995, this business classic has sold over one million copies, and is published in 16 languages. Michael observes that most small businesses are started by “technicians”, that is, people who are skilled at something and who enjoy doing that thing. When these technicians strike out on their own, they tend to continue doing the work they are skilled at, and ignore the overarching aspects of business. Without clear goals and quantification benchmarks, they soon find themselves overworked, understaffed, and eventually broke. They come to hate the work they do. Rather than owning a business, Gerber writes, “they own a job.”

Click here for the interview.

November 17, 2006

RetailMeNot: Retail coupons for online stores

Posted in General, Personal Productivity
by David Teten @ 10:38 am —

The creator of has launched, which provides coupon codes for retail stores, without the privacy-infringing registration requirements. A very useful tool.

Many online stores allow for a “coupon” or “promotion” code when you order to automatically assign discounts, deals and freebies (kinda like money for nothing). is a place for finding and sharing these coupon codes.
So… when you buy online, check here for discounts first (unless you’re frikkin crazy).

Via GoodExperience