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Stumbled across this while checking out the rest of the blog after a post on FinTech on today's Hacker News:

A well designed online service with real impact in mind - hats off to the founders and team for using their skill to better the world around them! The button leading to action related to user's needs up is up front and center; the description of the service right above the button. The service component is sourced from the crowd - with individual listeners listed with reviews and descriptions - much like other modern service models (AirBnb, etc). I wonder if larger health organizations can adopt a similar model for other areas of advice / consult for their customers/consumers (I would imagine there are already plenty companies in this space - the question is how well is the service presented and provided... and easy to use).

7 Cups of Tea

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First post of a series I hope to build up. Moments / points of awesome - those times/situations/photos/stories/people/scenarios that light up your entire day/week/month/year(s) with a positive feel and thought.

Cambridge (MA) is awesome (I do believe this will be an entire subsection of .awesome):

Before paying for my meal at the Chipotle in Central Square, the store manager asks me to join their crew in doing the wave. Across the register counter, I watch as they start the wave at the salad area and go all the way to the manager at the register, who then looks to me to complete it - I wave my arms up and down to complete the motion, without hesitation. I then become the starting point for the next wave, this time going back to the salad part of the delicious burrito assembly line. The manager, the crew and I all laugh, enjoying the moment. The manager then pushes the brown bag with the tacos over to me, saying 'No charge'. What a simple, yet such pleasant, fun moment. 

Kickstart 2014

Kickstarting this place for thoughts. It's a new year. First blog was in 2009. Next one was in 2011 (I've copied it from Posterous to Posthaven here). This one should be easier to maintain, because PostHaven allows to email posts to the site, which will post them to a page - making it easier for me to quickly note the thought and pass it along to be posted (no worries on formatting, etc - just get it down on "paper"). This is my new "wall" to post on (rather than in FB). 

Also - today I found a new cafe in Boston that's so far proving to be a fantastic place to study, unmatched by any such place in Cambridge. Open from 8AM to 12AM everyday, has bubble tea, coffee, various teas, spiked drinks (if you're into that during the day), a TON of space and outlets, free WiFi, and oh yeah, did I mention - perpetual breakfast (i.e. breakfast served all day). Also, it's next to the Bus #1 stop that goes directly to Cambridge and next to  the Hynes Convention Center Green Line stop. Check out Trident Cafe on Newbury St yourself - it's a good place to support by coming here and buying some food/drink - an independent book store / cafe.

The goal is to stop sharing individual links with various friends / family or sending them to my own email address and rather aggregate them here. Will keep the posts short / concise - outline the main points. 

Some benefits include:

1) Friends / family can have a cleaner inbox while still being able to check out links / discussions / tech / thoughts that I think is relevant. 

2) The comments sections allows folk to post a public comment, to initiate discussion with the broader community - perhaps some of the folk I know who don't know each other yet, may connect in useful ways. 

3) Perhaps I will be able to easily convey my interests to folk by passing along the blog link, rather than directing them to multiple websites, resume, LinkedIn, etc. Perhaps some past post I've made will help with creating new connections for me and my community in the future. Perhaps some past posts will help others connect some ideas / concepts in their minds and generate new ventures.

4) Hopefully I can improve my writing through daily / weekly writing. 

5) Perhaps I'll realize something about my past experience, as I go through the effort of describing it, and be able to better reflect on the outcomes / future efforts. 

Motivation for founders

“After being rejected by literally hundreds of investors — maybe not hundreds, maybe not literally — but lots of investors,” she said, she decided to research who had financed “crazy things,” and wound up gaining the attention of Peter Thiel, the former PayPal entrepreneur whose Founders Fund provides venture capital for unusual ideas."