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rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


I Bought $5,000 Bitcoin Yesterday…

Yesterday was kind of a neat day as I decided to personally invest some capital into Bitcoin and cryptocurrency at large. It’s 100% due to my brother’s influential remarks, his research, and most obvious is his amazing financial returns that he’s already experienced. He’s gone “pro,” essentially, at this point in time and I’ve been watching him make calls and trades daily. It was kind of inevitable I suppose. But, I make mention of this on the larger Fireside Chat that I had with him about the power of relationships and how I was slowly convinced by someone that I trust about doing something new and different. I think our lives are highlighted by trusted friends and colleagues investing their time and energy into helping us make smart decisions with our time and money and limited resources. I share a few more thoughts about this journey over 3 videos, which…

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Show me a business problem and I’ll do my best to avoid it

“One of the greatest ways to avoid trouble is to keep it simple. When you make it vastly complicated — and only a few high priests in each department can pretend to understand it — what you’re going to find all too often is that those high priests don’t really understand it at all…. The system often goes out of control.” -Charlie MungerMany business problems are self-induced. Many wounds self-inflicted. The competition can win, but more often, the competitor loses to themselves.Entrepreneurs are really good at making things hard on themselves. I talk with a lot of them and I see it everywhere. If they’d only put more energy into avoiding future problems rather than solving present ones they previously created, they’d make significantly more progress in less time.We’ve built our business on avoiding problems. It’s the fundamental reason we’ve been able to do what we do, and keep doing it — profitably, and with a small team — for…

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“I think I’m having a heart attack”

In 2011, I was part of the Summer class of Y Combinator, working on a startup creating online games, and I was stuck on a problem.I hadn’t slept well for days. Weeks. I stayed up as long as I could keep my eyelids open each night, powering through work with tons of caffeine. I NEEDED TO FIGURE THIS OUT.One night, as my hands started to shake, and my heart pounded in my chest, I called my wife and told her:“I think I’m having a heart attack.”We’ve all been in situations where we needed to come up with solutions to tough problems. Probably more times than you want to remember. And, I bet, all that thinking sometimes led to some headaches and stress.But did it lead to a good decision?In 2009, 4 researchers, Loran Nordgren (Northwestern University) and Ap Dijksterhuis, Maarten Bos, and Rick van Baaren (Radboud University Nijmegen), wanted to find out.So they gave study participants…

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I do whatever I want at work and I haven’t been fired yet

A few of us at Basecamp were recently discussing how decisions get made to “green light” new projects, and I came to the conclusion that it boils down a simple rule:If you can make a decision and you don’t think it’s going to get you fired, just do it.Basecamp operates without much in the way of formal decision making processes. We don’t have a budgeting process, we don’t have program reviews, we don’t have long term detailed plans. There’s a vision for where we want the company and the product to be going, and a tremendous amount of trust that people will use their time and energy to move us in that direction.The lack of those formal processes means it’s up to each individual to figure out what to do when they have an idea. The amount of implicit “decision making authority” differs for each person, depending on role, tenure, etc., but…

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Ignorance got a bad rap

One of the best skills to develop as an entrepreneur? Ignorance.I think a lot of folks are spending way too much energy trying to know it all. They’re trying to be over-informed. Soaking up every piece of advice. Following every story, watching every video. Trying to understand too many things about how things currently work. Who’s doing what, what the latest techniques are, which list of steps to follow, etc.They’re collecting mentors, stories, anecdotes. They’re asking for 15 minutes to pick people’s brains. They’re queuing up dozens of podcasts, looking for that one quote, that one piece of sage wisdom that’ll make everything make sense.Stop it.You’ll make something new when you’re new. You’ll make something also when your mind is filled with other people’s ideas.Certainly other people’s experiences and ideas can help you avoid missteps. There’s some value in avoiding a mistake, but it’s more costly to close your mind to a possibility…

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Give a little, get a lot.

How generous should you be as a leader? I learned the answer to this recently…“How generous should I be?”Perhaps you’re considering how much time, energy, or money you should give to your coworkers, employees or customers.I remember reflecting on this distinctly at the end of last year…After less than two months on the job, our new Head of Business Development Jess Singer told me she needed to get neck surgery.Yikes.The surgery sounded serious. She wasn’t sure exactly how much time off she’d need for recovery.It was December — a month with historically lower sales. Many folks go on holiday, and companies are often “winding down” their year. In fact, as Know Your Company, we close down our business those last two weeks in the year for our own “Holiday Break.”Given this, we had a condensed sales window in December: We had only two weeks to pull in the business we typically pull in during four weeks time.With…

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Your Best Investment Ever

This was originally shared via my newsletter. Feel free to subscribe. Hey folks, Wow, has it really been that long since I sent you one of these? Yes, yes it has… on May the 4th actually. And that was a pretty important day, by the way… I had publicly revealed MNML App and wanted to share it with the world. I’m glad it’s out and I’m glad folks are finding it useful, naturally. But that’s not what this newsletter is about, of course. I had some inspiration recently that I wanted to share with you and I thought was important enough to open up the newsletter editor and jot a few thoughts done. Well, let me be even more honest… these thoughts (and that’s the right thing to call them) are much less inspiration and much more of a simple reminder of something that you and I already know about:…

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Zero Talent

I saw this shared randomly on the interwebs sometime ago and I thought I’d capture it here and add a few wandering thoughts related to hiring. So, here you go: 10 Things That Require Zero Talent: Being on time Work ethic Effort Body language Energy Attitude Passion Being coachable Going the extra mile Being prepared I’ve reprinted it without change from the original image that I saw. I agree on most of these things, by the way. Strangely, many of us forget how important these things are, especially when we’re hiring folks. Instead, we look for very specific technical skills or expertise, things that we can easily count or measure or qualify as true. But how do you “test” for attitude? How do you qualify someone being truly coachable? Those things are hard to measure and certainly hard to qualify. But they are more important than any particular skill or experience…

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The Boss You Don’t Want to Be

Here’s the one thing that separates good managers from the bad.Most of us have had two different types of bosses during our careers: The Boss Everyone Wish They Had and The Boss You Don’t Want to Be.Recently, I was reminded of the latter — The Boss You Don’t Want to Be — when talking to two friends the other week.Both of my friends are employees. One works at a large, growing healthcare tech company, and the other at a notable, high-profile nonprofit.Both have managers who they cannot stand. Both of their managers have absolutely no idea.One friend told me: “Three out of six people on the team have already quit, and two others are on the verge of quitting… And he has no idea.”The other friend told me: “We keep losing talented people all the time because of him… And he has no idea.”Both of their managers are good, well-intentioned people. In fact, they’re popular with their respective CEO and…

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Focus is Power

This couldn’t be more true: via gapingvoid There is something quite amazing about working intentionally on focusing your time and energy and limited resources into just a few things. For instance, over the past year I’ve systematically removed nearly all of my personal projects and experiments and also my social media and networking usage. I haven’t been this “trim” in… well, I honestly can’t remember. And although I wouldn’t have called the feeling that I’ve felt “power”… now that I think upon it that’s actually how I feel. I simply feel more powerful – it’s great. If you feel like you need to focus your time and your efforts than now is the best time to do it. And when you think you’re done there’s a good chance that you could go even further. The post Focus is Power appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

Tips To Create Effective ‘Coming Soon’ Landing Pages

The company website is an effective tool for grabbing the attention of potential customers. While it may seem like a daunting task, creating an effective ‘coming soon’ landing page is not all that hard. Just like any website page, it needs to have an appealing and attractive design to make your customers excited about the launch of your new website. What is a ‘Coming Soon’ Page? Before we learn some tips on how to make an effective ‘coming soon’ page, let us first have an understanding of what these pages are. As the name implies, these are placeholders that announce whether your website is launching or undergoing maintenance. They are designed to capture a visitor’s limited attention span. While creating one may take time and energy, it can also help create a sense of anticipation to your loyal and potential customers. Making them look forward to your launch date can…

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What’s that mystery in your inbox costing you?

The inbox is the center of everything. Whether it’s email, assignments, messaging, chatting, IM, whatever, if someone wants you to see something, it shows up in an inbox of some kind.The design of the inbox has more impact on our daily decision making than any other part of any piece of software we use. It’s fucking important.If you use a group chat tool like Slack, HipChat, Microsoft Teams, or something similar, your inbox — and, therefore, your day — is filled with mysteries, secrets, and “Whats?”. You’re probably so numb to it that you don’t realize how much of your time and attention is being wasted.“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” -George OrwellYou’re stumbling around in the dark all day long because of a simple design pattern. The pattern is core to group chat, no matter the tool. It’s a fundamental flaw of the medium hidden in plain sight.The inbox in…

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11 ways to get feedback from your most introverted employee

I’m an introvert. Most people don’t believe me when I tell them this (I do a lot of public speaking for an introvert 😳), but I am an introvert through-and-through. When I need to recharge, I seek alone time as opposed to being around a group people.As an introvert, I also tend to avoid questions that seem overly personal or require long, drawn-out answers. Honestly, it can feel draining to divulge so much of myself and talk all the time.Early in my career, I remember how this played out at work: My boss at the time would ask me for feedback about the company… And I struggled to answer his questions candidly. As introvert, I never felt comfortable being 100% transparent with him about what I thought could be better in the company.I’m embarrassed thinking back on what was probably viewed as avoidant, disengaged behavior. It’s not that I didn’t want to be…

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4 Things You Should Know Before You Start Using Memes on Social Media

Memes are one of the greatest symbols of social media. They’re edgy. They’re funny. They’re easy to iterate on, and every week, a new one pops up. But despite their popularity, it seems like using memes is a risky decision for a brand — or is it? Memes can work well for brands, but only for those that get the essential elements of using a meme right. If you try to use a meme and don’t hit the mark, you’ll look foolish and out of touch at best, but could also end up seriously offending someone. So whether you’re new to memes, or looking to spin your meme mastery into good business, this guide will help you nail marketing with memes. Their simple form and humor give memes inherent virility and a broad appeal. If you’ve been thinking about using memes to promote your brand on social media, you’re in…

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A Month without Twitter

Just over a month ago I finally, permanently, quit twitter. And ohhhhh emmmmm ggggggggeeeee… it’s been #!$!#@ fantastic. I share a few more thoughts via my vlog yesterday: I think the most important thing that I’ve come away with is the powerful reminder that these tools that we use, every single day, come and go and our ability to make clear and coherent decisions around them based on value is easier said than done. We stick around older networks and use older technologies for a lot of different reasons and we justify our reasons of sticking with them really, really well. And we often convince ourselves foolishly, falling into the “sunk cost fallacy” telling ourselves that we’ve invested so much time and energy and money and resources that we couldn’t possibly leave them now! But that’s bogus and childish. It also limits our ability to engage with bigger and more exciting opportunities.…

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Managing Drupal Sites with Composer

Talking through the growing pains of using Drupal with Composer dependency management at DrupalCon Baltimore. Drupal gets better when companies, organizations, and individuals build or fix something they need and then share it with the rest of us. Open source technologies become better, stronger, and smarter when others take it upon themselves to make a positive difference contributing their knowledge, time, and energy to it. Acquia is proud to play a part, alongside thousands of others, in making tomorrow’s Drupal better than today’s. One of the people making a difference is Jeff Geerling. Jeff Geerling (geerlingguy), Senior Technical Architect at Acquia, is a prolific and valued open source contributor. He has 150+ open source projects around both the Ansible and Drupal projects. His Drupal modules are used by almost 100,000 sites. I spoke with him about the BoF session he set up at DrupalCon Baltimore, Managing Drupal Sites with Composer.…

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👋🏼 Teeny Tokyo

I shared recently the release of MNML App which has had the good fortune of being Featured in the Mac App Store, which, of course, is fantastic. But I also shared in that post that I’ve been in the process of focusing my efforts and time into just a few things now… and when I mean “a few” I’m being quite literal. Right now my life is centered around my family and my startup. There’s this vlogging project that I’m working on as well but thankfully I’ve managed to create a daily workflow that has reduced the total number of hours per day to just a few, if not less than an hour total. What I’ve done, essentially, is reduce my own personal expectations of myself which has psychologically reduced the anxiety and stress around this personal creative project and allowed me to just execute against original goal: Produce one video a day. It…

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MNML: Featured Worldwide

Yesterday I quietly launched MNML App to the Mac App Store and it was featured in the main carousel worldwide! Check it out: Honored and humbled! And yesterday on the vlog I captured some visceral and candid thoughts about this app and where it sits in the changing seasons of my personal and professional life: You see, this is how I’m built. I go in and out of seasons where I have a lot going on, project-wise, and then I pare back down to only one singular focus. Ready for sale! Right now, I’m ending a creative season of building many different things and have decided to focus all my professional time and energy in my exciting new venture, Pinpoint. Obviously, I’d love to have you follow along there and I’ve been spending a lot of time talking about it (daily) on my vlog… so, you should subscribe. If anything, it’s just a…

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Beyond Code – Contributing to Community Spirit

How the DrupalCon Prenote helps us laugh, learn, and be a community. Four other Acquians joined me on stage in the DrupalCon Baltimore Prenote, helping spread a little joy and silliness. Drupal gets better when companies, organizations, and individuals build or fix something they need and then share it with the rest of us. Our community becomes better, stronger, and smarter when others take it upon themselves to make a positive difference contributing their knowledge, time, and energy to Drupal. Acquia is proud to play a part, alongside thousands of others, in making tomorrow’s Drupal better than today’s. “Welcome to the Prenote! Welcome to DrupalCon! Let’s celebrate this thing we love!” The DrupalCon Prenote Baltimore marked the 14th (!) time the Drupal Association invited me to open DrupalCon. I was proud to put on a fresh new DrupalCon Prenote, “Balti-more Prenote, the Balti-most fun at DrupalCon!”, bright and early on…

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