Yearly Archives: 2011

1 minute song in 10 minutes

Me and my brother are waiting to go to New Year’s parties….and I walked into his room and said, “Let’s see if we can make a song in 10 minutes.”

So with the stuff in his room we started going immediately:

1.) I first laid down the doumbek drumming track as Ashdin recorded it.

2.) My brother then free styled some guitar over the doumbek drumming.

3.) I then randomly started babbling some Arabic-sounding stuff into the microphone (so yes…the singing is me…no, I don’t speak any Arabic….and thank god for reverb effects!)

4.) My brother then laid down a bass track on the MIDI keyboard and mixed everything together.

TOTAL TIME TO MAKE: 10 minutes

You can listen to the quick song below….and HAVE A HAPPY 2012!!!!!

Ashdin & Nev – Made in 10 by Ashdin

Noah & Nev take some entrepreneur-ish questions

Noah & Neville answer answer some user questions such as:

-Carrying out an idea. Do you just jump right into every idea you have and start building it, or do research first?

-How do I know if a business can be profitable? Noah shows his quick-n-ghetto cost-analysis formula.

-Do I need venture capital or outside funding for my business?

-Building version 1-point-O of your idea before rolling out something fancy.

-How do you advertise a service (based on Noah’s experience at Mint.com)

-How to find the right customers that actually fork up lotsa money

-How long does it take to be profitable?

-AppSumo cost $60 to build….how did you do that?
(watch our Outsourcing video for that)

-Do you need partners to start a biz? How did AppSumo do it?

-A rapid-fire-re-cap of all the questions (at the end)

SumoDietKourse from Hawaiiiii

SO I released another product on AppSumo today (woot woot)!

The SumoDietKourse was made not really out of demand for the product (in fact, it’s a huge departure from what AppSumo normally sells)…rather this was made because of the amazing feedback I got from my Six Pack Experiment.

I never intended for that to help that many people, but it really changed some lives (and belly-sizes)  :-)

While I lost a little weight and did my own little Six-Pack experiment….I’m nowhere qualified to talk extensively at help….so I brought in the big guns:

Adam at MyBodyTutor who I filmed all the videos with.  I flew to NYC for a few days to film with him, and I’m actually very proud of what came out!

If you read the Six Pack Experiment you’ll see I mentioned Adam over and over and over and over….so it was cool to actually film this whole thing with him!

One of the other things is…..this was launched today (Dec. 15th) while I’m currently in HAWAII!

Aleks noticed in my Cancun pictures I didn’t have a handstand picture like normal.  Well here’s one fresh off the camera from Hawaii!

That was taken on the battleship where WWII was officially ended.

Anywho…..checkout the sales video thingy and copy I did for the AppSumo landing page:

I’m a racist?

……probably :-)

My friend David Gonzales runs a thing called Internet Marketing Party in Austin.  Noah Kagan is speaking at it on Dec. 13th, and I won’t be able to attend (since I’ll be in HAWAII for two weeks)…

Anyhow, I was supposed to introduce Noah, so in exchange for not being there, I did an interview with David.

So in true sorta-scammy-looking internet marketing style he put a page up with an interview with me.

In the email he sent out for the video…the subject like was “RACIST MARKETING VIDEO!” …..lol

I can’t believe he called me racist.
Stupid Mexicans….

:-P

Cancooooon 2011 re-cap

Just did a quick Cancun destination wedding trip….lotsa fun, lotsa friends, great wedding…good times!

I was already pretty beached-out from the San Juan trip I took a few days before, but still had a blast!

Lots of relaxing by the pool/beach and massive hot tub:

Attempting to take underwater photos:

Getting 120 people to cut the line at the Coco Bongo:

The Coco Bongo club…..it was a giant tourist destination, and probably the most stunning visual effects system I’ve ever seen:

One of the wedding event areas…..PERFECT warm breeze the entire trip:

The groom riding a (clearly Indian) horse:

Very picturesque wedding overlooking the beach:

Wedding gazebo:

Me sitting on the dance floor.  I don’t know why:

This Q4 2011 travel schedule is starting to get hectic….in one day I’m packing up again and heading to Manhattan to film some videos with Adam of MyBodyTutor for an upcoming product thingy on AppSumo called SumoDietKourse.  Then immediately after that I’m flying off to Hawaii for two weeks (aaawwwww….poor Neville)!!!

The SumoDietKourse we’re doing will combine what Adam already does with the AppSumo crowd.  So the goal is to get fat nerds to lose some weight (and become more productive like I discovered in the six pack experiment).

Totally Random – Losing an arm wrestling match

A member of my family in India is married to a professional arm wrestler.

This was me trying to arm wrestle him:

(if that doesn’t work, here’s the link):
http://vimeo.com/8945157

….apparently if he went “full force” on me, he’d literally break my arm!

This was recorded on one of those awesome Canon Mark-D5 cameras (or whatever), so it looks like movie-quality.

Puerto Rico Workation

One of the benefits of working primarily from home/laptop is you can work ANYWHERE.

And right now I’m in Puerto Rico….directly on the beach….in an awesome rented condo….with the waves crashing below and a perfect breeze cross-circulating the condo.  AWESOME.

Here are some pictures to make you jealous:

Living room view:

Seriously…..THIS is working?  Yes please!

Checkout Homer eating the Apple logo!  ARRRRRMMMGH!

So if I’m a bit slow to answer emails for the next week or so, it’s probably because I’m running in slow-motion-BayWatch-style on the San Juan beaches :-)

Mixergy Kopywriting Interview

YEA!  On Mixergy!

We talk primarily about Kopywriting and how to get better immediately after watching the video.

BY THE WAY….I’ve worked hard over the years to keep this blog entertaining and edu-ma-cational…..
If you’ve got ANY value out of this blog ever….would you mind leaving a comment on this video??

Even a quick “This was awesome!” is great appreciated :-)

To leave a comment:
Step 1.) Go to the Mixergy interview with Neville

Step 2.) Scroll down under the transcript, there will be a comments section.

Step 3.) Write whatever you want, and click POST.  It’ll confirm how you want to post…and you’re DONE!

Step 4.) You get a big virtual-hug from me :-)
Thank you, and I hope you learn something!