Archive for the 'Blogging' Category

HourTown - Online Scheduling and Marketing Platform

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The founder of Coinbridge, Ryan Donahue has recently launched a new startup company called HourTown. HourTown is an online scheduling and marketing platform that allows millions of small business owners to transact online in a more meaningful way.

Hiding Out

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Sincere apologies to all my loyal readers for not updating the blog lately. I’m sure all of you must have been feeling a deep sense of unease over the past two weeks, wondering “where is he?”.
That last part was supposed to be funny…
In truth, I’ve been hiding out lately, and for good reason. […]

Premium, one-time selling

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

A half-baked idea for how to differentiate a merchant ecommerce service:
I just did a Google search for “sell one product”. I saw plenty of services and products that would allow me to setup a website, buy a shopping cart, apply for a merchant account, do some advertising, and eventually start selling my product; but what […]

Fun with pricing

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Yesterday, while our team was working on a pricing model for a new product we’re developing, I found myself dreaming of split payments again. If you have ever read this blog, you’re probably aware I am a big proponent of split payments, and think PayPal would benefit a great deal by providing this functionality. […]

I’m cheap

Monday, December 19th, 2005

There’s been a lot going on around here the past few months. In addition to Coinbridge, my consultancy business, I’ve been working on a brand new startup. We started working on the idea three months ago and are still yet to write a single line of code. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. “Three […]

I’m spoiled

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

When I was a kid, growing up in Palo Alto, California, my Dad used to always tell me, “Son, you’re lucky that we live in Palo Alto. There’s nowhere better than this”.
As an entrepreneur who lives in Palo Alto today, the more I think my Dad was right. Palo Alto is the world’s best […]

PayPal Wars are “Cool”

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Tom Peters has recently interviewed Eric Jackson, author of The PayPal Wars for his “Cool Friends” web column.
Having had the good fortune to work with Eric at PayPal, I agree with Mr. Peters. Eric is a cool guy and a consummate entrepreneur.

Asking merchants to change

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

When you introduce a new online payment solution to merchants, you’re asking them to change. You’re asking them to change the way they handle their payments, change the workload of their IT group (albeit temporarily), and change their customer experience. I’ve never met a merchant who really likes to do any of these things, […]

Can your office space be lucky?

Friday, November 11th, 2005

During the late ’90s, a certain office space in downtown Palo Alto played host to several start-up companies. What was the one thing all the companies had in common? All the companies that started there became incredibly successful. 165 University Avenue doesn’t look like much from the outside (actually, it was pretty awful inside too) […]

What is Coinblog?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005

We’re wondering if there might be people (other than us) that are interested in exploring ideas related to: payments, interaction, and customer experience; and how these things overlap. We are hoping to share our discoveries, as well as provide a place for readers to submit ideas and discoveries of their own.