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First Crack #127. A Guitar, Bass, Electric Trumpet, and Bryan Schumann

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Bryan Schumann and I talk about composing music, improvising music, and whether the classical guitar pairs better with an upright bass or an electric trumpet. Bryan Schumann’s links: Beznau Music Shop http://www.beznau.com/bddschumann http://www.mys…

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First Crack #126. Hardware Startups with Matt Bauer

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PedalBrain‘s Matt Bauer and I talk about the challenges, capital requirements, and multi-year timelines inherent in bringing a retail hardware product to market. He talks about the recent epiphany he had with PedalBrain and how that enlightenment ha…

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First Crack #125. Open Font Licensing with David Crossland

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David Crossland (Cantarell font family, Open Font Library) and I dive into font licensing – specifically open font licensing – and the cultural benefits of open licensing. Links and topics we mention: Open Clip Art Library Creative Commons and…

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Cold Start #4 – How to Start Your Startup with Dan Grigsby

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Dan Grigsby from MobileOrchard, discusses how he’s building a comfortable life for himself with a combination of projects, what’s lacking in the Minnesota tech startup community, and why that isn’t a problem. Listen to Cold Start #4 -How…

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Cold Start #3 – Changing Your Startup with Ben Moore

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Ben Moore from WorkSimple, discusses how, after almost 3 years into his funded startup, his company changed direction, branding, and almost everything else. Listen to Cold Start #3 – Changing Your Startup with Ben Moore [41 minutes]…

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First Crack #124. Open Web Fonts with Ben Weiner

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Ben Weiner‘s been doing great work on giving greater visibility for open fonts – and has written a book proposal for web fonts. I called him up to discuss this work and my notion that web fonts are a brant new species of fonts. Links and topic…

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First Crack #123. Building CitizenWausau.com with Dino and Andy

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CitizenWausau is one of the coolest, homegrown citizen journalism projects I’ve seen since I’ve been looking for them. I called up Dino Corvino and Andy Laub, the editor and technologist respectively, to discuss the project, how it’s gro…

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First Crack 122. John Hoffoss on Usability and Network Security

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John Hoffoss, a network security engineer at one of Minnesota’s larger institutions, and I dive into computer security, security versus usability, the insecurity of URL shorteners, and some of the reasons Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer are …

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First Crack Podcast with Garrick Van Buren

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First Crack Podcast with Garrick Van Buren


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