2011 Higher Education Goals

2011 Higher Education Goals

School at UMaine starts in less than a month, so I created a outline of what I want to accomplish during the school year. 2011 UMaine Higher Education Goals: Organize a meetup in the Bangor area for Entrepreneurs Learn Ruby on Rails, HTML5, CSS3 and develop txtbook.me and Scholarstock Volunteer at United Technologies Center 3.0 GPA or above Eliminate 50% of student debt ($8000) Tour at least 3…

Maine Graduates' Debt after College [Infographic]

Maine Graduates' Debt after College [Infographic]

According to the Project on Student Debt, Maine graduates rank third in the nation for student debt. As a current college student, I find this data alarming, yet with the median household income in 2009 at $45,708 (the national average is $50,221), why should do I find this surprising? I am a huge fan of infographics, so I decided to create one based on the data I found.…

Latest Project: White Noise Video Productions

Latest Project: White Noise Video Productions

For those of you who don’t know me, I have an older brother who is a year-and-a-half older than me (I’m 19). Last summer he decided to be a whitewater guide in Jackman, Maine, working with Windfall Rafting Company. This past November he decided to pursue funding in the University of Southern Maine Business Plan Competition, with the winner earning 10k in cash, plus in-kind services (legal, accounting,…

Wufoo Form Facebook Tabs (The Easiest Way)

Wufoo Form Facebook Tabs (The Easiest Way)

A few months ago, I wrote a blog post explaining how to create Wufoo Form Facebook Tabs. The process involved creating your own Facebook application and took approximately 15 minutes to complete. Since that post, I have found a much easier way to complete the exact same task. Obviously I would love to keep my latest method a secret, and make a little money off it – yet I am a…

Target="_blank" and Blogging

Target="_blank" and Blogging

Okay I confess – I am always online reading blogs. All day. Sometimes all night. I’m reading Techcrunch or Mashable, and the author is making a brilliant point, including outbound links to relevant articles. I click on the link, and a new page loads, replacing the article I was in the process of reading. This is a pet peeve of mine – yet why does this constantly happen? Why don’t…

Google Adwords vs. Facebook Ads - What's the Difference?

Google Adwords vs. Facebook Ads - What's the Difference?

In my daily conversation with clients, online advertising is mentioned, yet many are unaware of the measurable actions they can take to target their niche effectively. Online advertising allows measurement that traditional media cannot compete with. In my opinion the top 2 advertising products that you need to be aware of are Facebook Ads and Google Adwords – these tools are similar, yet very different. Let’s learn why. Facebook Ads…

Innovation vs. Entrepreneurship (The Difference)

Innovation vs. Entrepreneurship (The Difference)

I love researching and learning about startup businesses, and when I began attending UMaine I heard about a new program called Innovation Engineering. The tagline for the program centered around developing “Meaningfully unique ideas” and the curriculum is straight from UMaine alumni Doug Hall, founder of the Eureka Ranch. As I began attending classes, I quickly realized that Innovation is much different that Entrepreneurship. It’s my belief that everyone…

How to Spot a Social Media "Clown"

How to Spot a Social Media "Clown"

Last week, Gary Vaynerchuk was featured in a Techcrunch interview in which he explained that there is a “social media bubble” and that many people claim to be social media experts, but lack business sense. As someone who sees this on a daily basis, I couldn’t agree more. In fact, what Gary calls “social media clowns” are pretty easy to spot. 1. Social Media Expert? Beware of anyone who…