Learn Why Our RSS Feeds from Zapier Were Failing

You know what’s really frustrating? When you a whole bunch of work and then it doesn’t work?

It turns out that there is RSS feeds need be “valid”. Who the fuck came up with that?

Any how the RSS feeds we were using like this from Zapier, didn’t “validate” when I put them into a RSS testing site:

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I think this is why they didn’t trigger on MailChimp.

I did some research and recreated the RSS feeds to avoid this error, but I can’t change it on our website without knowing it will work right? So I set up a new RSS feed for adamhonig.com (via Zapier) that has no errors.

That RSS feed generated a test campaign. So if you’re reading this (from a MailChimp email), then it worked!

Otherwise, back to the drawing board…

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How to Block Someone on Facebook from your iPhone

I find myself explaining this to people, and the top results from Google on how to do it are out of date.

Step One: Find the Person You Want to Block

Use the search bar on the top of Facebook and type in their name:

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Step Two: Select the “More” Button on Their Profile

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Step Three: Choose “Block”

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and there you are. Sorry, Jan, it’s still not happening.

WeWork: One Year Later

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Team Spiro working hard at the WeWork office.

With my past companies, I’ve leased commercial space all over Boston, and after having spent a year leasing from WeWork, it’s been great. Highly recommended for any start-up.

Our primary office is in WeWork’s South Station (Boston) office, and we’re in WeWork SOMA (San Francisco) about once a month. I tend to describe the environment as “a college dorm for start-ups”. Rows and rows of glass offices filled with promising young companies.

Best Things About WeWork

As an entrepreneur, it’s super convenient and easy. No big deposit, no long-term commitment, and included furniture mean that it’s extremely capital efficient. We’ve moved offices twice as we’ve grown, and it’s been seamless.

The locations are super: right near the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and literally steps from Boston’s biggest train station in South Station. You know what they say is the most important thing in real estate? Exactly.

The offices themselves are very ‘space efficient’ which basically means that they fit a lot of people into a small amount of square feet, but somehow they don’t feel overly cramped because around 90% of the walls are glass. The glass also has a cultural impact as it reinforces corporate transparency. It also gives a buzz to the place as you see everyone working hard, even if you have no idea who they are or what they’re doing.

It's too bad for our intern, but you need to be 21 to drink beer at WeWork.
It’s too bad for our intern, but you need to be 21 to drink beer at WeWork.

WeWork promotes their “community” and social app. I’m not sure about the app, but we’ve made good connections here at WeWork but for suppliers and customers. TriNet, who provides our HR and payroll services, came through WeWork and we even received a big discount as a WeWork member.

There is always coffee and beer on tap, and almost every day some sort of event where there is free food or drinks. The team in both locations is top notch and extremely helpful. Somehow the bottle of Macallan we keep in the office to celebrate was emptied one night and they promptly replaced it.

What’s Not To Like?

My new company, Spiro Technologies, is focused on breathing new life into sales technology. We’re a bunch of extroverts. I spoke with a CEO who is temporarily in the WeWork space who is an introvert and leading a more introverted team. They weren’t quite as excited by the rah-rah attitude around here.

It can be a bit nosy, and occasionally we get into a “who can play the music louder” war, but that quickly resolves itself.

Even though we have a team office, when the guys across the hall insist on dribbling a basketball, it does seem to disturb the peace.

But — whatever! Each and everyone of the 20+ leases I’ve signed have turned in to challenges in some way. Much less headaches here in WeWork.

We’re Planning On Staying

The experience has been great for us. As we grow, I expect there to be a point where it makes sense to lease our own office space, but I’m going to try to push that out as long as possible. It’s just too easy and good here at WeWork.

Become A Legendary Salesperson

Spiro will soon be releasing an amazing app that will turbocharge the professional life of salespeople. Apply for our private beta program: http://spirohq.com/download-spiro/

First Waze Experience

Waze is really good.
Waze is really good.

File this under ‘yeah, duh’, like when I blogged that I thought Facebook might be something worth looking into, but I used Waze for the first time this morning to give me advice on how to drive to work, and it was awesome.

I’ve used Google and Apple maps for driving directions, even looked at the traffic features on them, but they don’t compare to Waze. Waze was like a seasoned Boston driver taking me down shortcuts that I knew where there but probably wouldn’t have though to use. It always took me down the hypotenuse, and avoided tangly Boston traffic zones like Harvard Ave in Brighton.

The graphics and the ‘gamification’ don’t do much for me, not to mention the ‘chat to other drivers’ feature! But as a kick ass personal driving assistant, it rules.

Drone Flying at Dreamforce 2014

Dreamforce, San Francisco and Drones. What could be better?

My official purpose of being out here is to get feedback and engagement about the product my new, and still somewhat stealthy company is working on. And you know what? The feedback has been awesome. It’s extremely gratifying.

I’ve had two moments when I was able to sneak away and get the drone flying in the air to take some arial shots of the 100,000 crowded into SOMA for Dreamforce.

At Dreamforce, looking down on Howard Street
At Dreamforce, looking down on Howard Street

First flight went great, but the second flight, I guess I was a bit too ambitious and flew the drone up into the fog of San Francisco.

The Fog of Dreamforce
The Fog of Dreamforce

This then broke the connection with my remote controller and the drone – while the drone was at about 400 feet! Luckily the drone has a ‘return to home‘ mode, so it flew back to me and auto-landed in a crowd of about 100 people. I was really worried it would hit someone, or cause damage, but it didn’t. Whew!

I’m not going to fly it today — too many people to meet with — perhaps tomorrow again.

Come Hear My Talk at Dreamforce 2014

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My talk at Dreamforce 2014: Why CRM Adoption Doesn’t Matter.

Despite rumors to the contrary, I’m not going to be flying my drone every minute at Dreamforce. I have some other fun activities planned as well, such as giving a talk entitled “CRM Adoption Doesn’t Matter.”

With all due respect to my former colleagues Matt Johnson,Carlos Montejo and Jim Holst, I think there has been too much emphasis on adoption of CRM systems like salesforce.com. I think we’re losing the thread of what really matters, and that’s what I’m addressing in my talk.

For those of you who were thinking about bringing small children to the talk, please don’t. Even though I am going to be featuring a slide like this

Having trouble with CRM adoption? We feel your pain. Come to the Dark Side and learn why it isn't important.
Having trouble with CRM adoption? We feel your pain. Come to the Dark Side and learn why it isn’t important.

my talk isn’t going to be “G” rated. You see when I get passionate about a topic, there is no holding back.

Here are the details for my talk:

MarioDay & Time: Tuesday the 14th at 11:30am PST

Location: Moscone West Hall Room WRM5

Qualification: To attend you must posses an InsideSales.com “Golden Ticket” which can be obtained from their booths (N1200 or W621)

Slides Featuring Super Mario: Only two this year.

Virtual Option: If you’re not in town for Dreamforce this year, you can also watch the live streaming of my talk. Details here.

If you’re trying to find me at Dreamforce this year, send me a tweet: @adamhonig

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I’ll Be Flying My Drone over Dreamforce 2014

Drone at Dreamforce 2014

My prediction is that Drones and drone giveaways will be big at Dreamforce 2014 this year. I’ll be there with my DJI Phantom Vision 2+ flying over the Moscone Center, taking video and photos. Hopefully not crashing it into anything. I can’t say the photos will be more exciting than when I flew the drone over the Roman Coliseum, but it should be very interesting.

Meanwhile, I’m starting to see a trend of people giving away drones at Dreamforce:

  • I just got an email from the guys over at Tacticle that they’re giving away a Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter to one lucky winner at their booth.
  • My friends at InsideSales.com are giving away a drone to every sales manager who comes buy and gets a demo of their product. Very cool, Ken. It’s not likely to be the top of the line on that Tactile is handing out, but what the heck.
  • Salesforce themselves are giving away 10 drones at the Salesforce1 platform keynote Wednesday, Oct. 15 at2:00pm in Moscone South.
  • Twitter is going to be giving away a drone to “the best hack project incorporating Twitter”.

And I will absolutely be not featuring DroneForce(TM) as part of the extravaganza:

DroneForce, the revolutionary new way to deliver leads to your sales team. from adamhonig on Vimeo.