The New Breed of CMS Software

Austin-based web publishing company SpaceCraft is a forerunner in a new breed of premium CMS platforms offering cutting-edge technology in an easy-to-use format at an affordable price.  There are loads of people out there who want to host your website for the price of a couple of lattes, but they’ll do you about as much good. SpaceCraft provides everything you need to create, manage and host your small business website and it also has a great human element, offering live support. SpaceCraft has put their finger on the gaps in the web publishing industry, which is notoriously cold when it comes to customer support.

I first ran across SpaceCraft in February 2012, right before they launched, and was impressed right off the bat. Their clean interface and other features of their platform are truly forward-thinking; for instance, the websites published by SpaceCraft are responsive, meaning they seamlessly scale to smartphones and tablets, as well as PCs. I could tell they had thought of everything and really wanted to bring the creme de la creme of technology to the little guy. Since then they’ve rolled out even more impressive features that are targeted at helping small business owners who have zero web development experience build a website that looks appealing across all devices, is easy to update and has SEO integrated in a way that Google likes.  I’m looking forward to keeping an eye on them as they continue to tweak and build.  They’re definitely the ones to watch.

Some unique features of SpaceCraft, in brief

  • Responsive design (your website works seamlessly across multiple devices without compromising any design elements or dropping content)
  • Built-in SEO
  • Live customer support (you can always talk to a real person–and it’s free)
  • HTML5
  • No coding required
  • Cloud-based hosting
  • If you’re in the Austin area, they also hold free 3-hour workshops every two weeks: http://gospacecraft.com/workshops

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Ecommerce Shopping Carts

I just launched a new website, Ecommerce Shopping Carts!  The site is intended to be an AdWords lead generation source for my company.  I am hoping that it works!  Can anyone spot any bugs or feature upgrades I can do for it?

History Repeats Itself

Does this ring a bell?

A European country forced into strict austerity by neighbor countries elects a nazi party to government.

Welcome to Greece 2012 and Germany 1932.

Who Am I?

Email to my team, minus the one retarded bit:

As we grow I want to make sure that every person on our team understands the business, our goals and feel understands where I am coming from.

I am completely dedicated to this business. Here is my Monday-friday schedule:

7:15am wake up

7:35 start work

1pm nap to refresh my brain

6:30 CrossFit workout

8 half the time I work till bed, other half I read or watch movie

Saturday:

9am- management meeting till 11 or 12

Generally 4-8 additional hours of work

Sunday:

Average of 4 hours

AVERAGE TOTAL HOURS A WEEK: 67-73 hours

I have maintained this as a steady schedule for over two and a half years and I have no intention of changing this at any point.  I love what I do and am building it into who I am.  I will of course take breaks and vacations such as yesterday when I went and climbed the Cactus to the Clouds trail in Palm Springs (8,500 vertical feet, 12 miles of marching straight uphill) or when I visited Mexico City and investigated opening a development office there a couple of weeks ago.  But there is nothing else I am interested in doing besides growing and strengthening this business. It’s my job, hobby, baby, and pet all wrapped into one.

I am thoroughly committed to this company and to helping our team be the best in the world.

I realize the company greatest asset, even more than our clients, is you the team members. I appreciate your efforts and your intelligence.  I have handpicked every single one of you because I believed in you and your abilities to make Coalition even better.

In order for us to succeed, our team needs to be professional, productive, and improving constantly.  Each one of you relies on me to surround you with talented people who meet the qualifications I just mentioned.  If we don’t have the best team, our competition will knock us out and everyone will lose their salary and job security.  If it seems like I am harsh sometimes, it is only because I care about the team and have to make sure that each member is professional, productive, and improving constantly.

What does it mean to be professional, productive, and improving constantly?

  • Professional: An expert who maintains a high quality and volume of work while following certain behaviors:
    • Understands that as a paid team member, their first duty is to build and protect the company
    • Considerate of colleagues and customers; polite, kind, friendly even to people they don’t like
    • Reliable. Shows up every single day, gets projects done on time, exhibits stability
  • Productive: Maximizing the work output you are capable of over a long period of time. Eliminating distractions and helping others around you to produce more themselves.
  • Improving constantly: Our industry is very fast moving and in three years we will have an entirely different set of activities to do than we are doing today. If you want to stay on the team, you need to keep yourself on the cutting edge of new technologies and be prepared for shifts.

AtomicMe.com Social Network Launch

A few years ago, I don’t think that I would have known that I’d be the head of a company that would be in the business of building social networks. But today, I’m excited to announce the launch of the AtomicMe.com social network.

I’m sure more than one of you will be asking why in the heck anyone would build a social network with the billions in capital that Facebook and Google have to throw at their platforms? How can you possibly compete?

Normally, I’d say you’re right, the idea is outrageous, but there is a few great things about AtomicMe.com that help it stand out in the very crowded social networking space.

First and foremost, let’s not pretend that we really like Facebook as a company or as a platform. The new timeline feature / layout sucks, it’s never really converted well for any business, and all of the advertising revenue feeds the company. Don’t even start in on the disastrous information gathering that Facebook calls a privacy policy. If you get down to it, not many people actually like Facebook. It’s just that everyone is there and all of your information is there. Other than that, most people probably wouldn’t stick with Facebook. Besides, it’s practically the new MySpace with equal #’s of scammers and sexual predators chatting up your kids!

Obviously other companies have tried the social networking thing, some with bigger budgets than others. Google being most prominent among them. And Google + has been a drag along ‘success’ (meaning not really successful). IF they couldn’t do it, why would AtomicMe be any different?

The answer is simple- AtomicMe .com incentivizes people to be there. Rather than hogging all of the ad money for itself, AtomicMe is built around the idea that if you’re interesting enough, you can make money yourself. AtomicMe allows you to aggregate your videos, photos, and even games or other apps in one place and then cash in on them! Instead of hoarding billions for itself, its built on the premise that you as the user can earn back money for drawing more people to your page.

There is a great launch contest running now. AtomicMe will be giving away $1000 in a launch contest to the most voted profile by the end of July.

Check it out. Visit www.AtomicMe.com and sign up for your profile today and enter the contest!

I know my team at Coalition is proud of this project and are happy to have our fingerprints all over its design and development. Congratulations to Jeremy Jason as well on this amazing success.