Where the Heck has Kieran Been?

So, the past month has been so very busy, I feel like I’ve been paying attention to everyone, and yet no one at all. Story of my life, actually. So what have I been up to?

I started a business with a great co-worker, Kris.  With my employer having sold the hosting division, we’ve been very displeased with the hosting services our clients have been using.  There’s been lots of downtime and hiccups along the way.  If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!  After years of talking about starting a business, we’ve finally decided to take the plunge.  We’ve started a hosting business and hope to get it off the ground in the next couple weeks.

I’ve also been working with Josh Jones pretty closely on a couple projects, sometimes as a minor contributor (sexy-bookmarks, url-shortening) and also as a continuting author to his web-design blog (Eight7Teen).  Hats off to him for taking so much on!

I’ve also been spending a fair amount of time working behind the scenes (literally) on Let’s Make a Movie.  Not only am I crewing this insanely awesome show, but I’ve also been working on a mobile version of their web site, and a video streaming site that will assist in tracking who shares which videos so those who spread the word can be rewarded.  This show is awesome.  Live video feeds, editing on the fly, an outstanding cast, and special effects – this show grabs my inner technical and theater geek like no other show has before.  I really, honestly, sincerely can’t think of another show that I’ve been so excited to be a part of – and I’ve been a part of *many* shows.  There is nothing I wouldn’t do for this cast, crew, and production staff!

Then, of course, there is the normal day-to-day work.  You know, that 9-5 gig that we’re all thrilled to have right now.  While I’m bound by non-disclosure agreements and the like, I have to say we’ve got some really exciting projects coming up at Venux.  The more we do, the more I realize how wonderful technology is, and how the sky really is the limit.  Not a day goes by that we aren’t exploring new territory and,in my humble opinion, driving the web forward that little bit more.  Anyone who thinks full-blown applications don’t belong on the web has another thing coming; there’s nothing we can’t do on the web just as well, if not better, than a desktop application!

I’ve also been exploring the “social-web” a heck of a lot lately.  Sites that I’ve skimmed right by in the past are suddenly catching my eye, and there are also some great new start-ups out there.  Ping.fm gets a definite hats off for keeping me up to date on a majority of the social-networking sites.  I insist that there is no way to keep one’s status up to date on three, ten, fifteen different social sites without this wonderful application.  Send them an e-mail, text in a message, or enter your status on their site, and they’ll blast it off to as many social networking sites as you can shake a stick at – and then some.  For those who want to delve into multiple networking sites without the time investment of maintaining them all individually, Ping.fm is a must!

Speaking of social networking sites…  Blellow gets a nod for a great start.  A mix of twitter and facebook with a dash of project management, Blellow lets folks share what they’re working on.  I think it is geared at tech-folks, but I’ve managed to start a backstage theater group that has a few members and some posts.  I could see Blellow growing into a must have for any community that could benefit from outside contributors (and what community couldn’t?).

There’s so much more coming down the pipeline – from several software as a service applications I hope to get to, to a community-driven theater site.  I might be so busy that bagels have turned from a breakfast food to a dinner food, but I have no doubt it will be worth it in the end; it already has been – and it can only get better.

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  1. Josh posted the following on March 30, 2009 at 9:31 am.

    Hey man, thanks for the mention!

    You’ve been doing more than *minor* contributions, and they are greatly appreciated!

    Glad to hear about your business endeavor… I may be one of your first customers… (will email you later)

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  2. Kieran posted the following on March 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm.

    Hey, you deserve the mention. It’s been fun seeing behind the scenes of all your projects! Looking forward to your e-mail; I’m always curious as to what you have up your sleeve.

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  3. Josh posted the following on May 4, 2009 at 8:54 pm.

    Hey man! You’ve been flyin under the radar for the last few weeks… Everything going well with your business? I hope all is well, shoot me an email when you get a chance!

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