Eric Greenspan

Make It Work, Now Belongs To Geek Squad

Eric Greenspan

In 1995, I sat on my couch with an IBM Thinkpad 720C, Coreldraw, Microsoft Word and created Make It Work.

Facebook Doesn’t Seem to Care

Eric Greenspan

I’ve spent tens of thousands on Facebook ads for my companies and for clients’ I have built and manage many pages. I often have issues that need Facebook’s attention. They have the worst customer service of any company I deal with. Facebook doesn’t seem to care. If you have an issue renaming or merging a page, you get an email that says “denied.” ” Can you appeal or even respond? Can you call them? Can you email them?

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Chapter 8: My 9 Lives, 6 Companies, 3 Wives, 7 dogs, 4 Homes, 4 Boats, 160 cars and 2 Kids Story

Eric Greenspan

I call this story Chapter 8, I’ll explain later. In 1987 I arrived in Santa Barbara with a bike, $3,000 and a chip on my shoulder, tons of passion and something to prove. I was unstoppable and I achieved much.

iOS 9 iPhone 7 Wish List

Eric Greenspan

iOS 9 iPhone 7 Wish List. My iOS 8 iPhone 6 Wish List is here. I didn’t get what I wanted. Here is my iOS 9 wish list for 2015: 1. I want to be able to choose a folder when I download apps. Enough trying to find the app and dragging it over several pages to the right folder.

8th Talk at USC Marshall School: How My Failure at Make It Work can Benefit Geek Squad and Best Buy

Eric Greenspan

As I began prepping for my talk at USC Marshall School of Business about the recent failure of my 12 year old company Make It Work, I cannot deny many memories were dug up. I had suppressed much of what happened prior to and after that day, June 25, 2012.

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Better Business Bureau? For who?

Eric Greenspan

How many BBB logos are there? What is the Better Business Bureau? It’s not a government agency. It’s not policed by a government agency. It’s not even run like a top down corporation. It’s a franchise model, run by local “owners&# or “President/CEOs.&#

What We Should Be Saying On Facebook

Eric Greenspan

While we post about articles we like, food we love, people we care about and things that matter or don’t, sometimes we ought to just say “I love Subway.” ” The idea here is Subway is listening and if not, they should be and most likely will be soon. Social networks have changed the way we communicate and share ideas. But they are soon to changed they way we buy goods and services.

When Your Legs Start Shaking, Just Keep Talking

Eric Greenspan

Back in 2001, I started my 3rd company out of my 3rd bedroom in my newly rented townhome on the beach after separating from my oldest son’s mother. I had no choice. I had just sold my last company and I needed to keep busy. I built and built and built and one day, I wrote a business plan and sent it off for review to an angel funding group. I pitched 4 locations, including Hawaii. I got a few bucks out of a guy that wasn’t even in the room, but overheard from outside the banquet room.

How I Got My Teen from Cs to Bs in Two Weeks

Eric Greenspan

First, let me preface by saying that I’m not being compensated in any way by the company I’m about to talk about. This is a true story. I rarely see such a change in my life from simply reading a book, but this is one of those times and I had to share it.

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Mommy Bloggers Review Service for Manufacturers of Kid and Family Products

Eric Greenspan

As a newfound Dad Blogger and experienced marketer, I’ve begun offering a great new service that has been greeted by the Mommy Blogger community with great interest and the manufacturers of great products have responded equally well.

3 Great Ideas You May Steal

Eric Greenspan

There’s great ideas everywhere. Here’s a couple of mine: 1. Edible Landscaping. Why do we spend countless dollars beautifying our yards and yet we can’t grow our own organic food? My idea is to never plant anything you can’t eat.

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Facebook Doesn’t Seem to Care

Eric Greenspan

I’ve spent tens of thousands on Facebook ads for my companies and for clients’ I have built and manage many pages. I often have issues that need Facebook’s attention. They have the worst customer service of any company I deal with. Facebook doesn’t seem to care. If you have an issue renaming or merging a page, you get an email that says “denied.” ” Can you appeal or even respond? Can you call them? Can you email them?

Solving Problems in the Google, Facebook, Twitter Era

Eric Greenspan

Not a day goes by without me giving it my all. I do everything with the intention of perfection. I never achieve it and I never will, but I try. I hustle. I spend my day solving problems.

I’m Eric Greenspan, not Eric Greenspan nor Eric Greenspan

Eric Greenspan

Every day my website gets hit by someone looking for Chef Eric Greenspan of the Foundry on Melrose and of Food Network fame. Sometimes I get hits from someone looking for Eric Greenspan the LA attorney who has represented Christina Aguilera and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Holstee Manifesto

Eric Greenspan

Holstee Manifesto. This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.

Make It Work – the real story

Eric Greenspan

11 years and 8 months of commitment, my life savings, every available dollar on every credit card, line and loan, and a promise to my children of a future, gone. The real story behind Make It Work’s demise isn’t exciting. It’s simply about a team of dedicated individuals that failed. We failed because the industry we were in changed over the years. We failed because the economy has drastically fallen since 2008, particularly in the consumer sector.

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From IT Geek to Coffee Farmer, Eric Greenspan and his Latest Venture

Eric Greenspan

Eric Greenspan at Macaw Coffee Company Farm. My latest venture is coffee. Yes, coffee. After 20+ years as an IT geek, I’ve jumped ship. After starting my career with IBM and building three successful IT companies, I’ve decided to follow my true passion.

Mommy Bloggers: the Ultimate Influencers

Eric Greenspan

Mommy bloggers are one of the most influential social networking resources that lead to increased awareness and sales. Their stamp of approval can put the spotlight on any product or service and can open doors to new markets and opportunities.

Do

Eric Greenspan

Every morning when you wake up, treat it like it’s your first day, and like it’s your last day, on earth. Forget all that’s happened badly. Remember all you’ve learned, but remember only what lifted you and helps drive your passion.

Work Now Rest Later (When You Really Can)

Eric Greenspan

I often hear about balance, recharging, relaxing, and rest. These are wonderful things. When you’ve achieved your goals, please, do all of these things. Until then, work your ass off, constantly, and without anymore of this nonsense talk.

Wrong, wrong, right?

Eric Greenspan

Sometimes in life, we are just plain wrong. As a fellow TEDster recently said, “I want to correct something i just said. Being wrong does feel like something. It feels like being right.&# – Kathryn Schultz from TED2011.

Is Time Tracking Unethical?

Eric Greenspan

I just got back from Sage Summit and met Ron Baker and Ed Kless. These two do NOT believe in time tracking and are paving the way for making it considered not only unethical, but even illegal, I think. So I ask, Is Time Tracking Unethical?

Three Years and 12 Years Later

Eric Greenspan

Three years ago, I got the news that my investor was unable to fund and my 11 year old company would miss it’s first payroll. It was a Sunday, around noon. When the news arrived, I moved fast and did all I could to start the process of acceptance.

To Your Happiness! Surround Yourself with Positive People and Stop the Ranting

Eric Greenspan

I know you aren’t feeling well. I know you’re bored in that hospital bed. I know you are on meds. I know it hurts. I know she broke your heart. I know you failed. I know you got rained on. I know you hate that. I know you are tired and your kids are bugging you.

If Apple Were My Company, I’d…

Eric Greenspan

Apple is a remarkable company. Wait, retract. Apple was a remarkable company. Then again. But what will they do next to remain remarkable? Mac sales will eventually slow as people switch to tablets. The iPhone hasn’t seen much innovation. iTunes (music) will eventually falter as Rhapsody and Spotify catch fire. Netflix might kill their video business. AppleTV, while my favorite product, is stagnant. Something has to happen to keep this company going and growing. Innovation.

Mr. Chow for 6 Please

Eric Greenspan

Back in 2006, my company was awarded Services Company of the Year by the Technology Council of Southern California. We wanted to celebrate. I’d never been to Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills and with all the paparazzi out front, I thought I may never.

Own Your Greeting; Deliver Your Hug or Handshake With Commitment (I’m a Hugger)

Eric Greenspan

I’m a hugger. Not just a slight kiss on the face, awkward arm wrap, limp hugger, but a real hug where the other person for a moment feels safe and appreciated. It’s my routine. Some like it. Some don’t know how to handle it. It’s what works for me. I can’t small talk or fake hug. Greetings can be so warm and welcoming and sometimes, just plain awkward. The secret is to find your greeting and own it!

Touchscreens and Towlettes – 10 Ways to Distribute Moist Towelettes

Eric Greenspan

I’m a big fan of clean fingers. As I type this I can see my fingerprints forming on my iPhone screen. It makes me nuts. The line to the bathroom at the car wash is too long to deal with, or I’d go wash my hands. I wish I had a moist towelette in my pocket, but I don’t. The age of the touchscreen is upon us. We tap, tap, slide all day, everyday. Almost every device today does or can offer this functionality.

Chapter 8.2: Rejection is G-d’s Protection

Eric Greenspan

In my Chapter 8.1 post I shared with you a story of my electric car (Chevy Volt, not the Tesla!) purchase. I was a week past my chapter 7 bankruptcy and my goal was to get back on the horse and start building credit immediately. Additionally, the car I traded was financed by my ex and it was in her name. I needed that to change, so did she. I knew big interest rates and a lot of work were in store for me, but I went for it.

How Pizza Hut Can…Well, Sell More Pizza

Eric Greenspan

So imagine for a moment that you are Pizza Hut and you are looking to expand sales. From my experience, the monthly coupon I receive from Rusty’s Pizza (a local Santa Barbara pizza delivery) is slam dunk.

Best Buy’s New “Wizard” Learning Center (hypothetical)

Eric Greenspan

In my past post , I spoke about a recovery plan for Best Buy. One of my points was well received regarding the development of an in store learning center. For purposes of the discussion, I call it the “Wizard.” ” The Wizard is everything technology.

Defined By Our Desktop (or We Are What We App?)

Eric Greenspan

You can tell a lot about a person by the apps they keep and how they keep them. Some try to cram as much as possible into the home page. Some, keep it simple. Is this how their mind works? Or is it the opposite? Do the cluttered minds like simple desktops?

Chik-Fil-A Should Learn From McDonalds

Eric Greenspan

If Chik-Fil-A were my company, I’d remember how McDonald’s came under scrutiny for their contribution to obesity. Granted, chicken sandwiches are much lower in fat, but they still deep fry much of their food and their sauces are filled with garbage. Here’s what I’d change: 1. Make fresh sauces, not processed and use wholesome ingredients. Think salsa bar at Baja Fresh/La Salsa. Offer baked fries (oxymoron). Offer baked chicken nuggets. Lose the homophobia.