Year: 2011

  • 2011, Holiday Cheer & Eli the Elf

    I am still not quite sure exactly why our landlord loves to star in our RevZillaTV videos, but he continues to oblige us whenever we call – so long as RevZilla’s rent is paid on time.

    This 2011 holiday season Eli starred in a few videos and our latest for RevZilla’s December Deals is one of my personal favorites of all time. Ironically enough, it had the lowest budget and took less than an hour to shoot.

    Happy holidays to everyone out there and those folks who continue to help support, whether by voting with their credit cards, busting their hump as part of TeamZilla or continuing to help guide Matt, Nick and I along the way.

    2011 was big. Even bigger thangs to come in 2012.

    I’ve got a feeling. (…woo hoo).


  • RevZilla makes the grade.

    I love customer feedback.

    Great prices and excellent video reviews…keep it up. I took an e-commerce class and my final project was an analysis of…got an “A” thanks


  • Thanks for the MBA, Fred Wilson. Fake Grimlock is the Bonus.

    After being at the co-helm of a start-up (which is now an emerging business) for the last 3.5 years, I have learned a ton about what I know, what I thought I knew and what I need to learn more about. There are many online resources that I follow and digest daily, as well as some which serve as great reference points on a slew of business topics which are both leading edge and fundamental.

    Since I graduated in ’04, I have always had a twinge of “would an MBA be coming in handy right how” as we have enacted strategies for addressing business elements which we know have been solved by every other company in their comeuppance. Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling of reinventing the wheel.

    These days I have more of a comfort level in the fact that over my education and early career I had “learned how to learn”. If I don’t know something, I am confident in my ability to get the answer through a number of channels; the interwebs, my colleagues, advisors, mentors etc. Being secure on that front helps me to sleep a bit better these days.

    One of my favorite daily resources is, the blog of venture capitalist Fred Wilson. It’s a great commentary on the current start-up ecosystem, market trends, investment community and his “MBA Mondays” section continues to be interesting and valuable. The community leaving comments on any of his posts are the icing on the cake.

    My co-founders and I always joke that we are getting the “start-up MBA”. On the fly. On the web. Putting it to use, every day. We are living our own case study.

    It’s thanks to guys like Fred, who are sharing a career worth of knowledge and insight, daily, which continue to make this possible and allow us to learn from his wins and losses, albeit at an arms length. I hope to be able to pay it forward like that at some point. It would also be nice to bump into him and get a chance to say “Thank you” in person as well. The tech entrepreneur world is becoming big and small at the same time. It will probably happen.

    If you still are not sold, they also have Fake Grimlock. Find his comments. Thoughtful and funny. You will laugh. Unless you are unfunny.


  • StellaService – The Best of the Best. Get us nominated.

    A friend recently turned me onto StellaService – they are positioning themselves as the Michelin Guide for online retailers. Seeing as “customer experience” is what we believe to be RevZilla’s holy grail, I am eager to get enough nominations for them to take a peek at us – and hopefully shower us with rose petals, adulation and potentially Cristal.

    I also had a chance to chat with one of their co-founders on the phone and ended our conversation thinking they were pretty sharp in their approach to an already crowded space. I wish their company success in the start-up ecosystem.

    If you would like to nominate us I would greatly appreciate it. You can find the RevZilla StellaService nomination page here.