Latest abandonment numbers are getting better on average.

My wife was trying to unplug the sink with a snake-like brush and the old trap crumbed. As I tried to remove the rusty old trap, the connection to the sink stopper broke and so I was forced to yank the stopper as well. It was so old that I couldn’t get it to unscrew. This video helped give me some insight into how to remove the sink stopper. I got the nut under the sink to budge and create a crack between the gasket and the nut. However, I could not get the drain to unscrew and I resorted to use a hack saw to allow me to pull the sink stopper.

Thanks to this Old House for posting the video to help me solve my problem. The final product shown on the right above.

I asked my Dad once about his favorite poems and he mentioned “if” by Rudyard Kipling. I am beginning to understand more and more each passing year his recommendation and how my perception of the poem relates to the history behind it.

On a day when, at UVEF, we celebrate the triumphs of 25 Utah companies and their growth, it is healthy perspective for us to remember a few excerpts (emphasized below) and lessons from this famous poem.


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

To those of you who are new, or disaster stricken or veteran entrepreneurs (and I suspect each of us has or will or will again be part of all three groups), as we navigate triumph and disaster, may we not let either imposter change our “will…to…hold on,” and may we “fill [every single] minute with 60 seconds ‘worth of distance run.”

We recently closed $2.5 million in funding at Orabrush and the marketing team devised a very clever way to annouce it.

Zions Bank helped us collect a whole bunch of $1 bills for the shoot. We called four banks and it took 25 minutes to recount the money with automated machines when we returned it to the bank. What was fascinating to me, was that there were $2 missing after all that cash was thrown around.

It’s wonderful to work around such trustworthy people. Makes it so much easier to do business when you trust those you work with.

Watch the video below…

Filthy Rich Tongue – Orabrush Series A-1 Funding

Thanks to Susan at Zions Bank for collecting and counting all those $1 bills!

I ordered the Pixel Qi DIY kit the day after it became available (I was on a flight from Paris the day it was launched). Even with overnight shipping, because of the holiday and weekend, it only just arrived today in the mail and I’m currently typing this entry on my Acer Aspire One with a Pixel Qi screen. In the sunlight, it’s everything the hype makes it out to be and I love it.


All the guys at the office were floored by the screen in the direct sunlight.


The only issue I’m running into is that I would like to turn off the backlight at all times. I’m not sure that this is possible without different hardware. I noticed that when I installed the screen and hadn’t pushed in the connector entirely that the screen’s backlight seemed to be off. Not sure. I hope I can find a way to turn it off.

Great questions Perry. Yes, Yes and Yes.

Entrepreneurs driven by GREED?

Whatever each entrepreneur’s motive…apparently, they are twice as giving as people in the same income brackets all the way from the poor to the wealthy.

Why are business owners not portrayed more favorably in the media?

Perry, you’ll enjoy this talk (audio available) and this article on Why Giving Matters.