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Unconventional Ways to WIN with Rand Fishkin

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

This week on the show we’ve got serial entrepreneur, marketer extraordinaire and SEO genius Rand Fishkin. Among other things, the guy is an online content legend, having built the legendary MOZ, one of the first online resources / communities helping creators optimize for SEO (yes search engine optimization…aka if you make content, it’s helping your people find you on the internet) and now he’s got a new company you’ve gotta know about, and a new BOOK, called Lost & Founder – aimed at helping all of us creators and entrepreneurs find our way. SUCH A USEFUL BOOK. But even more than the “what” Rand does…it’s the HOW he does it that I find completely extraordinary. Everything, it seems, has been non-traditional. From college dropout to serial entrepreneur. Join us on this conversational journey as we dispel startup culture tropes, ‘best practices’ and fight back against “traditional” wisdom. A few topics from this episode: There are three key components to building successful and enjoyable content: build on a medium that you are passionate about, create something of unique value, and put the content where your audience actually hangs out.  Sounds easy, but Rand is unapologetic and VERY helpful in guiding us […]

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Unconventional Ways to WIN with Rand Fishkin

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

This week on the show we’ve got serial entrepreneur, marketer extraordinaire and SEO genius Rand Fishkin. Among other things, the guy is an online content legend, having built the legendary MOZ, one of the first online resources / communities helping creators optimize for SEO (yes search engine optimization…aka if you make content, it’s helping your people find you on the internet) and now he’s got a new company you’ve gotta know about, and a new BOOK, called Lost & Founder – aimed at helping all of us creators and entrepreneurs find our way. SUCH A USEFUL BOOK. But even more than the “what” Rand does…it’s the HOW he does it that I find completely extraordinary. Everything, it seems, has been non-traditional. From college dropout to serial entrepreneur. Join us on this conversational journey as we dispel startup culture tropes, ‘best practices’ and fight back against “traditional” wisdom. A few topics from this episode: There are three key components to building successful and enjoyable content: build on a medium that you are passionate about, create something of unique value, and put the content where your audience actually hangs out.  Sounds easy, but Rand is unapologetic and VERY helpful in guiding us […]

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Unconventional Ways to WIN with Rand Fishkin

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

This week on the show we’ve got serial entrepreneur, marketer extraordinaire and SEO genius Rand Fishkin. Among other things, the guy is an online content legend, having built the legendary MOZ, one of the first online resources / communities helping creators optimize for SEO (yes search engine optimization…aka if you make content, it’s helping your people find you on the internet) and now he’s got a new company you’ve gotta know about, and a new BOOK, called Lost & Founder – aimed at helping all of us creators and entrepreneurs find our way. SUCH A USEFUL BOOK. But even more than the “what” Rand does…it’s the HOW he does it that I find completely extraordinary. Everything, it seems, has been non-traditional. From college dropout to serial entrepreneur. Join us on this conversational journey as we dispel startup culture tropes, ‘best practices’ and fight back against “traditional” wisdom. A few topics from this episode: There are three key components to building successful and enjoyable content: build on a medium that you are passionate about, create something of unique value, and put the content where your audience actually hangs out.  Sounds easy, but Rand is unapologetic and VERY helpful in guiding us […]

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Lumoid Shuts Down Just Months After Inking Best Buy Camera Rental Deal

PetaPixel Michael Zhang

There’s major consolidation going on in the US camera gear rental industry. Lumoid, a camera and tech gear rental startup, has announced that it’s closing up shop, less than half a year after signing a deal with Best Buy to offer gear rentals through the giant retailer.

Lumoid founder Aarthi Ramamurthy posted a message on Facebook announcing the closure and saying that she’s moved on to a position at Facebook.

The startup was born 4.5 years ago after Ramamurthy registered the domain name and applied to the YCombinator seed funding program. She and her team went on to raise $5.9 million in funding and financing over the past couple of years.

TechCrunch reports that despite forming a partnership with Best Buy, Lumoid was unable to obtain the money needed to acquire enough gear for the deal.

So instead, the decision was made to wind down the business. Ramamurthy says the startup spent the last 4 months selling its assets and intellectual property.

Earlier this month, Lensrentals and LensProToGo announced a merger, forming a juggernaut in the US camera rental market. Another big player in the space is BorrowLenses, which was acquired by photo book giant Shutterfly in 2013.

Photo Salon in SF Turns Phone Photos Into Fine Art Prints in 30 Minutes

PetaPixel Michael Zhang

Neomodern is a new startup in San Francisco that turns smartphone photos into fine art prints while giving owners a memorable, educational, and inspiring experience along the way.

Located on Union Street, Neomodern was founded by Michael Rubin, previously a Senior Innovator at Adobe.

“This idea had been nagging on me and I just gave in and did it this year,” Rubin tells PetaPixel.

There are two components to Neomodern: a printing side and a gallery side.

For printing, Neomodern invites anyone to walk in with their smartphones. The staff consists of experienced professional fine art printers who will guide you through the entire process of turning your digital photos into high-quality prints.

Neomodern is “reviving the old tradition of the ‘printmaster’,” Rubin says.

After helping you select the photo you’d like to print, the staff guides you through the concierge printing service, editing the photos in Lightroom and Photoshop before turning them into large, archival prints.

Finally, Neomodern will cut a custom mat and help you frame the print.

30 minutes later after arriving, you can walk out of the building with a finished fine art print that you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.

If you don’t have a chance to visit San Francisco, Neomodern can walk through the same process with you remotely through screen sharing.

“It’s our position that you can’t just print a file – and making it look ‘good’ is a personal thing,” Rubin says. “We need to do it with you.”

Neomodern is also a photo gallery that maintains a significant private collection of modernist photography by photographers such as Adams, Kertesz, and Cartier-Bresson.

The goal is to educate people about great photography and use the examples as stepping stones to discuss customer photos. This means the concierge time with customers doubles as a short class.

Rubin believes that there’s a big movement coming in photography and he’s positioning Neomodern to ride the wave.

“We believe that a renaissance is coming to photography that isn’t retro, but still about printing and about connecting people printing today with classical photographic prints,” Rubin says. “We are elevating ‘amateur” culture in photography, away from ‘art galleries” and just toward the personalization that photography creates.

“Photography has always been democratic, and populist, and we’d like to revive those attributes.”


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