Technology

VoiceCast = PodCast + VoIP + Mobile Phones

I previously riddled:

What do you get when you cross Podcasting with VoIP with unlimited cell phone plans with long commutes?

At the time, I knew some people working on CastCade (commemorative thong), which came and went without much of a whisper.

I mentioned a new wave of this technology recently, where you can listen to Guy Kawasaki‘s podcast by dialing (415)508-3265 from any phone.

There’s a name for this now, a VoiceCast. I have the number for Guy’s Voicecast, and found PhoneCaster.de, which has a ton of German VoiceCasts. Anyone know of any others? Especially something interesting, quick, and frequently updated?

Technology

Pod-less Podcast – "The Art of Raising Capital"

What about listening to a Podcast on a regular phone? Dial 415-508-3265 to hear Guy Kawasaki reading “The Art of Raising Capital” – the 7th chapter of his excellent book for entrepreneurs, “The Art of the Start”. It’s a good way to gain some knowledge while burning off those spare rollover and unlimited-night-and-weekend minutes, especially while driving about in the car.

Guy has given Tailored Technologies permission to use his podcast in this technology demo. If it’s busy, try again in a bit – it’s a tech demo, so their 4-call capacity may need some adjustment depending on how widely the number is spread.

I find it useful because I regularly forget to transfer podcasts to my portable music player, and often find myself craving something interesting to listen to in the car. If they can get some more content up, I can see myself using this frequently. I’d imagine folks without iPods and such might care too.

General

Google Finance's Best Feature Isn't AJAX

There’s much ado about Google Finance, which was launched yesterday. They’ve done the typical Google thing by adding some nice AJAX-ish UI integration (actually done in Flash).

I submit to you that an under-appreciated feature is the simple “Search” box. Yahoo Finance, CNN Money, and pretty much every other finance site out there have the obnoxious “Get Quotes” search box, which expects ticker symbols, and a “Symbol Lookup” link if you don’t know the symbol.

Google turns this on its head, with a single lookup box, and it’s amazingly accurate. Requiring 2 separate search approaches was always obtuse and unnecessary, yet it took Google to fix something that’s been broken on the web for a decade.

I wonder what other sacred cows are ripe for hamburger meat. Much like Seth Godin’s mention of the tradition of black lens caps being dethroned by a transparent lens cap with a helpful message, it’s amazing how many things could be improved by considering if there’s any good reason for the tradition.

General

On Career Fairs and Resumes

We had a great opportunity to attend Georgia Tech’s Spring career fair today. We were looking to fill several full-time positions as well as Summer and Fall co-op students. (If you think you’re qualified and interested, drop me a comment.)

Overall, we received 54 resumes over the course of the day. As we finished speaking to each person, we’d decide whether or not we should pursue them further, creating 2 piles of resumes.

33 resumes made the “good” pile, 21 made the “not so good” pile.

The interesting part came in a lull at the end of the day – we started looking at the resumes we received that were printed on premium paper, not just standard printer paper. Of the 13 “premium” resumes, 11 of them made the “good” pile. Both of the other two weren’t printed to align the watermark with the direction of the printing. 6 of the 11 “good” resumes were properly aligned.

The point is not that I’m some sort of resume snob. The interesting point is the correlation between quality candidates and the attention they put into their job search. Standard resume paper doesn’t indicate a bad candidate, but good paper seems to point strongly to a good candidate.

Of course since it’s possible that more bad candidates will start using good paper, we’ll stick with actually evaluating their skills, personality, and experience. I will keep monitoring this trend at future career fairs.