0

Startup Lessons from Getting My Butt Kicked Sparring Every Week

Posted by admin on Apr 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

Yasuda Kicking Bob

Like many “good” little Asian kids, I grew up taking a series of different martial arts: judo, shotokan karate, american kenpo, shaolin kenpo, taekwondo, wing chun and jujutsu to name a few.  Perhaps at the outset, my parents thought it was a good way for me to connect with my cultural heritage (or lack thereof).  Or, more likely, as a “well-rounded” or maybe just a “round” kid, my parents wanted me to be able to protect myself.  I remember many of the routines that I went through as a kid during martial arts practice: running around like a senseless fool, useless stretching, memorization of some bizarre movement that made no sense whatsoever, group humiliation by attempting to execute the bizarre movement, brutal physical conditioning, attempts to not throw up during practice, more useless stretching, and finally mental torture.

As the years went on, I began to realize the importance of a proper warm-up, stretching to avoid pulling a muscle, learning techniques (blocks, punches, throws, holds, locks, kata, etc.), actual execution against an attacker, strengthening exercises, fitness, stretching after a workout to avoid soreness, and meditation.  After a long hiatus, I got back into martial arts again in 2000 and have been doing it ever since.

A few years ago, I joined an awesome school here in San Francisco.  At the outset, it was mainly for my son, but I soon started taking classes myself.  In fact, we’ve been able to set the schedule in such a way that while he takes his class, I’m able to take my own class with one of the instructors.  It’s truly a win-win where my son can learn in a great school and I can get a workout in at the same time.

The instructor, who is literally half my age, is an amazing teacher and a great practitioner.  Years ago, he encouraged me to start to spar.  Reluctantly, I agreed and dusted off my gloves and pads from yesteryear.  Yes, we wear protective gear, but I can assure you that no head guard or chest protector can prevent the impact of a well-executed kick to the solar plexus or punch/kick to the face.  I have had a few injuries that have put me out for weeks, required crutches, and/or various pain remedies.  My “favorite” recent injury was getting kicked hard enough on the side of my face that I felt the TMJ on the opposite side of my face momentarily dislocate… ouch…

Furthermore, every week I enter the school knowing that I will lose.  My instructor is a better sparring practitioner than me in every way: faster, fitter, stronger, and excellent execution of moves.  He’s an instructor, so maybe it’s his job.  But, he’s just better.  I’m lucky if I can get a few punches or kicks in from time-to-time.

So, why do I take this abuse?  Am I glutton for pain/punishment?  Pure stupidity?

The answer:

I LOVE IT!

Really!  It’s an incredibly intense workout where every muscle in my body is tensed and firing for quickness and power.  Stamina and fitness are key – the more tired I get, the more abuse I take.  I can assure you that there is no better incentive for keeping fit than avoiding punches or kicks.  Moreover, it’s an opportunity for me to practice various techniques in a controlled, but real fight.  I learned the hard way that many traditional forms just don’t work for me.  It may seem crazy, but I feel that all of the other types of exercise that I do from running, jump rope, tennis, surfing, lifting, and practicing traditional kenpo curriculum all come together when sparring – endurance from running; staying light on the balls of my feet from jump rope; footwork, hand eye coordination and explosive power from tennis; balance from surfing; strength from lifting; and martial arts techniques from kenpo all come into play.

But these are all related to the physical aspects of sparring.  There have been several other positive attributes that helped me in my professional and personal life.  4 come to mind immediately.

  1. LEARNING TO EMBRACE FAILURE:   As I mentioned, every week, I go into class knowing that I will fail.  BUT, going into adverse situations knowing that the odds are stacked against you builds a certain “toughness” of character.  Without going into crazy detail here (I may write something in another post), I’m in the start-up world.  9 out of 10 start-ups fail.  But the most successful startup entrepreneurs are ones that may fail 9 times, learn WHY they fail, and keep going up against the odds to find just 1 idea that works.  In sparring, when I fail, I LITERALLY get punched in the face.  It sucks.  When I fail as a start-up entrepreneur, it sucks, but it certainly doesn’t suck as much as getting punched in the face… I really used to FEAR failure.  Now, I accept as just a necessary part of the road to success.  More to come on this topic later.
  2. LEARNING TO CONTROL EMOTIONS:  The first time I sparred as a kid, I got my @ss handed to me.  More specifically, I was hit with a 5 punch combination and took a side kick to my stomach which put me on the floor.  I remember getting up, yelling several expletives, and going after my sparring partner with a highly unsuccessful “windmill” style of punching.  When that didn’t work, I tried to tackle him.  That prompted another 5 punch combination and side kick from my sparring partner which sent me sprawling.  When I got up from the floor I was in a rage and my sensei (teacher) moved in to break up the “fight” – quite honestly, to protect me from getting destroyed again. I remember him saying, “OK Jeff.  What did we learn from this?”  I responded, “We learned that [such-in-such] is an asshole!”  “No,” my instructor calmly responded, “YOU are the asshole.  When you lost control of your emotions, you turned into a horrible fighter.  You had no control over your body and you ran around like a crazy person trying to tackle your partner.  Because you had no defenses or proper form, you left yourself wide open to attack.”  While I was incredibly pissed off, I must admit that it made perfect sense as I wiped away mucous and blood from my nose.  He then went on to explain, “When you lose control of your emotions, you just lose.  Period.”  I’ve found that getting out-of-control upset when things go wrong in the startup world just creates more problems.  Sure, there are tons of disappointments, rejections, and professional embarrassing episodes along the entrepreneurial path, but having emotional outbursts creates a bad culture and makes it tougher for everyone to pick up the pieces and start again.  I recently saw the movie with Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs.  I think you get the point.
  3. STRESS RELIEVER:  I just have to admit that physically hitting something is a great release of stress.  I’m not saying to “reach out and [touch] hit someone,” but go get a standalone punching bag and start firing away with your fists of fury when things go awry.  Believe me, it’s a great stress reliever!  Startups are hard.  You have investors, employees, customers, business partners, and vendors to whom you have to report.  When things go wrong (which they ALWAYS do), there is stress.  The bigger the problem, the bigger the stress.  Learning to find HEALTHY ways to relieve that stress is a good thing and sparring works for me!
  4. LEARNING TO LEARN:  Once my ego gets out of the way about the importance of “winning” or being the better “sparring partner,” I’m incredibly receptive to learning where I can do better.  Since I expect to lose, I want to learn WHY I lose.  I ask for feedback.  I ask for specific suggestions and strategies for doing better next time.  I ask if I repeated a bad habit that I tried to “fix” from earlier sessions.  The list of questions goes on and on.  In my start-up, like performing a science project in grade school, we often have a hypothesis, a procedure to execute the experiment, and then record the results.  Most of the time, it’s a failure, the odds are against us.  But understanding WHY it failed is incredibly valuable.  Question EVERYTHING.  Not only so you don’t make the mistake again, but because it sets up a system of experimentation, execution, and analysis that could eventually lead to a successful outcome for the business.

 

I’m sure I will revisit this post, but thought I’d share a bit about “Kung Fu Fighting” and how it just might make you a better startup entrepreneur…

 

And now the original song!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 
0

Fixing Busted Fan on MacBook Pro (2nd Generation)

Posted by admin on Oct 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

To my horror, the night before I had to record and stream a band’s performance over the web, my primary laptop started to have bizarre buzzing noises.  Normally, I would’ve sent it to the shop but since I needed this computer for the next day, I took matters into my own hands.  Apparently, this kind of job costs about $50 bucks in labor and $50 per fan.

After researching possible sources, I narrowed down that it was a faulty fan.  I read this post to get me going in the right direction and it was super helpful.  Basically, it instructed me to add lubricant to the axle of the fan.  So far so good…  The post does a pretty good job.

However, on the second generation MacBook Pro there’s another fan that’s pretty tricky to access that is found on the left side of the motherboard.  Here’s a picture of what the motherboard looks like once you open it.  I’ll presume that you know how to take apart your computer already and have the proper phillips head screwdriver and torx kit.

2013-10-02 09.18.41

 

The fan on the right side is relatively easy to open.  There are only two black phillips head screws that need to be removed.  Be careful when peeling back the orange clear tape to avoid ripping.

Here’s what it looks like when you take it apart.

 

2013-10-02 09.15.09

The left side fan caused a bit more brain damage but it wasn’t terrible.  If you carefully remove the yellow tape, you will notice that there are several wires that run over the fan (and unfortunately make removing the top a bit tougher) that connect into the motherboard.  Try to remove as little of the tape as possible and gently pull the wires up to pull out the black connector to the motherboard.  I believe there were two that I needed to remove to the right of the fan.  A few wires that blocked the lower part of the fan cover also needed to be moved.  Again, there were only two black phillips head screws that needed to be removed.

I then removed the fan blade from the cover and cleaned them with tissue paper.

From what I read, the reason the awful rattling noise starts is because of the lack of lubrication.  You can use WD40 or whatever.  I used 3in1 mechanical oil.  I just dabbed a bit on the tip of the axle and put it right back in the pin-sized hole.

The fan blade looks like this.  You’ll notice that I wasn’t that “exacting” with the amount of oil I used.  Also be careful when trying to pull out the blade.  I broke one of the plastic spokes when pulling it out.

2013-10-02 09.15.32

Hopefully, this was helpful in solving your fan issue.  Good luck!

 
0

Best Potstickers in San Francisco

Posted by admin on Sep 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

I’ve been on a search for great potstickers in San Francisco and have had no luck for years… until recently. I just checked out Shanghai Dumpling King on Balboa between 34th and 35th Avenues out in the Richmond. The place was a total hole in the wall – scary to most – but kinda had that awful Chinese decor that made it totally legit in my mind (never trust a Chinese restaurant with a nice interior anyway, right).

2013-06-20 16.47.13

The Xiu Long Bao (or juicy buns) were excellent.  Some say that the skin is a bit too thick, but I disagree.  Eat it with the ginger sauce or without, they are incredible.  Sure, they may not be as succulent as the ones at Yank Sing, but you at least don’t need to fork over a month’s wages ;)…   In any case, do NOT put the whole thing in your mouth when they are hot.  The soup inside will scald the skin off your mouth, quite literally… so be careful!  I’ve made the mistake and still continue to do it as my brain says “don’t eat too fast” and my belly says “come on in, we’re open for business.”

2013-06-20 16.22.46

Here’s a pic of the classic potstickers.  I thought they came out well.  The filling was nicely seasoned.  They were good enough to eat without soy sauce.  There’s nothing I can’t stand more than being forced to eat dumplings with soy sauce because the cook didn’t spend the time to properly season it…

2013-06-20 16.32.34

 

I still haven’t had a chance to go through the entire menu, but there seems to be several amazing dishes to choose from.  The only dish that I thought was lame, boring, and generally lacking of flavor were the noodles.  They were really just filler and not worth the amount of real estate they took up in my ever-expanding belly.

My kid and I take kenpo karate classes out in the Sunset and we often will just call ahead and do pickup, but make sure you leave plenty of time as these dumplings take abou 15-20 minutes to prepare.  Call ahead (415) 387-2088 or just show up to 3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, California 94121.

Try it out… you won’t be disappointed!

 
0

Reaching a Critical Mass of Negative Feedback, Failing Faster, and Building Back Up

Posted by admin on Nov 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

I often hear about the importance of failure. What? This is the antithesis of what we learn in school. Work hard, practice, know your stuff, etc. BEFORE you share your idea with the world… That doesn’t work in reality, particularly around consumer products on the web. I’ve had several unsuccessful attempts at building products. BUT, I thought they were great when I first shared them… WRONG. Often times, I’m the “anti-Midas” – I tell my guys what I think with the explicit direction to do just the opposite. Why? Sometimes, you think a user is going to use your project in a certain way and they do just the opposite. OR, we find that users will use the product in ways that you never imagined. I think the important thing is to get your product out there as quickly as you can. HOWEVER, my one caveat is to do so in a manner that gives you the best chance at success. Here are some thoughts on a potential gameplan:

1.) Get a core feature that you think is cool and try it on a few users AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Don’t worry about the UI too much (I know it’s hard)

2.) This is NOT a public alpha. Rather, get folks that are not afraid to give you the HARSH, UGLY, and DIRECT truth about your product. This is key. It is also important to get users that have not been involved in ANY of the product discussions or iterations. You need a fresh set of eyes.

3.) Keep it PRIVATE. Given the massive amounts of new products that appear everyday, you had better be sure you are damn confident about the alleged awesomeness of what you are sharing. Start small first and don’t be too quick to push something out of the door to the masses. HOWEVER, YOU DO NEED TO PUSH SOMETHING FOR USERS TO TRY ASAP. If you are going to fail, at least fail fast. You’ve heard that one before, but it is so true.

4.) Try to do as little talking as possible about the product. Let the users struggle through it ON THEIR OWN. Try to avoid the need for lots of words to explain what to do. No one reads FAQs except power users. The UI needs to be intuitive.

5.) Be open to negative feedback. Do not explain yourself. Just collect the feedback. It’s amazing if you just shut-up and let a user vent about a product, they build momentum and fully voice their frustrations. Open a Google docs form to collect feedback, but keep in mind the best pearls of advice come from watching a user struggle with the product or a direct conversation about what happened. Keep in mind that positive feedback is simply NOT useful. You can’t act on “This is great!” You can act on “I hated the fact that I couldn’t quickly figure out how to…”

6.) REACH A CRITICAL MASS OF NEGATIVE FEEDBACK… FAST. Collect the feedback and at some point, the glass of negativity will start to overflow – meaning the pieces of negative feedback will start getting repetitive. I doubt there are many products that come out of the gate as awesome.

7.) Collect the feedback and regroup. Chances are that you’ve already been struggling with some of the issues that your test users have mentioned.

8.) START FROM SCRATCH WHEN REBUILDING… I often hear that iterating on an initial design that is flawed is the way to go. I’m not sure I agree. If there are fundamental problems, I think it’s better to start with a clean slate. It clears the mind and the clutter that results from throwing new features at the problem.

9.) Do ONE thing well. I often struggle with this problem. You come up with a few good ancillary ideas that you want to bolt on to the product. The result: a cluttered UI where the user doesn’t know what to do. Redefine the core value proposition in words may be needed. Do users care about the need? Is it even a real need? Why can’t they simply use another product to do this? I know everyone says it, but it’s so true: SCRATCH YOUR OWN ITCH.

10.) Hire a good UI/UX designer. Outsource, or in some cases bring someone on board full time. There will be plenty of stuff that they can do…

And, because we go to “11.”

11.) Spend as LITTLE money as possible in the test phase. The cardinal rule of a start-up is NEVER RUN OUT OF MONEY. OK, maybe that’s not possible, but most start-ups pivot and reach success doing something totally different than what they first thought about. You just need a long enough runway to have a few chances to screw up before you find something that works…

Here are some great blog posts (much better than my own) that touch on pieces of what I’m talking about:

Why I’m treating startups more critically lately

Bill Nguyen: The Boy In The Bubble

Hey mom – since you’re the only one who reads this blog anyway, give me your feedback.

 
0

The Lighthouse and Whaler: One of the Next Great Bands…

Posted by admin on Oct 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

I was extremely lucky to have this amazing band in my studio for a recent Blip.fm Session. I can’t put my finger on it, but these guys remind me of Vampire Weekend, but with some very deep lyrics. In fact, the name of the band is reference to Herman Melville’s epic novel, Moby Dick. Yes, many of us were forced to read this in high school, but sadly, I believe I read the Cliff’s Notes version and failed to grasp the significance of the name of the band. Apparently, Nantucket represented all things great to seafaring men back in the day. The lighthouse was one of the first glimpses of sanctuary that tired sailors would see before coming to port. However, in the novel the great whale, Moby Dick, whom the whaling boat had been pursuing, surfaces between the whaler and the lighthouse. Instead of going to port, the whaler decides to chase after Moby Dick which eventually leads to the sailors’ demise. I’m sure I botched this, but you get the gist.

The band explains that the significance of the name of their band is that they often see glimpses of success, but are often led astray (hopefully not to their demise) in order to pursue their passions. Pretty cool and extremely deep for what think will be an amazing band and one to watch – not at all what their name might suggest in strict Mellvillian reference…

 
-

The Parlotones from South Africa Play (and Drink a Barrel of Wine) at My House!

Posted by admin on Mar 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Yesterday, The Parlotones performed in my basement studio in San Francisco for a special 2-hour show. The Parlotones hail all the way from South Africa, where they have established themselves as one of the biggest bands in the country. Additionally, the band has followed another passion of theirs: WINE. In the coming weeks The Parlotones will be launching several of their own wines in the United States. Learn more about their wine at http://theparlotoneswine.com.

The band performed first for about an hour and did a fantastic job. It’s amazing that they performed so well considering they are wrapping up a month-long tour in the US and drove straight from Portland for 10 hours to make our show on time. These guys are an incredible band and we were lucky to have them in the studio.

Being that we are from Northern California, we love wine as much as we love music. Currently, both the music and wine industries are going through a tremendous rebirth and we wanted to pull together some of the biggest names in Napa Valley. Joining us for our session was Paul Mabray of Vintank, www.vintank.com and Mark Oldman, www.markoldman.com. Paul Mabray is a strategic visionary in the wine industry and is the CEO and founder of Vintank. Mark Oldman is both a wine celebrity and author, known for his creative approach to tasting and understanding wine. We spoke with Paul and Mark for a bit, drank some wine, and then brought Kahn Morbee (lead vocals and guitar) and Paul Hodgson (lead guitar and keyboards) back for an interview… and yes, some more wine.

The show was a blast and there was much wine flowing. Enjoy and hang out for the afterparty as well!

 
-

Pro Tools DAE errors 9128 and 6101

Posted by admin on Feb 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

I gotta say that this is why Pro Tools is the industry standard and why their customer support is world class. Please remember that I have no formal relationship with Pro Tools and I am writing this post SOLELY as a happy customer.

I was experiencing these awful clicks and pops during both playback and recording. The clicks and pops were so bad that my sound recording was basically useless. After reading some posts online, I went to the “Setup” menu and selected “Playback Engine.” For some reason, I had checked the box next to “Host Engine.” After unchecking the box, the screen looked like this:

The clicks and pops went away, but I encountered a 9128 error which had to do with CPU issues. I know this had to do with having multiple apps open, but I wanted to stress the system. Since I often do live streaming of bands, I also need to be able to keep a browser open so I can make sure that the stream is being picked up by the web. I also need to have my email easily accessible if the band’s management or label needs to contact me (I have a NO CELL PHONE rule when I record as it gets picked up my my mics). As such, I wanted to see how many apps I could keep open before I got the error message. In total, (you can see this in the app dock below) I had Mail, Chrome browser, Preview, iMovie, Skype, and of course Pro Tools 9 running at the same time. Obviously, this is excessive (particularly Skype), but it was a good test. The error message looked like this:

I also ran into several 6101 errors as well which was an indication that Pro Tools is having difficulty reading from the hard drive fast enough. I momentarily solved this problem by setting the DAE Playback Buffer to Level 4. The latency would cause such a delay that a live band would not be able to record and monitor their playing – obviously, this was not a long-term solution. Every time I set the buffer back to the Level 2 default, the 6101 error would pop up.

I then threw up my hands, cried “Uncle,” and emailed support at Pro Tools. They were responsive and gave me the impression that they cared about my issues. Cameron, the support guru, diagnosed that it was likely a hardware setup issue. I use a ProFire 2626 as the IO device and an older MacBook Pro with 6GB of RAM. I’m using a GT050Q Glyph external hard drive. We tried various configurations:

1) Profire 2626 via FireWire400 ExpressCard, external drive via FW800 port on the right side of the laptop… RESULT: NO DICE
2) External drive via FW800 port on the right side of the laptop and daisy chain to FW400 port of Profire 2626… RESULT: NO DICE

We then tried:

Profire 2626 via FireWire400 port on the right side of the laptop and daisy chained external drive via the FW400 port at the back of the 2626… RESULT: YES YES YES!

It’s really weird, but sometimes these configurations make a huge difference. Interestingly, I also kept ALL of the applications open that I had previously mentioned. I was able to run an hour long recording session. I also did several mixdowns with about 11 tracks. No problems and everything ran smoothly. Hopefully, this will be useful to someone out there on the planet… or at least the one person who reads this blog (hey mom… oh yeah, but you have no idea what Pro Tools is…).

Oh, here’s the report that I got from AVID – good work guys and thanks for saving my ass! BTW – if Avid has a problem with me posting their email, I’ll gladly pull it down, but they really did a good job for me… thanks Cameron!

 
-

Paradise Lost: Weird, Short, and Loud – George Clinton at Yoshi’s

Posted by admin on Feb 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

I had a chance to see one of my favorite funk masters of ALL TIME the other night at Yoshi’s in San Francisco. I was looking forward to this show for months, but unfortunately, it turned out to be a disappointment for me. In some ways, I feel guilty and ashamed admitting that I didn’t have fun. Am I crazy? There were 20 people on stage in wild costumes having a great time playing some awesome tunes. But something struck me that the performance was more of a circus of various disjointed performers as opposed to tight knit band. Sure, I understand that Parliament Funkadelic often times takes an hour of random jamming to get going, but the masters of funk never really seemed to get their groove on. There were times when I felt that the musicians were nervously looking at each other wondering “is this the bridge” or “is it my turn to take the solo?” For the guys that were at the forefront of funk innovation, this was disheartening and WEIRD to see/hear that, well, the Mothership never really connected.

Pretty amazing that they could all fit on the tiny stage

It was also surprising how SHORT the set was… There were two shows: one that started at 7:30 and another at 9 or so. I could’ve sworn that the initial set ended at around 8:30ish. Maybe my memory escapes me, but I remember mumbling, “Is that it?” Granted, Parliament is known to live by their own schedule, but I was a bit surprised.

Tear the rook of the sucka!

While it was cool to see the band in a small venue like Yoshi’s, I was also shocked how LOUD the show was. Being the old fart that I am, I assumed that it was just me… until I turned around and saw several people with their hands over their ears. Granted, I forgot to bring my trusty ear plugs, but at one point I was cringing from the ringing. I’m sure the poor sound engineer had a hell of a time doing the mixdown for a band with twenty people. It was probably absolute madness just remembering what channel corresponded to what instrument/band member. Perhaps that had something to do with it…

I must admit that hearing Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucka) live was pretty awesome. It certainly brought back memories. George Clinton has made such an incredible contribution to funk and just the music world in general. I guess I was just expecting more from one of the greats.

Oh, and one more thing… George cut off his colorful braids. That alone was WEIRD and SHORT, but maybe not so LOUD anymore.

 
-

Gotta Say That Pro Tools 9.0 is Pretty Rocking

Posted by admin on Jan 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

I just installed the latest version of Pro Tools thanks to Kevin and the good folks at Avid and I must say that the new features are great (BTW make sure you get the latest version). I particularly like the fact that I don’t need to lug the hardware interface with me every time I want to make tweaks to my latest project. My IO interface is M-Audio’s Profire 2626 – while it is totally portable, it’s a pain to have to hook up if I just want to make a slight adjustment to an existing project. Now, I just need to plug in the USB ILOK key and I can open up Pro Tools on my laptop. Pro Tools 9 automatically recognizes that you haven’t connected to your IO interface and will allow you to play the project through the speakers/headphone jack on your laptop. Really convenient.

I did come across some issues with clicking and popping, but they seem to have cleared up after installing the latest version 9.0.1. Since I record a lot of bands for our show, the Blip.fm Sessions (shameless plug I know), it’s totally important that I check for the latest updates. This has often cured problems that come up at the last minute when I’m panicked about properly recording a show and strange things start happening.

Also, the Pro Tools support guys suggested that when funky things happen, that I trash the preferences and databases. This resets Pro Tools when having strange issues. Special thanks to Cameron – here’s how to do it:

Deleting Databases and Preferences
These are important steps in order to resolve various issues, such as assertion errors, graphic or display problems, and other intermittent issues that are not specifically hardware or compatibility related. Listed below are the paths to all the database and preference files installed by Pro Tools. Once you have deleted these files, you should empty the trash and restart your computer. These files will be recreated when Pro Tools is launched.

Digidesign Databases

Double-click on the Macintosh HD icon on your desktop. (This would be your system drive if you have renamed it to something else.)
Go to the Library folder.
Go to the Application Support folder
Go to the Digidesign folder
Find the folder called Databases and drag it to your trash.
NOTE: If you are using Pro Tools HD, DV Toolkit 2 or Complete Production Toolkit, you will want to backup your Catalogs folder before deleting the Databases folder.
Pro Tools Preferences

From the Finder, click on the ‘Go’ menu at the top of your screen and choose ‘Home’.
Go to the Library folder.
Go to the Preferences folder.
Delete the following files:
com.digidesign.ProTools.plist
DAE Prefs
DigiSetup.OSX
Pro Tools LE/HD/M-Powered Prefs

Good luck!

PS – I’m not affiliated with Avid – I just think it’s a great product

 
0

My Interview with David Hornik of August Capital

Posted by admin on Dec 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

I tried a new version of the Blip.fm Sessions last week. Instead of bringing in a band, I decided to interview a different sort of rock star… a VC that’s done a lot of cool stuff (like invest in evite and Aardvark) as well as being an avid music fan. I was actually really surprised to hear about his degree in Computer Music from Stanford… pretty wild stuff. Anyway, we talked about the industry, various trends, and advice for startups. Specifically we focused on 3 areas: 1) the intersection between music and venture capital, 2) how to pitch a VC, and 3) the importance of balancing work and play as a start-up entrepreneur. Check it out!

Copyright © 2019 Jeff Yasuda All rights reserved.