Nick Freiling

Social media hates your soul?

This Jaron Lanier interview is one of the most fascinating things I've read this year. Thanks to Rod Dreher for pointing it out. The argument is that social media hates your soul. And it suggests that there’s a whole spiritual, religious belief system along with social media like Facebook that I think people don’t like. And […]

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School shootings in perspective

Less than .0001% of American kids since 2000 have been injured in a school shooting. Yes, it's tempting to think that "one is too many." But the fact is, kids are safer at school than almost anywhere else. Certainly safer than they are at home. Don't buy into the hysteria. It sounds horrible to say, […]

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Me in Startup Grind, and some thoughts from X4 Summit

Here's me at Startup Grind on rules for an effective customer feedback survey. I'm a survey guru. I've designed, programmed, fielded and analyzed more surveys than I can count. As usual, when I feel I've boiled things down enough into a simple formula, I like to codify those guidelines in articles like this one. Hope […]

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We’re losing grasp of how the internet works

This sounds crazy. You have to think a good bit to even entertain this idea. But I have a theory. I think most Americans today understand LESS about how the internet works than Americans did 10 years ago. Of course, internet use is way up. We're online all day. Like 100X more than we were 10 years […]

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The Fantasy of Addiction?

An old-ish piece from First Things: It was the triumph of the Christian religion that for many centuries it managed to become the unreasoning assumption of almost all, built into every spoken and written word, every song, and every building. It was the disaster of the Christian religion that it assumed this triumph would last […]

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Quick review: Bench.co

I'm not super organized. That's a weakness. Especially when running a business. But I try to compensate. I like paying experts to do things for me—things I'm not good at—so I don't have to worry about those things. Mostly, I do it so I can focus on what I'm good at. Focus on what brings […]

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An odd sort of risk aversion

We’re so risk averse. I’d bet today’s Americans are more risk-averse than any previous generation. But it manifests oddly. So oddly. Young Americans engage in personal behavior that is riddled with risk. Sexually, financially, professionally. Multiple sexual partners, often in rapid succession. Borrowing more than we can earn in 10 years to get degrees in […]

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Rules for writing well

What follows isn’t mine. It’s rules and guidelines from a random website I stumbled across. Everything you write should be easy to understand. Clarity of writing usually follows clarity of thought. Take time to think about what you’re going to say, then say it as simply as possible. Keep these rules in mind whenever you’re […]

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Some practical advice for fledgling founders

I hear from startup founders often. Specifically, I get unsolicited (but real/serious) connection requests from one-off entrepreneurs trying to build something from nothing. Props to them for being aggressive, but I see so many make the same basic mistakes in their approach and personal branding. Here are some practical tips based on the most common […]

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More on net neutrality

Thought-provoking piece here by Aaron M. Renn of the Manhattan Institute. I don’t agree with some of his conclusions here. Namely, that Congress and the FCC should immediately launch investigations into the censoring practices of Silicon Valley social media giants, which cut off the public’s access to content that they find politically objectionable. We technically […]

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