Writings by a younger, less handsome man who shares my name

Blake goes skydiving and forgets to close his mouth

Here I am shrieking

Hi there, I’m Blake. This is a blog I kept until 2010, when I lived in Philadelphia and was running MyDunkTank and Philly Startup Leaders.

I’ve since shifted my focus to my deepest passion, which is learning music. I started and run Instinct with my co-founder, Brian Stoner.

I’ve learned a tremendous amount since I wrote here. At some point, I’m sure I’ll be inspired to share.

In the meantime, you can always find me on Instinct and occasionally on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

  • mcwm

    Ryan Howard finished 2009 in 3rd place in the homerun tally. http://bit.ly/7hDp3l

  • mcwm

    Ryan Howard finished 2009 in 3rd place in the homerun tally and 2nd to last in strikeouts. http://bit.ly/7hDp3l

  • http://www.blakejennelle.com Blake Jennelle

    Mr. Murphy, you are very right. There was a time mid-season one year when he was leading the league in both HRs and SOs, do you know when that was? Looks like he led the league in HRs and was second in strikeouts during both the 2006 and 2008 regular seasons. Then it was the reverse in 2007, with him leading the league in strikeouts and finishing #2 in HRs.

  • joejennelle

    Sister, mother
    And spirit of the river, spirit of the sea,
    Suffer me not to be separated

    An let my cry come unto Thee.

    ~T. S. Eliot,
    “Ash Wednesday”

  • Olek Shestakov

    Would it be possible to connect via the LinkedIn?
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/oshestak / oshestak@gmail.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.woodbridge Jamie Woodbridge

    Hi Blake. I'd be very interested to pick your brains on your experience with Anthillz. I once worked on something that sounds very similar and that hit the ropes too. What were the main problems you encountered in the venture?

    Cheers!

    JAime

  • http://www.blakejennelle.com Blake Jennelle

    Good question. I made plenty of small mistakes, but I think the key big mistake was approaching the business problem the wrong way. A simple job board focused on the underserved niche of high-end US freelancers would have addressed the need in the market. I didn't need to invest anything in technology, and all the cool things we did around references, recommendations and applicant profiles were nice-to-haves. Instead I could have used an existing job board platform out of the box and devoted my entire team to hustling up job postings and marketing like mad.

  • http://twitter.com/stellarvisions stella gassaway

    Interesting take on building using available platform. Often clients think their problem is a technology problem and actually it's a design/strategy problem.

    We'll work with them using an open source application to build basic functions and get up and running. Then we work with them to test assumptions on implemented features and functions. Meanwhile they are building the business and momentum.

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