Monster’s problem was putting sales before tech

A while back, Huffington Post published an interesting article on Monster.com, my former employer.  While I agree with most of the article, I think it’s only partly right. “It wasn’t a technology failure; it was a leadership failure.”  Actually, it was both.  The leadership failure caused the technology failure.  Sal and other Monster leadership focused […]

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January 18, 2016

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Important lesson for coders: Don’t use open redirects!

DART Enterprise login

Let me tell you a story… At the start of 2002, DoubleClick purchased NetGravity.  It was a company that had an enterprise ad server, so it seemed like a natural fit.  The product was renamed to “DART Enterprise” and was a product people could buy and install on their own servers.  It was really a […]

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December 11, 2015

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Backlogged

jnik moved in on Sunday and we’ve been unpacking, setting stuff up, or fixing things since then. I’ve also been trying to finish the new and improved Anime Boston online pre-registration system in between…which hasn’t left a whole lot of time for other things. I’ve got a whole backlog of e-mail I really need to […]

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May 28, 2003

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Reload THIS!

Matrix Reloaded

SPOILER FREE! I saw a special screening of The Matrix: Reloaded this morning. (With free food! Woo!) It was a very good movie and I enjoyed it a lot. Just make sure you sit through the credits to see the trailer for the final chapter in November. BIG POINTLESS SPOILERS: (highlight to have the film’s […]

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May 14, 2003

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Fire Marshal Mark

For fire safety, Monster has several people on each floor assigned to be “fire marshals” and ensure that people get out if there’s a fire. Mark is ours…so we’ve been giving him a hard time about it. Peter edited a parking lot photo and sent it out…and then I added the fire. You can see […]

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May 7, 2003

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A year!

Today marks the 365th day since I came back to Monster…and I’m still employed! Woo hoo! My one year anniversary is tomorrow. (No, I don’t get anything from them.) It’s been 6 years, one month, and two days since I originally started at The Monster Board. That should count for something, right? I need more […]

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April 14, 2003

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In a panic to save my job…

At about 3:43 pm, Paul (my boss’s boss…two levels below Jeff Taylor the CEO/founder), came over. He said someone had apparently hacked the home page and changed the success story this morning. The success stories are served through DoubleClick…which is what I’m responsible for. I tell him I’ll look and see if I can find […]

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April 1, 2003

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Monster Communications

This was at the top of an HR e-mail we all got… Date: 24 Mar 2003 04:20 PM To: Monster-Maynard From: Monster Communications IMPORTANT-PLEASE READ: To reduce the number of individual announcements sent out about each Maynard activity, event or issue we try to condense the info into one Monster Communications newsletter. Unfortunately, there are […]

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March 24, 2003

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