March, 2012 | Chris Page

TalkToTheManager – Every Cell Phone is a Comment Card

Mar 08
Every cell phone is a comment card

Talk to the Manager - Every cell phone is a comment card

I know quite a few talented folks, another friend of mine just launched:

I really think this has a lot of potential to kick off. You know those customer feedback cards in restaurants and hotels that you’re asked to fill out once in awhile? And every once in awhile you do? This takes that concept to the new century, using cell phones.

Imagine sitting in a restaurant, and the bathroom is just gross – you text anonymously to a number that you notice on a card laid out on the table, the feedback is sent to the owner, manager on staff, etc, instantly and anonymously. They can very quickly, either respond, or remedy the problem, or likely ( and hopefully in this scenario ), both. Now – it doesn’t have to be bad feedback, it can actually be good feedback too — ie: “Sally is a wonderful waitress, she really went above and beyond, thank you, we’ll be back”, etc.

It’s a great tool for businesses to dig down into what’s happening in their business. Particularly if the upper management is more removed, ie, chain owners.

I talked to a few businesses about this while I was out and about earlier this week, and sure enough, there was interest. I think a huge win for TalkToTheManager is if a hotel chain grabs this – then you are gold sir.

The service is $15/month for businesses, and free for end-users. Check it out. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see this somewhere sometime in the near future.

Nice job. – Jobs for Programmers

Mar 08
Jobs for Programmers

Jobs for Programmers

Two colleagues out of St Louis, Josh Anyan, and Chris DeGroat, recently created – a website for matching up tech industry jobs with candidates. They gave me a heads up, and I was pretty impressed – as I generally am by these two. I thought I’d give them a call out on my site in hopes to send them what little traffic I can muster. Here is a review: aims to be low friction, my entire experience on the site was just a few minutes, here are some highlights:

  1. The login system is all via the linkedIn API ( how suitable ). This makes it super easy to sign up, and connect with the most relevant professional social network out there – NOT your facebook.
  2. You’re immediately asked a few questions about locale, skillsets, salary ranges that interest you.
  3. Next, your taken to a listing of matching jobs – where you can pick and choose what interests you and go from there.
  4. As new jobs that match your skills come into the system, you are notified. This is a nice way to keep a pulse on opportunities, without throwing your resume on the market. launched a few days ago and is currently in beta. If you’re a recruiter or employer, head on over and toss up a few job postings. It’s free! If you’re a techie, might as well sign up – it’s pretty frictionless, and you never know where you’ll find the next big thing.

For the record: Chris DeGroat and Josh Anyan are rockstar developers, they knocked this product out in just a couple short weeks. Keep tabs on these guys.

Nice work gentlemen.