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Taxi Driver, now considered a masterpiece, was a box office flop.

As a result, Scorsese tried something completely different.

His next movie was New York, New York, a musical with a light-hearted tone (as opposed to the dark, high-concept Taxi Driver).

It was also a huge flop  – critically and commercially.

Severely depressed and unsure of himself, Scorsese delved further into a drug addiction that started after Taxi Driver’s “failure.”

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2 years ago, I developed a rare health condition. 

Ever since, the daily pain and discomfort is so intense I often go entire nights without sleeping.

But it’s not all bad. Through duress I’ve learned something vital:

We are not using our time properly. 

You see, pain has eviscerated my tolerance for anything less than great.

If I’m going to work when all I want to do is lie in bed, it needs to be the right work

Work that tangibly improves my business, that provides high value to others, that means something

Now, when I consider taking on a project I ask myself one question:

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Customer acquisitions

In a pretty interesting move Threadloom has just been acquired by VerticalScope in what looks like a way for VS to get a good grip on some powerful, data-driven tools for their vast communities.

Congrats to the ThreadLoom team. I don’t use the products myself but they are clearly popular with a good team behind them, so I’d guess the process will be all bust invisible for their customers.

Of course, when larger and larger companies are running through your site’s data you have to wonder how much of your site is still yours, truly. While we always own the lock and key to our websites (right?) there is powerful tech out there that increasingly controls how others find us and even changes how they see our content.

The tools behind ThreadLoom seem to be built with good intentions for the independent site owner, and with these kinds of acquisitions you always hope to see it stay that way. With a vested interest to use the tool for their own network I’m curious to see how skewed the development of the product will be in favor of VS customers first, or if the entire service will still thrive in unison.

Let ThreadLoom’s success serve as an example to the scale it is possible to build our own visions into and to keep pressing forward!

P.S. Save TAZ! I was originally tipped off from this thread.

We all want more comments on our blog posts.

More comments means more popularity and a quality community of commenters adds immense value to our writing.

A way to reward readers for leaving a comment (and encourage them to keep coming back) is to let them link back to their own blog.

This pushes a little traffic back to their own blog in exchange for a quality comment on yours. It’s a win-win.

But a community isn’t built on a few comments here and there.

It’s built on connection, on familiar faces… and even a little competition.

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