Seeing Markus Schulz at Marquee

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During my trip to Vegas I made sure to see what DJ’s were going to be in town. There are always great DJ’s playing in Vegas and if the opportunity came up where I could see one I was not going to pass it up. The two big DJ’s that were playing in Vegas the Saturday night that we were there were Markus Schulz at Marquee and Sebastian Ingrosso at Light. As you may remember I saw Markus as part of New World Punx in November. But I love Marquee so the decision was made to see Markus.

It just so happened that my friend Ian flew into town that day for Affiliate Summit West and he ended up going to Marquee too!

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It was great to be able to party with old friends like Ian, the guys who work for me and of course Markus Schulz! His set was great and we stayed all night long! To give you an idea of what it was like check out these videos I took below.

Markus is such a good DJ live, I would happily see him again anytime. Marquee is also one of my favorite clubs in Vegas so to see Markus there was just great!

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Watching the videos now give me shivers it really was a special night and one of the best nights I’ve ever had in Vegas. It’s great to have the ability to experience events like this with friends!

Dinner at Social House

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If you follow me on Instagram you know one of my favorite things to go eat is sushi. When I was in Las Vegas I had a chance to have dinner at Social House and it was pretty amazing. I actually went to Social House when it was in Treasure Island many years ago. Now it is located inside Crystals at CityCenter. Social House is not strictly a Japanese restaurant it is more Pan-Asian.

Like most restaurants in Las Vegas it has a very cool vibe. I went there with my friend Cherry who has been coming to CES each year for the past 8 years! We decided to order many different things off of the menu. These included Salmon Wasabi ($21), Kobe Gyoza ($19), Tempura Lobster Roll ($23), Samurai Roll ($24), Nigiri Sushi: Uni ($15), Tamago ($7), Unagi ($10), Sake ($12), Hamachi ($12) and Chili Seared Scallops ($22).

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We also had 2 different specialty drinks, which were amazing! If you are looking for some great sushi or pan-Asian style food in Vegas you cannot go wrong with Social House. I would recommend what we did and order a lot of different things and share it all! I will definitely be visiting Social House on my next visit to Vegas.

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What I Accomplished at CES 2014

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Each year I travel to Las Vegas to attend the Consumer Electronics Show. It is a show where many companies show off products that they hope to release in 2014 and many products actually get launched at the show so if you are into computers or consumer electronics it is a really exciting show. But why do I go to the show? Of course to see all of these products, but on top of that I am doing much, much more.

Covered the show – Of course ThinkComputers is a tech news site so going to CES gives us a chance to report on the show. We let everyone know what new products are coming out etc and this brings a lot of traffic to the site, which equals more money.

Met with new companies – CES gives me the perfect opportunity to meet with new companies. During the year it is very hard to start a relationship with a new company. E-mails get ignored, phone calls never get returned etc. When you meet with someone in person you start that relationship because they actually know who you are.

Built on existing relationships – If we already have relationships with companies then we still go ahead and meet with them to continue that relationship. We make sure we get on the review list for the products that they have coming out, talk about possibly advertising with us and just to catch up on what they have going on. Again when you meet with people in person they are more likely to do things for you.

Networked – At the show there are various events and you get to meet a lot of really cool people. It is the perfect opportunity to network and meet new people in your industry. These could be people who may never have heard of ThinkComputers so just getting the name out there is good, but on top of that these could possibly be people who you can do business with.

There is a lot to do at CES and it is perfect event to help build your business. So if you were at CES this year were you productive?

New Years in New York City

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New Years is always a great time to go out and spend time with friends. This year I decided to do something different, I went to New York City! It was a great chance to get out of Pittsburgh and hey its New York City so why not right? We went up Sunday the 29th and stayed till the first so it was a nice little mini-vacation before my trip to Las Vegas for CES.

Now unlike most people I really have no interest in going to Times Square to see the ball drop. There are just too many people and from what I’ve heard it is madness. All of us instead decided to go to a party at PH-D, which is a club at the top of the Dream hotel. To give you an idea of what PH-D is all about check out this video.

PH-D is not extremely large so it has a really intimate feel to it. Also it overlooks most of Manhattan so when you are up there you have a great view. The party was a lot of fun and it was great being able to bring in the new year with some of by best friends. On top of that just being in New York and the amazing view really gave me a positive outlook on 2014.

What did you do on New Years?

10 Things I Kicked Ass at in 2013

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If you missed my previous post on the 10 Things I Could Have Done Better in 2013 make sure you check that out first so you can see what I was not so good at in 2013. As I said in that post it is the end of the year and a good time to reflect on things. Sure I made some mistakes this year, but I also think I kicked ass at a lot of things as well. So here is my list of the 10 things I kicked ass at in 2013!

1. Business as a whole – This year has been a great year for business! It is the most successful year since I started my business in 10 years ago! Feels good to really be making the type of progress I did this year.

2. Asking for more – One reason I was very successful this year in business was because I asked more. If I wanted someone to advertise on my site I would go out and ask them, instead of them coming to me. Same thing with getting certain products to review, I would go out and ask for them. I was more assertive and it worked out quite well!

3. Got out more – Whether it was hanging out with friends or just working from Panera or Starbucks I got out of the “office” much more this year. This really helped me be more productive and get more work done.

4. Did a better Job Building a Community – I really took time to build a real “community” around ThinkComputers. I built the Facebook up from 900 users to almost 9000! On top of that I have been slowly building the YouTube, Twitter and Google+ followings as well. I also am making sure that I am responding to comments and e-mails more often.

5. Was more healthy – This year I finally joined a gym and have been going regularly! This has made me feel great and actually stay fit. On top of that I have completely changed how and what I eat. Both of these things combined have enabled me to lose 20 lbs in a month!

6. Got to more EDM Shows – I love electronic music and this year I went to quite a lot of shows this year. Events like these allow me to just escape and have a great time.

7. Inspire and Make People Smile – If you are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know that there are two things that I always post, food and quotes. If one of those posts makes someone’s day better then I am happy. I have made it a point to keep doing things like that.

8. Was very spontaneous – So many times before I would have to plan things out way in advance if I wanted to do them. Nowadays if someone asks me to do something I normally do it. That is the reason I went to go see New World Punx in DC. My friend asked me the night before! Since changing my ways I’ve had unexpected, yet great times.

9. Helped other with business – I made a real effort this year to help friends with their businesses. Whether it was building their website, giving them advice or even helping them get motivated. Nothing feels better than seeing your friend become successful.

10. Was a calmer and nicer person – I guess this has a lot to do with growing up. I think this past year I let a lot of the drama go. I did not let a lot of things bother me and was all around a nicer person to people.

So there is my list of things I kicked ass at in 2013! Remember no one is perfect and I was pretty bad at some things as well!