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Disclosure – The Full Monty

This blog is not primarily financially driven. I put it up in 2007 to build a community and learn from smart readers.

Regardless, beginning December 1, 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to disclose whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.  So here goes…

First, the obvious: I am a tech investor and advisor. Here are most of the start-ups I work with.

Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to disclose this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place. This would be tedious for me and even more tedious for readers. But rules is rules. To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every link and product I use, the following all hold true:

FTC Disclosure: Writer got fed.
FTC disclosure: Writer got some sweet gadgets.
FTC Disclosure: Writer got busy with member of story.
FTC Disclosure: Writer received mad scrilla (money).
FTC Disclosure: Writer got a helluva schwag bag.
FTC Disclosure: Writer got stock options.

Please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel.

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The Tim Ferriss Show is one of the most popular podcasts in the world with over 400 million downloads. It has been selected for “Best of Apple Podcasts” three times, it is often the #1 interview podcast across all of Apple Podcasts, and it’s been ranked #1 out of 400,000+ podcasts on many occasions. To listen to any of the past episodes for free, check out this page.