What’s your favorite quote? What does it mean to you? Does it motivate you? Does it excite you? Who said it? Is it tattooed on your rib cage? Is it printed on a tee shirt? Perhaps, like me, it’s included, beneath your signature, in all of your outgoing email messages. Did you ever tweet it? Or Facebook it? How many likes did it get? If you found the perfect picture to express it, would you design a meme for it? Well, if you have an iPhone you can download an app called Quotiful, which allows the user to create memes or picture-quotes or quote-pictures or whatever you’d like to call them, and then integrates it with social media, providing an outstanding user experience. There’s that word “outstanding” again. I say it quite frequently.
Have you ever heard the quote, “good artists copy, great artists steal”? Well, I suppose in some respects, I am the definition of a great artist. For instance, the intro that I regurgitate at the beginning of each of these monologues, and that I force my guests to announce at the beginning of each episode, is stolen. And this is my confession. The person who that sentence can actually be attributed to is my best good friend, A. Benjamin Coletti. It originated from a combination of my good pal’s drunken, colloquial bantering, coupled with what a marine once told him regarding the best answer to the question, “how are you doing?” Apparently, according to the military, “outstanding” is the best possible response when asked how you are doing. But at any rate, it’s my friend’s quote, which I have latched onto and stolen for my own personal gain and there isn’t a G.D. thing anyone can do about it. And I may create a meme for it. And you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll use Quotiful to do so.
I got a chance to sit down for a prompt discussion with the app’s creator, marketer and entrepreneur, Nicole Raymondi, on location, at Columbus Circle, sitting at the base of the statue of Cristoforo Colombo , which, Nicole assures, is the literal epicenter of New York City (according to Wikipedia of course). The conversation takes place in the midst of tourists, dancers, skateboarders and water fountains. In fact, the sound of jettisoning water droplets make-up this recording’s ambient sound. The two of us discuss quotes, Columbus (our hero) and the entrepreneurial spirit. I should have worn my Columbus Day tee shirt for this one.
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