Refer-A-Nerd

We have an exciting announcement to make. Our members have been asking for a referral program and after putting our nerdy heads together we delivered. On behalf of the entire Nerd Herd we are proud to present REFER-A-NERD.

How does It work you ask? Well, kindly let me tell you :)

For each friend you invite, Giantnerd will credit your account with $15 Nerd Dollars after your friend’s first purchase has shipped. There is no limit to the amount you can earn.

REFER-A-NERD can be found once you login on the right side of the header.

Sharing is the new black now go on and Spread the Love!

With Love,

Lewis


“My Job Is To Not Be Easy On People. My job Is to Make Them Better.”

Steve Jobs you are an inspiration, a genius of our time, a user experience savant. Your passion, brilliance, and innovation will be missed

Some of our favorite Steve Jobs quotes:  

I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non successful ones is pure perseverance.”

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.

“I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.”

“My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

“When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself.

They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else. (this actually reiterates my oft-repeated mantra of “ubiquitous evangelism” in companies)”

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”

“Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview.

So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they’re challenged? I ask everybody that: ‘Why are you here?’ The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data.”

But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we’ve been thinking about a problem. It’s ad hoc meetings of six people called by someone who thinks he has figured out the coolest new thing ever and who wants to know what other people think of his idea.

“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worked. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

“Picasso had a saying: ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas…I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians, poets, artists, zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”

“[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

With Love,

The Head Nerd

Randall Weidberg

@GiantnerdCEO


Giantnerd is Powered by LOVE!

Our mission at Giantnerd is to be the web’s best outdoor social shopping community and we have received a number of prestigious press mentions for Giantnerd’s progressive and innovative social commerce platform. It seems as if Giantnerd has been consistently in the news since we launched into beta earlier this year. Mashable, Facebook, and Techrunch to name a few have all reported postively on Giantnerd Social Shopping.

Just yesterday we were honored to be featured in a major business magazine. Entrepreneur Magazine listed my top 5 Twitter feeds to follow to stay on top of new and emerging trends in e-commerce. If you use twitter like I do this list is pretty invaluable. 

In a relatively short amount of time Giantnerd continues to exceed expectations for disrupting the large retail market for outdoor sporting goods by integrating social networking with ecommerce best practices. Here is a big Powered by LOVE thanks for the loyalty and support of the Giantnerd Members, The Nerd Herd, and our strategic brand partners. As it is written in our founding description, “Giantnerd  is a coalition of product-savvy members, passionate vendors, and a small group of caring employees dedicated to serving the needs of the Giantnerd social shopping community.”  We wouldn’t have experienced the success and growth without your Love and we are forever grateful!

Now for the fun stuff. We couldn’t be more excited, driven, and hungry to continue to enhance the Giantnerd platform and our members experience in 2011. We have a laundry list of exciting new features and partnerships we will proudly unveil in the upcoming year. Think more social integrations, more ways to engage and interact, and more of the world’s best outdoor gear.  Our 14 core values have served The Nerd Herd well allowing for cooperative progress revolving around the best interest of our members. The Nerd Herd is passionate, determined, and nothing short of obsessive to deliver a fun and rewarding social shopping experience. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Here is to a Giant and Nerdy 2011 Powered by LOVE!

With Love,

The Head Nerd

Randall Weidberg

@GiantnerdCEO


Let It Be A Nerdy Holiday

We love the holidays at Giantnerd®. Maybe it is the way the Giantnerd HQ’s in Boulder looks covered in snow, or the festive mood everyone has but something about the holidays gets us going. There isn’t a better time of year to be Powered by Love :)

We only represent products we believe in and a testament to that is how much The Nerd Herd’s holiday shopping lists (and personal gear closets) are filled with the products we represent.

Right now we have promotions on all of our Patagonia and Marmot gear. We also have promotions running on our Smith goggles and helmets to please the skiers and snowboarders on your list.

The biggest addition to our holiday offering for our members is a brand new one-deal-at-a-time website called NerdyRevenge. If you want to take revenge on full price come check it out. At NerdyRevenge you will find amazing last-call deals on some of our best inventory, from fully-assembled bikes to gear and accessories. Just keep in mind, when we say last call… we mean it! 

We are really excited for the holidays this year and are happy to assist any nerds out there who need gear recommendations. Be sure to stay updated on NerdyRevenge with text updates and/or email updates. Also be sure to check back on Giantnerd for Black November, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other promotions we will be running up until Christmas day.

As always we want to send our love to all of our members. Thanks again for being part of the Giantnerd community.

With Love,

@jefflesser


Wikinerdia - Sharing Information Is Vital

 

One of the unique benefits of Giantnerd is the ability for members to share their expert knowledge of outdoor sports with a community of like minded nerds. Giantnerd Core Value #4: Open,Honest, Communication Is Vital talks to the importance of sharing information in a transparent environment. The more knowledge members share, the more informed the community becomes. Ultimately Giantnerd acts as a guide for making smart educated decisions.  

A favorite Giantnerd feature of mine is Wikinerdia. Wikinerdia is a resource offered by Giantnerd in an effort to help build a community where everyone can share knowledge in an open and honest way about products, brands, and terminology. This is a call out to all nerds in the know; help out the less experienced adventurers, pass your knowledge on or it will be lost forever! Add to it and make edits as you see fit. As with everywhere else on Giantnerd, your collaboration will shape the way members treat and view products, categories, and the outdoor lifestyle—it’s critical to making the Giantnerd community the best shopping site on the social web! 

Giantnerd is a community of people who are all deeply engaged in the outdoor sports world. Every member has a voice; and at Giantnerd, every member is given the tools and the platform to express his or her nerdiness as loudly as they want! So help build the Wikinerdia and experience the true power of teamwork. Your participation will not be forgotten.

With Love,

The Head Nerd

Randall Weidberg

@GiantnerdCEO


Fast and Effective Is Sometimes Preferable to Perfection

At Giantnerd we are constantly innovating to improve our member experience and deliver our nerds progressive developments ahead of the competition.

Giantnerd Core Value # 11:  Fast and Effective Is Sometimes Preferable to Perfection: While it is an undying dream to achieve perfection in everything we do, the people at Giantnerd know that to be perfect is impossible. To be first to market on a new innovative idea, however, is perfectly within our grasp. Giantnerd works in an agile development process. Everything that we do at Giantnerd is done to the highest standard and must be done with the discipline to surpass our competition. Sometimes this means being fast, effective, and first instead of being perfect. 

The Nerd Herd has been working double time and we are proud to announce the recent launch of new and exciting features. We completely revamped our item page to make it more intuitive, friendly and feature rich. Highlights include: enhancing the social section “the social wall”, better video display, improved nerd recommendation zones, and implementing the first phase of Facebook social plugins. Big shout out to our friends at Facebook for their continued assistance and support.

With Love,

The Head Nerd

Randall Weidberg

@GiantnerdCEO



We Control Our Own Destiny

It’s not easy in this day and age of uber competition to lead a company with the #1 Core Value of Powered by LOVE.  You can’t sit on the sidelines or be out the door at 5 or 6 or even 8pm. You need to successfully guide a team of dedicated and smart individuals who embody, believe sincerely in, and execute day in and day out the core values that make Giantnerd best in class. I take pride in our core values and try to lead by example with a hands on approach. 

The reality is that no CEO or Head Nerd can do it on her own. She must have faith and trust in the team to execute and be accountable each day, each hour, and on each decision made to reflect the spirit of the mission statement. It takes true sacrifice by the Nerd HERD to ensure Giantnerd is the leader in online social shopping and making our member experience a memorable one Powered by LOVE.

Sometimes late at night I reflect on how far we have come and how much further we plan on going and I couldn’t imagine doing it with any other group of Nerds. At the end of the day, we control our own destiny and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Giantnerd Core Value #6 We Control Our Own Destiny: We will be faced with many challenges. It’s how we overcome these obstacles that are important. We are accountable and take ownership for all things Gianternd® and act accordingly with our solutions. We understand that when we collectively put our heads together we can solidify our success. Accountability and responsibility among our team, both individually and collectively, will lead us to great things. As a company, we’ll never run out of ways to improve—mostly because we’ll never run out of problems that need solving. And in that lies the inherent beauty of what we do: in a world of unlimited challenges, we have an unlimited list of successes that await us.

With Love,

The Head Nerd

Randall Weidberg

@GiantnerdCEO


Open & Honest Communication Is Vital!

Open, Honest, Communication Is Vital:  Sharing information is vital; and for Giantnerd®, the ability to reciprocate productive criticism is critical for improvement. Open, honest communication is a catalyst for continual improvement, which means the more of it, the better.

We always confront and discuss the brutal facts head on and communicate open and honestly about what needs to be done to ensure Giantnerd’s® success. The atmosphere in which we operate is reliant on understanding, collaboration and consistent success; and the relationships that emerge internally between ourselves and members are the kind that, when built on open communication, will last a lifetime.

With Love,

The Head Nerd

Randall Weidberg

@GiantnerdCEO



Periodic Table of Giantnerds

At Giantnerd we are constantly discovering and experimenting with new and better ways to enhance our members experience. Our members mean the world to us. In order celebrate our members and keep our Core Value #8 front and center, we developed a Giantnerd periodic element.  Hey, its also super Nerdy to do something like this which always makes it a priority over here at Giantnerd :)

Giantnerd Core Value #8 - We Are Explorers: Part of working at Giantnerd® is abandoning traditional process and thinking outside the box. We are listeners; we are risk-takers. We make creativity a passionate pursuit—no matter where we are at the present, we can always take our innovations and our ingenuity further.

We aren’t afraid to experiment with new technologies and practices—the difference between us and our competition is a strong sense of our evolving abilities, and sound measurement of how to adjust our course based on our results. We are constantly evolving as explorers and with innovation and progression and risk comes mistakes.

We celebrate our mistakes, learn from them make the necessary adjustments to our course, and make a promise as a Giantnerd® not to repeat them. Not more than a decade ago, selling outdoor equipment online—and ecommerce in general—might have seemed crazy. But now, a shared sense of adventure gives us the ability to innovate and create new ways of social shopping to become an integral part of outdoor sports culture. Giantnerd® is designed to cultivate imaginative, unconventional thinking; it is critical that we immerse ourselves passionately in this practice at all times.

With Love,

The Head Nerd

Randall Weidberg

@GiantnerdCEO


LOVE For the Giantnerd Community

New Giantnerd icons representing our love and commitment to the Giantnerd member community.  

Community may be the most important word on this site. Because when we talk about community, we’re talking about the nuts and bolts of the whole operation. 

The community determines which products we sell: if demand for a certain item becomes overwhelming, we’ll find it and make it available at the best price anywhere. The community helps design the evolving look and feel of the site itself: if something needs to be adjusted, it’s because you said so. And the community drives innovation across every arena of outdoor sports imaginable through collaboration and ideation among peers, with help from members of the Giantnerd® HERD team. 

This is a community of people who are all deeply engaged in the outdoor sports world. Every member has a voice; and at Giantnerd®, every member is given the tools and the platform to express his or her nerdiness as loudly as they want! So join the community and experience the true power of teamwork. Your participation will not be forgotten.

 

In order below:  Powered by love, 365 Day Returns, and Nerd Dollars.


Continuous Improvement Is Better Than Delayed Perfection

I just watched a live presentation from Threadless CEO Founder Jake Nickell. Jake leads his company out of the great city and Giantnerd HQ’s of Boulder, CO. I am impressed with Jake as an innovator and happen to be a big fan of Threadless!

After watching Jake, I did a little due diligence and found his personal blog. His most recent blog post parallels the Giantnerd philosophy of incremental development changes to our platform. Jake starts off his post by quoting Mark Twain. “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” Jake goes on to say:

"We are working in short intervals on small chunks of things really quickly…like a few days or a couple of weeks max. After each chunk, we hope to be able to launch whatever the things is we are working on…It’s a fun way to work and in the end, i think you end up with something even better as it is a constantly evolving work in progress rather than something you go into a vacuum on for a few months and hope it works when you launch it."

In essence, Threadless and Giantnerd are making small changes quickly rather than large changes slowly. In the end, we feel our members benefit from a platform and company that is continuously improving with timely enhancements making for a better overall member experience.

With Love,

The Head Nerd

Randall Weidberg

@GiantnerdCEO


Giantnerd in The Denver Egotist

Giantnerd is featured today on the Denver Egotist homepage. The Denver Egotist does a great service to the Colorado creative community. As the trusted creative resource from Colorado, the Denver Egotist features progressive work, talent, resources, and events. Denver/Boulder has some amazing talent and we are honored to be featured.



Giantnerd Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine

Its always nice to get positive press and publicity. I don’t think anyone will deny that. Giantnerd recently had the honor of being featured in Entrepreneur Magazine. As the visionary of Giantnerd, I personally try not to let it effect me much and I continue to push forward according to our 14 Core Values with the same hard work and never settle approach for our members each and every day.

Besides the positive effect of the additional publicity and traffic to the site, press can be especially important to your staff. I am for example, extremely grateful to the Nerd HERD. They work their tails off night and day and have to deal with the extremely aggressive and fast paced lifestyle of the startup world. While the CEO’s in the room often get the recognition, none of us would be able to accomplish much of anything without a talented and hard working team to support and execute our vision.

The press is great for Giantnerd and being quoted and seeing my name multiple times on Enrepreneuer.com sure is nice. What makes me most proud about our most recent publicity is that the staff at Giantnerd (Nerd HERD) can see tangible results for all their hard work.  

The HERD can now show their friends and family that they are making a positive difference, are at the forefront of their respective positions, and working for an exciting forward thinking company. While it doesn’t take a magazine article to prove this, it’s nice to get recognition for the HERD and it helps in keeping moral high and passion high which are important to our success. Nerd Herd, congratulations! 

With Love,

Randall Weidberg (The Head Nerd)

@GiantnerdCEO


The other night I went to a Johnny Cupcake Suitcase Tour event in Denver.  I ended up waiting in line for 2 hours to get a shirt. Luckily I had some great friends with me to hangout with otherwise I wouldn’t have stayed.
While in line, which spanned a block and a half, I saw the built up Tommaso Augusta you see above.  When something is all black it garners the term “murdered-out,” as in “that Range Rover is murdered-out.” This Augusta was the opposite of murdered-out. It had a white frame, white rims, white handlebar and even white tires. I’m not sure what the opposite of murder is but if you know inform me and I will send you some Giantnerd® stickers or something.
 
There were some black components on the bike, with a single piece of flare, purple platform pedals. I love seeing bikes we sell around town. I love being able to stop and talk to the people and get a little follow-up on what they think of the product. This guy was a bike polo player and this was his bike polo bike.
If you have an interesting story or feedback from a product we sell go write a review on our site, I will love you for it, and so will our members.
With Love,
@jefflesser

The other night I went to a Johnny Cupcake Suitcase Tour event in Denver.  I ended up waiting in line for 2 hours to get a shirt. Luckily I had some great friends with me to hangout with otherwise I wouldn’t have stayed.

While in line, which spanned a block and a half, I saw the built up Tommaso Augusta you see above.  When something is all black it garners the term “murdered-out,” as in “that Range Rover is murdered-out.” This Augusta was the opposite of murdered-out. It had a white frame, white rims, white handlebar and even white tires. I’m not sure what the opposite of murder is but if you know inform me and I will send you some Giantnerd® stickers or something.

There were some black components on the bike, with a single piece of flare, purple platform pedals. I love seeing bikes we sell around town. I love being able to stop and talk to the people and get a little follow-up on what they think of the product. This guy was a bike polo player and this was his bike polo bike.

If you have an interesting story or feedback from a product we sell go write a review on our site, I will love you for it, and so will our members.

With Love,

@jefflesser


Chrome, who we have expressed is one of our favorite companies here at Giantnerd®, did a promotion called Turds For Gold where you sent them a pair old old beat up shoes and they would send you a brand spankin’ new pair of tricked out Chrome kicks. There was a two day window in which to send the shoes in and Chrome said the expected to receive around 500 shoes. Boy where they wrong, they claim they got over 5000 shoes!
Today at Giantnerd® the people who dared to send in their beat up sneak were rewarded with a package of Chrome shoes. It costs us about $8 to send our old shoes in, this is without question the cheapest pair of shoes I’ve ever purchased. Which is quite the coincidence since they might also be the best shoe’s I’ve ever owned.
I’m excited to go ride my bike now! You can pick up a pair of your own Chrome shoes right here, we will ship them to you for FREE and you will get 10% of the price of the shoes back in Nerd Dollars to put towards more sweet gear like their bags that I constantly rave about.
With Love,
@jefflesser

Chrome, who we have expressed is one of our favorite companies here at Giantnerd®, did a promotion called Turds For Gold where you sent them a pair old old beat up shoes and they would send you a brand spankin’ new pair of tricked out Chrome kicks. There was a two day window in which to send the shoes in and Chrome said the expected to receive around 500 shoes. Boy where they wrong, they claim they got over 5000 shoes!

Today at Giantnerd® the people who dared to send in their beat up sneak were rewarded with a package of Chrome shoes. It costs us about $8 to send our old shoes in, this is without question the cheapest pair of shoes I’ve ever purchased. Which is quite the coincidence since they might also be the best shoe’s I’ve ever owned.

I’m excited to go ride my bike now! You can pick up a pair of your own Chrome shoes right here, we will ship them to you for FREE and you will get 10% of the price of the shoes back in Nerd Dollars to put towards more sweet gear like their bags that I constantly rave about.

With Love,

@jefflesser