Hang out with a friend online

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This is the story — still unfolding — of the vendor and the client who became friends and started bi-weekly video hangouts for the alleged purpose of exploring joint venture opportunities but really just so they can visit on a regular basis and laugh a lot. I highly recommend you try it yourself.

Steve Levinson is a long-time client who has become a cherished friend.

The fact that he’s a brilliant and insightful Ph.D. in psychology and a world-renowned expert in human motivation (and also very funny) is gravy.

Over the years, Steve has taken as much interest in my business as I have in his, and I can’t tell you how valuable his insights are to me. (We even like it when the server goes down because it gives us an excuse to catch up on things.)

Hey, let’s create a business together!

Jeff and Steve, July 3, 2010

Jeff and Steve, Atlanta, July 3, 2010

Steve and I figured out early on that we’d love to find something we could work on together that isn’t either his or my current business. (We’d both keep our day jobs, by the way.) We share common values and ideas and approaches to business and to life (and, as it turns out, shamelessly adolescent senses of humor), and we can’t help but think that there’s some joint venture out there waiting for us to venture into. At the very least, it would be fun trying.

After knowing each other — only virtually — for about a decade, we finally met in person in July of 2010. The Levinson’s daughter had just moved to Atlanta, so Steve and his wonderful wife, Teresa, acquired a compelling reason to fly (from the outer reaches of northwestern Minnesota) to my neck of the woods every few months.

It involves food

Steve and Jeff, Atlanta, April 28, 2013

Steve and Jeff, Atlanta, April 28, 2013

Whenever Steve and Teresa come to town, Margie and I typically meet them at some Atlanta eatery for brunch, and we end up gabbing long past the time the server has given up on ever turning over the table to another party. (We do tip accordingly.)

We talk about life and family and pets (Teresa will think that’s redundant, since I already mentioned “family”) and work. We talk about politics (and I thought Margie and I were liberal!). And we marvel out loud at the fact that we have not known each other for decades, because that’s how it feels.

What we don’t talk about much is the still-mythical “joint venture”. Respecting that our better halves haven’t been involved in those discussions, Steve and I don’t want to hijack our precious brunch time with such matters. At most, one or the other of us will mention it in passing, and then we both bemoan the fact that we haven’t done much yet to progress the idea.

We bemoaned again the last time we got together, at the end of April.

And then we did something about it.

Bi-Weekly Tuesdays with Steve

We committed to a regular bi-weekly video hangout.

No agendas necessary. No need to shower or shave. The only requirements are a high-speed Internet connection (more of a challenge for parts of northwestern Minnesota than I would have imagined), access to a Web conferencing service (e.g., Google Hangouts, Skype, GoToMeeting), and a working Webcam (more of a challenge for some people from northwestern Minnesota than I would have imagined).

I’m happy to report that Steve and I have followed through on those hangouts. Our third in a row was yesterday. I’m still on a high from that meeting.

Is our joint venture ready for funding? No, far from it. But the value of these regular face-to-face confabs is inestimable.

I highly recommend you try it yourself.

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About Jeff Cohan

Jeff and his wife, Margie, are the proud parents of Sarah and Jake. Jeff is the founder, president and chief cook and bottle washer of nSiteful Web Builders, Inc., a Web development and Internet Consulting firm. In his spare time, Jeff builds Web sites and Web applications, plays guitar, putters around in his basement woodworking shop, mercilessly spoils his grandchildren, and creates videos from more than two decades of home movies. His current video project is an extended montage of people (mainly family members) asking him to stop filming them.

4 thoughts on “Hang out with a friend online

  1. Jeff! I hate to find out you are cheating on me in a blog post! I am a psychologist too you know. Ha ha! Really though, great relationships are priceless and it’s lovely when we find a brand new BFF.

    • Heh Heh!

      I’ve told Steve all about you, Judi: that you, too, are a brilliant psychologist; about your lovely B&B (to which I referred him the first time he came to ATL); about the great chats you and I have.

      (Come to think of it, it’s probably starting to sound as if I’m running a huge scam, pretending to have a Web services business when all it is is a front for getting psychotherapy for free.)

  2. LOVE this! Have a gal that just moved away and we should try to make this a habit… with Facebook it’s so easy to have a generalized friendship with hundreds of people, but with face-to-face interaction… I’ll agree…that’s priceless! I’m going to do this!! Thanks Jeff!!

    • If you use Google Hangout, you can stream the “meeting” (there’s a bit of a delay) and even save it to your YouTube channel. (You’d have to watch your language, of course.)

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