Highrise: Simple Web-based CRM

It’s been 30 days since the folks at 37Signals (the same guys who made Basecamp possible) launched Highrise. My friend Gustavo at work made me aware of it, and a few days after it launched, with a couple of Search Engine Marketing projects in the pipeline, I decided to give it a shot. Now, I won’t go back.

Highrise is a simple web-based CRM system that lets you take care of your small business contact management needs. It provides you with a means to cc: it in your communications, so that they can be incorporated as part of cases, companies or contacts. You can also attach tasks to each of these, so that you can keep a running log of activities in regards to your projects and relationships.

It’s really as intuitive to use as Basecamp: check it out and sign up for a free account (even the free version -which I am still using- is extremely powerful).

Roger Ebert Ain't Pretty Boy No More

When you consider how much our society values the looks, what Roger Ebert is doing by, essentially, not giving a damn about what others (freaking paparazzi included) think or say about him while he’s not pretty boy any more, you realize we have so much to learn about him.

The man talks openly about this current condition (with cancer of the salivary gland) and why, in spite of some people’s advice to the contrary, he will be attending the Ninth Annual Overlooked Film Festival. He wraps up his column writing:

I have some back pain, and to make it easier for me to sit through screenings, the festival has installed my very own La-Z-Boy chair. Photos of me in the chair should be captioned “La-Z-Critic.”

Rock on, Roger!!

(by way of the Signal vs. Noise blog, over in 37Signals)