I got a new gig, so you get a special offer? Weird.

For anyone who wasn’t on my big ole email, here’s some news from the home front:

As some of you may know, I’ve recently joined OpenSky, a startup that’s changing the way people shop online. I wanted to share with you what we’re creating and ask you to get involved (yes, there’s a payout at the bottom).

OpenSky is a simple idea: connect customers to independent, expert Shopkeepers and special curated goods, with a mission to build a Modern Main Street. We’re trying to get people out of the big boxes and create a place where commerce is powered by passion, authenticity, and a sense of community.

So far, it seems like other people believe in this idea too. We currently have a team and over 100 Shopkeepers (and growing) in parenting, gardening, cooking, action sports, and other areas. They’re helping us connect with manufacturers and vendors of unique, high-quality goods. Every day, more people show up at OpenSky to find expert-recommended products.

Now, we’re trying to take it to the next level. Here’s what you can do:

Become a member of our Friends and Family community; share your feedback, suggestions and ideas with us. Be vocal. Share OpenSky with your friends and neighbors, introduce us to outstanding Shopkeepers (experts in any field or niche), and tell us about manufacturers and vendors of your favorite unique goods and those seeking powerful distribution. Most of all, become a part of the future of retail.

It’s simple to get started:

  1. Go here: http://osky.co/jdxP0r.
  2. Sign up in 10 seconds.
  3. I’ll make sure you receive an amazing discount on any purchase you make.
  4. If you think this is a good way to shop, please tell your friends and family. (Tell ’em to mention my name for better deals!)

If you’re wondering why this is the only thing you’ve heard from me in ages, it’s because these OpenSky people are, like, crazy ambitious. We’re bucking a long trend of big brands using big stores to push mediocre products at the lowest prices, regardless of the effects on the consumer, the producer, or the world. It’s not an easy task, but I think we can change all of that over the coming months.

I’ll make sure that I keep sharing OpenSky with you (unless you ask me to leave you alone – I won’t be offended). We add new expert shopkeepers and new uncommon goods almost every day, and soon we’ll be launching new features and user experience designs to recreate a place where human interaction has a real place in our shopping experience. I’m also happy to discuss all of this with anyone who has questions about what we’re up to.

Thanks and Happy Holidays

Get your coupon here: http://osky.co/jdxP0r

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