Month: March 2010

Awesome Run Tomorrow & A Chart for Pittsburgh

 I’m planning on going on a run through London tomorrow, and am VERY excited.  It will start at the tower bridge and hop home along the river.  I’ll pass the London Eye, Parliament and that factory from the Pink Floyd cover along the way. I’ll also know exactly how…

The New "Skilled" Labor

For a long time, arguably continuing to the present, there has been a distinction between “skilled” and “unskilled” labor.  Skilled labor was typically defined as requiring a higher education, while unskilled labor could typically be taught on-the-job in a relatively short period of time.  This division between skilled and unskilled,…

Winning The Last Battle in the Information Marketing Revolution

In yesterday’s blog post, I asked what I thought was a pretty interesting question, “what would it be like if there was perfect access to information about products and services you want to consume?”.  Today, I want to tackle the question of just how reasonable that thought is.  How possible…

“Perfect” and “Whatever”, What Might More Information in a Market Mean?

I started reading Brian Solis’ new book Engage on the plane and right up front in the introduction he uses a line that marketing consultants will use to close deals for the next 10 years, “If a conversation takes place online, and you weren’t there to hear it, did it…

Laws in London: Protectionism and Journalism

I arrived in London this morning and found a couple things worth writing.  One effects me quite personally and the other not at all, but in both cases I think we can learn a thing or two to apply to the USA: I was detained for 3 hours for various…

Sunday Sauerkraut: The "Something is Technically Wrong" Edition

Twitter is having some serious issues.  I’ve been getting the screen above all morning.  APIs appear to be working though, so this piping hot bit of sauerkraut is brought to you via Seesmic. As I go through the week, I use Twitter to send out little updates and links.  I…

Fear

I was watching the sun set from a hot tub on the west coast of florida last night, and a riveting conversation developed. The conversation was about how entrepreneurs experience (or should experience) fear. I realize that conversation in that setting may make me a tad bit nerdy, but I…

I'm Not Ordering an IPad – The 8 Reasons Why

I covered the reasons that I think the iPad and other such devices are the future in computing, but not the present.  In that post I discussed how HTML 5 and other technologies will allow rich internet applications to make a thin computer just as useful as a thick client….

The Different Kinds of Companies in the World

The other day over lunch a friend and I were discussing technology companies and we came to, what I thought, was an interesting conclusion; all the tech companies in the world can be broken down in to four categories.  Knowing which category your company fits in helps inform funding and…

Entrepreneurs and Nature vs. Nurture is The Wrong Question

The right question:  Can YOU be an entrepreneur? There’s been a lot of debate in the last month or so about whether entrepreneurial skill is a function of nature or nurture.  Fred Wilson, Jason Calacanis (speaking to a group of seniors at my undergraduate college, Information Sciences and Technology at…