Month: June 2010

Can You Be In at 6:00 Tomorrow?

Image from Wikipedia I think you can tell a lot about a person by their response to the question, “can you be in at 6:00 tomorrow?”  I don’t think the right answer is, “YES” or “NO”.  I think there’s a thought process that responsible, hard-working people take to the process….

In Fairness to Fox News, Liberals Do it Too

I recently wrote a post on the ridiculousness of a Fox News “Exclusive” that showed that pedophiles had “found a home on Wikipedia.”  That article continued on about how school children were given access to the pedophile filled Wikipedia!  It was complete ridiculousness, dangerous considering many nontechnical people will misinterpret, and the kind…

Book Review: Rework by @37Signals

The hilarious clip above was put together by @37Signals to promote Rework This book was invaluable to me.  I come from a giant corporate background (IBM) and I work for a startup that’s going the glamorous startup route… taking on funding, building a dazzling product, making a world beater that…

Sunday Sauerkraut: German like Pizza is Italian Edition

It’s a well known fact for US School children that Pizza and Spaghetti is actually of Chinese origin, brought back to Italy by Marco Polo; but a less known fact is that Sauerkraut is also originally a Chinese delicacy.  They call it Suan Cai and according to this Wikipedia article…

Creative and Social Design Powers ESPN World Cup GameCast

Like most Americans, I’m not a huge soccer fan.  However, also like most Americans I’m getting in to the world cup.  Being that I’m a full-time student and full-time employee, I can’t take a whole lot of mid-day breaks to watch soccer.  This has required me to rely on the…

Fox News EXCLUSIVE: Pedophiles Find a Home on Wikipedia

Fox News this morning exposed how Wikipedia and schools have combined to convince school children that pedophilia is not a bad thing.  If you can’t smell the sarcasm on that statement, you should stick around the blog and get to know me better.  Here’s the second paragraph of the article:…

Taking Brick and Mortar to the Web

Note: If you’re from the South Hills of Pittsburgh you’re no doubt familiar with Rollier Hardware on Washington Road (if you’ve been in Pittsburgh a while you were familiar with it on McFarland Road too); but did you know the family run business has a multi-million dollar e-commerce site called…

The Only Way to Ensure Renewable Profitability

Provide more value then you charge for.  If this isn’t your motto then you won’t last long. I was reading Chris Dixon’s popular post last week about builders.  He points out that there are two types of people in the startup world.  People who are builders provide more value then…

Looks Like Those 20% Projects Aren’t Hurting Google

I noticed this chart on Pingdom this evening and had to pass it along.  A couple of thoughts: I don’t believe this is sustainable for Google.  I think companies spend too much time trying to maintain these numbers, and its exactly what kills them.  When I get news like this…

A hometown lesson in marketing to a niche.

Market analysis is one of the most critical things any organization can do; small businesses and startups especially.  Market analysis essentially involves the product of two critical numbers.  First, the total size of the market.  Second, the portion of that market that is practically attainable.  This second number is the…