Month: July 2010

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Pickled Planet Edition

About 90% of the people who land on this site today and tomorrow will come because, they are entrepreneurial or web type folks who read this blog.  The remaining  will be lovers of sauerkraut who keep landing here because Google doesn’t know the difference between spoiled cabbage and my weekly…

Why we Check In

ReadWriteWeb recently ran a post titled, “Why We Check In”. I started to comment on the article, but decided my thoughts really did make up a full post on the same topic.  The article opined that there are three reasons people use check-in based services such as FourSquare and Gowalla.  First,…

Post Gazette: Pittsburgh Can’t Support Growing Tech Companies

I’ve had a couple questions on whether I saw the article in the Post-Gazette from Monday.  Yes, I have.  In the article P-G writer Erich Schwartzel paints a picture of a city that can spin up start-ups (he credits the universities and Innovation Works/AlphaLab for this, but then can’t hang…

A Thought on Privacy…

I had a thought as I was reading a book about the evolution of Facebook.  Privacy Sucks.  That was the thought.  We live in a world that has its values are shaped by publicists, movies and secrecy.  Publicists because we only see the parts of the famous that they want…

Is YouTube Paying Creators like @EarlyBird?

YouTube (owned by Google) announced yesterday that they would be backing their most promising video creators financially (NYT).  Essentially, if you’ve been working in your spare time to build videos and people (as well as advertisers) have liked these videos, then YouTube might be willing to finance your next movie. …

Identifying Billion Dollar Companies on Their Way Up

That’s what $1 Billion Looks Like. Now, How to See it in a Company? I’m currently reading a book about the origins of Facebook (look for a review of it on this blog in the next couple weeks).  It lays out some of the offers and financing that the company…

Sunday Sauerkraut: Worst Recipe Ever Edition

Turkey Kielbasa, Sauerkraut, Apple Bake Ingredients: 12 oz Oscar Mayer turkey polska kielbasa 32 oz (4 cups) sauerkraut, drained, liquid reserved 1 granny smith apple, peeled and chopped 1 cup onion, chopped 4 oz carrots, diced 2 tbsp brown sugar 1/4 cup apple juice Directions: 1) Heat oven to 350°F….

On Pittsburgh and Parking

Bram has a fantastic post over on the comet on the apparent thoroughness with which Luke is approaching leasing the parking garages.  It’s good to see, its a decision that Pittsburgh will be living with for the rest of its life.  I’m not going to spend a bunch of time…

The Folks at Twitter Monetizing Specific Accounts

Twitter announced today that they will be monetizing in another new way.  They have started the @earlybird account.  This account, will (for a small price) tweet about the time bound deals your company is offering.  The concept is pretty creative and should result in some serious revenue for Twitter, especially…

Switching from an Operational to an Innovation Focus

Some companies have become famous for innovating (think 3M), while others derive their reputation from operational efficiency (think Honda).  I’ve long been a proponent of innovation.  In a paper for my MBA program I was asked to defend this decision and setup a structure with in a fictitious organization that would…