Month: May 2011

Pittsburgh Startups get TechCrunched

In the tech world one blog reigns supreme.  TechCrunch (which recently became part of AOL) is subscribed to by 4 million+ on RSS.  Their posts regularly receive hundreds of retweets.  205,000 like them on Facebook.  While TechCrunch uses that platform to spend a lot of time talking about Apple, Google…

What we Can Learn From the Pirates About Setting Goals

In 2000, the Pirates went 1-7 after reaching 19-21. In 2002, the Pirates went 1-9 after reaching 31-33. In 2003, the Pirates lost seven in a row after reaching 14-14. In 2004, the Pirates went go 1-14 after reaching 23-22. In 2005, the Pirates lost five in a row after…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The .500 Edition

You might think there are no ways to connect the Pirates being .500 on Mother’s Day for the first time since 2002 and Sauerkraut, but you’d be underestimating the focus of a true Pirates fan on this glorious day.  In fact, I can think of 5 reasons to talk about…

It’s Always Time to Panic: Learning from Netflix

Netflix was in a dying business model three years ago.  Sure, it didn’t look like it was dying.  The company was the hottest stock on the market, they were literally driving conventional video stores out of business.  It looked like time to sip champagne and celebrate.  It wasn’t.  It was…

Beachheads and Product Management

Beachhead is a military term used to describe the line created when a unit (by sea) reaches a beach, and begins to defend that area of beach, while other reinforcements (it is hoped) help out, until a unit large enough to begin advancing has arrived. –Wikipedia I’m part of or…

Amazon to Provide Shelter for Scared Apps

We continue to listen to our customers, and we work hard to deliver the services, features, and business models based on what they tell us is most important to them. With hundreds of thousands of customers using Amazon EC2 in various ways, we are able to see trends and patterns…

The Future of News

On Sunday night a group of US Navy Seals killed Osama Bin Laden.  How did you hear about the news?  More people than ever heard it off Twitter.  The top chart above is Twitter’s activity over the course of Sunday evening.  No doubt that Osama’s death caused a massive surge. …

Working for the Man

I have a bunch of work to do today including meetings all morning, so I leave you with this nice old Roy Orbison tune and some time to catch up on other blogs. If you’re just dying to read something I wrote… Have you seen the two posts I’ve done…

Remissioning, Regularly

This post isn’t about revising, recommissioning, resubmitting, being in remission or any of the other ridiculous suggestions spell check has for “Remissioning”.  It’s about not getting so far down in the weeds that you forget which way is up.  It’s about making sure that you’re not just moving, but moving…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The SallyKraut Edition

Michael Sally, One of Pittsburgh’s most active Tweeters and a fellow marathoner (though significantly better than me at it), submitted the photo above.  It’s a scrumptious looking batch of Sauerkraut that he created the other night.  Mike’s not just running the marathon for fun though, he’s running with Team and…