Month: July 2011

Is There Enough Risk for Entrepreneurs Right Now?

I am currently having an interesting internal debate that I thought I’d throw out here for the people who read this blog.  In part, I’m doing this to force myself to frame the argument, but I would also love to hear comments. The question is, “Is all the funding money…

Hacking Enterprise IT: Spiceworks Brings the Social Model to Enterprise IT

Note: As a former IBM Architect who loves startups, my sweet spot of the moment is enterprise IT startups (like the one I work for presently).  I don’t talk about them as often on this blog as I’d for two reasons.  First, they’re not that sexy because 95% of the…

Sauerkraut Sunday: Close Encounters Edition

This is not the first Sunday that I’ve rolled out a picture of sauerkraut from the Hofbräuhaus in Pittsburgh.  There’s something different this time though, I actually consumed it!  I was convinced by a friend that Sauerkraut balls are actually tolerable, even for people who don’t like Sauerkraut so I…

Network Innovation – Why I Work in a Startup

I often get asked why I insist on being involved in startups eventhough my skill set lends itself better to large companies.  The answer is that I love innovation, making something where nothing existed before and big companies are just naturally bad at it; over the rest of the post…

Book Review: Drive! The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

I recently finished reading this Dan Pink book and it is a highly recommended one.  The book touches on some very interesting points throughout but is based on one central thought: People do better work and are more motivated if money is not the force that motivates them… even for…

Making Time for Getting Better

Do you know the guy who has spent 30 years in his current job, working long hours and rarely taking vacation, but still isn’t very good at it?  Maybe his industry is changing and he’s actually looking at being stuck out of a job and unqualified to get a new…

Dropbox is a Great Company, but a Commodity Idea

I love Dropbox and I use it all the time.  It keeps my four computer entirely in sync and lets me do my thing on any of them.  It was also invaluable when I lost my laptop.  Of all the services in the space, they have built the most reliable…

On the Google+: It’s New, Twittery, Not-to-Twittery, Maybe a Bit Too Much

So I’ve moved myself on to the Google+ and I have a thought or two or four: I think there is something interesting to be said about it being NEW and opening nationwide.  Facebook is great, but it’s gotten stale for many people.  I have friends on there that I…

Hacking Enterprise IT: How The Cloud Enables It

Note: As a former IBM Architect who loves startups, my sweet spot of the moment is enterprise IT startups (like the one I work for presently).  I don’t talk about them as often on this blog as I’d for two reasons.  First, they’re not that sexy because 95% of the…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Local Cookbook Edition

Douglas Robinson knows that Southwestern Pennsylvania is something that gets into your blood, and often it’s from the food. That’s how he explains his passion for sauerkraut to his son, who hates the stuff. Twelve-year-old Doug Jr. told his Dad, “I’m from Southwestern Pennsylvania, too, but I don’t like sauerkraut.”…