Month: October 2011

Visualizing Data

I have had a post in my “ideas that need to be noodled” hopper for about a month with the heading “Visualizing Data”.  I woke up this morning and found that Seth Godin had just written half the post.  I particularly like his point about data visualization being especially necessary…

Sauerkraut Sunday: In a Pan on the Grill Edition

Last week I posted that no one at Penn State had sauerkraut at their tailgate, well I fixed that with a tailgating weekend in Pittsburgh!  Not only were there several tailgates with Kraut on the grill, there was Sauerkraut at MY tailgate yesterday!  Of course, it wasn’t mine.  Number 92…

Loving the Burgh This Weekend

Nine times out of 10 what gets written on this blog is whatever I have on my mind in the morning its being written (the 10th time I’m actually a good, productive blogger and have done my homework on a particular subject).  Today that thought is how much I love…

User Friendly & Stranger Friendly

I was having a conversation yesterday with one of the design/UI guys at my company (the guy behind our awesome website) about one of the products we are creating and he raised what I thought was an interesting point.  He asked whether we were trying to make the product “user…

Product + Business + Company = Success

What do I mean by building the company as opposed to building the business? Building the business means obsessing over things like product features, getting traction with early clients, competition, and generating buzz Building the company means obsessing over things like HR policies, company values and culture, long-term strategy, and…

Staying Inspired

I have been crazy busy the last few weeks.  I’ve had both personal fun (went to a Penn State game, NYC, had company, ran the great race) and professional obligations (trying to get a swanky new version of a couple of our products out the door ASAP).  It has caused…

Netflix Hitting Cntrl Z

I am having a hard time processing the news this morning that Netflix is undoing their move to spin off the DVD rental business as Qwikster, explaining that they were moving too quickly.  While I agree that they may have moved too quickly to split Qwikster and Netflix, I think…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Tailgate Edition

You may have noticed the sauerkraut is late today, the reason was a fantastic weekend up at Penn State.  I scoured all the neighboring tailgates looking for dishes that used sauerkraut and came up empty (guess it was too far from Pittsburgh).  If you’re looking for a good kraut recipe…

A Note or Two on “Occupy Wall Street”

This whole “Occupy Wall Street” business is starting to upset me and I thought I’d offer a few opinions: I walked past the bull and the exchange as well as through the financial district more generally while I was in New York last Friday and didn’t see a single protester. …

On Respecting Steve Jobs

Note: I wasn’t going to do a Steve Jobs post.  I have another post prepared about the protesters on Wall Street that’s far more interesting and informative.  At the same time, I feel like every technology focused blog owes him a post of some sort today, so here is mine….