Category : Unsolicited Advice

Twitter and Patents

I, like many of the innovative people in the startup world, am very uncomfortable with the way patents are being used today.  Market economies succeed because c competition based on usefulness and price.  Today, instead of trying to innovate in ways that will increase usefulness or decrease price, too many…

Life’s Risky Business

I’m doing some work with banks lately and it always impresses me the size and importance of their risk departments.  They study counter-party risk (the risk someone you’re doing business will fail), credit risk (the risk that someone won’t be able to pay due to other obligations), market risk (the…

Sometimes It’s Supposed to be Tough

Note: Did you really expect anything besides a sports analogy today? In sports or in business, winning is why we play the game.  It’s for the rush of that moment when we slay our fiercest opponent and get to toast our victory.  The thing people talk about less in sports…

The Truth Behind Amazon EC2’s April Fools

Let’s face it. Sometimes you just need a local server. Perhaps your office is too cold, or you have the urge to pull the cover off and reseat the memory. Or, you might have some data on floppy disks that you simply cannot live without. Because we will leave no…

Focus is an Investment

I was looking at the picture above (which I found on Seth Godin’s blog) and I thought it illustrated well one of my favorite points. I often joke with friends and family that I’m “lazy”.  I don’t really see it that way of course, but I get a lot of…

Social Dating Website – The Holy Grail

There were not one but two recent articles that crossed my path recently about online dating.  It got me thinking about a subject I’ve come back to at least two different times (one and two), the idea of a social dating site.  There is just so much information available on…

Getting a Job Based on Data or Social

The world is full of interesting spaces where the current technology’s days are numbered, but what will replace it is not quite clear yet.  Take television, Like many things, the days of the traditional resume are numbered.  Take News, Media, or Television as examples that I’ve discussed before.  Today, I’ve…

Do As Much As You Can

If you’re an ambitious person or even one that just takes pride in his or her work, you probably want to have as much responsibility is possible.  When the chips are down, you want it to be your cards that are in play.  That’s a great attitude to have but…

Picking Through The Picked Over – Part 2: Cloud

I don’t spend a lot of time in the stock market.  In spite of my background as an MBA, these days I tend to feel that there are better opportunities elsewhere (real estate for safety and small companies for growth).  That said, as the future of IT (cloud and social)…

Picking Through the Picked Over – Part 1: Social

I don’t spend a lot of time in the stock market.  In spite of my background as an MBA, these days I tend to feel that there are better opportunities elsewhere (real estate for safety and small companies for growth).  That said, as the future of IT (cloud and social)…