Category : Startups

Learning From Others: Morning Star Tomatoes

There aren’t that many new and innovative management styles in the world today, but I recently heard of one.  Morning Star Tomatoes (which generates $700M per year processing tomatoes).  Want to know what there management structure is?  They don’t have one.  There aren’t any managers. Instead, at the beginning of…

New Fund Starting in Pittsburgh

I wasn’t going to make a post today because I have quite a bit going on in my personal life but my hand was a little bit forced by the morning’s news.  Sean Ammirati formerly the CEO of mSpoke (which you’ll recall was the local company that sold to LinkedIn)…

Another Great Idea

Sometimes you’re scanning through Read, Write, Web or whatever your favorite tech journal is and you see something that makes you go, “well, crap, I wish I could invest in that company.”  Such is the case with Twilio.  The company is a bit skype-like in that it brings VoIP to…

Startup Opportunities in Pittsburgh

Over the last few weeks several opportunities to jump in to the Pittsburgh Tech Entrepreneurial Scene have showed up in my mailbox.  I thought three was enough to post about.  All of these look to be great opportunities, if you’re sitting on the side of the pool why not use…

Finding Talent When You’re Not a Big Boy

The Pirates seem to be close to a deal with the New York Yankees to trade a minor prospect or two to the Yankees for veteran starting pitcher A.J. Burnett.  The deal, on its surface, would seem to be the exact opposite of the Pirates’ MO.  It’s not though, it is anticipated…

$100M Without Sales

I have mentioned Atlassian on this blog before.  But this caught my eye.  Atlassian has surpassed $100M in revenue without the use of sales people.  Not just that, but they accomplished this in Enterprise IT.  Part of me wants to say that they’re my heroes because they rely strictly on…

Yammer, Twitter, Skype, Sametime and How Enterprises Will Adopt Technology

As I perused my reader this morning I found an interesting note on TechCrunch talking about both the success of Yammer! and mentioning that they’ll be raising another round of financing.  For those of you who don’t know about Yammer! it is a set of social media technologies that can…

For Each Success There’s a Next One

Chris Dixon wrote a fantastic blog post a few weeks ago about the current success of companies like Etsy and eBay that are marketplaces where individuals can offer their goods.  He points out that these have been tried over and over again for years, and only recently become successful.  He…

Learning From Other Startups – Atlassian’s Core Values

Atlassian is one of the most famous startups in the world.  They have received a crazy amount of press for ideas like “Fed Ex Projects” where they divide in to teams and must deliver a prototype by 10am the next morning.  Their purpose which they don’t mind bragging about is,…

Hacking Enterprise IT: Flipping the Model

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…