Meeker 2012 – What should small software businesses do?

Credit: KPCB Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends presentation is always an attention getter. For some, a wake-up-call, for others… a reminder. No matter what it is for you, there’s some valuable trend info there worth looking at in the context of your software business. “Rapid mobile adoption still in early stages.” Think about that for […]

Where were you when the iPhone and Kindle were being designed?

photo credit: truedudi As we discussed yesterday, anti-competitive businesses sometimes do “unfair” things. Occasionally, they commit illegal acts to gain an edge. Commonly mentioned examples include bribing officials to get contracts or have them look the other way on enforcement or quality issues. Sometimes the unethical things are illegal, such as refusing to sell spare […]

China, India, Microsoft and Apple: What they do isn’t FAIR!

photo credit: Meanest Indian Yesterday, we talked about fierce competition from other places and other businesses, as well as doing your homework. At the end of the day, all things pointed to a single bottom line: What has happened to our business(es) and thus to our communities is JUST NOT FAIR. If Pittsburgh’s businesses have […]

Do your homework, someone in China is starving for your job

That’s Tom Peters via YouTube. Initially, he talks about teenagers when referring to a quote from Thomas Friedman, but if you step back a bit, “do your homework” could – and should – be applied to all of us. Perhaps Tom felt it was easier to make the point about China and India (especially given […]

Oprah is an alien?

Monday’s have been a bit over the top lately, but yesterday was a doozy. Really, there’s enough things going on to give your business some challenges without adding today’s “entertainment”. On the other hand, what Monday wouldn’t be complete without: emergency World Health Organization (WHO) declarations due to the swine flu several Manhattan flybys by […]

The force is strong with this Congress

photo credit: PixelManiatiK For decades, I have avoided getting involved in politics mostly because it has a way of seriously annoying me. As I hope you’ve noticed, I’ve also avoided getting politic-y here at Business is Personal – maybe with the exception of discussions regarding the CPSIA. Despite my best efforts, Congress is working overtime […]

The CPSIA, Glenn Beck, the Chicken and the Egg

photo credit: kevindooley Am I the last so-called journalist in this country? (stupid question, I’m not even one of those<g>) You may or may not know I write a business *opinion* column once a week in the Beacon – and that isn’t even my “real job”. What am I talking about? Yes, the CPSIA again. […]

DeMint gives CPSIA instructions to small business owners

Look what happens when you step away from the CPSIA bonfire for a couple of days to get some work done…after all, *someone* has to bail out the country, may as well be me. Senator DeMint from South Carolina is working on some legislative fixes to the CPSIA, but more importantly, in his blog he […]

CPSIA 1 year stay granted: Proof of the might of social media for marketing

The letter to the Commission is here and the press release is here. Good news. Buys some time to get the darned thing right. Thank Kathleen Fasanella for getting it started, but also thank social media I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that the power of social media is what made this happen. […]

CPSIA: I’m from the government and I’m here to help

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown One of the natural reactions to a CPSIA discussion with store owners, manufacturers, the press and other business people that I speak to about the Act is “Oh, the government would never do anything to shut down an entire niche of businesses, especially in this economy.” Well, they would be […]