Understand anything and everything

On this Armistice Day, I’m reminded of the wisdom of the Vets who influenced my life. Typically, this means lessons learned from my dad and father-in-law, who both served as B-52 mechanics (Presque Isle, Carswell, etc). Seems that the harder the lesson was to understand and learn, the more value it holds. Watching the election […]

Why do startups fight city hall?

This past weekend, I had a brief discussion about Uber, France, tech startups and the need to “fight city hall”. It all started after I posted a story about an upcoming Paris taxi strike, which is designed to send a warning message to the French government and French people from a highly entrenched monopoly. The message […]

What does your community’s welcome mat say?

photo credit: archerwl A state association of businesses has pushed legislation into our state house that would limit the on-premise retail sales volume of a related group of businesses. Yes, we talked about this recently, but today let’s go beyond this one business, this one time. That situation is just a symptom of a far […]

It’s a bad time

photo credit: Ian Sane Over the weekend, I had a brief conversation about a Wall Street Journal article I had posted to Twitter about the average nationwide earnings of a partner in a U.S. law firm. I almost didn’t post the link because I had the feeling it would generate a political conversation. Politics was […]

The Price of A Hug

photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar Recently, a small business owner hugged the President. He wasn’t tackled by the Secret Service, or cuffed and taken to jail. Instead, his business’ Yelp page was inundated with fake reviews from political loyalists from sides of the aisle. Yelp is a social media business rating/review websites. The timely, personal […]

Maker, Taker, Patriot.

photo credit: Michel Filion Wall Street Journal senior economist Stephen Moore recently wrote a column about “takers and makers“, revealing that “More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined.” Twice as many people (22.5 million) work in government than in manufacturing (11.5 milion). Upon hearing this, […]

The President of You

photo credit: dev null Been talking about this for a good while, glad to find someone else who agrees. There is one President who matters to your business: The President of you. What you do today, tomorrow, the next day and every day to improve your products, services, customer support, and to continue to provide […]

Driving Miss Daisy… at 6000 mph

photo credit: Flowery *L*u*z*a* You might be aware that the Google Fiber for Communities applications are due Friday. And yeah, I’m a little annoyed about it. See, I watched the “big city” media interview local internet providers in Bozeman and Missoula and managed to avoid throwing shoes at my monitor as I listened to their […]

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 […]

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 […]