Do towns benefit from building 2 pizza teams?

What’s the big deal about building an environment that creates the ideal conditions to form a two pizza team? Having startups to talk about at the Chamber lunch is exciting, but this isn’t about improving your cool factor. Improving the finances of your town’s families is important, but there are bigger benefits that affect everyone […]

Lessons from working at home

Geoffrey James put together a good list of 10 lessons learned from his 10 years of working from home. I’ve worked at home (and in my kayak, as shown above) since 1999 so I thought I’d chime in on the topics in his list. 1) Solitude: Solitude can be addicting, but like all good things, […]

Why small business should care about Meeker’s slides

Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report came out today, so I thought I’d offer a few comments about it and how its findings are likely to (continue to) affect small businesses, including small software companies. The Slideshare version is rather slow right now,¬† so I suggest you check out the PDF version of the Meeker […]

How do you know which customers want to be an insider?

This past weekend, I checked off two to-do- list items with one visit to @OnyxCoffeeLab. First, I was looking for a good locally-owned place to sit, sip and write. A coffee shop. Second, I was meeting with the founder of a @StartupWeekend-born startup to discuss how it would go forward. It started off nicely enough […]

Not on my watch!

Most everyone I’ve talked to who really cares about their work has that one thing that brings meaning, context and (as my kids used to say) “give-a-care” to the work they do. You might have heard it described as “Not on my watch”, a reference to pulling¬†watch duty on naval ships. The best way I’ve […]

The most expensive minute of your life

Sometimes you just have to know when it’s time to move on. To that end, a quote from James Altucher: My first business I sold for $15 million. We built websites for entertainment companies. Bad Boy Records, Miramax, Time Warner, HBO, Sony, Disney, Loud Records, Interscope, on and on. Oh, and Con Edison. Mobb Deep […]

What to do if you aren’t ready

photo credit: josemanuelerre If you ask anyone who has kids how long you should wait before having kids, you’ll probably get an answer like: “You’re never really 100% ready, so if you want kids, just have one.” The same goes for the things you’re not doing in your business. We always think we need one […]

Startup DNA

Startup DNA from Yevgeniy Brikman For those in the software / SaaS business, an interesting slide deck from a guy involved in some fairly high end startups. The last third of the deck is not as impactful as the first 2/3rds, where in addition to his comments, the author offers some pretty helpful resources. It’s […]

What isn’t Amazon going to change?

photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography During Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) November re:Invent conference, there were a number of interesting talks. Psst…Don’t run away, not-interested-in-technology folks, this is barely about tech if you look closely. I got the most out of the sessions centered around the strategic design decisions that Amazon.com (an AWS customer) and other […]

What makes an entrepreneur tick?

Lots of nuggets here for small business owners in this panel video from Stanford Business. There isn’t much need to watch this, but certainly worth a listen for you as well as perhaps family members, managers and yes, even your line employees. I like the diversity of the panel, from a guy who quit high […]