What does freedom mean to business people?

When you ask business owners why they started their company, you frequently hear these words: Freedom and opportunity. Opportunity tends to have a narrow definition. Someone sees potential in a market and goes after it. Opportunity may also mean the ability to make more than they could make at a job. Freedom’s meaning seems to […]

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, […]

The most expensive, most stressful thing on your desk

Nothing destroys a work day like distractions. Ever realize that it’s “suddenly” dinner time and all you remember doing since lunch is reading Facebook? That’ll show up nicely on a deposit slip. Hello, stress. Distractions are a product of your work environment, your work habits and how those two things are communicated to others. Your […]

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 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 […]

Not a nerd? Not a problem.

photo credit: f_mafra If you’ve been reading what’s going on in the economy, it seems like a fair percentage of the new jobs that are still out there are going to technical people. Even today in Silicon Valley, the number of applicants in the job pool for a specific skill are roughly equal to the […]

Uncertainty and Starships

Today’s uncertainty has a tendency to freeze people’s behavior. It makes us forget, even momentarily, that doing nothing or continuing to do the same old thing may be more risky than doing that next big thing on their strategic plan. That doesn’t mean you have to take giant expensive steps like people did in 1999-2000 […]

Ever have trouble breathing?

Ever have trouble breathing? Maybe you got hit hard and had the breath knocked out of you or maybe you choked on a McNugget. Doesn’t matter because while you were choking, you only wanted one thing: to breathe. Everyone knows that desire, which sets the stage for this video. In the video above showing Giavanni […]

Do you see the future or the fingerprints?

While watching this, some will complain about the system running Windows, while others will wonder aloud why anyone would want to use it, grumble about specific features, or wring their hands over privacy implications much less the cost. Some might even focus on the hassle of removing fingerprints from the advanced technology’s surfaces. What do […]

The Seeds of Legendary

photo credit: flipkeat I was reading AJ Leon’s blog this morning and thought that sipping a cuppa joe in Shakespeare’s hometown while gnawing on a “legendary brownie” sounds pretty good. The term legendary struck me, as AJ probably meant it to. I don’t stumble across things of that quality every day, but I guess that’s […]