Your town can fuel the rise of two pizza teams

Last time, I noted that Amazon received no HQ2 (second Amazon global headquarters location) proposals from communities in a number of rural states. At the time, I noted that the decision to pass on that opportunity was a well-considered choice. More importantly, I asked the following question: What would the impact be if your community had […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

One way to create sustainable jobs

photo credit: Bas Lammers Recently, the Flathead Beacon published a story about a global tech-oriented business that continues to grow right here in rural Montana. This business started from scratch and achieved critical mass… Without tax breaks that often encourage unsustainable business models. Without specially crafted laws that treat their industry or part of their […]

Execution, Ideas and why “I need a programmer”

photo credit: kasrak Every programmer, much less anyone who does something that startups need, has had these discussions. However, that isn’t why it’s today’s guest post. The thought process from idea to creation. The value of execution. That’s why it’s a worthwhile read.

Startups, Apollo and head bobbing

photo credit: jurvetson This piece by Paul Graham talks about a survey of startup founders, but it reminds me very much of my software company days. Too much, perhaps. It may not describe the business you’re in – since it’s mostly talking about software businesses – but the attitude, expectations, “reason why” and much more […]