Managing a Business

Ideas are Easy, Doing Stuff is Hard

I posted here last week about the example of Mark Zuckerberg and the controversy around Facebook. Three different people claim he stole their idea. This morning Seth Godin answered an email asking why he gives ideas away in his blog: “I responded that ideas are easy, doing stuff is hard.” This comes up here frequently because...


But mommy, the cupcake was so good!

I had an interesting interaction with my 3-year old over the weekend that reminded me that most of us are faced with whether to be naughty or nice throughout our entire lives. Sometimes its just worth being naughty — even considering the consequences. Sunday my youngest turned 1, and we had a birthday party for...


Old Stuff as New Business Idea

There’s an interesting post this morning on Small Business Trends. Steven Teo writes about the nostalgia boom. He mentions Couverture old-style suitcases, the rebirth of old video games, and retro appliances. It reminds me of some new cars which look like old cars, old-style telephones, and drive-in diners. We’ve seen a couple of consumer products which...


Business Building as Escaping Boredom?

This seems like a particularly interesting comment posted Friday in the Huffington Post by a 20-year-old college student: Boring internships may be turning students off from entering the regular rat race. Instead, many students are looking to starting their own businesses. Our business idols are the founders of Napster and Google. We, perhaps unrealistically, want...


Business Planning like Building Blocks.

Think of your start-up business plan as a matter of blocks; pieces. You don’t have to have the whole block structure done before you take any next steps. Start your blocks where you like. Some common blocks are the mantra, the mission statement, the keys to success, maybe a break-even analysis, or a SWOT, or...


The Rising Cost of PB&J….

I have a favorite restaurant here in Eugene that I absolutely love…or should I say…did love.  This cafe has several locations around town and they are wildly popular.  Like any business would want to do, they are hoping to capitalize on their success.  Thus, they just opened their first “franchise model” store in town.  But...


Boustrophedon – Left to right — right to left, like plowing with an ox

So you’re worried about someone reading your business plan and stealing evig uoy fi nalp ruoy kcip-tin lliw sCV esoht kniht uoy oD  ?he ,aedi ruoy them too much detail?  Maybe the info of your business is so super-secret dna ,flesruoy ,uoy tub enoyna ot nwonk emoceb ot ti tnaw t’nod uoy taht id.  Or...


Mommy CEO

Recently I transitioned into the role of CEO at Palo Alto Software. It has been an exciting few months as I really sink my teeth into running Palo Alto Software with a new management team.  But it has also been exhausting.  Besides being the CEO of Palo Alto Software I am also mommy to Timmy,...


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