Managing a Business

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

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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,...


Latin Greeking

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Increase your vocabulary

According to academicians Mario Pei and Robert McCrum William Shakespeare, had a vocabulary of 30,000 words. The King James Bible (the first one translated and published in English and contemporaneous with Shakespeare) uses, according to authors Joseph Shipley and Charlton Laird, between 7,000 and 8,000 different words. Mario Pei sites a 20th century study of...


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