Culture

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Yesterday I ran the gambit in modes of transportation. Plane from Texas to Oregon. Train from Portland to Eugene and then a car ride from the station to home. On every leg of my trip, I heard about how expensive it was to travel these days. In the airport, people were talking about the new...


Why Venture Capitalists Don’t Want You to Have a Sex Life

Browsing the Wall Street Journal’s online offerings, I just picked up Why Venture Capitalists Don’t Want You to Have a Sex Life. It’s one of several online reactions to John Doerr’s (of Kleinert Perkins Caufield & Byers) much-quoted comment on how many successful entrepreneurs had no lives outside of their work. The source of all...


107 year guarantee

There is a lightbulb in a Livermore California firehouse that has been burning constantly since 1901. For those of us who can’t do math in our heads, that’s 107 years or nearly 1 million hours. The lightbulb was screwed into place inside a pump house, its intent was to “break the darkness so firefighters responding...


How I saved $427.72 when a palm tree hit me

I had a little disagreement with a palm tree in our rental car while we were on vacation in Hawaii.  First Day – what a bummer!  Then I remembered that if you rent a car with a Platinum VISA card , they have extra insurance coverage that is automatically included.  The application is conveniently online....


Birthday Spam? (and I’m not talking processed meat)

Yesterday was my birthday. In the year since I had my last birthday, there is no question that social networking sites have made leaps and bounds in their popularity and usage. I am forever getting invitations to join business networks: Linkedin, Ryze, Plaxo…and the list goes on. Most of the time, I bite. I can...


On Becoming a Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Pamela Slim of Escape From Cubicle Nation called it an “Exceptionally rich and juicy post on becoming ‘lifestyle entrepreneur.’ ” I agree, and thanks to Slim for pointing it out. The post she referred to is “Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur: Complete Guide and 40+ Resources” by Skellie on Anywired. From the introduction: The goal of...


John Doerr on Mercenary Versus Missionary

Here is one of the world’s most successful and best known venture capitalists, John Doerr, with about three minutes on the difference between mercenaries and missionaries, and why that matters.   And, in case the video isn’t showing, here’s the link.


Sort of back in college

I just returned from attending Tim Berry’s BA 410: New Business Planning class at the University of Oregon. My reasoning for attending his class was two-fold. One: I manage our Academic Channel and instructors often ask me if and how our software can be used in the classroom. I generally reply with something like, “The...


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