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Fuel Your Idea Machine

I’ve used this blog on occasion to remind you and me that life is about life, not startups. Business is what we do, not who we are. That’s important. Life is short. I really like to recommend Guy Kawasaki’s “Being a Mensch” chapter in The Art of the Start. And I like what I read...


And now you know the rest of the story

Some of you might remember the post I wrote a few days ago about how our car was broken into and all our things stolen. While we haven’t exactly caught him, I have been able to exact my own brand of revenge. Let me tell you about a little program called  LogMeIn. LogMeIn is a...


Breaking the lock: How strong is your password?

Last weekend, on the last day of a very nice long weekend out of town, our car was broken into and all of our belongings were stolen. Laptops, ipods, clothes, new purchases from the weekend, the car radio … everything. To say it kind of bummed out the weekend is putting it mildly. When we...


The biggest and the best

When I came on board at Palo Alto Software, I really had no concept of business plan competitions. But since managing academic competitions was one of my responsibilities, I quickly learned all about them and was amazed at the myriad of competitions out there. From the first-ever Twitter Business Plan Contest where you have to...


wasting capital energy

we are wasting buzz-illions of calories, ergs, joules, watts, amperes, volts, newtons. as they say in the uk, i have a capital idea. here’s how can we cut this waste and save this precious energy. expunge all the capital letters.  cease case-sensitive usage.  yank those shift and caps lock keys out of our keyboards.  by...


Hockey Wisdom

As a small business owner it is easy to get discouraged on those days when you are questioning a big decision you made. A lot of times it comes down to a gut feel and a leap of faith.  For the times that you might end up on the wrong side of a decision, keep...


The Telephone Tree in Reverse

So you want to know something you don’t know. Here’s one way to find out. Get on the phone. Think of somebody to call first. Come on, you can think of somebody. Somebody who might have some idea. No ideas at all? Then call up the local Small Business Development Center, if you have one...


90% of success is just showing up

People always wonder what it takes to really be successful. I remember wondering as I graduated from college whether I would “make it” in the “real world.” I somehow had this picture  that everyone would be smart and hard working and know what they were doing. 12 years out I know the sad reality of...


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