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Defining Entrepreneurs

Steve King of Small Biz Labs picked up this quote from NYU economist William Baumol, interviewed by the International Herald Tribune: The other factor, Baumol said, has to do with where entrepreneurs find the best opportunities. He quoted Willie Sutton, the American criminal who said he robbed banks because that’s where the money was. “The...


Montrose’s Toast

No, it is not a marmalade and burnt bread item on the breakfast menu. “He either fears his fate too much, Or his desserts are small, Who dares not put it to the touch, To win or lose it all.” James Graham, 1st Marquess and 5th Earl of Montrose, 1612-1650 Oft quoted, it sounds like...


But Grandpa, How Did You Send E-Mail When You Were a Boy?

Being in the software business, it’s in our best interest to always be watching and utilizing the newest technology to keep up with the market and customers. People want the best and newest that’s available. Anything older just won’t do! But how many of us – when confronted with the newest tech gadget or hot...


Entrepreneurs Jump Barriers

I don’t think it’s just coincidence. In the U.S., entrepreneurs are disproportionately young, disproportionately immigrants and, now, disproportionately dyslexic. This makes perfect sense to me because starting your own business is so often a way to break out of the normal path, get off the track and succeed your own way instead of the so-called...


Quit? Take No For an Answer? Accept Second Best?

“Believe in yourself. Don’t take no for an answer. Never quit. Don’t accept second best.” Doesn’t that sound just like the language we–experts, teachers, entrepreneurs and even bloggers–use about starting a business? Passion is everything, never give up and so on. Yes, I think so, too. We do hear that a lot. Which makes me...


Work in order to Live or Live only to Work

One evening when I was attending college in the mid-west I was out photographing distant barns, silos, trees, gently waving rows of corn stalks, etc. on the skyline silhouetted by the great red orb of the sun slowly dropping below the horizon. It was a glorious sight, and I think I got some nice shots. ...


Mommy Wars

Palo Alto Software CEO Sabrina Parsons is quoted today in a story in USA today on Working Moms: Those who do work say they often must confront attitudes from co-workers who may question their decision to leave children in child care or with a nanny. That’s what happened to Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto...


Being Your Own Boss

The “being your own boss” myth still comes up a lot. I try to pop that bubble whenever I can. Sabrina Parsons says it today in her post at MommyCEO: The business is your boss. You live breathe, eat your business 24 hours a day. Your children know exactly what you do, and at a...


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