Monthly Archives: July 2013

Plans Are Nothing… Planning Is Everything

The title of this post is a famous quote from General, US President, and President of my alma mater Columbia University, Dwight D. “Ike” Eisenhower, who was emphasizing the well-known dictum that “no battle plan ever survives first contact with … Continue reading

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Balance is the Key: Subscribers vs. Walk-Ons

I regularly play ice hockey. Not only do I love the game, but it taught a great lesson this morning on balancing your customers. A new rink opened near me (much better than the 2.5-3 hour drive each way I … Continue reading

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Enough Data… But Don’t Forget Your Context

Just about every newspaper and online news source in the developed world has reported on the outing of J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame as the author of the new book “The Cuckoo’s Calling.” Apparently, quite a bit of technology … Continue reading

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Well, Maybe You Will Buy More Toilet Paper

In an earlier post, I discussed how P&G and Georgia-Pacific are not advertising toilet paper in order to increase consumption (a.k.a. compete with non-consumption). Rather they are combatting each other for market share. Since people (in the developed world, at … Continue reading

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Cha-Ching!

Every now and then, I see an article that is worth reading in its entirety. Mark Suster, wrote one just the other day. He called it, “Why You Need to Ring the Freaking Cash Register.” I call it, “Cha-Ching!” I … Continue reading

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Rent-Seekers Part II: Incentives and Influencers

The smart people behind ET3, whom I mentioned in an earlier post, were kind enough to respond quickly via Twitter, which is public, so happy to repeat here. They made several key points: First the late 2013 3-mile long 400mph … Continue reading

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Who Says Toilet Paper Sells Itself

I was looking at my Facebook account the other day – normally a waste of time, but a great source of reading material – and came across this picture: My first reaction, like most, was to laugh. After all, everyone … Continue reading

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Blind Leading the Blind

I love Yahoo. I know, it isn’t politically correct to say so in today’s Google- and Facebook-centric worlds, but I have always loved that company, from the early days when Dave Filo and Jerry Yang founded it. It has been … Continue reading

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Want To Disrupt Air Travel? Watch For the Rent-Seekers

Yahoo News reports that a trial Vacuum Maglev ¬†Transport System is going to be in trial by the end of 2013. If successful, it¬†might bring cross-continent travel – LA to NY – in 45 minutes, yet be built at a … Continue reading

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Why Maps Are Like Search

As of this writing, there are several major mapping providers used on the Web and in mobile apps: Google, Microsoft, MapQuest (owned by AOL) and, of questionable quality, Apple. As of this writing, there are two major search providers: Google … Continue reading

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