Monthly Archives: September 2013

Don’t Hire the Stepford Wives

Fast Company has a very interesting interview with Matt Mickiewicz, CEO of engineering recruiting firm Hired. Matt discusses recruiting mistakes common to startups (and even more stablished firms). While other outlets trumpeted the (out of context) soundbite, “don’t hire Google engineers,” … Continue reading

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Build Something. Anything.

A few weeks back, Albert Wenger wrote a short article on the value VCs bring, notably in focusing on the “big picture”. Albert’s article led to an interesting discussion on the best and worst kinds of VCs, and specifically how … Continue reading

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Coupons and Slaps

I have written about the virtues of discrimination – that is, price discrimination – here, here and here. A friend of mine in California reminded me of this when he sent me an article bemoaning coupons. Everyone who has ever … Continue reading

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Hold Me Back, or I Might Buy Blackberry!

Long suffering BlackBerry has a potential buyer. Coincidentally, or not, the $4.7BN offer comes from Fairfax Holdings, who are already BlackBerry’s largest single shareholder, at ~10%. Their offer is for $9 per share, which is a small premium over the … Continue reading

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Life Is Analog, Not Digital

Back in undergraduate engineering, Prof. Andy Stevens taught us our first course on digital circuits. In analog, everything is on a continuum: you can measure how many amps are coming through the system with ever more precision, or how many dollars … Continue reading

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Free vs Free – Spy vs Spy

About a year and a half ago, Layered Thoughts published a fascinating piece on the differences between different kinds of free. The author goes into the psychological impact of offering a free plan (popular in “freemium” offerings) vs offering a free … Continue reading

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The Highest Bidder… IS the One Who Will Care For Your People

Earlier this week, Josh Patrick wrote a great opinion piece in the NY Times, entitled, “It’s O.K. to Sell Your Business to the Highest Bidder.” Business owners often have a close emotional relationship with their business – their “baby” – … Continue reading

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Down with Tyranny… of Billable Hours

The “tyranny” of billable hours. Anyone who has ever provided a labour service – lawyers, consultants, designers, contractors – knows the inexorable pressure to find more hours which you can bill to some client somewhere. In multi-person firms it is far … Continue reading

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No Entitlements Here!

One of the most damaging mindsets in employees – and in people generally – is a sense of entitlement. Just about every culture has some turn of phrase that describes how such a person thinks, feels and acts. In a … Continue reading

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Lies, Damn Lies and College Statistics

Every now and then, someone uses statistics in so misleading a way as to qualify as dishonesty. While I have little patience for ignorance masquerading as knowledge, I have even less for self-interest masquerading as virtue. I came across a … Continue reading

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