Monthly Archives: October 2013

Open-Source Tensions

I am a big advocate of open-source software. I believe that, along with Amazon Web Services, open-source has been the single greatest enabler of startups in the last decade or more. Amazon made it possible to launch an online startup … Continue reading

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Sacrificial Lambs

To paraphrase Johnny Carson as the Great Karnak: writing a good blog; growing your business; sacrificial lambs. What do they have in common? Other than sometimes feeling like you need to give blood to get somewhere, they all require consistency. Writing … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding and Crowding Out

So private companies can, finally, solicit equity investors from the public, in a process known as “general solicitation.” Until now, you either had to register as a public company, or do a “private” solicitation only. In some ways, this is … Continue reading

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From Garbage to Gold

One of my favourite types of successes is when a business finds value in its garbage. One of the most famous cases – taught in almost every business school – is Kingsford Charcoal. Kingsford, the largest charcoal manufacturers in the … Continue reading

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The Clothes Make the Man… or the Entrepreneur

A colleague of mine forwarded me this fascinating interview with Brian O’Kelley, founding CEO of AppNexus. There are several good gems in there, and as Brian is a fairly outgoing person, the read is enjoyable as well. During one particularly … Continue reading

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R2D2 is NOT at the Supermarket

Automation and robotics, in theory, are a wonderful thing. They allow us to replace expensive humans with limited time to spend on the job with machines that can do the same work over and over again, without becoming tired, demanding … Continue reading

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Why Is China Cheaper?

For several decades now, company after company has outsourced manufacturing to China. Even “patriotic” items, like flags, are often stamped “Made in China.” Why do companies send their manufacturing overseas? The main driver, obviously, is labour cost. If the wages … Continue reading

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Joseph Deitcher 2012. In Memoriam.

I normally write about business. Today, the first anniversary on the Hebrew calendar of my father’s passing, I would like to write about business lessons from my father, from whom I learned the most valuable lessons of all. I cannot … Continue reading

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Ignorance is the Beginning of Knowledge

Two events occurred in the last week that reminded me of the value of ignorance… or, to paraphrase the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous’ Twelve-Step Program, admitting you don’t know is the first step towards true wisdom. The first was … Continue reading

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Liar, Liar, Samsung on Fire

It always amazes me when a company tries to cheat, somehow expecting not to get caught. Yesterday, Ars Technica published a detailed takedown as to how Samsung tried to deceive the performance benchmark tests in its latest Samsung Galaxy Note … Continue reading

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