Monthly Archives: April 2015

For the Love of Brilliant Advertising

Great technology companies have been built on advertising: Google, Facebook, Yahoo (in the old days), not to mention many a magazine, newspaper and television network. I have always loved the operational side of ad networks. They require building and managing a systems whose data throughput … Continue reading

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When to Outsource

Knowing how to outsource a process is challenging enough, and requires serious operational management and help, but does not involve making strategic decisions. Conversely, knowing when to outsource is far more challenging, as it involves making decisions with imperfect information about … Continue reading

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Pay Yourself First

One of the most important rules of successful longtime business owners, right after “Cash is King”, is “Pay Yourself First.” After all, you do not know what the business will be like in a year or two or ten, so … Continue reading

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Reports of the Death of the Keyboard Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

For almost all of computing history, we have interacted with computing devices via keyboard for input and printer, then screen, for output. Computers are logical devices, and require clean, defined logical statements to interact. Thus, we use precise text. Human interactions, … Continue reading

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How to Outsource

Over the last week, I have had several discussions about the challenges to successful outsourcing. One person was dealing with manufacturing products in China; another was managing outsourced server maintenance and operations; yet a third had a financial technology management service provider. In all … Continue reading

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Mission Soundbite

Normally, I dislike the phrase “soundbite”. It implies a shallow, bite-sized saying that misses all of the depth, nuance and complexity that exists in the real world. Nonetheless, soundbites are successful precisely because they can convey – for better or for worse … Continue reading

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Nimbleness of Scale

In business, there are two benefits that accumulate to large or diversified companies: Economies of Scale Economies of Scope Economies of Scale are the benefits of from doing more of the same. If you make 10MM laptops a year, your cost per computer will be cheaper … Continue reading

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TrueCrypt: True Security, True Licensing

TrueCrypt was a great open-source encryption program. It created files that, when opened by the program, looked to your computer like an additional drive. Any files placed in that drive would be encrypted and protected from prying eyes. Why would you do … Continue reading

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Developers or Engineers?

Which do you hire, developers or engineers? Nowadays, the most popular programming language is JavaScript, or, by its correct name, ECMAScript. Since “Eck-Ma-Script” is not a great marketing name except, perhaps, for a language for Ghostbusters EctoPlasm, it is not surprising that everyone still … Continue reading

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Once Again, Great Product Management Wins

I often notice the incredible value of great product management. Unfortunately, it is something many experienced people do not get, simply because it is the one area of a business, and especially a startup, that cuts across the company. Every other … Continue reading

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