Category Archives: general

You Cannot Buy Your Culture Into Nimbleness

I find it interesting when the same conversation happens with two different people in the span of just a few days. In the past week, I had almost the exact same conversation twice, with two different people at two different companies, about … Continue reading

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Getting A Header On Recruiting Engineers

As every successful CEO (and VP) will tell you, recruiting great people is their top priority. Sure, they need revenue, and deliverables, and to manage funds, and a million other things. But great people are how you get these things done. In … Continue reading

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When Robots Replace Burger-Flippers and Lawyers

Can robots replace burger-flippers? How about lawyers? Tools have been around for thousands of years, making a human job faster and easier; try banging a nail in without a hammer. Machines, complex combinations of parts that are either human-operated or … Continue reading

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Who Are You Going to Tell?

There is an old joke about a rabbi who goes golfing on Yom Kippur, although I am sure there are variants about an imam in ramadan or priest during Lent. It is such a beautiful day, and the rabbi never gets … Continue reading

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There Is Nothing New Under the Sun

Following on our review of Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, today we will look at the  “Re-Imagining” section. On slides 28-44, the report looks at business processes and how they have changed over the last several decades. Here are some salient … 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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Zappos gets it right

So Zappos was breached. It happens every day, certainly far more often than we hear about in the news, and, I suspect, more often than is reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies, primarily the FBI cyber crimes unit (whose … Continue reading

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CEOs who are hated

I saw a great article earlier this week, listing large tech company CEOs who are most hated by their employees, based on their approval ratings. The article is available here. My first reaction was, “who cares?” A CEO’s job, after … Continue reading

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We are not amused – the economics of amusement parks

Recently, I had the experience of seeing two related events in the business of amusement parks. First, The Wall Street Journal, one the front page of its Tuesday, August 5, 2008, edition, had an interesting article on the financial troubles … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading begun

In response to the unending requests I have received for recommended reading, I have posted a permanent page with a list of books that I recommend. Obviously, they vary depending on circumstances, but all of them have jewels of wisdom … Continue reading

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