I’ve now listened to nine years of Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series (listen to the podcasts here – I highly recommend them). With so many speakers (214 so far) of course there is going to be some conflicting advice but themes definitely have emerged. The importance of passion, innovation, and execution is what comes to mind. I… Continue reading Entrepreneurship is…
A couple of days ago I was looking through the analytics for one of my web apps (I’m currently testing out Heap Analytics and am pleased so far) and saw some traffic was coming from a particular website. I clicked through to it and found a roundup of products in my space (film production software)… Continue reading First Review Of My Software
The current inability of our elected representatives in Washington D.C. to reach agreements got me reflecting on a topic that many of us haven’t given much thought to–the process of negotiation. Two of the best lectures I’ve ever listened to were delivered by Joel Peterson and Stan Christensen at Stanford as part of their Entrepreneurial… Continue reading Notes on Negotiation
I imagine this Harvard Business Review article, “Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are“, hits home for many of us. We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried.” Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water.” While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the Worst Case… Continue reading Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are
I thought this list from the Harvard Business Review of company mission categories was inspirational: Making the world more beautiful. Making the world more fun. Making the world more efficient and smart. They go on to highlight some billionaires whose companies fit those categories. They all fit my personal mantra (which I think I stole… Continue reading Want to become a billionaire?
I think this site is too cool not to share. MerchantWords shows you what Amazon users are searching for and how many are searching for a particular term. If you produce/sell a physical product, or are thinking about doing so, then it should be your next stop on the web.
There are a bunch of great resources on the Internet for people interested in startups. A lot of people have made the journey before and shared their success stories, mistakes, and wisdom. Many of them share freely and I’ve collected some of those below. Podcasts: Startups for the Rest of Us is a podcast hosted by… Continue reading Resources for Startup Engineering Students
I finally read Ender’s Game in anticipation of the upcoming movie. (I have a lot of sci-fi to catch up on after almost exclusively reading business books for a decade.) I enjoyed the book and found that there were some lessons in there that would apply to business, careers, and personal relationships. The overall theme… Continue reading Business Lessons from Ender’s Game
I finally did it. After years of dreaming about a zero-item inbox I actually decided that I was going to achieve it by the end of the day. That didn’t happen. I was able to achieve zero-inbox bliss within a week of making that decision. And the closer I got the better I felt. I… Continue reading Zero-Item Inbox Bliss
A blog with no content isn’t much use so I thought a good first post would be to point you to some great content–some of the books I’ve read that have shaped the way I think about business. Harvard Business Review on Managing Yourself This book is a compilation of advice from business leaders on… Continue reading Books for your business and career