Monthly Archives: April 2013

What’s Your Point?

I was reading a short piece from Geoffrey James on Inc.com today entitled “Rule No. 1: Get to the Point.” His main assertion was that people are busy, so you shouldn’t waste their time beating around the bush and using excessive business cliches and jargon. I agree with that statement, but I think there is… Read more »

Well, Developers, iOS or Android?

It’s a no brainer these days, isn’t it? I hear over and over. The iPhone and iOS are dead and soon the iPad will be too. The onslaught of Android and Samsung has obliterated them and their closed ecosystem. Ditch iOS and develop for Android!  Well, according to research from Canalys, that might still be… Read more »

Motivation: Helping Others

I came across an article on NYTimes.com that reminded me of something that I always knew, but rarely think about during business planning. The article was about how giving is the secret to getting ahead. The article talks about Adam Grant and his book: Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. The premise of the… Read more »

The Need For Speed!

Last week we noticed something alarming about our websites. They had become incredibly slow. I don’t mean taking a few seconds to load. I mean 15-20 seconds and sometimes more than that. This is the kind of slow where even I don’t want to go to my site. I learned two things from this. I… Read more »

Overcome the Flood of Shallow Business Pitches

Howard A. Tullman wrote a piece for Inc that I thought was very interesting called ‘Why “Simple” is Getting Harder.’ The premise of the article is that it has become so easy to create a front end for an application or website and fake up some data for the backend. That has resulted in angels… Read more »

Who Owns Digital Goods? (Hint: Probably Not the Customer)

According to a legal ruling filed on Saturday, March 30, 2012, consumers don’t have the right to resell digital media that they have purchased from the copyright owner. Peter Kafka, from All Things D, reported that U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan sided with Capitol Records against ReDigi, a site that allows users to resell the music… Read more »

Social Media Astroturfing

I know that companies pay for advertising. That’s a well known fact. So, I know that everything that is put out there by a brand isn’t necessarily honest or authentic. I also know that companies pay to get favorable write ups placed on blogs or social media. I know that firsthand because I’ve received requests… Read more »

Presentations: Ditch the Bullets!

While I was attending business school at Santa Clara University, I did a lot of PowerPoint presentations for my classes. Those presentations taught me how to be more comfortable as I presented. Then when I was doing consulting for Accenture, I learned to put together and present solid presentations, which I now know were also… Read more »

Don’t Enable Bad Behavior!

I know you think I’m talking about enabling others. I’m not. I’m talking about enabling yourself to engage in more behaviors that distract you from what you should be focusing on. I was reminded of this by an article from Lifehacker discussing the placement of a second monitor. It sounds like a harmless addition and… Read more »

Another Benefit of Eye Contact

Here’s a quick tip that I learned today that I think might be helpful if, like me, you have trouble remembering the names of people you’ve met just once. An article on Lifehacker suggested that a good way to remember someone’s name was to pair it with their eye color. The way this works is… Read more »