Posts By: vansunder

What Are Bitcoins, Really?

Bitcoins keep coming up in the media these days because they’re a very interesting phenomenon. I was doing a little research trying to get everything a little more clear in my head, when I found a video put together by Duncan Elms on Vimeo. It gives a good overview of what Bitcoins are, how they… Read more »

Communicating While Delegating

One thing has been made clear to me over the years. Communication is not as simple as telling someone something. It isn’t about what you say, it’s about what they hear or how they interpret what you say. Jessica Stillman wrote an article about this phenomenon for Inc.com and her take was that when you… Read more »

Don’t Waste An Opportunity

We’ve all had times where we unexpectedly had to wait for something. Say a business meeting was pushed back a half hour or you’re waiting for your doctor who is 45 minutes behind schedule. It can be very stressful and frustrating. It often seems like people don’t value our time, so they end up wasting… Read more »

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 »