25 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Disintermediation Uber Straw

Have you seen the movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis called “There Will Be Blood“? It’s an incredible film with lots of great actors in winning performances. Even if you’ve seen it before, the movie is worth a second look, if only for the infamous “I drink your milkshake” scene. Spoilers here, so if you haven’t seen […]

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01 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Idea After The Idea

I was recently reading an article warning start-up entrepreneurs against developing and pitching internet business ideas that investors had all seen before.  Counted among the walking dead of concepts were social and business networking sites, online dating sites, search engines, micro payment/loan/investment sites, and portal/single sign-on sites. The problem is, the author of this article is not […]

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27 May 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Are You Earning or Burning?

Everything you do Earns a sale (earns a conversation, a returned email, another phone call, a visit to the showroom, a positive online review), or Burns a sale (they never want to hear from you again, they tell 10 friends about their terrible experience with your company, they tell 10 million people on the internet […]

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27 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Don Draper meets Dr. Seuss

As most of you, as a kid I was a Dr. Seuss fan. Unlike most of you, I continued to not only be a Dr. Seuss fan as an adult — but look back on the old “children’s books” that Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote and see lessons for grown-ups. As a child Green Eggs and […]

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24 February 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Let’s Not “Not Reinvent The Wheel”

Some people go out of their way to “not reinvent the wheel”. “Let’s not reinvent the wheel” is a pretty common phrase in meetings. It’s used as a statement of intent not to over invest in time, labor, money or creativity in order to get something done. But sometime’s it’s worthwhile to reinvent the wheel […]

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24 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Jiggle The Handle

You’ve probably experienced this situation — you flush a toilet, but it won’t stop running because the flapper valve isn’t adjusted properly to form a good seal, allowing water to continually leak out of the tank, and therefore the tank continually attempts to fill itself. So, you stop the toilet from running by “jiggling the […]

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20 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Rack-Up Some Business Ideas

One of my personal creative strengths has always been the ability to generate ideas for a specific client and their specific industry. I’ve developed that ability by immersing myself in a client’s business. I subscribe to trade publications, join industry mailing lists, visit industry websites, and basically just soak up as much information as I […]

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19 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

How to read your customer’s mind

Amazon says it can ship items before customers order. Is this some sort of mind reading trick? Hardly. They’ve just been paying attention to their customers. Want to read the minds of YOUR customers?  Here are a few tips to help you. 1. Wish List Amazon allows users to keep multiple list of things they […]

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17 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Facebook’s Content Eclipse

Among Dictionary.com’s definitions of the word “Eclipse” are the following: A reduction or loss of splendor, status, reputation, etc. To make less outstanding or important by comparison. In the past I’ve always told my consulting clients that Facebook was a great place to find and connect with people who are interested in the products and […]

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09 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

They’ll shut-up when you do

You know those critics? The ones who nay-say and ridicule and weigh in on the negative side of all the cool things you want to do? It seems like no matter what dream you share with them, they all want to shake you awake and back into their dismal reality. You say you want to […]

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