Doing Business in 2006

I just read an interesting report called Doing Business in 2006: Creating Jobs. The World Bank published the report, and you can download it here. Here’s a description of the report: Doing Business in 2006: Creating Jobs is the third in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:55:49+00:00July 31st, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|Tags: |48 Comments

BlogHer Pictures

Had a great time at BlogHer today. Here are the pictures that I took. You’ll see about thirty pictures in this looplet. To see all 113 pictures, click on the looplet. To share this loop with other people, send them this URL: If you see yourself in the loop (or can identify people), please [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:20+00:00July 29th, 2006|Categories: Blogging|35 Comments

See you at BlogHer

Hope to see you at BlogHer. I’ll be there on Saturday, mostly at the FilmLoop table. By the way, FilmLoop is going to give away autographed copies of Sweet Swan of Avon in the gazebo presentation theatre at 1:10 pm. You will be amazed at how Robin autographed the books. I should be easy to [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:26+00:00July 27th, 2006|Categories: Blogging|3 Comments

The Art of Firing

A few weeks ago I covered the topic of laying people off. In a sense, this is an easier process because it usually happens in bad times, and it doesn’t single a person out. A firing, by contrast, can occur in good times as well as bad times, and it’s highly personal. I’ve fired people [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:28+00:00July 25th, 2006|Categories: Human Capital, Management|30 Comments


About a week ago the design of my blog changed, and I wanted to thank the people who did this for me: Javier Cabrera designed the new pages. He is a designer in Argentina. You can learn about his company here. Neil Patel and Cameron Olthuis of Pronet Advertising implemented Javier’s design. You can learn [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:30+00:00July 24th, 2006|Categories: Blogging|18 Comments

TEDTALKS: More Great Speakers

This is a collection of presentations at the annual TED conference. To TED’s credit, it is making this available to the “rest of us.” (Many thanks to Thomas Wenzl for bringing this to my attention.) Each year, TED hosts some of the world’s most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. The [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:32+00:00July 24th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|18 Comments

Startup 2006 Panel, Palo Alto, California, 8/17

I’m moderating the Churchill Club’s Startup 2006 panel. We will discuss and debate the challenges and critical success factors to landing funding, proving long-term viability to customers, building a team, and leading a startup to the promised land. The panel members are: Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder and CEO, LinkedIn Joe Kraus, Co-Founder and CEO, JotSpot Roman [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:56:00+00:00July 20th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship|9 Comments

Pew Blogger Study

From Matthew Stibbe, I found out about this article in Salon about bloggers. The source document is a callback survey by Pew Internet that’s located here (how’s that for spreading link love?). The Blogger Callback Survey, sponsored by the Pew Internet and American Life Project (PIAL), obtained telephone interviews with 233 self-identified bloggers from previous [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:34+00:00July 20th, 2006|Categories: Blogging|17 Comments

The Art of Speaking: Rudy, Bill, Arnold, and John

The Speaking Channel provides an analysis of well-known speakers alongside video recordings of those speakers in action. The list of speakers includes: Rudy Giuliani Bill Clinton Arnold Schwarzenegger John Edwards This video analysis is helpful to learn about the craft of public speaking, so check it out if you’re interested in the subject. Also, I’m [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:36+00:00July 19th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|10 Comments

The Wrong Tale: A Checklist for Long-Tail Implementations

1. Make everything available. 2. Help me find it. Chris Anderson, The Long Tail I love authors like Malcolm Gladwell and Chris Anderson. They’re writer’s writers: digging through mounds of research, conducting interviews with famous people, crafting their text, and then publishing tomes with cool titles like The Tipping Point and The Long Tail. And [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:38+00:00July 18th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Innovation|Tags: |44 Comments

Sweet Swan of Avon

Make the doors upon a woman’s wit, and it will out at the casement; shut that, and ’twill out at the key-hold; stop that, ’twill fly with the smoke out the chimney. —As You Like It To tell you the truth, I never cared whether William Shakespeare wrote the literature that is attributed to him. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:46+00:00July 13th, 2006|Categories: Cool Stuff|27 Comments

Ten Questions with David Sifry

Here is an interview with David Sifry, the founder and CEO of Technorati. In this interview he explains what Technorati does as well as the practices of good blogging. Here are his Favorites Ironically, he doesn't post to his blog too often! But, there are several interesting charts there. Question: How many blogs does Technorati [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:49+00:00July 9th, 2006|Categories: Blogging|34 Comments

Word of Mouth Study

I came across a very interesting study about word of mouth advertising while reading the NYU PR graduate school blog. Here’s a paragraph to give you a flavor of the article: Surprisingly, the study found that less than 40% of consumers use e-mail to make recommendations to others, including via personal e-mail (37%), by e-mail [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:51+00:00July 8th, 2006|Categories: Marketing and Sales|20 Comments

A Tribute to Harold Keables: “A Dream Is Had By Me”

Harold Keables taught me how to write. He was my English high-school teacher in the early seventies (1970s, not 1870s). I wasn’t that great a student, so he’s probably having a good laugh in heaven watching me write books and blogs. Mr. Keables used Good Writing: An Informal Manual of Style when I was in [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:53+00:00July 7th, 2006|Categories: Blogging, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |21 Comments

The Art of the Layoff

We’re in a bubble again. It’s not as frothy as last time, but hallelujah, this time we know what to do, right? One good thing about the dotcom implosion in 2000 is that we got lots of practice laying people off, and I’m afraid that this valuable knowledge may get lost. If you are scoffing [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:57+00:00July 5th, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management|53 Comments