Technology Evangelist Study

Frederic Lucas-Conwell conducted a study of Silicon Valley technical evangelists called “Technology Evangelists: A Leadership Survey.” Here is the abstract: The purpose of this study was to gain a clearer understanding of the relatively new phenomenon known as the “technology evangelist.” By our exploration, we aim to help readers improve their management functions, and to [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:34+00:00January 31st, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|20 Comments

My Trip to Quebec

Continuing on from Minnesota, I went to Québec for the Garage Canada conference. The Winter Carnival was also going on at the same time. I thought Minnesota was cold, but it was downright balmy compared to Québec. Despite the -40 degree weather, I found many parallels between Québec and my native states of Hawaii and [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:36+00:00January 30th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events|22 Comments

The Top Ten Stupid Ways to Hinder Market Adoption

Here’s a compilation of silly and stupid ways companies are hindering adoption of their products and services. I must admit, some of the companies that I’ve invested in have made these mistakes—in fact, that’s why I know these mistakes are (a) silly; (b) stupid; and (c) hinder adoption. Enforced immediate registration. Requiring a new user [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:38+00:00January 29th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|Tags: |148 Comments

SpinVox Comes to the US

There are very few products that I depend on more than SpinVox. This service translates voicemail to text and then sends a text message to your phone and/or an email to your computer. SpinVox is currently introducing this service to the US. As an introductory offer, the first 250 people can get the service for [...]

By |2015-03-17T09:41:17+00:00January 26th, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff|35 Comments

Ten Questions With Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and started his business career in an office he shared with his father. In August of 2006, Mr. Trump was voted by BusinessWeek magazine as “the world’s most competitive businessperson.” In New York City, the Trump signature is synonymous with the most prestigious [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:41+00:00January 25th, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: |51 Comments

My Trip to Minnesota

I’m on a trip to my new adopted state, Minnesota. (Perhaps I am a Minnesotan trapped in a Hawaiian body instead of Canadian trapped in a Hawaiian body.) The first order of business was playing in the U. S. Pond Hockey Championships put on by Haberman and Associates. It featured approximately 200 teams playing on [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:43+00:00January 23rd, 2007|Categories: Cool Stuff, Events|39 Comments

Is a Business Plan Necessary?

Before you dedicate your life to crafting a business plan the length of a book, read these two paragraphs from the 1/9/07 edition of the Wall Street Journal in an article called "Enterprise: Do Start-ups Really Need Formal Business Plans" A study recently released by Babson College analyzed 116 businesses started by alumni who graduated [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:46+00:00January 22nd, 2007|Categories: Entrepreneurship|Tags: |60 Comments

Top Ten Marketing Podcasts

Here’s a collection of podcasts about marketing from Marketing Voices, a weekly podcast that discusses how social media is affecting marketing strategy and practices, by my buddy Jennifer Jones. There’s lots of great information for entrepreneurs and small-business owners in these podcasts. Seth Godin, marketing expert, author. States that small is the new big. People [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:48+00:00January 17th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|Tags: |33 Comments

“How to Be Creative” by Hugh Macleod

My favorite book about creativity is If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit. I recently read Hugh Macleod’s ChangeThis manifesto called “How to be Creative,” and I think it’s as empowering as If You Want to Write. Hugh is the guy behind Gapingvoid (“cartoons drawn on the back of business [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:50+00:00January 14th, 2007|Categories: Innovation|17 Comments

The Art of Visualization

Check out this excellent compilation of visualization methods called “A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods.” This came to my attention via a convoluted path from BoingBoing (who thanks Mike Love) to Seth Godin to Acorn Creative. Ralph Lengler and Martin J. Eppler created it. You might also enjoy reading their paper, entitled “Towards a Periodic [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:52+00:00January 10th, 2007|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|45 Comments

The Stickiness Aptitude Test (SAT) and Ten Questions with Chip and Dan Heath

My prediction for Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die is that it will join The Tipping Point and Built to Last as a must-read for business people. The book explains why some ideas stick and some don’t--and I’ve been on both sides of this equation. A warning though: If you read [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:22:56+00:00January 9th, 2007|Categories: Books, Events, Innovation, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , , |47 Comments

The Short Tale: Much Ado About Not Much

Talk about unintended consequences, all I wanted to do with “A Review of My First Year of Blogging” was provide some factoids about my blog. However, this tidbit became quite the topic: Total advertising revenue: approximately $3,350 = $1.39 cpm. (This assumes that I can get Google to pay me. I’ve tried several times during [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:00+00:00January 7th, 2007|Categories: Blogging, Books|Tags: |42 Comments

Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn

The average number of LinkedIn connections for people who work at Google is forty-seven. The average number for Harvard Business School grads is fifty-eight, so you could skip the MBA, work at Google, and probably get most of the connections you need. Later, you can hire Harvard MBAs to prepare your income taxes. People with [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:02+00:00January 4th, 2007|Categories: Marketing and Sales|199 Comments

Elegant Solutions: Breakthrough Thinking the Toyota Way

Matthew E. May is the author of The Elegant Solution: Toyota’s Formula for Mastering Innovation. He has held a key advisory role with the University of Toyota for over eight years, and he is a graduate of the Wharton School and Johns Hopkins University. You can download a copy of his ChangeThis manifesto by clicking [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:05+00:00January 2nd, 2007|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Management|Tags: |12 Comments

A Review of My First Year of Blogging

2,436,117 page views for an average of approximately 6,200/day. 262 posts generated 6,961 comments and 1,937 trackbacks. That’s 25 comments/post and 7 trackbacks/post. 21,000 people receive RSS feeds via Feedburner and 1,457 receive emails via FeedBlitz. Total advertising revenue: approximately $3,350 = $1.39 cpm. (This assumes that I can get Google to pay me. I’ve [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:07+00:00January 1st, 2007|Categories: Blogging, Books|Tags: |83 Comments