The Idea Wars

The recent patent war between Apple vs Samsung has stirred up the continuing discussion of the idea economy.  There have been many lawsuits around intellectual property, but a nice bookend…

Some Customers Are Worth Losing

In “A Bronx Tale” (dir. Robert De Niro), the main character, Calogero, befriends a gangster, Sonny. Calogero and Sonny are driving around one day, and Calogero spots a guy who…

Debunking The First-To-Market Myth

Many people are afraid to startup a new business because they believe they need an original idea in order to get started.  They are discouraged by trite startup mantras like,…

9 Tips on Conducting Productive Brainstorming Sessions

Brainstorming by yourself is one thing. Brainstorming with a group of people has its own challenges. I personally love facilitating brainstorming sessions. It’s like orchestrating a chaotic storm of ideas….

Supporters vs. Cheerleaders

You will always run into people who will doubt your abilities and your talents. On one hand, you should never turn a deaf ear to feedback, even if it is…

4 Reasons Establishing Relationships More Important Than Establishing Sales

I ran into my old pal Brian again.  And, again, he started pitching his weight loss supplements.  And, again, he did not succeed.  I diplomatically explained to Brian that I…

6 Tips on Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Because of the business I am in, you can imagine that I place a high value on maintaining a healthy brain and mind (yes, two separate things). Sometimes how we…

Useless Tools

  I was assembling a bookshelf today (yes, I still read physical books), and I was dumbfounded and frustrated with the tiny wrench thingy that came with it to put…

Start an Online Business in One Hour

So you’ve always wanted to have an online business that you can run from home in your pajamas. BUT… You don’t know any programming language You don’t have a huge…

Be an Indispensable Linchpin to the Right People

If you are reading this blog, you have probably at one point either heard of, or read Seth Godin‘s book, “Linchpin“. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s the highlight:…

Think Different

In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs created the Apple I.  The rest, as they say, is history. What many people might not know, however, was that Steve Wozniak was…

Branding = Customer Experience

Your logo is not your brand. Your messaging is not your brand. Your marketing is not your brand. Marketing, product lines, messaging, ads, niche, logos… these are components of your…