Monthly Archives: November 2014

New for now

That’s the only kind of new there is. Unlike used, old, established, tested, discarded or broken, new is always temporary. Tomorrow, we start over and you get another opportunity to do something new if you choose to. Is there any … Continue reading

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The Garbage In, Garbage Out Buffer

Computer wonks like to talk about garbage in/garbage out. A simple example: if there’s a mistake in the way a blog post is encoded, many XML/RSS readers will choke on it, preventing all future posts from showing up. The IT … Continue reading

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Being better than free

How do you compete with something that’s being out for free? How does a wedding photographer or a travel agent, someone who used to make a good living performing a task that was hard to do without them, compete against … Continue reading

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Two kinds of loyalty

The first kind of loyalty is the loyalty of convenience. I’m going to look around, sure, but probably won’t switch. Switching is risky, it’s time consuming. Switching means a new account manager or moving my software or reprinting something. Switching … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship => impact

More often I hear people say the next Mark Zuckerburg will come from Africa or that the next Twitter will be from Africa. With respect I don’t necessarily think that Africa needs the next facebook or twitter. I think Africa … Continue reading

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#GEW2014 Sunday: Book Review – Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Just finished reading Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. If you are into leadership and entrepreneurship, I highly recommend it. In a world of highly corrupt leaders in business, public and civil service where we are surrounded by greedy bankers, entrepreneurs, … Continue reading

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#GEW2014 Saturday: Remarks Make Something Remarkable

When people comment on something, then it is remarkable. The old model, which focuses on companies making average products for average people, is not remarkable. Companies that are not remarkable cannot grow quickly. By making products worth talking about, companies can … Continue reading

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Make Two Lists, then Choose

One list highlights: the lucky breaks, the advantages, the good feedback, your trusted network. It talks about the accident of being born in the right time and the right place, your health, your freedom. It features your education, your connection … Continue reading

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#GEW2014 Friday: First Ten, Then Twenty

Do you believe Mark Zuckerberg set out to gain one billion users when he first started Facebook? Not. He found ten lonely hearts at Harvard who loved his platform. Who then told ten friends, and so on, and so on. … Continue reading

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GEW2014 Thursday: Entrepreneur, or Not?

Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur? You decide A freelancer sells their talents. While they may have a few employees, they are doing a job without a boss, but not running a business. There is no exit strategy or pot … Continue reading

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