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There is nearly a constant stream of chatter in the venture community about fielding a product in a highly competitive market. On the one hand, lots of competitors typically indicates that you are in a hot market.
I was killing a little time drifting around my Twitter stream over the past few days. As always with Twitter, I never know when I will find something that catches my eye. Here, what caught my eye were variations on the phrase “building a world-class XXX”. Where XXX might be a sales team, business intelligence solution, mobile application, … basically anything. That’s a noble goal, to build a world-class something.
One common trait among our team is that we read a lot. We are curious and we believe in second level thinking – not everything is as it seems. Everything we do as investors and operators has been done before. Our job is to find the best thinking and incorporate it into our strategy, process and execution. This isn’t everything that we’ve read, but it’s a good start.
If you are a Twitter addict, as I am, you will have already heard that Zirtual “paused” operations late last night. You can read all about it here at Business Insider. For those of you unfamiliar with Zirtual, I can get you up to speed fairly quickly.
I recently bought a new car. I wasn’t planning on buying a new car, but I had a smaller car and my wife doesn’t like small cars.
Integration projects aren’t like green-field software development projects. They are ugly, they involve systems and platforms you can’t control and you have to learn to live with finished product that will offend your engineering sensibilities.
I’ve been an Apple laptop user for many years now. I refresh my hardware every 12 months. You might think that’s a little rich, as laptops last way longer than a year, but I live and die by my laptop, so I consider it a cost of doing business.
If you read anything about pop-culture online you have no doubt seen the phrase “fanboy” bandied about. The Urban Dictionary loosely defines a fanboy as being a “passionate fan of various elements of geek culture“. I’d argue that their definition is a little generous, as most fanboys that I know go well beyond “passionate”, often veering into the realm of fanaticism.
Everyone in the tech business has heard about the Komodia/Superfish debacle by now. If you haven’t heard about it yet, have a quick look here at Lenovo’s Superfish mess.
Here’s what worries me about the Internet of Things: the automatic hand sensors in public restrooms. You wave your hands frantically under the faucet and get … nothing.
I recently finished reading Edward de Bono’s Lateral Thinking. I won’t bore you by trying to summarize all of de Bono’s points but it’s an interesting book and I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for new ways to solve problems. I will however, highlight one particular point from this book that I see over and over again.