Month: August 2010

The Blueprint for Social Startups From Now On

When Twitter announced that they would be buying/producing clients for mobile phones and looking to advance their own web platform in attempt to crush other clients, many people started to wonder whether working with the Twitter API was a good idea (I was one of them).  Around that time, Fred…

What the Pirates’ Finances Really Mean

Today, I’m going to be talking about Alan Robinson’s AP Article. As an MBA who’s been working with private companies the last few years, I can tell you, you can make the numbers say whatever you want.  I wouldn’t read too much in to the fact that the Pirates showed…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Sunday Version and a Side of Viral Marketing

Bratwurst & Sauerkraut Ice Cream – Click here for more blooper videos I found the video above with a search for “Sauerkraut” and “Ice Cream”.  I wanted to see if anybody knew how to make a Sauerkraut Sunday on Sauerkraut Sunday.  Unfortunately, I got that instead.  That 3.5 minute complete…

The Obsolescence of the Non-Compete

In a previous post, I went on a bit of a rant about the reduction of the unit of work that people are expected to provide their employers.  I included the chart above and discussed how there’s been a steady (and increasingly rapid) movement from the 1920s-1970s mentality of agreeing…

The Golden Handcuffs You Don’t Notice Until They’re Tight

There is a concept in business known as golden handcuffs.  It’s used by companies in industries with high-turnover to retain employees.  These companies offer their employees stock options that don’t vest for years, retention bonuses that they have to return if they leave, or retirement programs that get larger year…

In Startups (unlike in sports): The Best Team Always Wins

If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods. Ralph Waldo Emmerson The quote above…

Change in the Startup Industry Means Opportunity for Pittsburgh

The venture capital business is contracting. There are less VC funds than there were a few years ago. And there will be fewer in a few more years. And the birthrate of web startups is expanding. That is the challenge we all face. So, if you are an entrepreneur you…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Sweet Edition

Sauerkraut is a versatile food; it tops off hot dogs well, It’s also great served alongside sausages, you can even use it in some recipes like pierogis.  Using it in cake though?  That’s what the recipe above suggests (here is the full recipe).  It even has Sauerkraut icing on it….

Facebook Places is Here! For Other People

Facebook unveiled its Places feature yesterday.  It rolled out the iPhone App yesterday and as an Android user, I’m sitting in the dark.  I’m not sure why Facebook would roll out the iPhone App without rolling out the Android App except to tick me off.  They have the resources to…

Wasting Time on The Marcellus Shale Debate

I am extremely frustrated by the debate over Marcellus Shale drilling that is going on right now throughout city council and the mayor’s office is ridiculous election year pandering.  Here are the reasons why: The biggest reason this whole debate bugs me is that drilling and fracing are not likely…