Month: June 2011

Google’s Big Blunder?

I am often critical of what I consider to be a fundamental flaw in Apple’s business.  I also often praise Google.  Dave Winer is exactly the opposite.  He has been extremely critical of Google’s decision to go social and skeptical about their ability to execute on it.  I am not…

Talking About Google Communications (not Social yet)

I’d love to tell you about Google’s new social feature Google+, but I’m not going to for two reasons: I need to play with it first and I don’t have access. None of it means anything till we see how the market reacts. Instead, I think there are two things…

Taking the Air Out of the Bubble Slowly

I’m on record as believing that things are a little out of whack in startup world.  That funding is a little high.  That companies are going public that probably shouldn’t.  I’m not ready to back down from any of those comments.  The curious thing about this bubble though is that…

The 2 Types of Innovation and 5 Types of Companies

There are essentially two different levels of innovation: Addressing Latent Demand – Most companies are founded on an innovation.  This could be as simple as, “there aught to be a Chinese Food Restaurant on Carson Street” or as complex as, “The internet and mobile device users will latch on to…

Sauerkraut Sunday: Language Trivia

Did you know that when directly translated from German “Sauerkraut” means “sour weed”?  I can’t think of a better way to explain it, it’s some pretty disgusting stuff.  But my city loves it, so we soldier on with Sauerkraut Sundays.  Truth be told I’ve actually come to enjoy trivia about…

The Next Step for Pittsburgh’s Tech Scene

Ever since Lycos Pittsburgh has been known as the kind of place where companies can get started.  ModCloth, Resumator, CloudFab and others have continued (and accelerated the pace of) that trend.  The problem for these growing companies is funding.  They can find seed money here (often through government programs like…

LulzSec, Annonymous, Colbert Nation, Green Peace and Al Queda

For those of you who don’t spend a lot of time reading Tech News… there has been a lot lately on the darker side of brilliant technologists, hackers.  The two largest groups of hackers are LulzSec and Annonymous.  These two groups have been responsible for everything from retaliating against Sony…

Good People, Great People and Startups

Recently Bill Taylor at the Harvard Business Review wrote an Article entitled, “Great People are Over Rated“.  He jumped on the bit of controversy around the salary of tech engineers these days.  Facebook has been stealing Google employees (at least 89 at the moment), Google has offered hundreds of thousands…

Yes Until Proven Otherwise

What happens when someone pitches you an idea and asks for some of your time.  I don’t care whether it’s “Hey, want to grab a beer?” or “Hey, what if we made a new website that will change the world?”.  If you’re the kind of person that reads this blog…

How Twitter on iOS5 is Like an Umpire Mistake

I’m sitting on the couch on a Sunday afternoon watching our Pirates slug through another close, low scoring game when Andrew McCutchen comes to the plate.  With one swing of the bat he seems to have changed the entire dynamic of the game, lifting a ball in to right field…