Month: September 2011

One Last Thought on Tech Startups and Failure

This week I’ve been talking a fair bit about how I no longer have a bunch of confidence in FourSquare and how their failure to become what I hoped/thought they could has changed how I look at Tech Startups.  I had one last thought about this and it concerns how…

Foursquare, the Innovator’s Dilema and Bubbles

Yesterday I wrote about just how quickly FourSquare seemed to lose their competitive advantage in the location space.  As I pointed out, it’s not that they’re not leading the manual “check-in” market.  It’s that it’s becoming increasingly clear that the “check-in” model isn’t going to be the one that prevails…

FourSquare out of the “A” Box Already?

I got a new phone a couple of months ago and stopped using FourSquare.  Haven’t missed it.  The reality is what I have liked about Foursquare has always been about potential.  My reason for liking FourSquare has always been about its potential not its current state.  There is so much…

Bearing Yourself and Getting Feedback

  Most people are not 100% themselves very often.  They may show most of their motivation but there are those little things that sit in the background.  I was thinking while I was watching one of the end of the day conversations between Denny and Allen on Boston Legal the…

The Message

What does your company do?  In most companies there are as many different answers as there are employees.  Humans simply aren’t capable of all being on exactly the same page. Large companies solve, or rather try to solve, this problem by sending executives to preach the message in classrooms where…

The Startup Bubble and Bursting It

Today I’m not talking about the bubble in Tech, I’m talking about the bubble that surrounds most startups. I’m not the first person to write that sometimes startups develop their own little bubble, but I did have a recent refresher in the lesson and thought I’d retell it.  When you…

Precariously On the Ball

You ever have one of those weeks?  One of those weeks where you were on the ball, no problem.  Then someone asked you for a favor and you readily agreed (afterall, you’re on the ball).  Then an emergency popped up.  Then an apparently simple task turned complex. Then you found…

Netflix Is Separating for Good Reasons, Just Not Your Reasons

Reed Hastings made a big bet a few years ago on streaming video.  They setup the streaming site and the infrastructure on Amazon’s cloud then worked through all of the growing pains and figuring out how to charge for it till it was a profitable little business.  They’ve since grown…

Hacking Enterprise IT: Banging Down the Door

Note: As a former IBM Architect who loves startups, my sweet spot of the moment is enterprise IT startups (like the one I work for presently).  I don’t talk about them as often on this blog as I’d for two reasons.  First, they’re not that sexy because 95% of the…

Sauerkraut Sunday: Zoo Brew Edition

I had the good fortune of attending the Zoo Brew this weekend and, in true Pittsburgh Fashion, Sauerkraut was spotted there.  It was served with kielbasa at tent #2.  In addition to Sauerkraut there was a fantastic selection of beers and a disappointingly small, but still fun, set of animals….