Month: October 2011

Zuck Says Tech Entrepreneurship Not Just For the Valley

If I were starting now I would do things very differently. I didn’t know anything. In Silicon Valley, you get this feeling that you have to be out here. But it’s not the only place to be. If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston. [Silicon Valley]…

Upgrading My Home on the Web

Assuming you’re reading this through a browser, you probably noticed that I’ve been sprucing up the site.  I knew it was time to build a site that explained who I was a little better and gave the blog a bit more engaging interface.  If you’d like to explore a little,…

Pittsburgh’s Rich Uncle

In the last few months: Dietrich gives $265M to Carnegie Mellon Dietrich gives $125M to Pitt Dietrich gives $12.5M to Duquesne Dietrich gives $5M to Chatham University Dietrich gives $18.1M to Pittsburgh Foundation Dietrich gives $5M to the local Boy Scouts Dietrich gives $5M to Pittsburgh Symphony That’s over $430M…

Netflix, Amazon, Facebook and Why to Keep a Big Startup Private

Eventhough Netflix is making the right business move for the long-term their stock price is reeling.  Similarly Amazon is a retail giant, a content producer and quietly (at least as far as Wall Street is concerned) establishing a cloud position that will one day make it as big in the…

The Future of Media is Here, When’s The Past Going Away?

Lately I’ve seen several articles that lump all the media industries together (Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Music, TV, Movies) and discuss their impending doom.  The story goes that the era of commissioning, creating, publicizing, distribution, selling is coming to an end.  In this post Mainstream Media world creation will be accomplished by…

Your First Employee

A skilled manager always considers motivations and outside influences when evaluating a subordinate’s recommendations.  Do they think there is not enough information to proceed just so they can get out of work early?  Do they think a product feature is critical only because they were the one who implemented it? …

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Santa Cruz Tradition Edition

It’s 2,639 miles from Pittsburgh to Santa Cruz California and it’s even further away from Germany than we are.  It’s a former Spanish Mission and an Activist Hotbed (started allowing medical marijuana in 1992), but apparently they also have a history (and future) of good sauerkraut.  Road Trip! On to the…

Approaching Immaturity with Maturity

“There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world….

Applying Innovation to the Past Before the Future

My colleague, Sheppard Narkier wrote a great post on my company’s blog today.  The overall concept is that when new innovations come around they often enable us to automate or get rid of deeply engrained tasks that may not be obvious.  Once we’ve done that, we’re free to use the…

iOS5 vs. Android Ice Cream Sandwich

We’ve got new releases of both the Android and Apple mobile operating systems so everyone is forced to ask… “Who’s ahead?”  As always, it’s not a simple question to answer.  The interesting part about the Android vs. Apple discussion will always (or at least the next few years) be that their design…