Month: February 2012

Startup Opportunities in Pittsburgh

Over the last few weeks several opportunities to jump in to the Pittsburgh Tech Entrepreneurial Scene have showed up in my mailbox.  I thought three was enough to post about.  All of these look to be great opportunities, if you’re sitting on the side of the pool why not use…

Sauerkraut Sunday: Sunday Fun Day Edition

I was out for a walk yesterday with a buddy of mine and instead of actually writing my Sauerkraut Sunday post, I ended up having a few beers instead of making the post.  It’s a little thing we like to call “Sunday Fun Day.”  That got me thinking, what’s the…

IT Jobs in the Future

The “IT Department” is shrinking.  Cloud computing means that more and more applications are running outside the datacenter.  In fact, with PaaS and SaaS solutions, big non-IT companies are often not even managing their own OSs, software platforms, and monitoring stacks.  These same companies are also employing fewer and fewer…

Risk from Partnerships on the Web

One reason I think that technology investment should be left to technologists is articles like this one in the Motley Fool.  It discusses how companies can end up screwed over by Google when Google decides to compete directly.  The example they give is WebMD which has a very high portion…

Book Review: Switch by the Heath Brothers

A former colleague of mine recommended Switch by Chip and Dan Heath a few weeks ago.  It’s a book about Change and how to be an effective agent for it.  Little did I know that the next few weeks of my life would encompass a great deal of change as…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Cecilia und die Sauerkrauts Edition

That picture is an album cover.  I’m going to present it without comment and give you a link to where you can download the CD. On to the purpose of Sauerkraut Sundays… As I go through the week, I use Twitter to send out little updates and links.  I realize that I do…

Microsoft Will Win By Forfeit

The world is going to change.  It’s moving in to the cloud.  It’s moving on to your phone, your tablet, your netbook.  In 5 or 10 years, you won’t use a desktop (there’s a good chance you already don’t), you probably won’t even use a laptop as we know it…

Finding Talent When You’re Not a Big Boy

The Pirates seem to be close to a deal with the New York Yankees to trade a minor prospect or two to the Yankees for veteran starting pitcher A.J. Burnett.  The deal, on its surface, would seem to be the exact opposite of the Pirates’ MO.  It’s not though, it is anticipated…

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

I came face to face with the downside of working for a startup this week.  Unlike a super-sized corporation, small ones have a tendency to change directions in a hurry.  The company I have spent the last few years at decided last week to make the strategic move of cutting a fair…

The Technology/Humanities Pendulum

As I read Steve Jobs biography I became very interested in just how non-technical he was.  Don’t get me wrong; he had a grasp for technology and probably as much engineering skills (hardware and software) as most people in technology, but he didn’t become Steve Jobs and Apple didn’t become…