I am not a first adopter. I look for trends when new services or products reach the “tipping point,” and begin making sweeping behavioral changes within what I would call “average” Americans. Today I want to talk about Facebook, the social network that started out for college students, and has spread well beyond. FACEBOOK CHANGED… Continue reading Facebook Changed My Life. It Can Change Your Industry.
A month ago the iPhone 3G was announced. During the announcement presentation, the Internet was sometimes described as a “cloud,” that can store information, and is universally present. And I can’t help but feel that soon, we will all live in the clouds. Clouds that follow us, and become the center of our lives. Your… Continue reading The Mobile Web: Living in The Cloud
This week I am reading "The Pixar Touch," which gives a detailed history of the company. One great nugget: "The odysseys of… Pixar as a whole, bring to mind the observation of the maverick economist Joseph Schumpeter that successful innovation "is a feat not of intellect, but of will." Writing about the psychology of entrepreneurs… Continue reading Risk: An Essential Ingredient to Innovation
In March, Joseph Juran passed away at 103 years of age. Some of his accomplishments: Helped establish the field of quality management, which lead to the development of Six Sigma and lean manufacturing. Created the 80-20 rule, otherwise known as the Pereto principle. But what struck me most was the power of his longevity: His… Continue reading Quality & Longevity: The Life of Joseph Juran
I am reading the book Blue Ocean Strategy. It centers on the metaphor that red oceans represent the market space where all of your competitors operate. It is red, because it is bloody with competition. (sorry about the graphic imagery, I didn’t write the book!) On the other hand, blue oceans are uncontested new markets… Continue reading Swimming the Oceans: Finding New Markets
"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." — William Morris People don’t read online, they scan. They are offered unlimited options on where to click, or what to search on. Their lives are busy; their minds are full; their TiVo is calling. So how… Continue reading How Clutter Prevents Greatness