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10 Reasons Why Jeff Bezos is My Favorite CEO

He survived a helicopter crash back in 2003 and laughs about it now. Instead of ignoring Tim O’Reilly and other critics during the Amazon 1-Click patent controversy in 2000, he joined the conversation and spearheaded the movement for patent reform. He’s a big fan of science fiction. He can talk to you about web services […]

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Losing Focus: When Home Improvement Stores Start Selling Groceries

Earlier tonight I read that our local Menards home improvement store will soon be selling groceries. I’m struggling to find the tie-in between frozen pizza and roofing supplies – I just don’t see why they think this will be a good idea. This type of business strategy (if you can call it one) completely baffles […]

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Why Do Airlines Think Bigger is Always Better?

I was listening to a podcast of last night’s edition of Marketplace on the way into work this morning, where they discussed the proposed merger of U.S. airlines United and Continental. If the merger were to go through, it would create the worlds largest air carrier. I find it very telling that when faced with […]

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But Does It Really Work?

One piece of advice I’ve repeatedly heard about selling a product or idea is believability. If you have the greatest idea in the world, but can’t convince me that you can actually execute it, you’ve got a big problem: A product that doesn’t sell. That was one of my first thoughts when I came across […]

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The Salesforce Blitzkrieg

I really like Salesforce.com, not just because it makes good products, but because it’s at the forefront of providing business software as a service over the internet. The company has moved from simply providing customer relationship management (CRM) software, to becoming a credible on-demand alternative to traditional business applications hosted on-site. Last year, Salesforce introduced […]

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The Final Push

We’re smack dab in the middle of our final, pre-launch push at work. The next few weeks are going to be crazier than the last few months, if that’s even possible. We’ve had some systems up and running for some time now, while others are still having the bugs worked out of them. Juggling between […]

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Wii!

Although it’s been months since I’ve played a videogame (the brilliant Katamari Damacy around Christmas time), I’ve been watching the coverage of the annual E3 Expo with much interest. Like everyone else, I’m watching the announcements of the upcoming next generation game consoles. It’s amusing to me how the console market appears to be heading […]

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Yet Another Business Update (YABU)

Over the last month, my colleagues and I have been learning what it’s like to have way too many things to do without enough time. I’ve been stretched farther than I’ve been in a very long time, so I know this is valuable experience that will be valuable in the future. One of the biggest […]

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Business Venture Update

Late last week we began what will be a one month plus final push before we officially open our doors for business. That date has already been pushed back several times because of various project delays, but I’m happy to say they’ve been blessings in disguise. We can use the extra couple of weeks to […]

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I’m In Bubble Wrap

The good people over at 800 CEO Read run a couple of cool side sites related to business. One is ChangeThis, a place where you can download free “manifestos” about all sorts of ideas. The other is called In Bubble Wrap, a contest site where you can register to win business books each weekday. I’ve […]