The Winning Formula

With Groupon mishandling its IPO, Facebook closing down it's Deals offering and Yelp cutting back on its deals staff, pundits are starting to question the viability of the deals market. Lots and lots and lots and lots of questioning. These folks are as wrong as those that said Facebook Deals would be the death of Groupon. Recently Jim […]

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September 1, 2011  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Customer Focus, Deals, Half Off Depot, Internet

Under The Bus

One of the more rational voices during the recent chatter about startup events was Michael Blake.  He asked the rather simple question "are there specific events that you think have outlived their usefulness?" and threatened to throw me under the bus in retaliation if I mentioned StarupLounge.  I am sure there are lots of buses […]

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February 10, 2010  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Customer Focus, Entrepreneurship, Startups

Developing A Marketing Plan

Last night I had the pleasure to present to a group of folks that are in the Georgia Tech College of Management Business Plan Competition run by Alan Flury.  I have been involved in past years.  It is a great program that has been the start for operational companies such as Accelereyes and Sentrinsic.  The […]

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January 21, 2010  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Customer Focus, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Presentations, Startups

Happy Festivus American Express

It being Festivus it seems quite appropriate to air a grievance during an otherwise perfect holiday season. My grievance is with American Express.  I am deeply disappointed with them. I had an AMEX charge card before I had a credit card.  It was the first card I owned and used.  Honestly was surprised that they […]

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December 23, 2009  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Customer Focus, Personal

Why I Don’t Use LinkedIn Much Part 1

It is not very user friendly. This morning I found a nice message in my mail box. A snippet of what it contained is below. Yes 336 messages awaiting my response.  Each with its own little check box spread across 27 distinct pages.  And to quote LinkedIn's help pages "Deleting an item from your 'Inbox' […]

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December 3, 2009  |  Comments  |  Tweet  |  Posted in Customer Focus, Internet, Social