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Startups For the Rest of Us has the greatest quote ever on entrepreneurship

Via Rob Walling, the great quote ever is

Employees complain, entreupreneurs get it done.

Exactly what I needed to hear today.    The insight into a base mindset is what I like about it I suppose.


24
Apr 12


Written By Steve French

 

It’s FaceBook vs Google Plus – I make them race

I’ve started an open competition between my Facebook people and My Google+ people for interesting responses

The Challenge

What is the weirdest thing you think is true, or at least likely? I’ll see if anyone responds and after a week I’ll declare a winner.

Just to get started, here are a few of mine.

  1. Once the generations that grew up with lead filled gas dies off most of America’s social problems will disappear.
  2. Humanity is putting massive amounts of carbon in the atmosphere, causing climates to change, but the end result will not be global warming. Freak snowstorms or flying scorpions, but not global warming

The winner will get much more of my attention when it comes to social networking.


03
Apr 12


Written By Steve French

 

Quacks, Business Coaches, and useful advice

Kill all real estate agents, lawyers and life coachesphoto © 2008 Alec Vuijlsteke | more info (via: Wylio)I recently came across this post about the phenomenon of Life Coaching and I’m in the rare case of disagreeing with the specifics while agreeing with the general theory.  The book in question, Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock I have actually read and find to be well sourced, valid and useful.

That being said, I would recommend a sixth tell tale sign that the speaker just wants your money or attention, to wit the use of the Apple MacIntosh as an illustration of their theory.  I’ve heard this a couple of times, usually as it relates to the importance of focus, design, R&D, Marketing, knowing your customer etc.  Far too many companies are successful with the opposite of all of those attributes but they never get mentioned by the speaker.

Addendum: On the whole I favor coaching in general, self-awareness is essential to success and coaches usually provide that.   It is the systems that are suspect.

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


10
Nov 10


Written By Steve French

 

I’ll be at Future Media Fest at Georgia Tech

I will be featured in their Startup Showcase, come check it out today at

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


04
Oct 10


Written By Steve French

 

Instead of my original thoughts, here are other peoples

Rather, here are some things I’ve been reading

  1. MyType study: iPad owners are ‘selfish elites’
  2. The real money in Farmville
  3. Windows Phone 7 Dev tools are released
  4. Child Up is going through John Medina’s bookBrain Rules For Baby, which does not seem to be coming out on the Kindle.
  5. Media Warning Labels

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


23
Sep 10


Written By Steve French

 

Sorry for the light blogging

Weddings and honeymoons do tend to trump everything else, in a very good way.   It’s also been mop-up work on everything else, so there hasn’t been that much to way.

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


30
Aug 10


Written By Steve French

 

I don’t post for a week and the hits go up!

By that logic, I wonder how many hits I got before I even started the blog!

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog


25
Jun 10


Written By Steve French

 

Is an Ivy League education pointless for creative people?

IVE•RI•TAS came across some of Richard Florida’s work online yesterday (Florida is the author of “The Creative Class” and the creator of the notion that creative people should self-segregate) and I began wondering: why do Ivy League institutions produce so few creative people? Continue reading →


29
Apr 10


Written By Steve French

 

The three types of wealth – Money, Time, and Clan

Contando DinheiroAfter reading this article on the phenomenon of Farmville I revised my notions of wealth.  I previously categorized wealth in the following two ways:

  • Owning Money – how much money do you have in the bank account, or can be converted to cash quickly.  Most people regard money wealth as the only wealth
  • Owning Time – How much time do you have in the average week/month/year that is under your control?  Do you spend 90 hours a week working in a job you hate?   Do you spend 30 hours a week doing housework, maintaining electronic gear, smiling at people you don’t care about, or commuting?   If so, you possess little time, no matter how much money you can spend.  Tim Ferriss is the best explainer of this notion.  Read his blog (and book).  (I include  his book, The Four Hour Workweek on my all time top ten list of books.  I intend to write a time-wealth calculator at some point.)

Up until reading the Farmville article I limited my definitions of wealth to the above two categories.  Reading the article crystallized my notion of clan wealth.

Please note, I’m using the Southern American definition of Clan, which I define as a group of people related by blood, marriage, friendship, or history of friendship which has an intricate network of mutual obligations and debts and acts as one unit on divisive issues.  (Please also note, nothing in this post relates to the KKK).  In American pop history the Hatfield and the McCoy groups serve as the best example of clans.

 

This post originally appeared on the Stronico blog – with the absorption of Stronico into Digital Tool Factory this post has been moved to the Digital Tool Factory blog

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22
Apr 10


Written By Steve French

 

Why you should never complain about anything – with anecdotal proof!

Stop complainingMy new commandment: Never complain about anything.  Ever.  If you feel the need to complain to pressure someone else to make something happen, then be honest and call it manipulation.

I realized this while at a client meeting; we were talking about problems with a botched sales program and the staff had a litany of complaints about the program (ed. note: it was created by a separate vendor years ago, and the fault lies with the now-departed project manager who designed something inappropriate.  It does a masterful job of integrating legacy systems from different vendors, languages, platforms, a mainframe and Europeans are involved somehow,  but the user interface is wanting.  But I digress…).  Then I remembered hearing the same litany of complaints a year ago.   Unlike last year,  I offered suggestions on how to make small improvements to the program. Everyone proceeded to ignore me and continued complaining.  At the end of the meeting everyone felt a lot better once they had talked about their problems.  No one made any plans to actually fix the problems. Continue reading →


01
Apr 10


Written By Steve French

 



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