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We think we know… but we don’t

Product Managers and Marketing people often think we know our customers and what they want from us. But let me challenge that thinking. If we knew more about our customers or even our prospects, we might change what we product in terms of experiences. Let me suggest this. When I google shoes, which I am  More

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Grow it .. bigger and wiser

If you were to purposely grow your smarts, you might: – Surround yourself with more creative people, or – Study more (content) ideas, or – Talk more at length debating with others, or – Get better educated, right? I’m going to sound like a cheesy late-night commercial … I think there’s a better, more cost  More

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Web 2.0 Investment Opportunities

At the web 2.0 conference here in San Francisco and will be doing a series of posts. I would guess 30% of the attendees are VC / Capital / Investment / Analyst types. And between them and the web start-ups, it’s a schmooze and suck-up fest. So 1998. Yet, I don’ t think most of  More

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Two types of Advisors: those that Critique and those that Create

Have you ever had the feeling that the people around you are there to tell you how something won’t work? Those are called critiques. Having a critique around as an advisor would be like being in the middle of the country and lost trying to get to NYC let’s say, and having someone come by to say, “this freeway won’t take you to there”. Okay, fair enough. But don’t just leave me there, dude. Tell me which one does!

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Alpha Dog: Strategies for Entrepreneurs

This last week, I was on a much, much (MUCH!) needed solo vacation. No client, staff, or family responsibilities. No email, no phones, no computer. Instead, I packed the normal trashy magazines so I could read about shoes and frivolity. Then I packed a few business books I’ve been meaning to read. Nothing really mind-numbing  More

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