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Custom vs Customized

Finding an existing solution to customize can often (but not always) save you time and money versus building from scratch. Try and look at your needs from different angles to decide which is the right way to go. What’s the Difference Between Customized & Custom? A customized solution is based on something that already exists. […]

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Assessing the Holes in Your New Small Business

There is only so much you can know or do at any given point. And there is only so much that matters when your focus is growing. Even the best business is going to have holes in it. It’s easy to get freaked out by some of them or all of them, but it can’t be helped. No matter how sharp […]

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IDC: Worldwide Tablet Market Grows by 11.5% in Q3

The worldwide tablet market grew by a healthy 11.5 percent in Q3, according to IDC. Apple kept it’s top spot in terms of market share, but still saw declines in shipments. The first thing I notice in the announcement is who rounds out the top 5. I’m not surprised to see Samsung at #2, and […]

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Gone West: Giant Beliefs in San Francisco

I was on the BART this morning heading to work. It’s a 45 minute ride and I was feeling a little sleepy, so I figured I’d nap until we hit Fremont. About 10 minutes into the ride, I hear someone say, “Excuse me”. He repeats it a couple of times and I open my eyes. […]

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Android for the Masses & The Marketers

Came across this announcement from IDC. It talks about the dominance of Android at the lower end of the mobile market. This chart says it better than I can: iCharts When you combine this chart with Android’s global market share (84.7%) and YOY shipment growth (33%) , you get a clear picture of a world where most phones are […]

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Google I/O 2014 Puts Android Everywhere

This year, Google added and enriched the connective tissue between the different Android permutations and devices. The focus is on creating an ecosystem where all devices play well together and your experience isn’t limited to a particular setting or device. Here’s a video Google released yesterday that shows the multi-screen world that they are going […]

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Summer Thoughts: Any Excuse to Leave Your Desk

Stepping out for sunshine.

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Summer Fun Thoughts

Start planning for Q4: what needs ordering, building, optimizing, removing or replacing. Bring Summer energy into the office: have a walking meeting, bring fresh fruit to the office, create a Crazy Sunglasses Contest, arrange a late day sunshine break. Go somewhere: a concert, a meetup, a resort, a morning yoga class, a margarita party.

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Reasserting the Big Picture Perspective on Your Work

When you start freaking out about change or challenges, then its time to take a step back and reframe the work in the larger context of your career and goals — the big picture. When you’ve invested yourself in a goal and worked to deliver, it’s especially difficult to learn that new requirements have changed […]

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How do you give your brain a break?

Getting rest and stress-relief are challenges for everyone, but it’s probably even more difficult for entrepreneurs. Without a standard workday or a standard paycheck, you are always working on an opportunity or working to create a new opportunity. Somewhere in there you also have to do things like laundry, pay bills and attend birthday parties. […]