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Startup Lessons from Tyler Durden

Startup Lessons from Tyler Durden

The movie “Fight Club” offers more lessons than you’d think about being a successful entrepreneur.  Like the book it is based on, the film harnesses the fantastical angst of Generation X, confronting the hypocrisy and injustice in society with ironic (and mostly...
Going It Alone a la Gaga is Not the Best Formula

Going It Alone a la Gaga is Not the Best Formula

Entrepreneurs that are successful as sole proprietors are rare. Most often, success is the product of collaboration. Recently, I caught myself reading a New York Post article, as I very infrequently do, about the rise and fall of Lady Gaga, who received a tepid...
Which Leader Are You…  A Fox?  Or a Hedgehog?

Which Leader Are You… A Fox? Or a Hedgehog?

The ancient parable of the fox and the hedgehog has come into increasing view in popular culture lately. And while its origins are somewhat ambiguous, the allegory has been applied to entrepreneurs, scientists, philosophers, playwrights, business leaders, economists,...
Punt the F-35, Protect Canada’s Soldiers Now

Punt the F-35, Protect Canada’s Soldiers Now

The following is my letter to Jack Harris, the NDP‘s Defence Critic, regarding what I fear is the pending confirmation of the purchase of the F-35 Lightning II by Canada’s government.  This after I recently read a staggeringly overstated defense of the...
How To Bomb Big Cable

How To Bomb Big Cable

The breakup of the Bell System, and the shifting tides in our approach to the regulation of communications in the US, was likely the single-most important precursor to the growth of the Consumer Internet.  Without these, consumers would never have been able to...
Apple’s Massive Cash Glut

Apple’s Massive Cash Glut

Apple Now Has $121.3 Billion In Cash according to TechCrunch.  Here are some creative things they could do with that horde (but likely won’t) that would still be fun to imagine. Field the world’s most powerful Air-to-Air Fighting Force At $150M fly-away...
Apple Shouldn’t Build Minimum Viable Products

Apple Shouldn’t Build Minimum Viable Products

This article was written for Profit Magazine and an edited version of it exists here. At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this...
Don’t Start That Tech Company—Yet

Don’t Start That Tech Company—Yet

Originally published @ Profit. In the technology economy, startup entrepreneurs have become something akin to rock stars.  Whether it’s bloggers swooning at Ryan Holmes’ genuine humble graciousness amid the rampant growth of his business, Hootsuite, or...
Nine One One

Nine One One

11 years ago… I woke up to my good friend Greg Lensch frantically calling me at 5:45AM, aware that I was supposed to be flying from Newark to San Francisco on that clear blue September Tuesday morning. Instead he found me slumbering in San Francisco having...
McKayla Is Not Impressed

McKayla Is Not Impressed

Inspired by mckaylaisnotimpressed.tumblr.com I created a few of my own and submitted them.  It’s been taking a while for these to get approved so this is mostly so that I don’t delete these true works of art forever. McKayla is NOT impressed with Mickey...