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What a difference a Century Makes

Red Sox celebrations in 1903 and 2013

Thrival Festival a Success; Bobby Z “Gets” Customer Support

Thrival Logo

This weekend’s Thrival Festival, conducted by Thrill Mill was excellent.  The investor pitches that happened at Google’s Pittsburgh Office in Bakery Square were among the most polished pitches I’ve seen.  Then the evening’s music festival across the street was hopping. Early in the evening, I mentioned to Bobby Zappala (co-founder of Thrill Mill and organizer of Continue Reading

Modcloth – Model of Tomorrow (and Yesterday)


  I had the chance last week to visit the Modcloth fulfillment center – and boy was I shocked. (“Impressed” would work too – and be an equal descriptor). I’ve heard for a few years about how the company was growing on the strength of retro styled clothing (hence the yesterday) – and that they Continue Reading

Good problems to have


When we first started growing Just Between Friends, we were surprised when new groups came in by the thousands.  In 10 weeks, we had doubled our projections for our first year.  That made our job hard as our system wasn’t yet prepared to handle it.  Whenever I would tell executives from other companies, they would Continue Reading

Sound and Convenience Blend In Oontz Speakers

The Oontz from Cambridge Soundworks. A lot of sound out of a small device

When Don Lindich (of Sound Advice fame) and I were having lunch recently, he mentioned in passing that he discovered a nice sounding speaker called Oontz.  Next thing I knew, a small box showed up in my office – about the size of 3 pounds of butter.  It contained an Oontz, made by Cambridge Soundworks. Continue Reading

Michael Jordan’s Formula for Success

Failing never kept MJ from succeeding.

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Has it been 40 years already?

Hello 99.  I won't be home for dinner.  I'm off chasing Sigried around the globe.

Where does time go? One day, I’m reading that mobile phones used by commercial vehicles would be getting a new ability to pass signals from site-to-site in a cellular network – and all of a sudden, 40 years has gone by and we all have them.  Forget the bags and the bricks.  Forget the shoe Continue Reading

The Backup Plan

I hope your Backup Plan is much better than the one concocted by Jennifer Lopez

World Backup Day reminds us that we should be backing up our data – or risk losing it.   There are lots of solutions – from USB connected drives to DVD storage to online services and cloud backups.  I have used both local and online back up solutions – and no matter which one you Continue Reading

NY Times Calls Duke Basketball “Way Past Crazy”

Do you agree with the NY Times that the money generated in Krzyzewskiville is way past crazy?

  To the initiated, K-Ville is forever – a city of tents that students create near Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium when it’s time to line up to purchase tickets.  And it’s a big business, too – good for the school; good for the students – and frankly, good for alumni too.  Yet, a New York Continue Reading

The Human Test

Have you tried to unlock the front door of your house with your car key remote?  
(and other tests of whether you are human)

Are you human?  This humorous YouTube video gives you questions that you can ask yourself – drawn from daily life.  Worth viewing.