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The Best Form of Customer Validation ...

I hate working on my own car.  I grew up pulling engines, repairing transmissions, replacing all kinds of dirty greasy parts. I’m glad I did and that I still remember how. But I really can’t stand it.  I don’t even like to check my own oil. However, I really hate getting ripped off by dishonest mechanics too so I still do a [...]

Good Connections

Good Connections
You’ve read 3 Cups of Tea. Right? Greg Mortenson (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Yeah, good. So you should also follow Greg Mortenson on Twitter. I did.  Today he asked a question that was perfect for a wedgie. Yes, a wedgie.  A wedgie is a short poll question that can be tweeted and voting can be done just by clicking one the links in the tw [...]

The Countess and the Impossible

The Countess and the Impossible
No one in our Utah town knew where the Countess had come from; her carefully precise English indicated that she was not a Native American. From the size of her house and staff we knew that she must be wealthy, but she never entertained and she made it clear that when she was home she was completely inaccessible. … The Countess always carr [...]

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend
Ok, so it’s been a little while since I blogged.  Honestly I have kinda felt like there wasn’t much to blog out.  But then a few weeks ago I signed up for Startup Weekend Salt Lake City.  The event was last week and I’m still on a high from it.  I haven’t done anything that cool in years.  I’ll definitely be goi [...]

Do You Know Who You’re Sitting ...

Do You Know Who You’re Sitting Next To?
Bill gates posted a really interesting picture to Twitter today.  http://twitpic.com/4cc7up.  Take a look at that picture.  Here’s the richest man in the world (depending on how his stocks are valued compared to Warren Buffet and the Walton kids. And that guy in Mexico) and he’s just sitting on the ground with a bunch of people wh [...]

Thank You Notes and Emails

Thank You Notes and Emails
There’s a really good little clip on youtube by Tom Peters about the importance of Thank You notes. I would add one thing that I don’t think Tom calls out in this video. That’s to hand write the Thank You note.  Why? It’s the same reason that I hate getting Thank You emails.  A “thank you” is meant to show [...]

Looking at Money a Little Different

Looking at Money a Little Different
Every Penny Counts My wife and I have been struggling to recover from the debt we incurred when we closed down a business venture a few years ago.  We were starting to think we weren’t going to be able to make it. Then about 3 months and 6 days ago were were given a tough choice to make.  We could either settle our single largest acco [...]

Book 23 – Good To Great by Jim ...

Book 23 – Good To Great by Jim Collins
A few months ago I posted that I one of the goals in my bucket list was to read 1000 books.  And well, I promptly stopped reading.  Shame on me. See, I have the tendency to get busy working and living and forget my goals sometimes.  Just to be fair though I am doing pretty good on my goal to practice golfing. I even took Jonathan out for 9 ho [...]

How to Make $1000 a Day

How to Make $1000 a Day
A Friend asked me the other day what I would do if I had been challenged to make $1000/day.  I think he was half expecting a short answer.  And I tried to figure out how to put it into 140 characters or less.  Not that it was on twitter, just that 140 is a nice round number. Well I couldn’t. So I am attempting to do it in a blog post.  [...]

Free Market and the Airlines

Free Market and the Airlines
So the government is toying with the idea of regulating airline prices.  Just because one airline wants to start charging extra for your carry-on luggage.  Now a Senator from NY thinks he can figure out the fair market price that airlines should charge for various fees.  How can he think he can possibly have a clue what the real cost of goods [...]

Day and Night

Day and Night
I read a lot of business columns. Most of the time I find wise people with good advice.  Like this guy. http://www.tompeters.com/cool_friends/content.php?note=010640.php I had a boss once (Curt Porrit) that told me that “the reason business exists is to make life better for people.  The question then becomes ‘does it make life bet [...]

Ambitions

Ambitions
I have a friend that is taking a class on guitar making and he is making his own custom acoustic guitar.  I have the honor of designing the head for him.  A relatively small task but an important one.  And I was thinking about it, “How would I love to build my own guitar?”  Man, that would be my pride and joy.  But really, I don&# [...]

Corporate endorsement number 5 –...

Corporate endorsement number 5 – Dropbox
A while back I designed a site for DLXEasyBackup.com. In fact, they haven’t changed it as of today. It’s been about 6 years now. They offer an online backup service, Kinda similar to mozy.com. It’s quite simple really, they are just running an install of Novell’s iFolder. A fine little product. In fact, I started [...]

Adjusting to Corporate Life

Adjusting to Corporate Life
So I have been here at MonaVie for 6 weeks now. It’s a lot bigger adjustment than I was planning for. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, it’s just more different that I was expecting. I have had big corporate jobs before. The kind where everyone has a responsibility and they just stay within their little silo [...]

New Routines

New Routines
I finally got a job offer. I start next Monday. It took a couple weeks longer than I was hoping for. Man this is a rough recession. No really, it is rough. I’ve seen it in my life but I know there are still people out there that haven’t personally felt it. As much as I don’t wish pain and suffering on anyone, I think it [...]

Who’s to blame?

Who’s to blame?
So it seems that just about every article in the news is about or related to the current economy and dismal state of things. Who am I to stay off the band wagon? So I’d like to just point out my views on who is to blame and what we can do to avoid worsening and/or repeating things. First my blame list: 1 Walmart. Those who know me kn [...]