Much of our skepticism about buying a new product or service is a self-defense mechanism. We don’t want to be scammed. We don’t want to be taken advantage of. We are basically telling a stranger, “I can’t do this. I need help.” and we want to know that they aren’t going to stick a sword […]
When we build our web sites, when we craft our messages, when we set our pricing structures, we look at other people who do something similar to what we do. Gotta measure up the competition, right? So, after seeing how they have answered those questions, we make adjustments, and then publish our version of the […]
When you are the product being sold, and your actions and interactions are being analyzed for marketable patterns, what is your responsibility? Can you play a conscious role in your productization? Are you powerless or powerful?
I like to collect interesting patches and put them on a vest I’ve had for a long time now. Some of the patches date back more than 20 years, and I even have one or two from my childhood. Many years ago I found one that said, “Too many freaks, not enough circuses”. I realize […]
I don’t own a television, so while my friends are in Europe, I am living in their home where I have access to a tv with extensive cable. Generally speaking I am unimpressed with the offerings on cable tv, but have found some of the shows where people build cars, motorcycles, etc, to be a […]
The female embodiment of passion and energy and ZOOM! is Danielle LaPorte. I am constantly inspired by her. On her blog she posed the question, What do YOU want to revolutionize? and asked people to post, write, blog, their responses. Despicably Annoying Only one aspect of the computer industry has failed to mature, innovate, or […]
To anyone with eyeballs in their head, the music industry is doing it wrong. It doesn’t matter what part of the industry you look at – new artists, radio, music sales, video, distribution, marketing, etc – there is no aspect of the music industry that actually works. And I thank them for that!
Right now I am under a tight deadline for a really cool client with a really groovy product. And my head is empty. The inspiration that I got last night was gone upon waking. The usual reinvigorators – walking the dog, getting a coffee, making a social call – have not proved fruitful. My muse […]
On November 12th I had the top of my head opened and magical fairy dust sprinkled inside. Yes, I went to my first TED event!
Something has been nagging at the back of my head for quite some time now, and with the recent purchase of a flame-retardant suit, I think I am ready to come out and say it in public: Why does everyone want to rank #1 in Google? This may seem like a silly question at first, […]