Oct 19 2015

Why The Failure Rate For Business Shouldn’t Deter You From Starting Yours

Some may call it masochistic reality tv. Shows like Shark Tank and The Profit certainly give you heightened dramatic moments as a viewer and a shot of encouragement if you want to realize your business dreams. If you have entrepreneurial drive, you should hone it. Even if you simply vet and discard an idea for a business, going through the process of research, discussing your idea out loud with peers and even pitching to friends, family and potential investors will make you a more valuable employee.

Creativity and execution are qualities any company should cheer to find amongst its roster. That junior-level assistant may come up with an automation tool that could save you millions. Being able to follow through from concept to prototype rules out a lot of wishful thinkers. Not everyone can wait up to two years for Marcus Lemonis to help their struggling small business.

So when you read about that successful, multi-million or billion dollar evaluation it gets hard to remember when it was just one or two people with an idea that hardly anyone else understood. For every huge success, there’s about twenty that you never hear about or that quickly fade (Meerkat and Periscope are more recent examples of companies offering similar). Sometimes good ideas don’t survive past incubation stage and it wasn’t because anyone did anything ‘wrong’. It could be timing, support, or a host of other reasons.

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Jun 29 2015

Given Tech’s Push For Foreign Workers Talk About Diversity Sounds Like Double-Speak

When Facebook released its workplace diversity numbers on Thursday, the company included a somewhat heartening message.

“It’s clear to all of us that we still aren’t where we want to be,”

 — Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global head of diversity, wrote.

“There’s more work to do.”

Behind Silicon Valley’s Self-Critical Tone on Diversity, a Lack of Progress

Then why are the top technology firms in the United States so eager to get legislation passed to bring more foreign workers into their ranks?

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Apr 29 2015

So You Want A New Website?

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When companies embark on a website design project, there are particular considerations to keep in mind to keep costs in check and to get the desired results. It can be useful to have a go-between to determine what a company needs and how to accurately translate that to a designer or agency.

I observed the aftermath of poor communication between an NGO and the design firm they hired to move their site from php to Drupal. It was initially a $40k project (which I already found cost prohibitive) and had ballooned to nearly $100k. The NGO was furious. The design firm was frustrated because the asks kept shifting and was supposed to include training non-technical staffers.

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