Archive for April, 2007

Don’t Ever Start Your Day in Neutral
April 16, 2007

 

“Today was once the future from which you expected so much in the past.”  – John Mason

There is no time like the present.  There couldn’t be a better opportunity than what today holds.  None of us are promised tomorrow.  Sometimes, it can be easy to overlook many days in anticipation of some other upcoming event, goal, milestone, etc…

Ever viewed life as “I’m at point A trying to get to point B” approach in this thing called life?  Yep…been there, done that.  BUT if we go about each day living in that fashion…we will severely miss out on the greatest part of all…the process. (more…)

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Intensity vs. Diversity
April 12, 2007

“Floods and Rivers are both bodies of water.  Floods damage…Rivers are useful in many ways.  The difference?  Focus.  Leaders must channel people, time and money toward one focused vision.”

The above is a passage from “Habitudes,” a book by Dr. Tim Elmore.  Tim makes an excellent point regarding a common myth in both leadership and the marketplace.  A bigger manufacturing plant, more employees, a larger infrastructure, extra management…all are signs of growth…right?  But does growth = progress?  What about profits?  Or how about rapport?  (more…)

The 2nd Right Answer
April 10, 2007

 

“Children enter school as question marks and come out as periods.” – Neil Postman

During the course of the early years of life…somewhere along the beaten path…our innate sense of creativity seems to slowly become jaded.  WHY?  The education system, our culture, friends, society, norms, expectations, etc… somewhere @ some point in time, we were told to grow up into adulthood and let go of many of many of our natural inclinations.

While that is fine by all means and a very necessary progression along the journey of life…but there have been some very unfortunate and unintended consequences as a result.   We’ve been told to think a certain way, to solve problems in a certain fashion and to only give select answers… (more…)

Snapshots of a Startup: The Stockdale Paradox
April 5, 2007

 

“There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away.”  – Winston Churchill

I’m continuing on in the series “Snapshots of a Startup” where I’m sharing some lessons from experiences that I’m going through, lessons I’ve learned and insights I’ve gained while in the process of devloping my 1st major startup venture.

The Stockdale Paradox…sound familiar?  Maybe…maybe not.  Well, I’m borrowing a page from Jim Collins’s book Good to Great as it directly applies to a key insight that I’ve learned from being involved in a startup.

Stockdale…Admiral Jim Stockdale…he was the highest ranking US military officer in the “Hanoi Hilton” prisoner-of-war camp during the peak of the Vietnam War.  He was restrained for not 1, not 3, not even 5…but 8 years as a POW.  In addition, he was tortured over 20 times during that period without being given any prisoner’s rights, release dates or anything for that matter that might have given him an ounce of hope of which to cling to.  How is this applying to a startup?  Am I just referring to overcoming struggles, maintaining perseverance or a will to succeed?  While those are all good things…the answer is NO…I’m getting to the point that Jim makes in his book. (more…)

The Latest and Greatest, 4.3.07
April 3, 2007

This week’s edition of The Latest and Greatest will feature some startups that are definitely worth a 2nd look.  From practical tools to cool applications…each is useful and could end up being successful.

Jaxtr is a cool servicee that lets users connect via phone from their social networking profiles.  For instance, users place a widget on their MySpace profile….another user places their # in the widget and hits “call.”  It rings the “caller’s” phone 1st and then the person that is trying to be reached.  Users also have the option to send a text message through the widget as well.  This is  a cool little service that is both free, useful and fun. (more…)

Well…that’s a good 1st step…
April 2, 2007

 

Last week I wrote about some of the problems with copyrights, walled-garden business models and old-school systems in my post “Litigation, Innovation & Frustration!”

Well the news just broke this morning that Apple has signed a “groundbreaking” deal with major music label EMI in which Apple will sell DRM free music on their iTunes service.  In addition to the old format being sold, the EMI music library (albeit without songs from The Beatles) will be sold in the new format for an extra $.30, bringing each track to $1.29.  These songs will be in a higher quality audio format, as well as and more importantly, will be abled to be shared to anyone else for FREE.  Now that’s what I call a “good 1st step.”

You can check out the official press release HERE.

By Micah Davis