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2014 31/Aug
“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question – you have to want to know – in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.”
Clayton Christensen on Questions
2014 17/Mar

“Definitely Not This” After griping with the idea of a career change for nearly a year – these three words are the reason I finally quit my job.  But I’ll tell you, the agony of not being happy in what you do while at the same time being fairly successful (or “occupational purgatory “ as […]

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2014 24/Jan

          In preparation for the 2013 tax filing season, H&R Block has launched a series of compelling TV ads. In the main ad, the “H&R Block Guy” states that because of tax payers attempting to file their own taxes there was $1 billion dollars of unclaimed tax dollars last year. He goes […]

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2014 23/Jan

Google Chrome is now the leading browser in terms of usage (about 40% of desktop usage). This is partially due to the fact that Chrome Books have seriously taken off (10% of computer market) and partially due to how much better of a browser it actually is. From a developer’s point of view it has […]

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2013 25/Oct

At the shared space where I work, Wework, there is a wide cast of personalities and skill sets. At the desk directly behind me sits a talented ex-Asset Manager. Great guy, very sharp. Not my classic thought of a “Finance Guy”.  Anyway, we get into great discussions over economic topics and I learn a lot […]

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2013 17/Oct

Go on, ask for it. Let people know specifically how you want them to help you. And they will. This is a lesson that I recently learned. In the past few weeks, on multiple occasions  I was looking for the help of others and did not end up receiving it (help with my startups). That was […]

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2013 2/Oct

As part of an ongoing attempt to rid myself of  time consuming micro-events throughout the day, I have started the pains staking process of unsubscribing from every single email/newsletter that I do not read on at least a semi-regular basis. When you actually get down to it – even with a generous interpretation of the […]

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2013 22/Sep

I was skimming through the headlines today to see if any news caught my fancy. The number  – $900 million – was enough for me to take notice. Nearly a billion smackers. That is the amount JP Morgan is offering the US government to settle one of their current cases. As I glazed over the […]

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2013 26/Aug

‘FREE’ – An Undercover 4 Letter Word in StartUp Vernacular Recently, while promoting my scavenger hunt bar crawl business, I offered a series of FREE crawls for both of our two core offerings. One of the options flourished while the other ended with a bunch of happy customers but with a lot of the business’ […]

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