Innovation

From Idea to Reality

One of my favorite parts about running my own business is the creative freedom. In school and at my job, the rules were set by other people.  The majority of the creative thinking I did was trying to figure out how to alter the rules in my favor. For the most part though, once you get out on your own, you have total creative reigns: if you can think of it, you can try to make it happen. I can remember the day in 2004… Continue reading

5/5/09

Does Location Matter? Why Albany is Perfect for Us

A few weeks back Penelope Trunk wrote a really interesting article about deciding where to locate your start-up, entitled Starting a company in Silicon Valley is stupid.  Clearly from the title of the post, she isn’t one of those people that preaches that you have to be in the Valley or in NYC to run a successful start-up.  She herself moved from NYC to Madison, Wisconsin to start her new company, simply because the cost of living was low and the quality of life was… Continue reading

4/1/09

Bootstrap Yourself

While we’re on the topic of Mark Cuban posts, there was something else I wanted to comment on from that same post.  As he often does, he included a “classic” Mark Cuban post at the bottom of his current post.  In this case it was a post from earlier this year entitled The Best Equity is Sweat Equity: There are only two reasonable sources of capital for startup entrepreneurs, your own pocket and your customers pockets. I personally would never even take money from a… Continue reading

11/4/08

The Time is Now

I’m a firm believer that crisis is what drives innovation and change.  It’s a lot harder to be motivated to do great things when you’re living comfortably than it is when your back is up against the wall.  As crazy as it sounds, creativity seems to flourish with minimal resources.  The world-changing companies of our generation – Dell, Microsoft, Google – did their most innovative work when they had the least to work with. We’re at war.  Our economy is collapsing.  The housing market is… Continue reading

11/1/08

Sex vs. Changing the World

One of my huge pet peeves is when someone is in a difficult situation and they whine and complain about it, but proceed to do nothing to change the situation.  Usually this comes in two flavors –  relationships and jobs – although it really can apply to anything.  It drives me nuts.  If you don’t like a situation in life get off your ass and do something about it. When it comes to starting your own business, everyone has a tendency to talk a big… Continue reading

7/11/08

How Our Energy Problems Will Be Solved

The other day I went to the pump and filled up my 2008 VW Rabbit.  With gas in my neck of the woods well over $4/gallon, it cost me nearly $60 to fill up my 14.5 gallon tank.  $60!  Dude, I drive a freaking Rabbit!  It’s like the smallest car ever. It might not happen tomorrow.  It might not happen next week.  But if things keep going the way they are going gas prices are going to drastically change our lives.  Food and shipping prices… Continue reading

5/31/08

More on Micro-Innovating

A few months back I wrote a post entitled Micro-Innovating Every Day: Ideas are a very, very small part of the majority of great innovations. Most great innovations come from a recognition of a recurring problem that a company encounters repeatedly and has the foresight to come up with a creative solution. It’s less about ideas and more about discovering opportunities that other people have failed to see or exploit. Most of the time, you only find those opportunities if you are working passionately at… Continue reading

5/27/08

Productive Output: What the 9 – 5 Misses and Why I’m Done with a 40 Hour Workweek

As any college student will tell you, scheduling classes is an art form. My first semester I didn’t have much choice and had to take whatever was available. My second semester I loaded up on Monday and Thursday and had the rest of the week off. It sucked – Mondays and Thursdays wore me out and the rest of the week I had to spend 10 hours doing homework. My third semester I put large gaps between my classes so I’d have time to get… Continue reading

5/22/08

Becoming a Web Based Company

Lately I’ve been realizing just how fast technology changes. In December I wrote an article about our company embracing the open source software alternatives: So we came up with a plan. We would have a set of desktop workstations (one to start) that have the full Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection (the $2,500 one) and Microsoft Office Professional 2007. Our laptops would then use the OSALT (open source alternative). Aside from that warm and fuzzy feeling you get from using great open source software, this… Continue reading

5/1/08

My Top 10 Favorite Tastefully Driven Features

Since the launch of Tastefully Driven I’ve been intending to do a post similar to the DI Features and Lessons Learned. But since this project had less “unknowns” there weren’t a lot of “lessons learned” from the programming side. We knew what we needed to do, and it was more about execution than figuring out a way to get stuff to work. Nonetheless, there’s still a lot of cool stuff on TD that isn’t completely obvious if you just scan the site for a few… Continue reading

4/22/08