3 years agoDecember 18, 2009
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4 years agoNovember 25, 2009
4 years agoNovember 25, 2009
A logo is only the beginning for setting the tone for your brand. Your logo does not need to say exactly what your company does. Does Apple use computers in their logo? Does McDonald’s display cheeseburgers?
4 years agoNovember 20, 2009
The once starving artists of homespun craft marketplace Etsy.com have officially achieved mogul status. Last month, the site posted $133.1 million in annual sales—all before the holiday rush.
4 years agoNovember 18, 2009
1. “Prove it all night” — Devote yourself fully to your people and never let up
Springsteen is obsessed with giving everything he has to his fans, and he always has been. When he shows up for work, he is wholly present and demands that every member of his band and company does the same. In the early days, he would spend hours before a show sitting in most of the seats to check the sound to ensure that it was good for everyone in the house. He plays until you’re exhausted.
2. “Come on up to the rising” — Create community by connecting people to something bigger than themselves
Bruce found salvation in music and in the brotherhood of his band. This sense of connection gives authentic vitality to the many roles, beyond that of musician, he takes seriously in his performances: revival-show preacher, wry comic, and self-educated social critic. His fans feel a bond cemented by ideas that matter — social justice, the hope for redemption, love. In a world that is increasingly volatile and fearsome, those like Springsteen who can “talk about a dream and try to make it real” are prized for bringing people together and helping them realize how they can make the world a bit better.
3. “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive” — Appreciate what’s good; express optimism
Springsteen’s music, even as it focuses on the social and political problems of racism, economic inequality, and war (as in the Grammy-winning album The Rising), has a fierce determination to find the good and celebrate it. There is realism, but no cynicism. It takes both sensitivity and steadfastness to find and maintain this balance. The most successful and effective leaders have learned — through reflection on the crucibles of their own personal experiences — how to do this in their own distinct way, in their own unique voice.
Our turbulent world — more networked than hierarchical, more flexible than standardized — demands leaders like Springsteen, who generate loyalty and commitment not so much with their use of positional power and formal authority, but with their authenticity, their integrity, and their creativity.
4 years agoNovember 2, 2009
4 years agoOctober 25, 2009
“The focus of the day was how to pitch investors and while every investor has his or her preferences, I find that there is 80%-90% overlap in what most investors are hoping to see and hear.”
4 years agoOctober 23, 2009
Eric Garland, CEO of Big Champagne, a company that tracks file-sharing usage and sells the data to the studios and major record labels said: “Hulu may be doing immediate harm to elements of your business, but waiting right behind Hulu in the shadows, are things that do so much more harm.”
4 years agoOctober 20, 2009
Well, we finally have a glimpse at “Square,” the new mobile payments venture coming from Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey. As expected, it’s a little hardware add-on that can turn an iPhone into a credit card reader.
The funny part: Details about the small-business-oriented project have been on the Web for months. It was just that nobody had put two and two together until some eagle-eyed folks at Engadget realized that a URL on a screenshot of the “Square iPhone Payments Venture” first reported by Coolhunting matched a domain registered to Dorsey.
Cool idea, and I guess it’s democratizing commerce to some extent (just like Twitter democratized media), but is there really a fertile market for this? Will businesses abandon credit card terminals in lieu of the Square? Maybe at some point in the future, but I really don’t see the overarching market “point” of the Square at the brick-and-mortar level.
There is, however, a decent market in the street vendor/home business owner operator sector, but then again, would you let some random person on the street swipe your credit card on their iPhone? I know I wouldn’t do that.