Ask Piercing Questions And You Might Profit

Jim Collins, author, teacher, athlete and leading member of the Boulderati is profiled in today’s Sunday Business section. It’s a flattering piece for the most part. This little passage certainly got my attention: Companies also ask him to consult. But he mostly declines, agreeing only if the company intrigues him and if its executives come […]

What’s The Point?

Today must be challenge the orthodoxy day on the Web. I love it. Guest writing on Ad Age, Judy Shapiro says we can do better than to refer to advancements online as “Web 3.0.” After all, it’s the same Web it was yesterday, just with more cool shit than ever before. …there’s a proverbial fly […]

Got 50K? You’re In (The Web) Business.

Robert Hendershott, a professor of private equity and entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, believes there’s little need for venture capital in today’s digital startup sector. According to The New York Times, it just doesn’t cost that much to get a Web-based idea off the ground. As the cost of […]

An Anecdotal Return to Business Basics

The book I’ve been reading, The Ten Commandments for Business Failure, by Don Keough is a pleasant read for a business book. After a spectacular career at Coca-Cola, Keough kindly offers those who might follow in leadership roles some sage advice, not just about business but about life. His business thesis boils down to this: […]

Work And Learn

Mark Goldenson started an internet TV network for games called PlayCafe 18 months ago. Things didn’t work out exactly as planned. Thankfully for others walking the entreprenurial path, Goldenson isn’t afraid to air his laundry in public. In fact, he’s offering a “post-mortem” on Venture Beat. Two of his 10 points really ring a bell […]

There Are Cash Registers In The Brave New World

Paul Isakson is in the branded utility camp. So am I, but allow me to point out the most important word in the passage below: As an industry, we have to stop just looking for ways to “build brands” through messaging and start looking for ways to actually help people have better days and build […]

Head Joneser Embarks On New Jones-Like Journeys

Melissa Allison and Amy Martinez, business reporters for Seattle Times, are reporting that founder and former chief executive of Jones Soda, Peter van Stolk, has left the building. Van Stolk also negotiated a $100,000 reduction in severance pay in exchange for the freedom to talk freely about the company and compete against it if he […]

When I Paint My Masterpiece Everything’s Gonna Be Different

Do what you love and the money will follow. Many have heard these sweet Campbellian whispers, but the concept doesn’t work for all. There are too many variables and money doesn’t grow on trees, it has to be earned through ingenuity and consistent, often difficult work. Friend of AdPulp, Tom Asacker, gives us a tangible […]