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Familiarity vs Knowledge




Acquiring knowledge takes effort.

Too many people and companies mistake familiarity for knowledge. A while back I was working with a CIO, whom I’ll call Ray, and realized that while he was familiar with several technologies, he had no actual knowledge about them or how they could help transform the business.

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Is RIM Blackberry the New Novell?




The big red Novell N used to control the enterprise market.

In 2010 – Blackberry is to Apple as Novell was to Microsoft circa 1994. As hard as it may be to remember back that far,  Microsoft was once an upstart that was derided for not being substantial enough to effectively serve business server and networking needs – suitable only for stand-alone PCs.  Novell was seen as the proper choice for enterprises looking to network resources together. Blackberry is in the same position today with regards to email-enabled smartphones and making many of the same mistakes that Novell made.

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Tablet Tabula Rasa




This is one speculative guess on what the iSlate Tablet might look like.

Despite having used and abandoned multiple tablets over the years, I’m still looking forward to Apple’s much anticipated iSlate, iPad or iMustHaveIt Tablet (or whatever it will be called). Of course those old tablets were used primarily for work, and the new Apple tablet is primarily a consumer device that might augment my professional life with no intention of being a replacement for my work laptop. 

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Who Buys Shoes From a Barefoot Cobbler?




Would you buy shoes from a barefoot cobbler? Or order meat from a vegetarian butcher? Or get fitness advice from an over-weight trainer? Or pay for social media consulting from a company whose blog is three months out-of-date? Me neither, but apparently those minor details don’t bother everyone.

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5 Entrepreneurship ABCs




Entrepreneurs have to learn their ABCs if they want to succeed.

Entrepreneurs have to learn their ABCs if they want to succeed.

Just as toddlers must learn their ABCs as they grow up, so must entrepreneurs learn their ABCs if they want their companies to grow and prosper.

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