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When Being the Best Isn’t Enough




Being the best won’t always win you the trophy.

Everybody wants to be the best, but while being the best is good, it’s not enough. You have to be the best at what matters. Both now, and in the future. The business and technology world is littered with products and companies that were the best at something and were still bypassed by competitors who were better at something else that mattered more to buyers.

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Blu-ray Discs are Already Obsolete




Blu-ray is cool and all, but too bad it's going to be irrelevant.

Yes, I am stating unequivocally that Blu-ray disc technology is already obsolete. But not because there is a better pre-recorded viewing technology, but rather the Blu-ray disc obsolescence stems from a changed marketplace. Online Streaming coupled with changing media consumption patterns means that those Blu-ray Disc players and movies delivering the latest and greatest viewing experience are already becoming obsolete and will never achieve the success and ubiquity of VHS or DVD players.

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Are You Solving an Old Problem?




Search engines are still an onramp to the internet.

Businesses are often formed to provide a product or service – either proactively or in response to a specific problem. But businesses have to be careful that the problem that they are solving remains a current one, or that it solves the whole problem and not just part of the problem. Otherwise those businesses are vulnerable to competition from new market entrants and new technologies.  A classic example of this phenomenon is Carbon Paper.

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My First Month at Microsoft




I didn't have this verbatim conversation per se – but it aptly captures the work intensity here at Microsoft.

Somehow I made it through the gauntlet of interviews and Microsoft decided to hire me. Yea, I don’t believe it either. Even after a month, it still feels a little unreal each morning when I swipe my badge – I keep waiting for the light to turn red and for someone to come out and say this has all been a big mistake and that they’ll have to take my badge….But so far it hasn’t happened.

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Interviewing at Microsoft – Part 2




For the record I was never asked this question by Microsoft. Cartoon used with permission of www.SavageChickens.com

Part II: The Day of the Interview. I got to the Microsoft lobby about 10 minutes early. After a somewhat anxious period of waiting in the reception room, I began the interview loop.  I ended up interviewing with five people – some were managers, some were peers and some were dotted-line managers with whom I’d be working with as part of a matrixed organization. (read Part I here)

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