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Sad corporate culture examples.

We’re all looking for authentic experiences.  Our lives are innundated with phoniness.  Impersonal advertising, impersonal brand interactions and wooden chain restaurant “thank you, come again’s” The worst of these offenses comes from our corporate manufactured events. Sure, we know you are supposed to do it, but don’t bother when it’s insensere. Just comes off as […]

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Shipping it and shipping it well – Juntosworldwide is live

A boyhood and dearestest friend launched his new website today, juntosworldwide.com. It has been a passion of his and he’s been hammering on the idea for months.  With help from friends, co-workers and a little cash – he has shipped his baby. I could not be prouder of him nor can I deny my little […]

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3 surefire ways you know your at a losing company

I am very confident that I have some experience with this.  Working at 6degrees.com, smallworld.com and sportingnews.com has taught me a few things. Here we go with the 3 signs your company is in trouble: 1. Consistant shuffling of personal. If you change CEO’s, CIO’s, EVP’s and VP’s as often as you buy new shirts, […]

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A peoples history of business

I am reading Howard Zinn’s classic A People’s History of the United States for the first time and it has got me thinking. At first the book actually annoyed me due to the heavy handed anti-capital lean but I got over it as it is the point of the book. As the book moved into […]

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Drinking Out of Cups

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Are you afraid of “getting in trouble”?

There is too much deliberation at work.  People waiting for these numbers, people waiting for this ones email response or just waiting for someone to tell you what to do.  At work most people find reasons NOT to make decisions.  There is a constant creeping feeling that if you make a decision, you will, like […]

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In a rut because writing hurts my face.

Writing has never ever come easy for me.  This is as true today as it was in Susan Solars class in first grade.  Fundamentally the issue for me is that my brain is thinking and processing faster than my hands can go.  What happens for me is goobly gook writing comes out and I sound […]

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Just what we need more NYU real estate.

This is going be a doom and gloom “you member” post. Sorry, its just what long time New Yorkers do.  NYU is the most guilty of causing soul destruction.  They grab real estate and slap together generic ugly looking edifices.  The latest is taking over the prime Broadway location of the Old Nobody Beats the […]

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Steve Rubel: Thoughts on Media Reforestation and Algorithmic Journalism

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Go big or go small, but don’t go for the middle.

Inspired by Fred Wilson’s post on the middle ground of privacy I thought about the middle ground on just about everything.  Aiming for the middle is death.  Unless you get to the middle while you are progressing upwards,  the middle blows.   In sports the middle teams get eliminated in the playoffs. The Utah Jazz, the […]

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Get over yourself! Why I don’t worry about privacy.

Privacy is being redefined on a nearly daily basis.  From simply being online, to comments, to chat and now with Facebook.  We’re in a constant movement towards being less private.  At this point, if you want to live online, you have to give up your privacy.  Digital storage continues to get larger and larger with […]

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8 Websites You (Really Do) Need to Stop Building

8 Websites You (Really Do) Need to Stop Building The Oatmeal is running a comic today that cuts at the core of the social web: entrepreneurs in love with their unoriginal ideas. Titled “8 Websites You Need to Stop Building,” Matthew Inman skewers “Websites that let me know what my friends are up to,” “Websites […]

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Dear NYPD go f%^& yourselves!

So I got a ticket for riding my bike on the sidewalk two blocks from my house. Couple of things to note: There were no people on the sidewalk I would have had to ride against traffic The godforsaken projects block any route thru. The cop had the nerve to say “sorry its a big […]

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Become your Dreams Strikes again – Why Graffiti Matters

My wife and I have noticed in our travels through East Harlem an interesting graffiti bomber. The artist chooses piles of garbage and finds a flat surface and writes clearly “Become your dreams” I find this inspirational matra uplifting each time I see it.  For some reason, choosing piles of garbage as the canvass multiplies […]

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Ship it! Facebook optimization and yer Mama!

Throwing down some quick hit non-sequitors in an effort to ship it! with the old blog. – Ship it!  Get the code out today that you can wait until tomorrow to perfect.  I’m not saying ship broken shit, but get something out there.  Robert Moses was a jerk but he got stuff done by putting […]

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Rise up smart-ass underachievers, your time is now!

Hopefully from this blog you’ve learned a couple of things: 1. Disruption is good. 2. Status quo is bad 3. I am a disruptive person who challenges the status quo. I was also a wild underachiever most of my life.  I rarely got good grades in school, disrupted class and generally made teachers lives a […]

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Construction by destruction

Pushing the status quo and the “well that’s the way we do things” should be attacked at all times.  If there is one thing you do at work,  you should be trying to break the strangle hold on status quo.  If you are an online worker and you aren’t trying to destroy what you did […]