How Mighty Is Your Midsized Company?

Of the more than 10,000 business books that are published each year, few, if any, focus their attention on the all-but-forgotten midsized company. Armfuls of books on startups and Fortune-level organizational practices won’t help a business moving into young adulthood. “There are almost 200,000 companies today with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion—midsized, as defined by […]

ZERO TO ONE: The Interview

When Stanford law student Blake Masters decided in the Spring of 2012 to enroll in undergraduate computer science class CS183 and post his class notes on his Tumblr blog, little did he know they would become an internet sensation. Masters wasn’t so much interested in computer science, but rather in startups, and CS183 featured a […]

Two Brains Are Better Than One

There’s a lot to like about Joshua Wolf Shenk’s brand new book, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, especially if you’re a fan of books with a theme that breaks with conventional wisdom in a counterintuitive way. Rather than take the path most traveled by treatments on creativity and innovation, […]

If You Want To Disturb The Status Quo…

…you might want to talk to Ken Tencer. A few years ago, I read and reviewed a book entitled The 90% Rule: What’s Your Next Big Opportunity? by co-authors and business partners Ken Tencer and John Paulo Cardoso of the branding and innovation firm Spyder Works. I recently touched base with Ken to ask him about his latest book, Cause a […]

[repost] Business Without The Bullsh*t

[Note: This is a re-post of my July 10 blog entry, which was lost in a server migration. Apologies!] We all love secrets and shortcuts to the problems we face as business owners, entrepreneurs, and free agents. And when it comes to the more complex principles and theories of business, we all want someone to […]

An Economist Walks Into A Bar…

Except…it’s not a bar. And it’s three economists, not one. When three economists on a roadtrip to Maine after an academic conference in Boston wandered into a local shoe store looking to kill some time, little did they know it would spark a nationwide trek in search of Main Street business lessons that big and […]