When Exploring, Keep a Log

In new situations, keep a journal of your experiences.  This helps you organize your thoughts and remember observations clearly. When exploring, keep a log. This strategy is useful if you are starting a new job, a new project, forming a startup or launching a new product in an unfamiliar market. [...]

The Uncanny Valley of Email Automation

Trust is built over repeated interactions between people. If your business requires long term relationships then you have to make sure that investments in automation are not deployed in a way that undercut your ability to have real conversations. Unfortunately, some uses of email automation tools are pushing sales conversations [...]

Lee Kuan Yew 1923-2015

Lee Kuan Yew (16 September 1923 – 23 March 2015) governed Singapore as its first Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. He shepherded the transformation of a small island economy into a first world technology leader. Here are some excerpts from “The Wit and Wisdom of Lee Kuan Yew” published [...]

By | 2016-02-17T20:01:02+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|Quotes, Silicon Valley, skmurphy|2 Comments

Simon Sinek: Put People First

Simon Sinek earned a BA degree in cultural anthropology from Brandeis University; he attended City University in London with the intention of becoming a barrister, but left law school to go into advertising. He was interviewed in August of 2014 by John Wall on the RoninMarketeer site in connection with [...]

By | 2015-03-31T09:07:54+00:00 March 18th, 2015|Rules of Thumb, skmurphy|5 Comments

Entrepreneurs Exploit Errors in Conventional Wisdom

Four excerpts on how entrepreneurs exploit errors in conventional wisdom. The first two are from a Feb-8-2001 public forum that was part of BusinessWeek’s “Captains of Industry” series, where Oracle Corp. CEO Lawrence J. Ellison sat down with Editor-in-Chief Stephen B. Shepard. The last two are from Peter Thiel’s CS183 [...]

By | 2018-07-03T00:18:31+00:00 March 9th, 2015|1 Idea Stage, Rules of Thumb, skmurphy|4 Comments

A Repository For Dreams

I really like this 2013 passage by Patrick Brady from his “Enter the Deuce Series” that addresses his desire to make his son a repository for dreams. It offers useful insights for both parents and entrepreneurs. I cut it from  my “If you are cycling through chaos keep pedaling” post but [...]

By | 2018-06-30T20:18:46+00:00 March 8th, 2015|skmurphy|0 Comments