Monthly Archives: June 2008

Writing to Win

My 15-year-old son, Evan, has been playing in a summer baseball league. I don’t know how these things work where you live, but around here, the summer league is decidedly less intense than the spring session. Not as many spectators show up; not as many players show up (teams frequently need to borrow from one another during the game); and in terms of the level of experience of the umpires, let’s just say that many of them need to be […] Click to read more…

 

Do Whatever You Want

Today is the last day of school for my kids: “Have a nice summer.  We’ve decided that today is the day you start vacation.  We’ll see you back here on September 4th… the day we decided you need to be back here.” Okay, that’s not quite the way they say it, but it’s clear who’s in charge.  And then one day they’ll go to college where someone else tells them what courses they need to take.  And then they’ll get jobs where someone […] Click to read more…

 

Sold From The Start

I don’t know about you, but here at Blue Penguin Development Intergalactic Headquarters, things have been pretty hectic these past few days. And it’s all because of what happened on Wednesday morning. First, my friend Jill Whalen, the world’s leading SEO expert, mentioned me favorably in her newsletter. She’s got a loyal following of something like 8 billion readers, many of whom would enthusiastically eat broken glass if she said it was a good idea. So a mention in Jill’s […] Click to read more…

 

The Illusion of Safety

I had lunch with my friend Brian yesterday.  He’d been working at a small, software startup here in Boston and over the weekend the investors decided to pull the plug. No warning, just a phone call and a couple of months severance. He figures he has three options now: 1.  Go to work for a big company. 2.  Find another startup. 3.  Start something on his own. What I find most interesting about Brian’s situation is that most people look at […] Click to read more…