business

If you could start a business, anyone could alvin April 18, 2019 - 7:54pm

[Dateline: The evening of May 5, 2007, On The Border restaurant, Louisville, Kentucky, after several pitchers of margaritas and beer, and three days before I would leave for Alaska.]

Brother-in-Law: Seriously man, I want to thank you.

Me: For what?

Brother-in-Law: You inspired me to start my business.

Me: That’s great, how did I do that? (Now I’m all geared up to hear a motivational story of how I inspired him.)

Brother-in-Law: I figured if you can start a business, anyone can.

Me and the dogs in a business newspaper alvin April 7, 2019 - 9:28am

One of my nieces (and/or her friends) seems to be interested in Siberian Huskies, which last night led me to dig out this old photo from a business newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky, in April, 2004.

Reflecting On My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company alvin February 23, 2019 - 5:35pm

The person who was Employee #2 at Pinterest (and then left) wrote a good article titled, Reflecting On My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company.

The three things a Business Analyst should think about during meetings alvin February 6, 2019 - 8:39am

When it comes to working as a business analyst, I’ve learned that there are just three things you need to keep in your mind when meeting with your customers (the project sponsor (gold owner) and domain experts (“goal donors”)) to gather requirements. These three thoughts will keep your meeting on track, lead you to the next question, and will help you know when your work is done.

Don’t be afraid to hire people that are smarter than you alvin December 22, 2018 - 11:23am

I’m reminded of the time right before an interview for a contracting position that a tech recruiter called and told me, “Don’t appear to be too smart. Pretend that you can’t answer some of his questions if you have to. He won’t hire people he thinks are smarter than he is.” I answered every question he asked because if that’s the way he was, I didn’t want to work there.

As a manager or business owner — any kind of leader — always hire people that are smarter than you in one or more ways.

The Red Hat ethos

The URL contains a statement of the Red Hat ethos. A couple of good quotes:

Open source is a development model, not a business model. Red Hat is in the enterprise software business and is a leading provider to the Global 500. Enterprise customers need products, not projects and it’s incumbent on vendors to know the difference. Open source projects are hotbeds of innovation and thrive on constant change. These projects are where sometimes constant change happens, where the development is done.

Warren Buffett’s shareholder letters alvin August 15, 2018 - 9:52am

I just learned that Warren Buffett’s shareholder letters can be found here in PDF format.

Jeff Bezos quotes (going back to the 1990s) alvin August 11, 2018 - 11:40am

Motley Fool has an excellent collection of Jeff Bezos quotes going back to the 1990s.

Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon alvin July 23, 2018 - 9:59am

Bloomberg has a nice article about business strategy titled, Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon.