Stories You Missed – January 2017

We all can't read everything, and our Facebook feeds are now overrun with political arguing. So to make things easy for you, I've assembled some of the stories from last month about tech, marketing, sports and Seattle that you may find interesting. Three Sounders FC Departments Honored with 2016 MLS Club and Executive Awards: Congrats to the t…

Should We Provide Free College Tuition

I'm seeing this topic brought up more and more. College is too expensive and even the middle class can't afford it anymore. And those who come out of school with a mountain of debt will never be able to own a house, much less have enough discretionary income from the low paying jobs they'll earn with their degree. So the easy answer is to make c…

What We Are Going to Do in 5 Years With All Those Non-Driverless Cars?

I'm not really a car guy. I like when other people have really nice cars, and I could certainly afford to have a nice car, but for some reason I'm wired to be perfectly happy driving the same Acura for the last 16 years.┬áBut 16 years is a long time and the reality is that my car will die someday. So I have started looking around for my next automo…

7 Fun Facts About the St Vincent and the Grenadines Soccer Team

The U.S. Men's National Team starts its World Cup Qualifying run vs St Vincent and the Grenadines tonight. Who the heck is the the St Vincent and the Grenadines soccer team? Well, here are some fun facts. 1) The island is here. 2) The country has 109,373 people. That is approximately 321,905,480 less people than there are in the U.S. For pers…

I’ve Become One of “Those” People, and You Guys Can’t Drive

I like to think that at my advanced age, I have the ability to shift opinions. To change my mind. To "evolve," as it were. For years, I did not understand the concept of riding a bike to work. I found it non-sensical. Foolish and childish even. But then about 3-4 weeks ago my doctor explained some things that were going to happen to me in the…

Saving Greece and Soccer at the Same Time

In case anyone wonders, this is a completely facetious comment. I don't honestly believe this is a good idea... But in a make believe world, here's how you could save Greece and International Soccer at the same time. Qatar buys Greece. Think about it. It's win-win-win-win. Win 1: Qatar gets the recognition it desires. Qatar has a ton of m…

Does Pronto Have Their Pricing Wrong

Since I work downtown a lot, and I am always rooting for startups, I've been keeping an eye on the bike-renting service "Pronto." I think it's a cool idea, and with enough manipulation, you can kind of shove this square peg into the circle hole of The Collaborative Economy. So that intrigues me as well. [caption width="500" align="alignnone"] Vi…

Advice for New Grads Seeking Those “Jobs” Things

Young people seem to like to ask me about how to get a job. Sometimes I think they don't really want my advice and just want me to actually "give" them a job, but I get asked all the same. So here are a few quick thoughts for you new grads. In no particular order. 1) No one wants to "give you a job." People do want you to "work for them." The…

Winners and Losers in a Digital Economy

This was the best 22:00 of YouTube video that I've seen in a long time. The speaker is Scott Galloway, who owns a think tank called L2 and is also a marketing professor at NYU Stern. He quickly explains who is winning and losing in everything from social media and retail to brands and world economies. Really interesting stuff. …

The Importance of Your Talents vs Your Resume

I've been doing more thinking recently about the role a resume (or LinkedIn Profile) plays in your job search. What is the perfect blend of connections, qualifications, overall talent and past experience? Coincidentally, today Forbes released its annual 30 under 30 lists. Highlighted in the Marketing list is Seattle's own Andrew Dumont. ┬áThis i…