The Best Company You Don’t Know You Need

I don't shill for companies very often. And I am getting no benefit for this. But I love RePC. (Google Map) Now maybe you are one of those super careful people who never do anything dumb like accidentally back over your laptop bag after scraping the snow off your car, or accidentally have your laptop bag fall out of the back of an SUV. Maybe …

Recapping NWEN’s First Look Forum 2011

I always enjoy attending business plan events such as NWEN's First Look Forum, the UW Biz Plan Competition, Startup Riot, etc... I tend not to call them competitions, and lean towards words like "showcases." Sure the teams may be competing for a prize, but what they are really doing is showing the public the amount of work they've done on taking an…

Business Stars of Tomorrow Take Center Stage at UW Business Plan Competition

I've said it every May since 2007 - judging the Investment Round of the UW Business Plan Competition is one of my favorite days of the year.  It's exciting to absorb the energy and inspiration from all of these young entrepreneurs and idea generators.  Sure, most of the 38 "companies" on display won't ever go past this day, but every…

NWEN First Look Forum – Connecting the Dots

The Northwest Entrepreneur Network hosted one of its signature events last Wednesday, the spring version of First Look Forum.  (For those who want to know the whole format, check the appendix at the bottom of this post.)  In a nutshell, it's a several month process that brings 12 entrepreneurs who have never pitched their business before,…

Start your morning with Paper.li

There are a lot of semi-useless social media tools out there.  One that I am liking more and more is Paper.li.   In a nutshell, it takes your Twitter feed, and distills it into a front page of a newspaper, so you can scan all the important topics you care about in one shot.  It even splits them into categories like Sports, Media, Pol…

Tunnel, Schmunnel. China Envisions Buses that Drive Over Cars

Check out these images from the Huffington Post. I have no idea if developing a bus to drive OVER cars is technologically possible, but it's an interesting notion to think about. …

Carol Bartz Talks Leadership at UW

You'd be hard-pressed to find someone with a tougher executive position than Carol Bartz.  As the CEO of Yahoo, she had to step into the shoes of the Founder, fix the mess he caused with the board, figure out what her company actually "does" these days, and then decide how to compete in ecosystems dominated by Google, Microsoft and the sports …

The Question No One is Asking About the iPad

I'm not writing a review of the iPad.  Since I'm not a tech blogger, I'll leave that to JetCityDigital, Mashable, Jeff Jarvis, and AllThingsD.  (And yes, I did put Ron Schott in the same sentence as Walt Mossberg, so remember this post in 10 years people.) I don't want to debate if the iPad is a laptop killer, or simply the media companie…

A Few Notes on Rob Glaser Leaving Real

I was going to resist sharing any public thoughts on the end of Rob Glaser's 16 year reign at the head of RealNetworks.  But as I read through some of the comment boards, trolls and scrubs who have never started anything in their life have taken some cheap shots, so I'm going to give my take. In 1994, we had 14.4 modems and something called Mo…

The Sustainable Group

I've been meaning to endorse / promote / plug this company for awhile.  I'm a big fan of The Sustainable Group, an organization run by Brant Williams.  In a nutshell, imagine if all the binders, notebooks and other office items you buy, lose and throw away could be made of bio-degrabable materials instead of plastic.  Now imagine tha…