Much has been made about Yahoo and Google’s attempts at next generation social networks. In addition, companies like News Corp and NBC/Universal are trying to build a YouTube competitor. Despite having good funding sources, I’m pretty skeptical about these companies (especially the News Corp/NBC video site) ability to create a truly popular and innovative social… Read more Can a Big Public Company Develop an Interesting Social Network?
At my previous employer, the Adrenaline Group, we used the saying “No Chumps” to describe our team. I always loved the elegance of that line. There are so many chumps in the software business, and it these chumps that make so many IT jobs miserable. When hiring for a new position, you have to realize… Read more Effective Technology Teams: Rule #1, No Chumps
Over the course of my career, I have been able to work with a variety of companies in a variety of industries as a worker bee, manager, and consultant. In any rapidly growing organization, the rate limiting factor for growth can often be limitations on how fast you can find high quality people. Losing a good… Read more HR Anti-Patterns or How to Ruin Company Morale in 10 Easy Steps
After reading Brad Feld’s Me.dium post, I took some time to play around with their Firefox plugin. Short version, they track what page your browser is on and graphically display other people that are viewing that site or similar sites. You can then chat (directly to friends or by “shoutout” to the public) with… Read more First Thoughts on Me.dium — Very Cool, Kind of Creepy
CNN is planning on releasing a new and improved website. Rather than just throwing a new site out there like USA Today attempted, they put a beta site out and really listened to the feedback from users before launching even asking if they are getting it and taking timeout to respond to the feedback. Kudos to them… Read more A Beta Test Done Well