Posts tagged Steve Jobs

Who Will Buy The Apple Watch?

The iWatch debuted to a yawn.  ($AAPL) The Apple cult used to wait breathlessly for new product announcements.  Steve Jobs would build them up, and it was pure theatre.  But, this one was meh.  It’s way too early to say …






Difficult Conversations

Startups are really hard. Many times, founders aren’t the ones to take the company across the finish line.  It’s rare to have a Bill Gates or Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg that are there from beginning to end. There often …






Do You Get Apple Pie When Apple Splits its Stock?

Saying Apple has had a nice run over the last five years is an understatement. AAPL data by YCharts Apple reported a profit of $10.22 billion for the second quarter ended March 29, up 7% from $9.55 billion in the …






Want To Get Cash In The Door? Sell.

Mark Suster has a great blog post up about sales. Sales is an often overlooked piece of building a company.  Suster writes a lot about it so I make it a habit to read his blog. One of the things I …






We Are All Nodes on A Network

Mobile phones are ubiquitous. Each of us has become a node on some kind of network. Even if you aren’t actively downloading apps and using them, you are still a node in some sort of network. If you have zero …






The Business Model of One

When starting a business, it’s important to look at market size.  How big is it?  Huge?  It gets entrepreneurs and investors salivating.  But, sometimes it pays to turn that market on its ear.  What about the business of one? It …






Profits Aren’t Evil

There is a bad misconception being force fed to students all over America.  It’s been happening for a bunch of years, and amazingly now, there is debate about it. It’s over money. People have taken the “money is the root …






Education’s Next Stage

This space will be light the next few days.  My eldest daughter graduates from college this weekend.  The family is headed down to be with her, pack her up, and bring her back.  In a tough job market for college grads, …






How To Make Big Money And Have Success

“Pigs get slaughtered” A lot of people fantasize about becoming a billionaire.  They see Wall Street titans, bankers, successful entrepreneurs and think they could be there too.  A lot of wealth starts with a dream, but dreaming of wealth gets …






Do You Bet On Horses Or Jockeys?

Last evening, I lectured to a group of students at Notre Dame. Today, I am talking to some law students interested in entrepreneurship.  One of the questions I usually get is what makes a person invest in a company?  The answers …






Innovation Isn’t Centrally Planned

Innovation doesn’t come out of a factory. It isn’t something that you just build and sell on the street. In the aftermath of Steve Jobs untimely death, some are asking, “Who’s next?”. I get the gnawing sense that there is …