On leadership and popularity

“Everyone wants you to be a leader, until you make a decision they don’t like.” ~ Jack Shepherd For those who remember, Jack Shepherd was a character from television drama Lost; crappy show, but this is a great line.

Always in agreement

“When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.” ~ William Wrigley Jr.

On upstarts and incumbents

“History has shown that incumbents tend to fight trends that challenge established ways and, in the process, lose focus on what matters most: customers.” ~ Jason Kilar, Hulu CEO [Via The New York Times]

How MBAs help predict the future

Marc Andreessen in Bubble? What Bubble?, an interview with Andrew Goldman for The New York Times: There was a point in the late ’90s where all the graduating M.B.A.’s wanted to start companies in Silicon Valley, and for the most … Continue reading

Is your ad campaign working?

When it comes to brand advertising, most marketers struggle to demonstrate ROI. This is nothing new. All marketers are aware of the famous quote attributed to Lord Leverhulme: “I know that half of my advertising budget is wasted, but I’m … Continue reading

Someone wants to buy our website

We received this email about an hour ago: Subject: cleartrip.com, purchasing offer Hello. I’m interested in purchasing your website. I’m willing to offer 2500$ for it, payable through PayPal or by wire transfer. As soon as we’ve detailed information about … Continue reading

Anonymity makes people nastier

About a week ago, The New York Times carried an excellent opinion piece, Online, Anonymity Breeds Contempt. The article takes a look at how the guarantee of anonymity online is being abused by millions of Internet users daily. We’ve made … Continue reading

On philanthropy

A 29 year old Steve Jobs sounds off on philanthropy in an early interview with Playboy. “I’m convinced that to give away a dollar effectively is harder than to make a dollar. “There are some simple reasons for that. One … Continue reading

Einstein on work, simplicity and stupidity

Albert Einstein, yup, the same one that gave us the mind-bendingly complex Theory of Relativity had a yen for simplicity and a remarkable turn of phrase. Some of our favourite quotes: Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; … Continue reading