Monthly Archives: October 2011

Avoid the Organic Food Swindle

Was rereading Tim Harford’s The Undercover Economist this morning and as always was taken by his incisive commentary surrounding prices and consumer behavior. Harford’s basic thesis is that national chains (he uses SBUX and Whole Foods as examples) charge more … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Portland ME – Start Something!

Spent a few days in Portland, ME this past week for work. It is a cool town, and one that seems ripe for new businesses outside of the tourism space. Why? It is a very young, hip town that new … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Beer and Branding

Was in my hometown for the weekend, and had an interesting conversation around branding and specifically what makes a successful brand. This on the heels of the New Yorker article about the branding firm Lexicon – view the synopsis here. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Education, Tech, and Scale

Read an interesting post by Avichal Garg, cofounder of PrepMe. The gist was that many education startups have not scaled because their founders focused on the wrong market (middle class, well educated people as opposed to huge developing markets) and did … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How NOT to Smear Someone Online

This week, one of my coworkers discovered a negative review of my company from the Dallas area. We rely upon word of mouth, so we monitor these reviews closely in our markets. The individual posted a very negative review, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Westy 12

I was recently fortunate enough to share a bottle of Westvleteren 12 with a close friend. Known as Westy to beer nuts like me, it is often called the rarest beer in the world since you can only purchase it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pull on the Same Rope

I have been working at a startup in Boston since 2008. We have been been on the INC 5000 list every year, and it has been a positive experience. When I started I was but a callow youth, yet I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment