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Questions Remain After Vista Equity Partners Purchases Marketo

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 17:18:38 +0000

Marketo (NASDAQ: MKTO) recently announced they were being acquired by private equity firm, Vista Equity Partners.  While the buyout offered a solid, but unremarkable return for Marketo’s shareholders above the public share price, the acquisition by a P.E. firm left some feeling disappointed that the suitor was not a technology company such as Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce … Continue reading Questions Remain After Vista Equity Partners Purchases Marketo



Windows 8 – A revenue transformation for Microsoft

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 17:26:37 +0000

We are not for a lack of commentary on Windows 8, but despite all the subjective commentary on the Windows 8 User Experience and the Surface tablet, I think there is a really important story lying under the surface about the revenue potential for Microsoft. I’m not unlike many computer users – I regularly use … Continue reading Windows 8 – A revenue transformation for Microsoft



Build Your Business, Not Your Product

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 00:25:08 +0000

I’ve had a copy of The E-Myth Revisited floating around my house for years, picked up at Half Priced Books a while back and forgotten as I read through The 4-Hour Workweek, Crush It, The Dream and, most recently, Rework.  A friend reminded me of the book again last week so I sat down in … Continue reading Build Your Business, Not Your Product



WhitePages.com Enters Groupon’s Territory with DealPop.com

Sat, 03 Jul 2010 19:51:05 +0000

Photo Courtesy of DigitalSextant on Flickr DealPop.com is coming to Seattle on July 14th.  The Seattle Times did a story on the new launch from WhitePages.com on Thursday, announcing the launch date and the intent of the product as “the integration of bricks-and-mortar retail with e-commerce” with a focus on local merchants. The space is … Continue reading WhitePages.com Enters Groupon’s Territory with DealPop.com



“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 04:28:47 +0000

The title of this post is a quote by Winston Churchill. Image by ColdSpire This blog is close to four years old and, since starting it, my interests have shifted.  In college, I was maniacal about the stock market.  Classmates were making money day trading, one even owned a late model Corvette.  I never got too involved … Continue reading “There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”



Great resource for internet business entrepreneur interviews

Sat, 06 Feb 2010 20:00:20 +0000

I’ve run across several links recently to a site called mixergy that interviews web entrepreneurs about how they got started in thier businesses, how they’re doing today and their plans for the future.  Its a great resource if you’re looking for inspiration, a few war stories and the nitty gritty on what it takes to get started and run … Continue reading Great resource for internet business entrepreneur interviews



Starbucks raises coffee prices up to 33%

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 04:52:21 +0000

Wow, apparently Starbucks raised coffee prices today, up to 33% for some “complex orders”.  I’m not sure how I feel about it. Its discretionary spending, but they aren’t the only players on the block anymore. Apparently the price hikes mean a Triple Grande Soy Vanilla Latte now costs $6.25, up from an already astounding $5.55.  … Continue reading Starbucks raises coffee prices up to 33%



Career reinvention – what would you do differently?

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 03:56:05 +0000

We’ve all heard the sayings directed toward the younger generation about how much they could learn from those who’ve lived before them.  Your parents can teach you valuable lessons about life that will prevent you from living through some of the same hardships they endured.  The value in that learning doesn’t have to only show … Continue reading Career reinvention – what would you do differently?



Awesome motivation from Gary Vaynerchuk

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 23:27:56 +0000

I missed a speaking event with Gary Vaynerchuk in Seattle a few months back, but have been following him a bit online and his bestseller Crush It! is on its way from Amazon as we speak. He’s pretty direct and to the point when it comes to talking about the opportunity available to entrepreneurs today in … Continue reading Awesome motivation from Gary Vaynerchuk



First month with all weekends booked!

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 02:07:10 +0000

We put the finishing touches on the vacation home up in Glacier, WA about a week before Christmas.  We hadn’t posted the home on vrbo.com or craigslist at all because we weren’t sure of a completion date so didn’t want to pre-book if we couldn’t deliver.  Experience told me that things always take longer than … Continue reading First month with all weekends booked!