New Software on the New Platform

Highly relevant development for companies doing process automation. From Ben Horowitz’s Blog: You would never know If you could ever be If you never try You would never see —Lupe Fiasco, All Black Everything A year ago I wrote about a very special entrepreneur, Christian Gheorghe, who escaped Communist Romania, migrated to America, and—after starting here with $27 as a limo driver and construction worker—eventually became a computer scientist and an entrepreneur. I indicated that just as he broke from an oppressive, totalitarian regime, he planned to free his customers from the...

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The Jeff Bezos Formula for Asymmetric Competition

The art of moving quickly with a savvy strategy. By Stephen Wunker, Contributor Today’s announcement of the Kindle Fire, possibly the iPad’s most serious competitor, underscores how Amazon’s Jeff Bezos remains one of the most predictably revolutionary leaders in business. Selling at just $199, the Fire can accelerate the growth of the already white-hot tablet market through leveraging revenue streams Apple lacks. It embodies the sort of asymmetric competition that has become Amazon’s trademark. How does the company do it? First, consider the legacy preceding the Fire. Amazon launched...

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Signals (part 1 of 2): 8 Signs of Early Success

The discussion sparked by my recent posts, A Good Fit and The Risk of Waiting, got me thinking about those feint and not-so-feint signals that tell you how things are going during your first few months in a job. While I’m sure you can sense when things are going well and when they’re not, it might help to be aware of common signs of success and struggle. This is the first of two posts on the subject, 8 Signs of Early Success. The signals that indicate things are going well fall into two camps: You are in demand You are having an impact You are in demand when: Your opinion is...

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A Good Fit

What exactly is a good fit? A good fit is something that matches your specifications. Fundamentally, it’s where demand meets supply. The clothing and shoe industries do a great job of enabling a good fit. They each provide a variety of styles in multiple sizes to match what you might be looking for. And if the fit isn’t perfect, your local tailor or shoe repairman can make adjustments. The same is true with restaurants that provide a broad menu to fit your taste. They serve hot or cold starters, main courses of meat, fish, or vegetarian, different starches. And if the preparation isn’t...

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Does Transformation Motivate You?

Most people we poll answer ‘Yes’ to this question. On the surface, an affirming response makes perfect sense. Almost everyone is open to doing something new or doing better. Some are even open to doing things differently. The reality is most reasonably motivated people have the natural desire to improve. And why not? There is an enormous ecosystem of products and services available to support our desire to change. You know the list. Personal trainers, foreign language discs, self-help books and tapes, music instructors, dance teachers, art classes, nutrition experts, executive...

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