Category: musings

Toyota: Great Product Versus Discounting

Product Greatness Not Category Determines Customer Sensitivity to Price The car industry has been rife with discounting for years. We consumers have been conditioned to expect discounts on cars. Whole businesses have developed to exploit this conditioning behavior. But… Toyota posts amazing sales growth in April 2012 without any discount programs. How is this possible?¬†Circumstances […]

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Is Your Word Your Bond?

your word is your bond

I was surprised to see the following tweet from Fred Wilson “Replace the words “job offer” with “term sheet” in @spolsky’s post and the advice is still spot on http://t.co/2MNZUIKZ” Out of curiosity, I took a look at the Spolsky post and I was surprised by the advice he gave regarding exploding offers. For those […]

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Technology Sabbaths

There is an interesting piece in the Times today (http://nyti.ms/h8mNVf) regarding personal decoupling from the digital world. Its pretty well understood that too much of any one thing can be bad for you or your relationships, etc., and the immersive and all-consuming influence of technology in our lives is no different. Not to sound religious, […]

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Market the Vision, Build the Product

The recent notice that Metaplace.com is going to shut their doors and refocus the company is an all-too-often refrain where very big visions are not realized in their first or even second incarnation. I expect we will see the same from another big vision play, Trion, in pretty short order. The phrase is a takeoff […]

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The Limits of Vertical Integration — Microsoft Clip Art vs Google Images –

Microsoft created a vertically integrated product when they released Clip Art as an image repository for Powerpoint. For years, this integration worked beautifully, if for no other reason than there was no alternative or incompatible technologies. But again, like in so many other areas of Microsoft land, their idea of vertical integration is badly outdated. […]

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There is no place like New York City

I have had a love hate relationship with NYC, having lived there for 20 years from 1983-2003, through some of the best and worst times NYC had to offer. But there are moments like the one I experienced yesterday, which cover more than a multitude of problems. I walked into the Barnes and Noble on […]

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Twitter This

So it seems that we have again found a tool that is 2 parts showmanship, 1¬† part value.¬† The concept is simple and thereby elegant — a micro-blog that others can follow. Clearly, most of the info you read or post on Twitter is absolutely useless. Its not just a microblog, its like a minute […]

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