Software as a Service, Part I

Salesforce, Workday, Zendesk. Although they serve many different purposes, they have one thing in common: they are part of a new wave of companies that provide software-as-a-service, commonly referred to as SaaS. So what exactly is SaaS? Gartner defines SaaS as “software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The… Read More

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The Rules of Top Talent

Netflix’s decision to offer unlimited maternity leave for one year was very well received, prompting conversation about whether this would start a trend for other companies. Many were hoping that the US, with its relatively few maternity benefits, would join other developed nations with more guaranteed time off. But that may be overly optimistic. Netflix exists… Read More

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The Golden Age of EDM

The great John F Kennedy once said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” And right now, it’s high tide for electronic dance music. As young people are seeking experiences more and more over material goods, EDM festivals and raves are exploding in popularity. The EDM market grew 12 percent last year alone, matching the growth… Read More

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Importance of Systems, Part 2

I’ve mentioned systems before, about how it’s so important to set up a process. A process may take longer to set up initially, but it will lead to greater efficiency and time saving down the road. For example, automating bill pay may take hours out of one day, but the time saved each week thereafter… Read More

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Transition

Not much for this week’s post. Life isn’t always straight forward and predictable, so that’s that. For now, take a look at my LinkedIn post.

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Carli Lloyd’s Incredible World Cup Final

As the world watched, Carli Lloyd had a World Cup final for the ages, scoring a hat-trick in sixteen minutes, becoming the first player ever to record a hat-trick in a World Cup final. How did she accomplish this? Even though she is physically gifted on the pitch, there is a lot the rest of… Read More

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Benefits vs. Features

When does someone buy something? What causes someone to seek out a product? The obvious answer is that it solves a problem he or she has. It makes his or her life easier or allows them to do something they couldn’t do before. But often, sales people are focused on the product itself and not… Read More

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Continue to Trust the Process

In one of my first blog posts, I wrote about “the process.” I talked about putting in the hours it takes to be successful. That message is as true today as it was then. But just because you have a process, that doesn’t mean you can predict the future. There’s no set timeline for results… Read More

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Importance of Systems

Short post this week, but I leave you with this quote: “Systems. You don’t have to like them, but you do have to use them to go from average to good, from good to great, and most of all, from great to phenomenal.”

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The Economics of Keri Hilson’s “Buyou”

In Keri Hilson’s 2010 song “Buyou,” she sings about her significant other whose economic situation has changed. She sings, “Used to take me to dinner, used to take me shoppin/now you askin me for my paper.” Interestingly, if we take a look at unemployment rates after the 2008 recession, men were harder hit by the… Read More

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