In the back of my mind I’m always thinking about education and change. Below is an open letter written to some faculty members of my alma-mater about the importance in recognizing that change.
(Before reading this letter, please note that I will be making this letter publicly available on my blog. Also, kindly take note of the recipients.)
To: Chancellor Carolyn Martin – firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Provost Julie Underwood – email@example.com
To: Director of Admissions, Steve Amundson – firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Dean of Students, Lori Berquam – email@example.com
To: Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, Hazel Wade – firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Associate Dean of Students, Argyle Wade – email@example.com
Dear Ambassadors and Respected Representatives of UW-Madison and Education,
I am writing to you out of extreme concern for the future well being of my alma-mater and your home, UW-Madison. The admissions process, curriculum structure, and speed to iterate are overwhelmingly frustrating and alarming. … Read More »
I recently finished reading What Would Google Do by Jeff Jarvis.
This book is important for so many reasons, but the most important point of the book is that fundamentally, business in general is changing. Economics, supply and demand, manufacturing, education, fashion, government, finance, all of it is changing and unless you understand these changes and adopt a newer way of thinking, you will be in for a rude awakening when you realize everything you learned in Econ 101 no longer applies.
From Jeff’s Book:
“Many industries built their value on scarcity. Airlines, Broadway theaters, and universities had only so many seats, which meant they could charge what they wanted for them. They were scarce and thus more valuable. Newspapers owned the only printing press in town and you didn’t, so they could charge you a fortune to reach their audience. Shelf space … Read More »
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This was too funny to not post…
(Sent to me from Rachel Glickman)
Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die.
This is so priceless, and so, so easy to see happening, customer service being what it is today.
A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for its annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00 when she died, but now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank.
Here is the exchange :
Family Member: ‘I am calling to tell you she died back in January.’
Citibank: ‘The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.’
Family Member: ‘Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.’
Citibank: ‘Since it is two months … Read More »
So is Jamie Varon…
“My name is Jamie Varon and I’m living in Danville, CA (if you haven’t heard of it, no worries) right now, hoping to move into San Francisco soonish, rather than laterish. The sole purpose of this site is simple: I want to get hired at Twitter and the only way to stand out in this competitive job market is to do something unique.”
I’ve heard many stories lately from people my age that have either lost their job, are about to lose their job, or haven’t found a job in the first place.
According to Forbes and their layoff tracker (as of this writing), there have been 511,925 layoffs since Nov. 1 2008 at America’s 500 largest public companies.
Something tells me that simply submitting resumes online and wearing a suit to interviews (if your lucky) isn’t going to cut … Read More »
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Do you have a really cool idea? Are you involved in a start up? Are you looking to add value to your current business or organization?
Try this exercise:
Do a Google search of “your idea” and see what comes up. Think about the opportunities around partnerships, advertising, events, media, etc with the people and companies that show up in the results. Think about if, how and what you would say if you were to reach out to the companies or people that appear in the results.
Most importantly, think about “their idea” vs. “your idea” and how you can make “your idea” better.
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Lately, people have been asking me about websites and internet businesses in general. Is their internet idea a good one? Is it realistic? How to build it? Who to involve? But in all of these conversations I’ve been asked every single time “How could I build my own website?”
Today, you don’t have to be a computer expert, graphic artist or an electrical engineer to build a website. We are no longer in the HTML only days and there are enough tools available that can help you look like a sophisticated internet guru or savvy businessperson in this so called knowledge era. Starting a business? Creating a web presence for yourself? Blog? eCommerce Site? You can do all of this yourself. Ain’t that complicated.
If you have a few bucks to spare and are willing to learn a thing or … Read More »