Monster vs. Beats (Apple)

In the category of “it’s always important to think through the actions that your legal team is recommending” I submit the latest in the troubled relationship between Apple Computer and Beats Audio, from the Wall Street Journal: Apple Revokes Monster’s Authority to Make Licensed Accessories. Why is this happening? Because Monster forgot that when Apple […]

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Comparing the MacBook and the Dell XPS 13

Much ado about the announcement today from Apple of the all new MacBook. Not MacBook Air, not MacBook Pro, just “MacBook”. Okay, that’s not confusing, Mr. Cook. Still, as I’ve been spending a lot of time with the beautiful new Dell XPS 13 Windows laptop, I thought it would be interesting to compare the two […]

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Another Credit Card Bites the Dust

Another month, another credit card I have to cancel. This time I had to destroy my PayPal debit card because I was watching my transaction records, as I do, and saw an email about a $105 transaction at the Meijer store in Lima, Ohio. Now I’ve never been to Lima, Ohio so that was a curious transaction […]

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A Eulogy for Radio Shack

It’s been a long time coming, and the company’s been doing poorly for at least a decade, but it’s still sad to see tech gadget stalwart Radio Shack declare bankruptcy today. Rumors swirl around what will happen to the over 5000 stores they have worldwide, with some predicting that Amazon will acquire some as demo […]

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Should entrepreneurs have partners?

I was recently on the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast, interviewed by John Lee Dumas about my entrepreneurial background, the startups I’ve founded, and what I’m doing now. We had a good conversation, well worth listening to if you haven’t heard it yet. As a result of that program, I’ve received some interesting email from other […]

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Buy Now buttons in the Twitter stream

Jason Del Ray over at Re/Code is reporting that “Buy Now” buttons showed up for a short period of time in the mobile Twitter app, likely as a test. Apparently it’s related to a partnership that Twitter.com has been building with a shopping site called Fancy. Here’s how it looked when it was being displayed […]

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Don’t Request Endorsements from Strangers

There’s a temptation in social media to push every button, flip every switch, and share everything with everybody. Privacy? Bah. That’s for old schoolers. Nowadays all the cool kids are oversharing, right? To some extent, that’s true, but there are still certain things that people need to be more thoughtful about, and an email I […]

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What’s a Blog Brand Ambassador?

I’ve been talking with a couple of different tech firms about the possibility of serving as a brand ambassador. “What’s that?” I can hear you ask. It’s where you serve as a band spokesperson in return for product and, quite often, financial compensation. To find out what kind of deals are the norm, I asked […]

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