Category: Business

The Distillation Premium

The Distillation Premium

Pictured: 75 year-old Modena Extravecchio Gold Seal Balsamic Vinegar Price: $230 for a 3.5 ounce bottle Why pay so much for so little? Why pay more for getting LESS? Because distillation filters out the unnecessary. It concentrates the flavor. It does, in one pinpoint moment of experience, what would take a lesser talent a whole …

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Designing Compassion, Part 1: How Are You?

Designing Compassion, Part 1: How Are You?

Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle. The lead mechanic for one of my clients died from a heart attack last week. My client owns a manufacturing shop selling refurbished but very expensive machinery, and has a dozen orders that need to be finished before any new money will come in. Two months …

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Facebook is Not Just for Food Porn

Facebook is Not Just for Food Porn

Some people say that Facebook isn’t trendy anymore. They say that kids have now switched over to Instagram, or Snapchat, or YouTube. They say that Facebook is only for old people. What I say to that: Good. Because that’s not what I use Facebook for anyway. True story: My business partner and I were waiting …

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Why YouTube?

Why YouTube?

A client just asked me if it’s possible to keep their company videos within their own website, running it off their own web servers, instead of posting it on YouTube. He didn’t want to involve YouTube but was open to Vimeo. I told him that anything is possible with enough resources, but I highly recommend …

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Stumbling Through the Recession

Stumbling Through the Recession

Article written for Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Schoolguides website, March 9, 2009 During lunch last week, my business partner noticed that our waitress had beautifully painted nails, done in an elaborate harlequin pattern. My business partner often gets her own nails done, and asked the waitress where she got hers done. The …

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Racking Up the Hours

Racking Up the Hours

  Article written for Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Schoolguides website, January 14, 2009 In Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book,¬†Outliers, he talks about the 10,000-Hour Rule. The rule estimates that it takes 10,000 hours of studying and working at a certain skill before someone becomes really good at it. After 10,000 hours learning and …

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Representatives

Representatives

Article written for Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Schoolguides website, November 19, 2008 America has recently voted for a new President. Being the President of the United States is a lot of pressure, especially when it seems that every move you make is on video and every word you say is written down …

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Spoil Thy Teacher

Spoil Thy Teacher

  Article written for Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Schoolguides website, September 3, 2008 Back in middle school, during shop class, I stumbled upon a realization. Now, I’ve never had a natural aptitude in shop class (more of a math and science geek myself), so the best that I could do was a …

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