Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Mystery of the Missing Button

The Mystery of the Missing Button

It was a dark & stormy night. Nancy Drew was in her bed, eyes open, willing herself to sleep. She thought she knew what being tired felt like, but this was a whole new level of tired. In her youth, she’d often stay up late poring over the latest mystery’s clues, piecing together the puzzle until everything became clear. Sure, she was tired then – but it was a different kind of tired. An excited tired. Every minute spent awake, was a minute closer to catching the culprit. But this – this was different. She wasn’t a kid anymore. No, this time she had a kid. Read More

How I learned to write 3x faster

How I learned to write 3x faster

I love the idea of writing, but up until recently I hated the process. Producing an article, college paper, or even a blog post would take me a very long time, much longer than it should. So instead of writing as a way to communicate my ideas, I avoided it like the plague.

I want to introduce you to a book – and a technique – that has helped me write 3x faster. Read More

Shark Tank Bits & Bites: Season 4 | Episode 21

Shark Tank Bits & Bites: Season 4 | Episode 21

Shark Tank – Season 4, Episode 21

Pitch #1: Misto Box

Elevator Pitch: coffee of the month subscription service

The Ask: $75k for 15% equity

The Deal: they offered Mark Cuban 30% equity for $75k; Mark accepted

My take:

  • I don’t know – I’ve seen a lot of “blah-of-the-month” subscription services, including coffee. When these guys first pitched, I kept waiting for their big differentiator but didn’t really see any. Read More
Saving Retail from Showrooming – TryBeforeYouBuy Stores

Saving Retail from Showrooming – TryBeforeYouBuy Stores

Big box brick & mortar retailers are quickly becoming extinct. Every day, I read a new article about a big box retailer from my childhood closing stores and scaling back because of stiff competition from online retailers such as Amazon. These retailers are running into issues that they fundamentally cannot change given their large physical locations – e.g. the sheer overhead of maintaining large stores and warehouses, the logistics challenge of keeping each store properly stocked, and the cost of staffing each store with sales associates, cashiers, warehouse employees, etc. All this translates to higher prices for consumers. Read More