Monthly Archives: December 2014

Building Blockchains of Trust

I recommend this good article on how the concept of the blockchain (the root of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin) works as a distributed database, improving trust and removing cost by eliminating the need for third parties. I can imagine using this … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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The Point of Education

The point of education is not to learn from a predetermined set of knowledge. Nor is it to learn how to learn or how to fish for yourself. The point of education is to learn how to teach yourself.

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Stop Looking to Trade Up Your Employees

I often hear that companies are  “bowing to investor pressure” when shutting down lines of business or divesting business units, shedding thousands of jobs in the process. Or that investors “demand” outsourcing or offshoring strategies. Nonsense. Nothing could be further … Continue reading

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Sales: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

I’ve seen a lot of articles how Black Friday sales are down around 11% YOY this year. The decrease has been attributed to moving  the sales forward earlier in the week or the increased importance of online sales. What I haven’t … Continue reading

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