The movie “Fight Club” offers more lessons than you’d think about being a successful entrepreneur. Like the book it is based on, the film harnesses the fantastical angst of Generation X, confronting the hypocrisy and injustice in society with ironic (and mostly comically destructive) remedies. Its central character Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt) serves […]Read more "Startup Lessons from Tyler Durden"
The following is my letter to Jack Harris, the NDP‘s Defence Critic, regarding what I fear is the pending confirmation of the purchase of the F-35 Lightning II by Canada’s government. This after I recently read a staggeringly overstated defense of the aircraft by its manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin. Hi Jack; While I think our current […]Read more "Punt the F-35, Protect Canada’s Soldiers Now"
The breakup of the Bell System, and the shifting tides in our approach to the regulation of communications in the US, was likely the single-most important precursor to the growth of the Consumer Internet. Without these, consumers would never have been able to purchase dial-up modems from computer manufacturers, would never have connected to ISPs, […]Read more "How To Bomb Big Cable"
Apple Now Has $121.3 Billion In Cash according to TechCrunch. Here are some creative things they could do with that horde (but likely won’t) that would still be fun to imagine. Field the world’s most powerful Air-to-Air Fighting Force At $150M fly-away cost, Apple could buy 550 F-22 Raptor airplanes, fund their operations (calculated at […]Read more "Apple’s Massive Cash Glut"
This article was written for Profit Magazine and an edited version of it exists here. At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this […]Read more "Apple Shouldn’t Build Minimum Viable Products"
Sure, the people who run successful tech startups are today’s rock stars of business. But most “wantrepreneurs” would do well to postpone their launches..Read more "Don’t Start That Tech Company—Yet"
This post originally appears at ProfitGuide.com. To technology entrepreneurs, the 2012 federal budget, tabled in May, is conspicuous in not meddling with the Scientific Research and Experimental Development rebate program (SR&ED). This despite numerous signals sent by the federal Conservatives throughout 2011 that, in their view, SR&ED is the object of rampant abuse and in […]Read more "Ottawa’s Covert War on SR&ED"
This article was originally published @ TechVibes. The term Branch Plant Economy is not a new one, and gained specific relevance for Canada in the early 20th Century, when US Companies began to build factories in Canada to circumvent pricey tariffs on importing their wares to the Canadian market. Â One example where this really took […]Read more "The Branch Plant Economy"
When I was a kid, my mother and father handed me an Atari computer. When I opened the box, plugged it into the TV, and fired it up, well.. it didn’t do anything. Â As I quickly realized, I had to make it do something. Â The first thing I set out to do with this awful-to-use […]Read more "Why the iPad as a PC could be a Bad Idea"
** This post originally appeared on TechVibes. Â Go read it there. I have a spotty track record for timing on predictions, but that doesn’t stop me from making them. Â Having studied the influence of technology and media on societies, and having worked in the technology business now for almost 24 years, starting at 17 as […]Read more "Ten Tech Industry Predictions for 2012"