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"
I have been struggling (quite publicly) to condense why Steve Jobs is so unique and important to us all into a crisp, clear thought. Â It’s difficult, of course, given the breadth and depth of his influence. Â When talking to a CBC reporter by phone this evening I got very close to the thought I really want to express and after some hang-wringing and a great deal of editing, here it is.Read more "One more thought about Steve Jobs"
When I was a child growing up in the suburbs of Vancouver, we conducted regular drills to rehearse for what we believed was the inevitability of a nuclear assault at the hands of an evil Communist empire half a world away.Â This was the height of the cold war, and as our air raid siren’s […]Read more "MSFT vs GOOG: The New Cold War?"
Here’s a question:Â Where do you host your email? Gersham and I are rather well-known for a business we started in 2002 called Geekmail.Â By 2003, we were on the cutting-edge of IMAP-based email hosting and ran thousands of mail accounts on a cluster of 9 servers hosted at Peer1 Network in Vancouver.Â We pushed […]Read more "Tuffmail: Still the best IMAP service provider I can find.."
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÂ – Archilochus Which one are you?Â The ancient parable of the fox and the hedgehog has come into increasing view in popular culture lately.Â And while its origins are somewhat ambiguous, the allegory has been applied to entrepreneurs, scientists, philosophers, playwrights, business leaders, […]Read more "The Fox and the Hedgehog: Which one are you?"
While there is much kvetching and hand-wringing of late regarding impending demise of the dead-tree business (sic) that is the newspaper industry, there is another dead-tree business that is descending quickly toward irrelevance:Â The Yellow Pages. Every year, beginning around this time, trucks shunt around cities and visit every household in North America, and indeed […]Read more "The Yellow Pages: Adapt or die?"
An expensively-produced, celebrity-sprinkled video has been spreading virally around the web, preaching to the already converted that they need to “get out and vote”. Apparently this is Google’s handiwork. But is Hollywood/Silicon Valley really concerned about shepherding to the polls the already-educated, civic-minded political addicts that are voraciously consuming every piece of election-related material that […]Read more "Want More People to Vote? Fix the $@#%ing system."
As some of you know, I have experienced some recent [ahem] frustration while trying to build a technology business in Vancouver. I experienced some catharsis last night reading Kevin Curry’s (is he a real person?) comments on the Vancouver startup scene over at TechVibes. You should really follow the link and participate in the discussion […]Read more "What’s Broken About the Vancouver Startup Scene?"
Despite the fact that I often find myself on the opposing end of the table on most of what Microsoft does, I was really hoping to be able to agree with Ballmer on his assertions regarding Microsoft’s rejuvenated focus on search as quoted in today’s Financial Times article. I was hoping that, on the heels […]Read more "Google is a Kludge – Or Why Search is Going to Change"
… and the web application hosting business cowers in fear. Now, my friends, people are discovering what Google’s REAL differentiated IP is.. Application scaling is a real problem for the managed hosting business unless some software company comes up with a platform/solution that lets them leverage their existing computing infrastructure. This is allegorical to, and […]Read more "Google launches their app development framework"