Monday, September 20, 2010
He also made the point that Virgin is not about being the "biggest" in the businesses they enter but rather being the "best". In the case of Virgin Atlantic, they have 35 aircraft in their fleet, which pales in comparison to its large competitors, but they have become one of the best and most well-respected airlines known for their flights from London to New York.
Virgin has over 300 businesses they have launched and have proven to make the recipe of being the best work on many occasions. Eight of the Virgin businesses have exceeded a billion dollars in annual revenue.
They now have their sites set on space with Virgin Galactic. Perhaps in space flight, Virgin will be both the best and the biggest.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The basic concept is that you download a small Live Mesh app to each of your devices (PC's but someday other devices such as Macs and smart phones) and your files stay in sync across all of those devices. It also provides the ability to remote desktop into any of your machines. Last but not least, it includes a Live Mesh Desktop online where you can access all of your sync'd files through your browser. I highly recommend trying it out!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
at what a age were you "successful"?
"Successful" is certainly a relative term. I successfully started my first business and turned a profit at age 20. Successfully graduated from IU at 22. I was successfully married at 22. Successfully had my first child at 25 (at least my wife did but I was involved). There are a few more but these stand out in my mind as most important. I've also certainly had my share of failures which I consider ammunition that helps me to be more successful by making better decisions moving forward.
what is the best snowboarding mountain in the U.S.?
Good question! I'm definitely a fan of the Rockies and in recent years my best runs have been snowboarding the bowls at Aspen Highlands. I also love Beaver Creek and Vail. Come to think of it, anywhere I can find powder is my favorite at that moment!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Admiral James Stockdale was the master of this approach. The strongest evidence of this can be found in the reason he provides for surviving years in isolation as a POW in Vietnam. Here is what he said:
"I never lost faith in the end of the story, I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade."
When Collins asked who didn't make it out, Stockdale replied:
"Oh, that’s easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, 'We're going to be out by Christmas.' And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they'd say, 'We're going to be out by Easter.' And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart."
Stockdale then added:
"This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Another cool feature I enables was sending text messages through an IM-like gadget within GMail. Super cool.
Somewhere along the line I said, "a picture is worth a thousand words Bob" (totally cliche) and Bob replied (wisely), "...and Brad, most importantly, a word is worth a thousand pictures."Bob is right. When you hear someone say something - like the word "compression" - you have your own thoughts and beliefs related to that word. For every thousand people, there are a thousand different thoughts they may come away with if you put a slide full of bullets and text in front of them.
With a picture (fancy word is infographic) you capture the message instantly in a way that is consistently understood. And the bottom line is, if you don't capture your audience in the first 60 seconds, you never will...
This topic came up again today with Bill Johnson and he recommended the book "Back of the Napkin" which apparently is about the art and science of developing infographics.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
If you had a chance to ask anybody anything you want, who and what question would it be?
That answer would depend on the moment, but right now I may ask Epictetus for some pointers on the practice of stoic philosophy. Or perhaps why I am still awake...
Friday, February 5, 2010
Brad, I have started two tech consulting companies, the first was bought out. I have been running the second company since 2002. I have moved into hosted SAAS envrionments, but don't have a clue on how to find new customers. Any advice? K. Vanover
To be clear, are you running SaaS environments for other clients who have SaaS applications they need you to host? If so, I would recommend reaching out to software companies who are moving from traditional software models to SaaS models and include value-added services to help enable that transition. Competing solely on hosting the environment will be tougher and tougher given the strength of Amazon's Web Service offering and similar services. Hope that helps K. --Brad
Brad,I want to sell ChaCha advertising in Chicago. Indiana to Chicago logical big market bump. Let's do this. I am a guide. I wanted to test the service before I became your VP of Sales for the Chicago region. Let's CHACHA!!
Although I co-founded ChaCha, I am no longer involved in the day-to-day operation of the business. I'd suggest reaching to someone at ChaCha to discuss. If you are a Guide, Esther would probably be the best place to start. Thanks!