Hasbro Games Launches Crowdfunding Competition

Traditional game companies don’t have a corner on the game market like they used to years ago. Mattel, Hasbro, you know the big players with their Monopoly, Clue, Trouble, Candyland, etc. But board games is a much bigger business now and crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter have completely changed the way that games come to market. […]

Posted by on 28 August 2015 | 6:27 pm

Kickstarter Biz Loses Lawsuit, Has to Pay $$

When Altius Management managed to land full funding for its Asylum Playing Cards kickstarter campaign, raising $25,146 of its $15,000 goal to create some scary playing cards at $9/deck back in 2012, it had no idea how difficult the journey to fulfillment would be. In fact, by spring of 2013 (after promising delivery to backers […]

Posted by on 18 August 2015 | 1:41 pm

Interview with Mitch Vandell, Author of “Bargepole Management”

When business author Mitch Vandell contacted me, I was intrigued by the title of his new management book “Bargepole Management“. I know what a barge is, I know what a bargepole is by extension, but what does it all have to do with management and career strategies? To find out more, we had a conversation […]

Posted by on 24 July 2015 | 5:34 pm

Email Pitch 101: Don’t Confuse Your Recipient

I get a remarkable number of pitches from sales people associated with online marketing companies and in almost all the cases, the only information I have to go on is the message itself. Is it well written? Does it suggest that they have even half a clue about what my business is about? Do they […]

Posted by on 15 July 2015 | 8:47 am

Monster vs. Beats (Apple)

In the category of “it’s always important to think through the actions that your legal team is recommending” I submit the latest in the troubled relationship between Apple Computer and Beats Audio, from the Wall Street Journal: Apple Revokes Monster’s Authority to Make Licensed Accessories. Why is this happening? Because Monster forgot that when Apple […]

Posted by on 17 June 2015 | 9:21 am

Interview with business book author Valeh Nazemoff

When I was sent a copy of the book The Four Intelligences of the Business Mind I decided it’d be more interesting to interview the author, Valeh Nazemoff, than just write about the book itself. Thus this interview… Q: What are the four intelligences of the business mind, Valeh? The Four Intelligences of the Business Mind […]

Posted by on 29 April 2015 | 8:55 am

Smart: the Tosee Intelligent Cigarette Filter

I don’t smoke. In fact, I’ve never smoked a single cigarette in my life, but my Dad smoked most of his life, though in the latter part of his life he was down to a single cigarette he’d make last through much of a day because he knew of the ill effect it could have. […]

Posted by on 24 March 2015 | 7:56 am

Comparing the MacBook and the Dell XPS 13

Much ado about the announcement today from Apple of the all new MacBook. Not MacBook Air, not MacBook Pro, just “MacBook”. Okay, that’s not confusing, Mr. Cook. Still, as I’ve been spending a lot of time with the beautiful new Dell XPS 13 Windows laptop, I thought it would be interesting to compare the two […]

Posted by on 9 March 2015 | 7:05 pm

Another Credit Card Bites the Dust

Another month, another credit card I have to cancel. This time I had to destroy my PayPal debit card because I was watching my transaction records, as I do, and saw an email about a $105 transaction at the Meijer store in Lima, Ohio. Now I’ve never been to Lima, Ohio so that was a curious transaction […]

Posted by on 21 February 2015 | 8:44 pm

A Eulogy for Radio Shack

It’s been a long time coming, and the company’s been doing poorly for at least a decade, but it’s still sad to see tech gadget stalwart Radio Shack declare bankruptcy today. Rumors swirl around what will happen to the over 5000 stores they have worldwide, with some predicting that Amazon will acquire some as demo […]

Posted by on 6 February 2015 | 12:02 pm