Build A Referral Engine Right

by Tim Berry

I love this paragraph: There are three ingredients necessary for a rewarding and successful business experience: You must enjoy what you do and feel a sense of purpose; you must be good at what you do; and you must be able to convince other people to pay you for what you do. That’s from John... Read More »

What Amazon and iPad Teach us About Strategy

by Tim Berry

I love it: now when I buy a Kindle book from Amazon.com, I can have it on my iPhone, my iPad, my Mac laptop, my Windows laptop, my Mac Desktop, or my Windows desktop. This makes me feel like I really own the book. If I have a spare 10 minutes, just about wherever I... Read More »

eBooks: Hot, Flat, Crowded, and Not on Amazon.com. Let the Games Begin

by Tim Berry

(Important: late-breaking news. Since this was posted earlier today, Amazon has reversed its position on this. Macmillan is back, but with its own pricing on the Kindle. This is important. Here’s a link.) eBook wars, you say? On one hand, it’s about time. On the other, wow, this is strategy in action. And interesting spectacle... Read More »

Social Media Serendipity; or, the Social in Social Media

by Tim Berry

I like serendipity. Not just because the word sounds like a refreshing drink in the shade on a hot day, but because when serendipity happens, it’s always good. Here’s the Wikipedia definition: Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely. … So I had a... Read More »

My New Favorite Book: Escape From Cubicle Nation

by Tim Berry

You want this book: Escape from Cubicle Nation, by Pamela Slim. She’s been writing a great blog for several years, and now she’s put much of the soul of that blog into her new book, with the same name. You want it if you’re working for a company and thinking about going on your own.... Read More »

10 Ways to Avoid Falling Skies Next Time

by Tim Berry

I’ve posted before on this blog about The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s powerful book, written before the big downturn, which some say (he wouldn’t) predicted it. With a beautifully written mix of history, stories, studies, and logic, Taleb shows how the big events are completely unpredictable. And that we kid... Read More »

Dan Schawbel, Me 2.0, and Personal Branding

by Tim Berry

What does personal branding mean to you? To me it used to be about well-known experts whose names became brands in an almost-traditional business sense: Guy Kawasaki, Seth Godin, Tom Peters; they were experts whose names sold books and speaking engagements. Lately my view of personal branding has expanded as I start following John Jantsch,... Read More »

Kindle and iPhone: New Killer App

by Tim Berry

We used to talk a lot about the "killer app" back in the early days of personal computing, late 1970s and early 1980s, when a killer application was something that would create a new market, or bring a technology into... Read More »

Thanks Anita Plan-As-You-Go Book Giveaway

by Tim Berry

Anita Campbell is giving away copies of my Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan book over at her Small Business Trends blog. She posted this offer last Friday for her birthday (nice touch) and offered five books to be given at random from... Read More »

The Future: Hot, Flat, Crowded

by Tim Berry

On Monday I posted some predictions from the World Future Society, what I consider to be an interesting list of believable possibilities for the next 25 years. Today I want to add another view. I've heard several interviews with Thomas... Read More »