A 2-Second Business Pitch that Worked

by Tim Berry

Last Thursday I’d just spoken as a guest to a class in entrepreneurship. As the class ended I was anxious to go because I was late for my grandson. The professor was thanking me and three students waited to talk to me individually. I didn’t want to be rude and I like talking to students,... Read More »

True Story: Programming, Paradox, and the Pot of Gold

by Tim Berry

Paradox is the spice of life. Maybe. Because life is full of contradictions and other hands. Take this very interesting juxtaposition. Kevin Systrom, founder and CEO of Instagram, just sold it for $! billion to Facebook. And he built the Instagram prototype himself, in his spare time, after teaching himself to code, also in his... Read More »

Is The Very Idea of Designing Tech Products for Women Insulting?

by Tim Berry

(note: I posted this on the Huffington Post first, just about 10 minutes ago) Maybe it’s because I’m father to four daughters, maybe because of simple fair play, but if you read my stuff I’ve been a chronic complainer about the relatively low numbers of women in high tech and tech in general. And I... Read More »

Ideas: Evolutionary Computing and Internet As Brain

by Tim Berry

Call it coincidence, serendipity, synchronicity, or just random, but last week I was accidentally exposed to two seemingly unrelated ideas that ended up seeming very related to me. And they gave me a fascinating whack on the side of the head. I thought artificial intelligence had run its course, but computers that learn could be... Read More »

Do You Trip on the Tools in Your Own Business?

by Tim Berry

Think of the quick comedy scene where a guy steps on a rake and bonks himself in the face with a handle.  Got it? Now ask yourself whether or not you’re bonking yourself with the tech tools in your own business. For example, do you switch your to-do list software instead of working the list?... Read More »

Is Search-Driven Entrepreneurship Obsolete?

by Tim Berry

Remember that dream we all had together, not so long ago, where a well-thought-out startup with a good understanding of the Web could grow on merit alone? Isn’t that sort of what Google did? And many others? I fear that’s not happening anymore. For a good, short summary of the SEO problem, from a brilliant... Read More »

Twitter and Problogger to the Copyright Rescue

by Tim Berry

OK, this is cool. The web makes copyright stealing so incredibly easy, and it’s extremely annoying when it happens to you. And it happens all the time. So you have to like this example. Here, to the right, is what Darren Rowse, blogger extraordinaire at problogger.net, @problogger on Twitter, decided to do about it. He... Read More »

Small Business Labs on Trends for 2011

by Tim Berry

Sure, there are lots of trends pieces going around these days, but Steve King of Emergent Research is the best expert I know on researching trends and putting them into sensible pieces. His company does some really good trends research that is often published by Intuit. , so I’d like to share his Top 10... Read More »

Looking For the Rest of this Patent Story

by Tim Berry

What a shame. Although we all like neatly packaged stories — heroes and villains, good vs. evil, David vs. Goliath — it’s rarely that simple. For example, late last year there was what seemed to be a great David vs. Goliath story about this inventor guy who teaches at Yale getting $625 million from Apple... Read More »

The Pull of Bloat and Feature Addiction

by Tim Berry

This one struck a nerve: This is by Jason Fried, founder of 37 Signals, in How to Kill a Bad Idea earlier this month at Inc.com. He’s talking about how software and websites grow too big. The software grows. Version 2.0 comes along. It does more than Version 1.0. More features, more options, more screens,... Read More »