The Global Corruption We Don’t See

The Global Corruption We Don’t See. Why Not?

by Tim Berry

Here is another fascinating TED talk. Charmian Gooch with Meet global corruption’s hidden players. I’m shocked. Take a few minutes to watch this. In case you can’t see it, you can click here for the original on YouTube. Read More »

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Do You Think You Can Copy Silicon Valley?

by Tim Berry

Doesn’t it seem like every other place wants to be Silicon Valley? We call the New York tech scene Silicon Alley, Portland is Silicon Forest, somewhere in Southern California is Silicon Beach, Austin Texas is Silicon Hills, and so on. There’s job envy, and growth envy. Googling “the next Silicon Valley” generates 46 million hits.... Read More »

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The Irony: Complaining about Linkbait with Linkbait

by Tim Berry

Here’s an irony: Mashable’s thoughtful post titled Stop Linkbait Before It Ruins Content Marketing is surrounded by linkbait. And what’s there on the right, in the sidebar? An ad, then “what’s hot,” one about an injured kitten and the other about Justin Bieber. Both of which are, well, linkbait. Right? The post, by Sam Slaughter, starts like... Read More »

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The Best-Ever One-Word Answer to A Critical Entrepreneurship Question

by Tim Berry

In one of the best moments of our regional angel investment event last month, keynote speaker Diane Fraiman was asked to name the biggest obstacle to entrepreneurship in Oregon. Her answer (the first emphatically-delivered word of her answer): PERS It’s been more than a month since and I didn’t take notes so the rest of... Read More »

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Is It Stupid to Ask for a Better Email Address?

by Tim Berry

He asked me about my business plan review, something I like doing, and that I charge for. I should be happy, right? And forthcoming? But his email address is three letters having nothing to do with his name, plus three numbers, at yahoo.com (like nnn###@yahoo.com). So I asked him, before sending a work sample, to... Read More »

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What’s Up in Colombia…

by Tim Berry

… looks like growth to me. Economic growth. The result of, among other things, political and economic stability. I’m posting today from Bogota, the capital of Colombia, during a week-long work visit recording business videos in Spanish. My opinion here isn’t formal economic analysis, just what’s obvious from a few days in the country. I... Read More »

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How to Hide Your Opinions as Data

by Tim Berry

Here’s an idea for you. Use this to influence politics, win fame and/or fortune, or attract the opposite sex. Push a point of view. Make your own opinions look like data. First: Invent a high-sounding name for an association or interest group in some significant topic area. Call it the Association of this or Federation... Read More »

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Memorial Day, Draft Lottery, Reality TV, Flags

by Tim Berry

It seems like it often rains on Memorial Day where I live, in Western Oregon. Today is no exception; it’s cold and rainy. And it rained all night, so there’s a thick mist cushioning the quiet hills I live in. From my house, across a small valley, through the tall trees, I can see the... Read More »

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Millennials Schmillennials and Generation Generalizations

by Tim Berry

Joel Stein opens his Time Magazine cover story on Millennials: I am about to do what old people have done throughout history: call those younger than me lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow. But I have studies! I have statistics! I have quotes from respected academics! Unlike my parents, my grandparents and my great-grandparents, I have... Read More »

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Amazing Time-Lapse Videos of Earth Changing

by Tim Berry

Watch from space as Las Vegas grows from 1984 to now. Or watch as a glacier shrinks, and the Amazon jungle recedes. Watch Dubai grow. Time Magazine and Google have combined to create this Time Lapse site Earth Engine site, offering time-lapse photography of the earth changing from 1984 through 2012, using NASA technology and satellite... Read More »