New Fremium Formula Pits Revenue Against User Satisfaction

by Tim Berry

What would you think of a restaurant that offered really good food, but the salad is free and the dressing is extra? The potatoes are free but the sour cream is extra. The soup is free but heating it costs extra. And table service is free if you wait two hours, but table service in... Read More »

Gratitude is Good For Your Health

by Tim Berry

Tomorrow is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. It’s supposed to be about getting together and giving thanks. My contribution to the Thanksgiving holiday is to recommend a Google search on the correlation between gratitude and health. It turns out that there are indications that being thankful is good for us all. It’s good... Read More »

The Best-Kept Secrets of Startups

by Tim Berry

I’m amazed at the quality of questions and answers on Quora. Do you know Quora? If not, you’re missing a really intriguing resource.  Recently I found this question on Quora:  What are the best-kept secrets about startups? What are some things that people could benefit from knowing that is largely secret – in the sense... Read More »

The Worst Business Pitch I’ve Seen in Years

by Tim Berry

Yesterday I received one of those hilarious examples of selling tactics that exactly contradict the pitch. This one was somebody selling business coaching and online marketing, hoping to target business owners. He was using an annoying website comment bot with generic praise, and links to a very ugly website full of absurd promises in bright... Read More »

Reality Check: Entrepreneurship is a Roller Coaster, Not a Cruise

by Tim Berry

I love this: So completely true. Vivek Wadhwa calls out the all-too-common talks by successful entrepreneurs who supposedly “sailed smoothly to success.” He corrects that in Entrepreneurship is a Roller Coaster, Not a Cruise, on the Wall Street Journal: Don’t be fooled. Entrepreneurship is never like that. You fail constantly, suffer setbacks at every turn,... Read More »

Just Turned Down a Consulting Job and I’m Glad

by Tim Berry

I just answered a social media consulting inquiry with this… No, I’m sorry, that’s not what we really do well. We’re a business, so we’d have to charge you; and we wouldn’t be giving you your money’s worth. … and I went on to recommend somebody else. The person I recommended as a consultant does... Read More »

Truth is a Believable Story

by Tim Berry

I grew up believing that facts, like research, numbers and percentages, told the truth. I believed in objective, verifiable truth, based on fact. I distinguished that from mystical religious truth, based on faith. I was a mainstream journalist for almost 10 years in the 1970s. Every professional journalist believed in objective verifiable truth based on... Read More »

When is the Right Time to Start a Company

by Tim Berry

I really like this 2-minute explanation Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner: Steve Teig, Tabula – Right Time to Start a Company. He’s clearly focusing on tech companies and the web, but the principals apply elsewhere if you use your imagination. If for any reason you don’t see the video here, you can click this link to go... Read More »

Infographic – $20 Billion a Year in VC Investment

by Tim Berry

My thanks to Angel Investment Network Blog for this Infographic – US Venture Capital Trends by State and Industry: Read More »

True Story of Beating a Patent Troll

by Tim Berry

The patent system as it relates to software and the web and mobile apps is broken. It doesn’t work. It doesn’t protect the right people and it’s being used by the wrong people for what amounts to extortion. Oh, I’m sorry — you didn’t know that? Just my opinion, you say? Yes. My opinion. And... Read More »