Required Reading on Business Owners Making Critical Mistakes

by Tim Berry

For a good time take a look at the answers to this question on Quora: What are some classic examples of a founder letting his or her ego get in the way of making the right decision for a company?  Now yes, that’s one stellar example of a loaded question. But — loaded or not —... Read More »

My Niece’s Question About God

by Tim Berry

What a week. Steve Jobs, may he rest in peace. On Wednesday we distributed my stepmother’s ashes. That same day my brother’s wife buried her father. After our ceremony in Cape Cod, my brother said his daughter had asked: “why does God make people get old and die?” Nobody there could answer that question. Several... Read More »

Steve Jobs on How to Live Before Dying

by Tim Berry

I’m really sorry that people have to get old and die. This is my tribute to Steve Jobs. If you don’t see it here, please click here for the original. Read More »

Is Marketing Dead?

by Tim Berry

I’m troubled. Some of the smartest, most successful people I know say marketing is dead. It doesn’t matter, they say. It’s a waste of time. Instead… … just build great product. Disrupt a big market. The buzz will follow. And it makes some sense. Did Facebook care about marketing, or product? What about Twitter? Amazon.com?... Read More »

Not the Customer's Job to Know What They Want

by Tim Berry

There was a nice short video on TechCrunch the other day, quoting Mark Zuckerberg, John Doerr, and two other industry leaders on how much the iPad has changed “everything.” I picked it up because of what John Doerr says near the end. The video snippet I’ve embedded here skips directly to my favorite part, at... Read More »