Category Archives: Industry

Biology, populations and VC

The meadow voles we found each morning in our traps were tiny, hardy animals who endured the weighing and tagging before being re-released. There were thousands of them in the fields of Blandy Farm or Mountain Lake, the field research … Continue reading

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The Best SaaS Product I Ever Saw was built by a Towtruck Company in 2006

In 2002, after joining a former customer in the electronics industry which had raised $30 million, we went through a CRM evaluation.  The VP of Sales and VP of Engineering were at odds over the rate at which we were … Continue reading

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Nice Pants: Tactical Office Wear

Comfort is difficult to quantify.  We tend to use air perm as our primary metric when working with water barrier materials.  There are many high-end pants now on the market from non-traditional vendors with unique angles on comfort. 1a& 1b: … Continue reading

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Under Bidding a Bridge to Nowhere

If a customer isn’t 100% certain about the value of a product, then they’ll want to minimize their committed costs.  From an ROI standpoint, their R (the return) is uncertain and has risk.  To maximize their ROI, they will want … Continue reading

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Growth by Document

The current business has experienced pleasant success despite a challenging market.  We grew our ASP from $40,000 by nearly 20x, increased our industrial installation base by similar numbers and have figured out how to grow in a long sales cycle market. … Continue reading

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Project Planning: Stay out of the (San Francisco) Mud

San Francisco’s $350 MM Millennium Tower is sinking into the mud beneath it.  Finished in 2009, some now believe that it could sink as much as 3 feet – greater than initial estimates of ‘possibly an inch in the event … Continue reading

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Is that a Disruptive Prediction? (6 of 7)

“And two years later, what come out? PlayStation 2.” – Ali G Some predictions are linear – like that made by Sasha Baron Cohen’s character Ali G above.  Sitting in 1993 it might have been disruptive to predict Sony’s entrance … Continue reading

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