Brain Teaser: Proof That 2 = 1

This is a classic brain teaser I learned in middle school (or “junior high school” where I grew up). Let’s prove that:  Here’s the proof: Let’s start by establishing some variables: Okay, so if that’s true, then we know:  In...

The Death of Books, the Dawn of Publishing

“Have you read the latest Neal Stephenson book?  It’s called Reamde,” a friend recently asked. “I bought the book, but hate traveling with a thick book, so I bought a second copy on iBooks and read it on the plane.” A throwback like me, I...

Why does Microsoft disdain its own customers?

I’ve had the good fortune to spend a lot of time around many different types of companies, in a bunch of different industries.  And I’ve learned something about corporate values. Some companies like to make money by creating products and services that...

99Designs—Design Done Better

Whenever I start a new business, one of the first things I need to do is get a corporate logo; most people don’t think a business is real until it has a logo. It’s a pain in the neck, and pretty expensive–both in time and money. First, I have to find...

Prostitution, Drugs, Pornography, Gambling, and Religion

Silicon Valley is obsessed with business models. It’s one of the first questions we ask about any new venture: “What’s the business model?” When I was teaching Entrepreneurship in High Technology at Stanford in the early 1990s, and later...