Entrepreneurship is an Art, Not a Science

The earliest reference I can find is by Paul Willax from 1 July 1996 Entrepreneurship is an art, not a science. The Greeks recognized that there were techniques (“techne”) that could not be explained in words, but learned only through apprenticeship and experience. My search was not extensive, but I’m happy that the quote has […]

Problems Facing the Film Industry

There is a lot of gnashing of teeth about the future of the film industry given that “Between 2007 and 2011, pre-tax profits of the five studios controlled by large media conglomerates fell by around 40%”. The business of film making (as opposed to TV) will change. The Internet has disrupted theatrical distribution, home video and […]

Why I moved from Anti-NBN to Pro-NBN

I am now a supporter of the NBN despite the price tag, politically motivated slow rollout, poor ROI and political lies. The National Broadband Network is a hugely expensive ($40B), fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP), wholesale network that will reach 93% of the Australian population over 10 years. Oh! And paid for by the taxpayers. The Gillard Government […]

Optus Fail on Customer Service

When my mobile phone service came off contract I wanted to go month to month while I waited for the new iPhone’s to come out this year. Optus at the time were running some compelling prepaid deals. So I signed up. I converted to a post paid accout and accepted a dealer’s offer for a […]

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

As I prepare to set goals for 2012, I came across this brilliant post 30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. It reminds me to clear the decks mentally, emotionally and spiritually before trying to drive through to new or old goals. Effective planning or goal setting starts with an understanding of where we’re at […]

How badly do you want success?

Sports are often a metaphor for success. Often it’s a stretch to make the connection, as sports aren’t about life and death and sports have highly artificial rules to increase the stakes. That said, success in life isn’t always about life and death either. It’s about mediocrity and extraordinary. So often the metaphor is right. […]

Niche Retailer TrollAndToad.Com Makes Inc. 5000 Again

Clicks and mortar retailer TrollAndToad.com came in at #1063 in the Inc. 5000  fastest growing private companies in America for the second year with 285% revenue growth over the last three years. TrollAndToad.com is a the world’s largest retailer of collectible games. That is the very definition of niche. So these guys are successful retailers. […]

Red Bull Mobile Network Australia

Red Bull has been busy extending their brand into the GSM mobile space globally. The next step on the path to world domination is Australia. Technically they are mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) just like Virgin Mobile, which means they sell access to an existing network with their own branding and price structure. Virgin Mobile […]

Google Analytics Track Adsense

Bottom line up front: Create a new Google Analytics account for every website domain, unless you want to track your Adsense clicks in Analytics. After attending Affili@SYD 2011 last week, I decided to review all my web properties. I don’t consider myself an affiliate marketer, I’m more an e-commerce and traffic guy. But I’ve had […]