Because so many asked, here are the words I prepared for my dad’s memorial service on Oct 11, 2013. Thanks to everyone who shared their sympathies and made this otherwise unbearable week a lot easier on us. The “plumber in a tie” will be missed by many.
Everyone who knows our dad, Ted,…
So sorry for Nick’s loss…so glad he wrote this, and allowed me to get to know a great man that I never met in the process.
I see fast-food workers are striking. Good for them. Refusing to work for less than you believe you are worth, and joining others who believe the same, and making the consumer aware of the conditions they support…that’s great free-market stuff.
I see their demands are political, centered around the minimum wage. Bad for them. Wrong move. They’re being used by zero-sum losers who gain when the victim-class grows. Occupy rookie shit.
Instead of standing outside saying “We know we are worth more, and we won’t work until you pay us that value!”….
They are saying “We know that we aren’t worth it, but we want men with guns and jails to force you to pay it!”
The only way that strikers can be right is to be right. By refusing to work for the wage, and by putting the company in a position where it must pay them what they demand because no one else is willing to produce as much value for that cost.
If others can do what you do for less money, you lose. If they can’t, you win.
It’s really not complicated.
p.s. I absolutely LOVE reading all of the articles where the author feels the need to make clear his negative opinion on McDonald’s food… as he yammers on about how the price for that same food could easily be higher. Amazing.
I really cannot understand how Google abandoning reader made people think that an RSS reader was an opportunity. Obviously, the market there is shit.
Google dominated that market and still didn’t want it. Just walked away!
Not only is getting into the reader business “Red Ocean”…it’s a bloody red ocean where the only thing left are scraps that the big fish didn’t want to bother with. Leave it to the vultures to clean up that carcass.
I’m late to this but it’s a lesson we should have all learned from it. When the best don’t want the market, you shouldn’t either. Instead, invent or expand a market that they will want in the future.
I don’t know enough to know if I’m wrong— by default I believe I’m right— and right now logic tells me something really bad is probably in the works. In the last 2 weeks, we have had outages and hacks on major epicenters of U.S. internet commerce and communication.
But now is a better time to prepare for a major full-scale internet outage than later. Imagine your life, your business, your banking, your transportation, etc….without reliable internet access for 30-90 days.
I’ve been asked that several times over the last month.
The answer really has two parts:
I have always been, and will always be, inspired by the prospect of empowering individuals to do big things with their passions and knowledge.
It’s my natural state. When I hear someone talk about what they know…what they love…and I see that twinkle in their eye…. I want them to do something with it. For themselves. I want to be a part of it.
Digital goods and services are knowledge, experience and passion transfer mechanisms. The scalability that an individual can achieve through digital mediums is unbelievable….it’s literally greater than the power that Julius Ceaser wielded in his prime.
Combine these with the innate goodness of “price” (which by definition demands an exchange of real value) and you have a winning thesis: Empower individuals to create and sell premium digital content from their knowledge, experience, and passion. In other words… Voomly is a business-manifestation of myself.
We regretted selling our first company.
DaytradeTeam was a subscription-based business where clients gained access to expert traders’ knowledge and content.
After spending 7 years building the company, the subscription platform, the client base, the content-delivery mechanisms…. we sold it. It was a good deal with a good buyer and we felt really good about it.
But we soon grew to regret it.
Because we realized that we left so much on the table. We realized that we had built this system for ourselves only. We benefitted from it, so did our clients, so did the buyer. But no one else.
We realized, after the fact, that we had built a platform for creating a very meaningful subscription-based business….and only released it to one user…ourselves. “That could have been so powerful for experts in other niches. Damn it!”
So here we are. The platform is ready & growing. So is the user-base.
We can’t wait until a single Voomly Seller is bigger than DaytradeTeam was. It will happen.
I hope it’s you.
Give it a shot. I’ll help you create and promote your business. It’s what I do.