I wrote this post a couple of days ago, and delighted to report that I got feedback. (Even more delighted that feedback is increasingly happening – so I am obviously hitting the occasional nerve.)

On this occasion, I was reminded by a couple of people about the famous quote attributed to Woody Allen. You know the one that goes “90% (sic) of success is turning up”. It got me to thinking, so I did some checking. Continue reading

I was talking to a friend and occasional partner in the UK this morning. Just catching up on ‘what’s new’. He has a fledgling business that is taking off in leaps and bounds – and of course, like us all has to deal with customers. These words about one of his customers resonated .

I have spent 3 months trying to get the founder to think differently and we are still in a similar place, spending money on stuff that doesn’t work through fear of change and unwilling to spend on new things that will transform his business. I’ve even gone as far as telling him that if he doesn’t start to realise that he is getting in his own way, he won’t have a company in 2017.

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I was doing some quick fact checking this morning for this post and came across this quote. It ‘tickled’ me.

To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope you’re getting this down.

Woody Allen

link to the post updated on Jan 29th

As Dave Winer wrote in a post last week … “Anywhere but Medium

I remember how much RSS suffered for being dominated by Google. And Google was a huge company and could have afforded to run Google Reader forever at a loss. Medium is a startup, a well-funded one for sure, but they could easily pivot and leave all the stories poorly served, or not served at all.

Dave has a steady drum beat that continually raises the concerns of the growing silos across the web. We should pay more attention. Robert Scoble would be a start.

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