A Story Of Success


If you have been looking around wondering how to create your own sexy images and infographics for your blog and social media presence – you have probably heard of Canva.

Hell – you have probably got an account. I have. And it works just fine. And then I found Visme.

On the face of it – same product … different name. Right?

Wrong!

I am not a product reviewer – and so will not be going into the who where, why-for and whats in this post. Not my job – but I have tried both.

Now, if you wander out there and try to get an independent assessment as to which is best – it tends to come down to Visme over Canvas – but what is interesting is that when you drill into the sources of the information that compares the two, a lot of the reviews tend to reference back to Visme as a source. That alone I found interesting, it is hardly an unbiased viewpoint, but some how Payman and his team are truly punching above their weight. Very cool. Continue reading

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Duct tape a teacher to the wall for ‘Kids Against Hunger’.(*)

Steve Ballmer has a lot of money, You know that because he spent 2 billion dollars a couple of years ago to buy the LA Clippers. How much does he get involved in the day to day business of the Clippers? Not too much.

Malcolm Glazer bought Manchester United in 2003. United has for many years held the title of the world’s most valuable sports franchise. Today that valuation sits at around 2.25 billion dollars. That is nearly half a billion more than the number 2 on that table and yes, more valuable than The LA Dodgers, The Cowboys, The Patriots, The Giants and any other team that you might think should be worth more than a little soccer club in the UK.

How much does the Glazer family (Malcolm no longer walks on planet Earth) or Steve Ballmer affect the brand valuation of their respective teams? Close to zero. Continue reading

Basecamp’s Jason Fried proving that you too can be a Unicorn.

A masterful piece worthy of the Onion, made stronger by not actually being on the Onion.

CHICAGO — December 1, 2015–Basecamp is now a $100 billion dollar company, according to a group of investors who have agreed to purchase 0.000000001% of the company in exchange for $1.

and why is it worth that much ? Well – there are many reasons, including

Basecamp will attract twelve billion users by the end of 2016.

How will the company overcome the fact that there are only 7.3 billion people alive today? “Why limit users to people?” said Bhatnagar.

Read it all here.

I have a business worth $1,000. If you give me $1,000,000 dollars for 10% of my shares – that ‘values’ my company at $10,000,000 – overnight – BUT – is it really worth 1,000 times as much = just because I have convinced you that with $1 million dollars – we can conquer the world ?

More importantly – 3 months down the line – you and I convince a new dude to drop another 10 million dollars into the business – and we give him 10% of the company ….

Over night – my company is now ‘worth’ $100 million – and my original investor’s investment is now ‘worth’ $10 million – a ten fold ‘return’ in 3 months !

See what I did there ?

I am not saying that the Unicorns aren’t going to turn into something great. I am saying that there is zero oversight on this process – rather a bunch of insiders trading on Futures – with no watchdog. What could possibly go wrong ?

A curated leaderboard of companies that were at one point privately worth $1B or more and subsequently exited, either by acquisition or IPO.

Seems like a lot apparently !

[ Source : Crunchable ]

In March, investor Bill Gurley made headlines with his pronouncement that “a complete absence of fear” would lead to dead unicorns this year. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen warned in a tweetstorm that startups with high burn rates would “vaporize.” Last week Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff also predicted dead unicorns as startups seem to focus more on their valuations than their customers.

I have been talking about the ‘Idiocy of Unicorns’ for a while – though not really writing – other than this where I referenced Doug Henwood. That said I think they survive because there truly is a ‘Confederacy of Dunces’ / ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ at play here. Thank god then for some sanity from Brad Feld, who in turn references others – but who – despite being famously ‘on’ – and successful people in their own right – are not commented on or referenced in mainstream media.

[ Source : Brad Feld : Feld Thoughts ]

PomplamooseOne of my other blogs (Just Good Music) had a minor disaster before the holidays – and it is seemingly unrecoverable – so for now – dead. Meanwhile – I am a found member of The Grid – and cannot wait to get my hands on it – so I can restart Just Good Music in a VERY different way.

Until then – I maintain a love and interest in music – – particularly the business side – and as I was cleaning up some backlog this afternoon – discovered this wonderful item. I wonder how we can help.

Read It All Here