Google On Being A Gateway To The Web

In a recent news story Germany calls for Google to reveal its algorithms in the name of transparency, which prompted a response from the Google Europe blog. I support Google’s refusal to share their algorithm, as I don’t think a company should be forced to surrender intellectual property just because it happens to be better…

Setup vs. Set Up and Other Grammar Tips

There are a few grammar gaffes I’ve been seeing lately that made me want to do a post to highlight them. They’re easy to mix up and happen regularly, so let’s shed some light on the usage of one and two-word variants of certain common items in our language. In each case I’ll explain what…

The Limited Gain of “Limited Time”

Yes yes yes… marketing research shows that people are more willing to buy — and buy in greater quantity — something that seems scarce or fleeting. It explains why “for a limited time” is so prevalent in packaging and advertisements. But unless there’s a clear reason to limit the product’s availability, such as holiday-themed drinks…

Leaders are Forged, Part 2

I blogged recently on leadership and becoming an expert by overcoming failure, and the concept has stuck with me for a week or so. I’d touched on the concept of how the best thought leaders tend to be those who have overcome failure rather than those who have succeeded (perhaps by accident) in most of their…

The Cost of Minimum Tact

An Oasis Cafe has been in the business spotlight recently for taking out their frustrations about a raise in minimum wage on its customers. The gist: they’ve added a line item to all receipts entitled “Minimum Wage Fee” for $0.35. Their justification is that the $0.75/hour increase in wages will cost the company an additional $10,000…

When the Experience is Enough

I pulled the memory card out of a broken camera (another story) this morning and realized the pictures on it are about 10 months old from a trip to Myrtle Beach. Chuckling at myself for a moment that I’d never moved the pictures to a computer, a thought occurred to me. It was a trip I…