How Alan Adler invented the AeroPress, despite repeated failures and numerous rejections

Coffee is important to me. I’ll admit I even tend to be somewhat obsessive about it. (For proof, just look at the search results for “coffee” on this blog.) My current rig at home is the Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker and it works pretty darn good, grinding the beans immediately before brewing. On … Continue reading How Alan Adler invented the AeroPress, despite repeated failures and numerous rejections

Brian’s Paradox: Your website or blog probably won’t make you any more money, but…

In discussing websites, blogs, and professional branding with many of the professionals and business leaders that I advise, there is a phenomenon that I have observed, which I call Brian’s Paradox. The basic concept is this: Your website or blog probably won’t make you any more money – there is no guarantee that you will … Continue reading Brian’s Paradox: Your website or blog probably won’t make you any more money, but…

How to (and how not to) respond to criticism as a leader – Evernote vs. Stone Brewing

Submitted for your approval, we have two recent examples of public responses of CEOs to public criticism. In both situations, the criticisms come, not from professional critics, but from actual customers/clients. The companies these CEOs lead: Evernote – the personal productivity app that aims to help people remember everything, and Stone Brewing – the San … Continue reading How to (and how not to) respond to criticism as a leader – Evernote vs. Stone Brewing

WordPress’ Matt Mullenweg on the intrinsic value of blogging (worth reading)

Matt Mullenweg, the genius behind WordPress, is a very cool guy. (Besides his penchant for renting awesome cars while on the road promoting WordPress, and long-time love of America’s most important art form, he has done a lot of amazing things for other people, as evidenced by this profile by the Houston Chron – his … Continue reading WordPress’ Matt Mullenweg on the intrinsic value of blogging (worth reading)

Dear Greg Koch of Stone Brewing: Quality must extend through every level of an organization

Stone Brewing is a much beloved San Diego-based company that produces highly rated craft beers. In addition, the company operates restaurants dedicated to “slow food” principles. I have now been to their newly opened Liberty Station location three times. This is an open letter to Stone’s CEO Greg Koch regarding my experience. Dear Greg, I … Continue reading Dear Greg Koch of Stone Brewing: Quality must extend through every level of an organization

Things better left to the professionals: Logo Design [Yahoo!]

While I don’t consider myself a “design professional” by trade, I have been doing graphic design for a quarter-century. The process of design is difficult, introspective, laborious and often frustrating for me, because I lack the skills and training that many others have. The reason that I design (and this is the important part) is … Continue reading Things better left to the professionals: Logo Design [Yahoo!]