The real reason iPads aren’t disrupting education more: The Textbook Mafia

My kids are at the exact right age to be subjected to the ongoing experiments to bring education into the 21st century. Two of them have each had at least one full year of using iPads daily as part of instruction, while my youngest used an Android tablet as part of her first grade experience … Continue reading The real reason iPads aren’t disrupting education more: The Textbook Mafia

The next “Fix and Flip” business model: Brand Resurrection

If you are selling something, the general logic for turning a profit is pretty simple: buy at a lower price, then sell at a higher price. This works very well in real estate, retail, and the stock market. But did you know that you can also buy old brands? I like Ellia Kassof the more … Continue reading The next “Fix and Flip” business model: Brand Resurrection

Elon Musk opens up Tesla patents to the competition – is he crazy?

Elon Musk has accomplished many amazing feats. He leads the way in electric cars with Tesla, has made private space travel and transportation feasible (even beating NASA on quality), and he has produced the absolute best business model for residential solar energy generation with SolarCity. But his latest move has pundits really scratching their heads. … Continue reading Elon Musk opens up Tesla patents to the competition – is he crazy?

Update: Mergers and Acquisitions in the world of awesome specialty coffee

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about Blue Bottle Coffee's venture capital funding and plans for growth. As I mentioned, it will certainly be interesting to see how such a niche brick-and-mortar business leverages venture funding to achieve solid growth without compromising either the quality of the product or the service. Looks like we get … Continue reading Update: Mergers and Acquisitions in the world of awesome specialty coffee

Don’t sacrifice ergonomics, just because you’re working from home

I hear a lot of people say that they could never manage working out of their house—they say they'd never get anything done, too many distractions. For me, the opposite is true. During the day, I have the house to myself, which makes my current "office" the most spacious and luxurious I have ever had. … Continue reading Don’t sacrifice ergonomics, just because you’re working from home