I’m spoiled. About a mile from my house is a wonderful Japanese restaurant called Tokyo Sushi Loha. We call it “Rock and Roll Sushi” because of the loud music pumped in to entertain hordes of college students living in the immediate vicinity. You’d think catering to that clientele it might be a little lower down on the quality scale, but you’d be wrong. Proprietor Kenny is a world-class sushi chef that demands the very best from his staff. Continue reading “Respect the Culture: How to eat sushi and sashimi without embarrassing yourself”
I’m in San Francisco for the PCBC 2014, a conference that focuses on the “Art, Science + Business of Housing.” A casual search revealed that there was a Blue Bottle Coffee nearby. Good coffee is hard to come by, sometimes. Right now, I'm sitting at the Mint Plaza location of Blue Bottle Coffee finishing off … Continue reading I’d walk a mile to have a Blue Bottle coffee (or more)
I am a big proponent of the Lean Startup approach to building a business. The concept of the pivot as a way of rapidly responding to changing business dynamics is an integral part of the approach. This is a story about a pivot that I just made in my business. As I’ve written about before, … Continue reading The Ultimate Pivot
Writing at Harvard Business Review, Google’s SVP of People Operations discusses how Google is hacking the serious issue of work-life balance. Google has always been known to rely heavily on analysis for making decisions (sometimes to a fault). The reason that Google offers the amazing perks to employees—from amazing free food to free onsite physicians, … Continue reading How Google is hacking work-life balance for its employees and for the rest of humanity
That’s the kind of Return On Investment I’m talking about! Slate’s Will Oremus: The question investors are asking now is: Can coffee’s “third wave” produce a Starbucks of its own? A group of big-name Bay Area techies—including Kevin Systrom of Instagram, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake, and venture capital firms like Google … Continue reading Coffee is the next big thing for Venture Capital? Count me in!
Phil Simon is an author of several books, mostly related to the IT world, project management, strategy, and how businesses of all sizes can leverage their own data to achieve better results. In addition, Simon is a consultant, coach, and in-demand speaker. I previously wrote about an anecdote from his book, The New Small. His … Continue reading Project management lessons from Rush, via Phil Simon
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
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…
Think about it for a second. Shoe companies have failed horribly at standardizing shoe sizes. My feet haven’t changed sizes in 20 years, at least, yet the shoes I have bought that fit range in size from “9” all the way to “10 1/2” – nevermind the fact that my Birkenstocks have always been size … Continue reading Can the guy that made it cool to sell shoes online reinvent Las Vegas?
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