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You Just Thought of Making Profit Now?

December 13, 2008

More calls, more CEOs, more problems. There seem to be more and more companies coming out of the woodwork who now realize they need to focus on sales and marketing in 2009 for their survival. It seems these companies founded themselves for the sole purpose of being sold to Cisco and other solid companies and now those dreams have slowed or in some cases vanished.

Yes, the big tech companies are still purchasing but if they don't pick you up now, there are limited opportunities for future funding.

I get these calls and all I can think is "You're waiting until the middle of the recession to start thinking about how you get customers?" I could say more but the sheer lunacy of the whole situation doesn't allow me to articulate without peppering my writing with obscenities.

Interviewed By Kitchen Table Entrepreneur

December 11, 2008

I was recently interviewed by Jackie Rogers the host of the Kitchen Table Entrepreneur and I really enjoyed our talk as it focused on Gen Y/Millennials. If you have to ask - they are people who could be your kids or the kids of your kids.

Why might listening to this interview be of interest? Well the first reason is you get to absorb the best ways to reach to your customers as they become more technologically savvy.

Your Tax Dollars Go To Union Benefits

December 3, 2008

Does it make sense for Americans who don't have amazing benefits (in some cases no benefits) to be taxed and see their hard-earned money go to automakers who in turn will funnel this money to their workers who have benefits which are much better than industry averages? If automakers want this money and want to stay out of bankruptcy, they need to work with the UAW and get rid of collective bargaining which has made costs spiral out of control.

Maybe prepackaged bankruptcy is the way to go.

If you think I am nuts, consider that the competetion in the auto business is just getting started. Wait till the Chinese cars hit our shores. Do you think you can afford to pay gold-plated union benefits and compete against the Chinese?

I am not against unions, I am against having one country have them and others not.

I Am Traveling Today to the Midwest

December 3, 2008

I am off to the midwest today and am looking forward to the trip. As long as I don't get snowed on (too much) I will be happy. On a seperate note it is amazing to me that Detroit is going to get all those billions. In 100 years or so they haven't figured out a viable business plan but now with the assistance of politicians they will be successful?

TMCnet Gets a Redesign

December 2, 2008

While many of you were busy in the malls this past weekend or trying to find the best price on that new digital camera yesterday on Cyber Monday, the dedicated team of designers and programmers here at TMC worked day and night and night and day to bring you a new look and feel.

Over the past years, many of you have told me that you love to come to TMCnet on a daily basis and the hundreds of stories and blog entries we write on a daily basis contain everything you need to navigate the telecom and tech worlds. At the same time, many of you have told us the interface TMCnet has looks busy. Others have told me it is not clear that 50-100 writers contribute to TMCnet on a  daily/weekly basis.

Our new redesign is meant to adress all of these great requests and we hope you enjoy the new TMCnet.

One last point... Thanks to the 2-3 million communications and technology decision makers who visit TMCnet monthly and thanks to the TMC team for doing such a great job on this redesign.

Condolences To Families Of Indians and Others Killed In Attacks

November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 2008

November 26, 2008

TMC Pot Luck Lunch

November 25, 2008

Back From Huntsville

November 20, 2008

Tame That Inbox Gone Wild

November 19, 2008

I have been struggling for years with an inbox gone wild. I receive over 1,000 emails each day and between deleting spam and reading newsletters, contracts, working with vendors in the space, distributing press releases and meeting requests, dealing with internal TMC newsletters, keeping up on tech, communications and financial news, my inbox has seen serious action.

If I could just get everyone who sent me an email this decade to send me a dollar, I could probably bail out Detroit on my own. About five years ago in San Jose, I had a few hours to kill between meetings and I remember feverishly deleting emails to get down to two thousand or so.

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