2,000th Blog Post

Back in January of 2007 I took the blogging plunge and put up a quick Inaugural Blog Post on WordPress. I started out strong posting several times in the first few weeks, but then gave up on it. Then, 18 months later, on July 20, 2009, I wrote Rethink PowerPoint Presentations with BBP, and that was the start…

Notes from the New Relic S-1 IPO Filing

Last week New Relic, an application performance company, published their S-1 IPO filing to go public. From a technical perspective, New Relic provides software developers insight into how every part of their web and mobile application performs, which is incredibly valuable. New Relic is part installed software (to gather the data) and part cloud-based software (to review…

Atlanta’s Contact At Once selling for $65 Million

Urvaksh broke the news last week that Atlanta’s Contact At Once is going to be bought for $65 million by LivePerson. Contact At Once (CAO) makes web-based chat software and tailors it to industries like car dealerships and apartment complexes. Online chat programs, like LivePerson, have been around for decades. CAO took a standard idea…

Scaling Up: Rockefeller Habits 2.0

Last week I started reading the new Verne Harnish book Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0). Verne’s version 1.0 of the book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, is one of the top five books I recommend to entrepreneurs. My favorite business tool, the Simplified One Page Strategic Plan, is from…

7 Engineering Startup Lessons from Netflix

Om Malik, journalist and entrepreneur, put up a slide on his site titled Startups lessons from Netflix where he highlights a presentation from Adrian Cockcroft, previously of Netflix. Adrian highlights 7 startup lessons he learned from his time at Netflix: Speed wins in the marketplace Remove friction from product development High trust, low process, no hand-offs…

5 Happy Customers With No New Bugs

Being a part of the Atlanta Tech Village enables me to spend a good bit of time with entrepreneurs that have a working product and are seeking product-market fit. As a product-oriented entrepreneur, I enjoy talking about the software, how it works, how customers use it, and how the customer on-boarding process works. After writing…