prospective possible application of a very old algorithm, backpropagation, to a fundamental problem in organizations, that of giving credit to people [more inside]
Starting a weekly newsletter about arts, design and entrepreneurship. The first two posts are already up!
A few years ago a friend of mine who owns a small consulting business was freaking out about their tax bill. Another posted about *their* huge tax bill and how they were going to have to go on a payment plan. Then a third was trying to figure out their retirement options. My book Handle Your Business is for them, and if you run (or want to run) a small business, it's for you too. [more inside]
I'm currently taking Harvard Business School's HBX CORe, an online business fundamentals course that covers analytics, accounting, and economics. I'm writing up what I'm learning and making it accessible to non-MBA types. Topics covered include minimum wage, the math behind trendlines, and why the Spiders Georg meme is off, amongst others!
Metafilter saved my life on so many days when I felt hopeless and alone. Here is my love letter back. It's about systems collapse, intimacy, and grief. I tried to keep it as funny as possible, but it did turn out a little dark. I hope you like it. If financial concerns prevent you from enjoying this work at this time, ping me. I think a crate of .pdf's fell off the Amazon truck.
I wrote an Open Letter on Medium snarkily addressing my long-term issues with Startup Culture, VC funding, and various other tangled attendants.
I've taken on a side contract to build my cat's corporation's web site. Smidgeo is a business built on growth, digital, social, disruption, a proprietary form of smart marketing known as Smidgeo Smarketing. The bottom line? Smidgeo GETS results. Smidgeo's business model may seem complex, but there is an animated diagram so that even the worst can understand. [more inside]
My friend Joel and I host a weekly podcast called Not a Real Job, where we discuss online marketing for small businesses and entrepreneurs. It's roughly 20–30 minutes a week, so it's perfect for your commute. It's funny, a bit goofy, and (hopefully) useful. [more inside]
Temper measures how your customers feel about every aspect of your business so you know what to improve. Plainly put, you can now know how your customers feel about every part of your company or product. All the time.
After several years dispensing advice to people who are setting up dog walking businesses (including here on AskMefi: 1,2,3,4) I have finally decided to put it all in one place. Articles about various aspects of the dog walking business, and a free email course for folks just starting up. Comments/bugs welcome
Earlier this year me and a couple friends of mine decided the Internet needed more big ideas, and the world needed more polymaths, so we decided to tackle both problems with a community called ProjectMONA. Our (first) focus is on taking research from the behavioral sciences and turning it into web apps like this. To fully understand our mission you should probably check out our projects or read the Manifesto. Thanks guys!
The Prepaid Economy: African edition began as a means to track notes on the rise of Africa as an investment opportunity back in January 2010. Today it has over 28,000 readers on Tumblr, engaging an audience of young Afropolitans. We will be beginning a new series of discussion posts where engagement from our readers is encouraged. This Friday (25th January) we will be having our very first moderated conversation and the topic at hand will be “China’s presence in Africa.” If there are any particular article links or thoughts that you would like to see addressed in the discussion, feel free to share them and we’ll be sure to integrate them into the post. We look forward to hearing your input and hosting a productive conversation on the effects of China’s presence in Africa. Your moderator will be Beulah Osueke, currently Masters Degree student at LaSalle University, Philadelphia
I wrote a book designed to teach the essentials of modern business practice. If you're a craftsman, designer, programmer, artist, entrepreneur, or professional, you'll find it quite useful. There's no need to spend $150,000+ to attend business school. Learn the fundamentals on your own, and you'll do just as well - and save a ton of money in the process.