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Is Amazon Fresh the future of grocery shopping and more?

September 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

“Not Webvan or Homegrocer.com all over again. Grocery delivery is extremely low margin. It’s not going to work.” That’s my initial reaction when I first heard about Amazon Fresh, amazon.com’s grocery delivery service. But, Amazon Fresh has really impressed me. Amazon Fresh started to deliver grocery in limited number of zip codes in the Seattle […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · Innovation

For at least one search term, Bing works much better than Google

June 11th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Although I’ve been critical of Microsoft in the past, I have to say that I’m somewhat impressed by Bing. I’m a fan of the PBS “Great American Scenic Railroads ” series. I have been to the official web site (www.gsrj.com) before, but I forgot to bookmark it. Last night, I searched “Great American Scenic Railroads” […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · Innovation

University of Phoenix and for-profit education

May 25th, 2009 · No Comments

I just finished reading the fascinating REBEL WITH A CAUSE by John Sperling. In case you never heard about John Sperling, he founded University of Phoenix and grew it into a multi-billion dollars, publically traded company. A few interesting things I learned about John Sperling and his founding of University of Phoenix from the book: […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · Learning and Growing

The master strikes again — Quick thoughts on Oracle’s Acquisition of Sun Microsystems

April 20th, 2009 · No Comments

Oracle announced this morning that it is buying Sun Microsystems in a deal valued approximately $7.4 billion. I’d like to offer a few quick thoughts: This is a brilliant strategic move by Larry Ellison, a master of acquiring enterprise technology companies. Oracle’s bread-and-butter is database. Its single biggest threat is the open source MySql database. […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · News · Product Management

4 retail businesses that are doing well during recession

January 28th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Costco: I was at Costco over the weekend – what recession? It was crowed! Someone I knew who worked at Costco told me that their store was doing more business. I’m not surprised at all. Given its low price and high quality, I think Costco will do better than most retailers. Instead of going to […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Company Analysis

Breaking news: Steve Jobs taking medical leave until end of June

January 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Jobs said in a media advisory. "Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else at Apple as well," Jobs said in a statement. "In addition, during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I […]

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Tags: Company Analysis

Glassdoor is a great career tool, but raising $6.5 million could be a bad thing for the company

November 13th, 2008 · No Comments

I love glassdoor.com. I have recommended it to a lot of my friends. It has become my favorite career site beside Linkedin.com. Glassdoor fills a market need that neither Salary.com nor Payscale.com provides. It offers salary and work environment reviews at company level. For example, you’re offered a product manager job at Microsoft. You want […]

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Tags: Company Analysis

Mediocrity at Barnes & Nobles and why Amazon.com is winning

November 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Seth Godin had a very insightful post "The sad lie of mediocrity". Call it Synchronicity — right after I read the post, I encountered mediocrity in action at local Barns & Nobles book store. Every September, I buy a copy of INC 500, Special 2008 Issue. I love the entrepreneurial success stories of the fastest-growing […]

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Tags: Company Analysis · Start-up Success

Why I don’t like Sequoia Capital’s "R.I.P Good Time" presentation

October 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I have been waiting for such an article — Ho Nam, a venture capitalist from Altos Ventures, had a great post about his different perspective on Sequoia’s "R.I.P Good Time" meeting/presentation. In case you haven’t seen the "R.I.P" slides, GigaOM has a detailed post. Since the "R.I.P Good Time" slides were leaked to the press, […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Company Analysis

How the economic downturn will affect outsourcing to China and India?

October 27th, 2008 · 5 Comments

I don’t have the crystal ball to predict the future. I’m not an economist by any stretch of imagination. But, I’d like to offer my observations on this from my own experience. After all, I worked with outsourced operations at almost every single job I had. Observations Outsourcing to China is mostly in the manufacturing […]

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Tags: Career Fast Track · China · Company Analysis