Steve Jobs and the Power of Ignorance

“A wise king knows what he knows and what he doesn’t.” (Game of Thrones) (1) Steve Jobs knew too much in the first iteration of his career. That is part of why he failed, according to biographer and longtime tech journalist, Brent Schlender. Schlender is the author of Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless… Read more »

The Diaper War & Amazon Whole Foods

One of the benefits of running The Councils over the last 15 years – a private leadership network of Internet executives that I founded – is that I get to learn the stories behind the stories. And the diaper war behind the Amazon Whole Foods deal is case in point. You won’t see this much… Read more »

The Product UX Smackdown – Part 1

In almost every company, there’s tension between Product and UX. The UX folks often feel undervalued while the Product folks feel like UX leaders aren’t realistic and connected to the pressures they are under – especially in an agile world. Here’s what a member of our Chief Product Officer council said about their UX leader… Read more »

Startups are dying?

  When you work in the technology world it can feel like everyone is starting their own company. But it turns out that there are fewer startups in the United States than there used to be. Fewer? That sounds crazy, right?  The US has seen a long-term decline in business births, less  migration between states,… Read more »

Warren Buffett is Weird

Warren Buffett is weird. And the only way to truly appreciate his weirdness is to come out to Omaha for the annual ‘Woodstock of Capitalism’ – the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. Last night at the dinner kicking off my CEO workshop one of the CEOs introduced himself by talking about how we first met at… Read more »