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Thank you Japan

Thank you Japan

Almost two decades after my Japan adventure, one lesson stands out from the rest. In the United States and in Japan we both value accomplishment and both value the process by which we achieved that accomplishment, but the balance is dramatically different. This made a big difference in my life. Thank you Japan.

Silicon Valley melting pot

Silicon Valley melting pot

One of the great strengths of Silicon Valley is its diversity. It is a melting pot for the smartest and most motivated people in the world.

You can have it all: 3 business imperative

You can have it all: 3 business imperative

Most high-tech businesses have 3 business imperative.  One is continued leveraging of global resources in order to have access to the best people world-wide and to save costs; continued outsourcing in areas where we are not the best in the world; third is that we need to develop ever deeper competencies in areas critical to business.

The experience curve, or how to win by learning faster

The experience curve, or how to win by learning faster

“When a person with experience meets a person with money, the person with experience gains money and the person with money gains experience.”  Anon. “Our strategy is to get big fast.” Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com Twenty-first century economic winners are those that find...

What does a CTO do?

What does a CTO do?

My most popular essay is this one on What Does a CTO do? The CTO is the Chief Technology Officer.

Career Planning: How to get laid off

Career Planning: How to get laid off

There are lots of ways to manage your career so that you are more likely to get laid off. Here we talk about suboptimal career planning moves that you might want to avoid.

What goes around. To say thank you, pay it forward.

What goes around. To say thank you, pay it forward.

Pay it forward to repair the world. Over my career I have been blessed by the many people have coached me, helped me, and given me a break here or there.  In the vast majority of these cases, reciprocity is impossible because of our unsymmetrical positions and these angels have helped me out without any realistic expectation that I could return the favor. So, pay it forward.

Magic Elixirs for Business. How to succeed in business.

Magic Elixirs for Business. How to succeed in business.

As one explores the dark and dangerous corridors of business one sometimes chances upon magic elixirs that can reduce monstrous challenges to a more manageable size.  A few of these elixirs are illuminated. In other words, how to succeed in business.