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I’ve been speaking and writing about and doing business online since 1993.

Here’s where I talk about everything else with some business advice thrown in from time to time for good measure.

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Netscape…Founded 20 years ago today

This is not a story about how someone learned “one simple trick” and made millions.

This is a story about how to do business right.

If you’re ever going to make millions, this is the kind of story you need …

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Marc Andreessen Twitter madness – and Bitcoin too

One of the liveliest and widest ranging minds in business (or any other field for that matter) is tweeting up a storm right now.

He’s been at it for the last three months. How long it will continue is anyone’s …

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Bitcoin – What the heck?

Everybody’s talking about Bitcoin…

And most of what people are saying about it is uniformed nonsense.

What is Bitcoin?

Is it the greatest thing the world has ever seen – or is it a total scam?

Here’s one of the …

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Netscape: The original Internet start up

There were a few businesses on the Internet before Netscape, but it’s not exaggeration to say that the chances are overwhelmingly good that if you’re using the Web, you’re using it because this company existed.

In the world of business …

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Dismantling the romantic fantasy of journalism and welcoming a frank future of sponsored research

Archeologists believe they’ve found the first example of journalism on cuneiform clay tablets produced in ancient Mesopotamia that they say date back nearly 5,000 years…

Actually, no they didn’t.

There is nothing approximating journalism found in Ancient Mesopotamia, or Ancient …

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The biggest roadblock to learning and how to overcome it

This is a post script to On Learning – and failing to learn – languages and other hard things.

On the surface, “On Learning” is about language learning, but it applies to the process of learning any difficult subject.…

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On learning – and failing to learn – languages (and other hard things)

Some semi-random but entirely practical observations about language learning that teachers never talk about in language class – but should…

1. Two people can speak the same language fluently and still misunderstand each other – massively.

Conversely, two people who …

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The unadvertised perils of Facebook advertising

The vast majority of people – including Wall Street analysts who should know better – think that Facebook has a promising future. 

After all, since its launch its share price has crawled steadily higher.

The fact that an unknown percentage …

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How to sell a candy bar for $5 and other important things to know about marketing

Let’s say the average candy bar sells for $1 US.

How would you go about selling candy bars for $5?

You could create an amazing candy bar that stands head and shoulders above all others.

You could develop a devilishly …

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Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013)


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under …

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