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Innovation with the Cloud & Flying Scallops in the North Atlantic

Information technology is one of the most competitive weapons in the arsenal of business today and has been a game changer in many industries. Perhaps one of the most famous stories of the early Internet days was how Charles Schwab took billions in...

Posted April 6, 2011    

Top 10 Small Business Predictions For 2011 & Marine Parasites

  Two years ago I blogged about a new type of customer emerging from the economic storm, the lean consumer, and now they have arrived. According to Gallup research, this is the year of what they are calling “the new normal.” What this means is...

Posted March 9, 2011    

Building Silos in the Cloud: Insights from the SAP Influencer Summit 2010

One the most important differences between the SAP Influencer Summit and Dreamforce’s “dreamy spiritual event” as it has been called, is that SAP’s On Demand suite will provide seamless integration with all SAP systems and its open architecture will...

Posted December 13, 2010    

Social Media is Changing SMB Marketing + Hurricanes & Marine Micro Fauna

During the course of this year’s AMI-Partners Social Media Marketing awards presentation on November 11th in NYC, MyVenturePad received the best of class award in social media marketing demand generation. I want to thank the Social Media Today staff...

Posted November 23, 2010    

The Silicon Valley Way

Culture and innovation go hand in hand. Without a culture of tolerance and acceptance of other people, and diverse thinking there is no collaboration, no trust, no knowledge sharing and in the end no innovation. This is what differentiates Silicon...

Posted October 19, 2010    

Seeing Through the Fog: Software as a Service is Software

Fog is one of the most treacherous conditions that any vessel can encounter at sea. Waves can be high, ice never ending and a hurricane relentless, but fog brings a new experience in uncertainty and doubt that is beyond predictability. It comes with...

Posted September 22, 2010    

What Software as a Service Means to Small Business Today & Seaweed

When I started my first business in 1982 I could hardly afford the IBM PS2 (I took out a loan) and all the software I had to install on it, but I preserved and loaded Word Perfect, Harvard Graphics, along with Q&A and everything else hoping it...

Posted August 18, 2010    

The Generation Gap and Small Business Leadership

Leadership is top of mind. Every time I turn around these days I see something about leadership. Innovative leadership, open leadership and check out this title in Leader to Leader, Leading With Love in a Fear Based World, by John Hope Bryant....

Posted July 21, 2010    

Social Media Peer Groups and the Experience Economy

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Facebook in the Experience Economy & Cephalopods Pelagic Raptors of the Deep                 Joseph Pine and James Gilmore’s book, The Experience Economy...

Posted June 24, 2010    

Business Influencers Deliver the Value of Information Technology to Small Business & the Oceanography of Oil

  During the 1990’s I had a wonderful time selling connectivity, document management and business intelligence software to small and medium sized enterprises in many industries in the Americas. What I learned very quickly was that small...

Posted May 11, 2010    

Ratatouille & Why Small Businesses Fail + Sea Mice in Deep Basin

     Remy According to the latest statistics from the Small Business Association two thirds of small businesses survive two years, and only 44% survive at least four years. So that leaves us with more than half of all small...

Posted April 13, 2010    

April Fools: Can Small Business People Be Thought Leaders? Sea Sickness & Evil Phil

  Sounds strange? Well it’s not a fantasy and in fact small business people are now leveraging the social media landscape to get closer to their customers, and in some cases using social media sites such as Facebook to establish their thought...

Posted April 1, 2010