Monthly Archives: December 2009

The indifferents

There’s a group of people out there who love you.  Your passionate fans who talk about you to anyone who will ask, who spread the word and your message and carry your brand with you.  Cherish and nurture them. There … Continue reading

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You don’t need it when people are cheering you on, when sales are piling up, when the press is pounding down your door, when you’re getting praise and are in the limelight. You do if you ever want to get … Continue reading

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Optically delighted

Former Acumen Fund Fellow Karthik Janakiraman shared these thoughts with me, and he was gracious enough to allow me to post his note in its entirety.  It’s a perfect follow-on to my Magic post about Zappos. I read your blog … Continue reading

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Of the time I spend blogging, 99% is spent on writing, and 1% (if that) on the site itself and its functionality. However I discovered a small glitch which I’ll correct going forward: those little icons on the bottom of … Continue reading

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What Matters Now

What if you could peek into the brains of 70 of the smartest, most accomplished, groundbreaking authors and bloggers and thinkers around? And what if you could ask them, “What word matters most to you of all?  Can you explain … Continue reading

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I owe you

A good friend was recently working on a freelance job on a very short deadline. She did a bang-up job, made her client look great, and sent in her bill for the hours she worked. The client responded: “I don’t … Continue reading

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Generosity experiment

On the subway today, a man was asking for donations so he could buy food, sandwiches, deodorant, even hand sanitizer to give for free to homeless people.  He had lived on the street two decades ago, he said, and now … Continue reading

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Burying a blunt instrument

The other day a very thoughtful friend told me he’d like to pull together a list of recommended nonprofits for his co-workers as a way of raising visibility and funds, and he wanted my suggestions.  We were talking about what … Continue reading

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Yesterday night, for the first time, my wife ordered me a pair of shoes on Zappos.  This morning, she called me to say, “This is amazing.  They just arrived!  I don’t know how they do it.” I know. It’s magic. … Continue reading

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Share, share, share

Here it is, Acumen Fund in 90 seconds. You can make a HUGE difference by sharing this far and wide. Blog, tweet, digg, stumbleupon, call a co-worker over to your computer, send a carrier pigeon…do whatever works for you, but … Continue reading

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