Computer Guy

Computer Guy
Sunset at DoubleM Systems (, Del Mar, California

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The iPad and Cloud 2.0

Marc Benioff, founder of (SaaS CRM) speaks out about Cloud 2.0 and the iPad, on TechCrunch. It's coming at you like a freight train, whether you are prepared or not...

Read all about it: (link)


Monday, March 29, 2010

Social Media hypergrowth stats

Some very interesting facts relating to the extraordinary growth of "social media":

Sunday, March 28, 2010

10 Things Google Knows To Be True

In the opening chapter of "What Would Google Do?" by Jeff Jarvis, the book mentions a page on the Google website that details "Our Philosophy: Ten things we know to be true".
Summarized below are the bullet points, but for more complete insights, click here.

The key to this discussion is that these 10 truths apply to your business, not just Google:

1. Focus on the user and all else will follow.

2. It's best to do one thing really, really well.

3. Fast is better than slow.

4. Democracy on the web works.

5. You don't need to be at your desk to need an answer.

6. You can make money without doing evil.

7. There's always more information out there.

8. The need for information crosses all borders.

9. You can be serious without a suit.

10. Great just isn't good enough.


Monday, March 15, 2010

You: Entrepreneur?

You are an entrepreneur.
The owner of a business.
It used to be more fun.

Hitting a rough patch?

I enjoy helping owners of young, growing businesses,
owners who feel they can move faster, with less stress,
with help from a guide, a mentor, who knows the way ahead.

Expect me to deliver calm strategic thinking,
an action plan focused on rapid profit improvement,
while creating systems that build value,
all based on a long track record of success.

If this makes sense to you, let's talk business!
First call is free.

For immediate action, call 858-523-8811.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

First Meeting - No Charge

The offer of a one-time-only introductory no-charge phone meeting to discuss your business situation will be more productive if we can agree on some basic points before we talk. There are some things I will be unable to help you with. For example, I prefer to focus on matters other than politics, religion, porn, gambling, fashion, celebrities, sports, entertainment, games, and Multi-Level Marketing. If your business is involved with topics other than those, then we might have something to talk about.

The topics that most interest me are New business startups, Business Planning, Positioning, Exit Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Funding, Finance, Personnel... in short, most of the issues facing the owners of young, growing businesses.

The first thing to do is to schedule an appointment. (See red tab on right of screen). Next, if you need me to sign a non-disclosure agreement, please send it for fast approval. After that, please email the information I'll need to prepare for our meeting (reports, links, plans, etc).

If the information you send looks like I might be able to contribute something, then your appointment will be approved, and I will call you at the appointment time and date. If your information looks to be something I can not help with, then I'll send you an email with more detail and your appointment will be removed from the calendar automatically.

Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Before we discuss your business, you may feel more comfortable having a written agreement that keeps your information private. Please email your agreement to me for quick approval. When you get it returned, then please email any documents, links, software, reports, graphics, video, etc for review before our meeting. For a sample NDA, download it here.


Monday, March 8, 2010

Persist Until You Succeed (Pandora!)

Here's a great story about the importance of persistence, no matter what. It's one of my favorite companies, Pandora. They have gone through a lot of ups and downs, but they hung in there and now they are reaping the rewards. Read the story from today's New York Times, at this link.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Uneducated billionaires make more money

Forbes magazine tracks the education levels of the wealthiest individuals and comes up with some surprising statistics, not the least of which is the fact that the average net worth of billionaires who dropped out of college is almost 3x the worth of billionaires who have Ph.D. degrees.

The value of my own college degree? Difficult to say, but I gave it some thought in a recent short story "21 Better Than Worst" at this link.