Good-bye to the Breakfast Club

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We met for five years at the Wyndham Hotel on Broad Street in Boston.  It was usually for breakfast. My calendar was so full that it allowed very little face-to-face meeting time with a struggling start-up like Optiant; but since I have a passion to help start-ups, I rolled out of bed early for the breakfast club. The group, due to turnover, was never the same.  The names changed—Jonathan, Sean, Matt,…

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Innovators Dilemma

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Kodak owned the original patents for the digital camera, but did not create the market. Why? They were afraid of killing the profitable FILM market.  The rest is history.  Blockbuster could have easily created Redbox; but they were too tied to the conventional definition of the STORE. A simple redefinition of delivery created NEW value. Software as a Service (SaaS) is growing in popularity with the Line-of-Business (LOB) buyer; yet, only…

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Some Flowers may be Perennials

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I am a gardener. I love to spend Saturday afternoons with my shovel and trowel.  Having a neighbor stop by to comment on its beauty, gives me pleasure. To get the accolades, I need to have the right mix of annuals and perennials.  Annuals have bigger, brighter flowers, but they only last a season.  Perennials have less flair, but are the dependable contributors season after season.  It dawned on me this week, that my garden has some parallels…

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