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Bad Product Design is Sapping My Will to Live

  It has been a bad week for product design in the Christensen household. FirstTech Credit Union Our credit union has been marketing their new iPhone app that will allow us to deposit checks remotely by taking a picture of them. What a great idea. I had a check that I wanted to deposit so …

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True University – A School for Startups

My new employer, PayNearMe, had an investment from True Ventures. One of the interesting programs True runs is a two day educational program once a year called True University. The 250 students at TrueU come from the 70+ startup companies that have had investment from True. There are 39 classes led by 52 instructors over the …

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Turn Your T-Shirts Into a Quilt

T-Shirt Quilt

Working in Silicon Valley for a couple of decades, you can accumulate quite a few t-shirts. I had shirts that lasted longer than the company did. I had shirts from companies like Momenta, Apple, Talk City and LiveWorld, not to mention project shirts like Amateur Traveler, eWorld, Newton, and that production of Joseph and the Technicolor …

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Intuitive Surgical – Robots are Cool

One thing that science fiction has taught us is that robots are cool… at least until they take over the world. But some robots are cooler than others. I had the opportunity recently to visit Intuitive Surgical with my alumni group from RPI. Intuitive Surgical is located here in Silicon Valley. They make surgical robots. …

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6 Tools to Capture Your Brilliant Ideas

I was just asked to moderate a panel at an upcoming conference on Time Management. I also get asked all the time how I get so much stuff done. Let’s look at just one aspect of getting things done and that is capturing your ideas. I am a big fan of David Allen’s book Getting Things …

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9 Tips for Managing a Virtual Team

I have an office with my name on the door just like my father used to have. My office is 2,700 miles from my house or the length of the longest non-stop flight in the continental United States. With that kind of commute, you might understand why I am only working from that office one …

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The Building that Almost Killed a Company

Accomplishment I remember how proud we were the day we moved into our new offices. I walked around with Peter the CEO of Talk City and there was a sense of accomplishment. The tallest building in the Pruneyard is visible for miles and was, we were told, the tallest building between San Francisco and Los …