Looking at the Facebook updates and Tweets from some of my friends who “tote a bag” and are in the enterprise sales game, I see many of them are flying over just about all the 48 contiguous states in these last weeks of the year.
Your editor has been busy with field research in recent days. The week after Thanksgiving seemed to be an ideal time for every tech organization’s last big meeting of the year, and the calendar was full.
November 25, 2012. Several news items last week caught my attention and gave rise to this article.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, a man rushed into a Sears when it opened Thanksgiving night and “started arguing with people and tried cutting in front of them. One man who got punched pulled a gun and that scattered shoppers, including the impatient line-cutter who took cover behind a refrigerator.”
Formula 1 weekend took your writer away from the keyboard for 2 days of “field research” at the inaugural event at Circuit of the Americas. I’ve written previously about F1, and this post is about startup practice, drawing on a few racing analogies.
Quoth Aesop: “Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”
While you eagerly await 2016, here for your edification is a list of five non-partisan post-mortem takeaways for tech entrepreneurs from the election results.
There was an interesting juxtaposition of events here over the last few days. On Friday the ATI hosted a group of five companies in the digital entertainment space along with a number of tech community advisors with particular knowledge in that area. The intent was to explore ways to strengthen the sector with more access to investment capital, talent, and more entrepreneurs to bolster one another’s efforts. It always seems like there must be a pony in blending the “Live Music Capital of the World” and technology, but Austin is more of a B2B town and less fertile for this than LA, SF, or
Formula 1 has made one previous stop in Texas – June, 1984 in Dallas on a temporary street circuit around the Texas State Fair grounds. The Wikipedia photo above shows Ayrton Senna chasing Nelson Piquet in a race ultimately won by Keke Rosberg in 100° temperatures on a less than pristine track surface. Now we get a chance to welcome F1 back to our state after what Forbes calls a “Sordid Saga” in a recent issue. I’m a bit off topic today with this racing discussion, but I’d say Circuit of the Americas (
Regardless of who wins the election in a couple of weeks, there is much uncertainty around taxes and benefits along with all the usual pressures of annual reviews, bonuses, parties, and work interruptions associated with the Holidays. As of this writing, the Presidential election is still too close to call, and even the control of the Senate is possibly up for grabs. Dealing with the looming fiscal cliff is going to require some cooperation in Washington that we haven’t seen in the last four years.
Here’s a discussion that has come up in several business situations in the last week. In a startup setting it is very difficult when your very survival seems to depend on the next customer in the door, or perhaps even the next investor. If you are pressed to the wall and absolutely can’t turn away an opportunity, chances can be pretty high that you will later regret that decision. It’s great to get yourself in a position where you can afford to say “no” when you realize that is the right thing to do.