My Future (and Past) is in Forums

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My Future (and Past) is in ForumsNews, Startups, Trendspotting

by Rusty Williams on 29 July, 2014 with 5 comments

Time moves in circles.  It’s surprising how often it seems everything old is new again.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently because I’ve returned to my roots.  I’m back at Delphi Forums.  The image of the headline in Mass High Tech is from more than 10 years ago but it’s true again. This spring …

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Building Rapport

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Building RapportManagement

by Rusty Williams on 1 April, 2014 with 0 comments

A few years ago we decided to renovate the back of our house. It was built in 1903 and needed a major overhaul. This process of finding contractors and getting quotes is always painful. But in our case we got lucky. We met Roy Tolliver. Rather than talk about the timetable, permits and other impediments, …

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A Million and Change

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A Million and ChangeHuman Nature, Innovation, Startups

by Rusty Williams on 2 January, 2014 with 0 comments

Kevin Systrom.  Mark Zuckerberg.  Larry Ellison.  Jeff Bezos.  Feel free to fill in more names.  Off the top of your head I bet you can think of a dozen or so business successes.  These are the poster children of entrepreneurship.  They beat the odds.  Bet everything and won.  This is proof that perseverance pays off, …

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In Defense of Ideas

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In Defense of IdeasInnovation

by Rusty Williams on 10 December, 2013 with 0 comments

There’s a refrain that’s become popular with some of the most respected voices in the start-up landscape. It goes this like this: “Ideas are worthless; execution is everything.” I agree 100% with the second part of this statement — execution is key — but the first part pisses me off. Ideas aren’t worthless. In fact, …

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Open Happiness?

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Open Happiness?Development, Mobile, Trends

by Rusty Williams on 22 October, 2013 with 0 comments

Our first business was running a proprietary online service called Delphi. Through a combination of luck and perseverance (which is usually the case) we became the first consumer service to offer access to the internet.  It was disruptive and exciting.  The moment we saw people from all of the world interacting with each other, we …

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Lucky Bounces

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Lucky BouncesSales Management

by Rusty Williams on 10 October, 2013 with 0 comments

Our goal for the day was to rekindle some contacts the previous sales manager had been pursuing last spring.  It got frustrating quickly.  About half of the emails we sent bounced back within seconds.  We were obviously working with stale data.  Many of the contacts were gone.  We nearly abandoned the project but then thought …

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Never Spike the Ball

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Never Spike the BallHuman Nature, Management

by Rusty Williams on 15 August, 2013 with 0 comments

With lightning fast speed, DeSean Jackson broke away from the Dallas defensive backs, caught the pass in stride, and cruised into the endzone for a touchdown.  Or at least what looked like a touchdown.  Upon closer look with television monitors showing step by step of the catch and run, it was clear that DeSean had …

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Own the Moment

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Own the MomentAdvertising, Marketing, Trends

by Rusty Williams on 2 August, 2013 with 2 comments

A man dressed in an air-tight suit peers out at the earth spinning 21 miles below.  He pops open the door and steps on the ledge.  He leans forward holding on to the rails momentarily as he looks down and then raises his hands to his side like a cliff diver and falls head first …

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Money Can’t Buy Me Motivation

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Money Can’t Buy Me MotivationManagement

by Rusty Williams on 16 July, 2013 with 0 comments

Paul McCartney played a sold out show at Fenway Park last week.  He’s 71 years old — 7 years beyond the “will you still feed me, will you still need me” age of 64.  Even in this era of geezer rock, he’s old. To produce a concert tour is a ton of work.   It …

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