The 100 year company

There’s been this series of intersecting ideas coming at me lately centered around business strategy and the planning time-horizon. Recently, Evernote announced that their latest round of funding was not an exit strategy for its founders but a foundation for building a “100 year company” I read Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh that describes how Zappos was built and their philosophy to business. I’ve been revisiting Good to Great  and Built to Last by Jim Collins We’ve reenergized our own focus on culture and values at my company with great...

Personal Development Books I would Recom...

Over the Christmas break, I was talking to a few people about the books I read and how much I believe in personal development / success-oriented books.  I was asked about my favourites and the most influential ones, but was also asked an interesting question – “If I were one of your employees, which books would you recommend to me?“. This was a great question and I thought about it briefly and came up with the following list – mainly around topics that don’t seem to get taught anywhere yet are so essential to a successful career.   Time...

How to create a good, strong, random but...

The world is moving to the cloud and so securing your accounts and personal data is more important than ever.  In fact, it is essential.  The step in this process is to make sure that your passwords are “strong”. The Wikipedia definition of a strong password is: Password strength is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting guessing and brute-force attacks. In its usual form, it estimates how many trials an attacker who does not have direct access to the password would need, on average, to guess it correctly. The strength of a password is a...

Dominos Pizza iPad App

  I read a few tweets recently referencing the new UK Dominos Pizza iPad app and as its Friday, I’m hungry and we have nothing else in the fridge, I thought I’d give it a go. First impressions are really positive. The app has a recently nice interface – clear, simple to use with strong signposts that help walk you through he ordering process. Once you register, the app downloads the menu relevant to your local Domino’s branch – including special offers and deals. You can simply order straight from the menu, but you can also completely...

iPad app for writing blogs: DraftCraft

  The wordpress iPad app is nice, but does not provide a pleasant environment for writing blogs in my opinion. And so when I read about a new app called DraftCraft designed for doing nothing else but writing.. I thought I’d download it and give it a go. In fact, I am writing this review using the app now which seemed the most appropriate method to test it. Just write First impressions are positive. It really provides you with a nice clean UI in which you don’t need to think about issues like HTML, templates, etc. The idea is the you just focus on writing....