Grab Bag #5

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. Incentives matter, so what are you measuring? Brendan Harris was a college baseball player and now works in the major leagues in player development. On Wharton Moneyball he talked about measuring the right incentives. “You had to hit .300 to move up a level. … Continue reading Grab Bag #5

Alice Waters

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. The tldr version of this post is that Alice Waters started Chez Panisse with obliquity. She knew what to do thanks to a DIY education, lots of (failed) experiments, talking with others (including customers), and keeping her cost low. Her differentiated product focused on … Continue reading Alice Waters

Alton Brown

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. The Alton Brown podcast with Brian Koppelman was right up my alley. Brown said he gets thanked most for making a show that the entire family could watch without anyone getting bored. I agree.  But mine and Koppelman’s affection aside, Brown has some good … Continue reading Alton Brown

Sam Hinkie

Supported by Greenhaven Road Capital, finding value off the beaten path. People don’t want quarter-inch bits, wrote Theodore Levitt, they want quarter-inch holes. Readers don’t want blog posts, they want knowledge that leads to action. There were 6 things I think Sam Hinkie did well as General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. Be different but … Continue reading Sam Hinkie

Jim Koch

Jim Koch was on the How I Built This podcast to talk about founding Sam Adams. HIBT is one of my favorite podcast series, with interviews around Instagram, Spanx, Clif Bar, Airbnb, and Dermalogica. Podcast fans should subscribe. Here’s what I learned from Koch. Knowing things deeply. “Can I bum a quarter?” (low overhead) A sweet … Continue reading Jim Koch

Karl Rove

Wait, that Karl Rove? Yes! The goal of this blog is to find ideas that work, no matter where they come from and Rove’s podcast with David Axelrod (wait, that David Axelrod?) was good. Not only that, but it’s a pair of political heavies having a civil conversation. If you don’t care for Karl Rove, you can view this post two … Continue reading Karl Rove