business

toronto-anti-uber-protest-cabbies-block-city-hall-dec-9-2015.jpg

Uber will meet it’s match.


He made that idea.

I’m the grand-nephew of the founder of a successful Illinois based limousine service. In the businesses prime it had a stronghold on the local industry for 25 years. It’s no surprise that Uber has reached out to both of us in our lives, but never at the same time, and I never put two and two together – they wanted my uncle’s ideas. He was one of the most successful people in the industry decades before the computer exists. You know Uber’s method of undercutting people? He made that idea when he beat out the rental car industry for rides from the airport and back. How can Uber be so successful at ride sharing yet be so frowned upon by their industry competitors? They weren’t following the best business models. They’re not my uncle.

continue reading

pancakes.jpg

How to differentiate between a full-stack engineer, full-stack developer, and someone who isn’t full-stack.



He finally felt like he could say he was a full-stack developer


Last week I talked one of my closest friends from college, and before we ever had the chance to see each other in person he proudly proclaimed he finally felt like he could say he was a full-stack developer. We haven’t seen each other in years, but I was aware he had moved away a bit from being on the marketing/financial side of startups to the technology side based on the changes in his vernacular. Heck, he practically has the same title as me at the new startup he works for and I made my own title because I own the business!

continue reading

21406348_m.jpg

The anti-sterotypical story that led me to set sail on a hundred day voyage



All I could hear was generic bschool-kid garbage


I hadn’t seen my friend Joe in four, maybe five years when we randomly ran into each other last winter. We began hanging out regularly and he would always bring up this one friend from his fraternity who he believed would be a great author for The Sexy Politico (TSP). The Sexy Politico is a client of Argo Labs, the business I confounded last July, but we’re not apart of the new author process; so we told him to have his friend email the Editor or Publisher at TSP to get started. Joe didn’t want that. Joe insisted either Marikha or I have direct contact via phone, video, email, or whatever.

continue reading

stevejobsonemorething.jpg

Success is variable.


Steve Jobs proudly holding what is arguably his most innovative “one more thing,” the iPod. Jobs is the best representative of “variable success,” failing and succeeding more in one lifetime than anyone thought imaginable.

Mark Caine, author of the 1962 novel The S-Man, once said, “The first step towards success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” This alludes to the idea that success is purely situational, and the factors that affect it must be situational in nature

continue reading