This is the second in a series of 11 videos produced by the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University.
Duffy was enjoying his morning off-leash play in a field with seven other dogs. Always delightful... watching them interact. Every character is unique. Like people, but less inhibited.
Each day there is a slightly different mix of people and dogs. Regulars come and go.
This morning, a man I see about once a week was there. I had overheard someone talking to him, asking him what it was like to work at Google.
I was chatting with a relatively talkative woman whose dog I had just met, when the Google guy started walking away with his pooch in tow. She rather abruptly pointed his way and said, "Oh... he works at Google."
Her comment surprised me a bit, because I didn't think she knew him, since she hadn't exchanged with him the usual greeting between regulars. I said, "Yes... I'd heard that."
She smiled at my pun, "No... I mean... his hair is dyed in the Google colors."
Ahh... she wasn't aware that my pun had been entirely accidental. I wasn't aware that the Google guy was so cool. I said, "I'm colorblind."
I never mean this as an offense or defense, but it usually feels that way. Her reaction was very matter of fact. She said, "Can you see that there are lighter and darker stripes?"
"Now that you mention it... yes."
"Well... those are different colors."
Then she changed the subject.
I still have no idea what the Google colors are.
In case I didn't mention it in anything you’ve read yet... what I’ll be mostly writing about for awhile will seem more comprehensible if you know that I'm colorblind. The majority of colorblind people face significant obstacles, the most universal and obvious being our often humorous inability to match clothing. Among the color inhibited, I experience the world's visual exuberance on an even flatter plane, being almost, but not quite, completely colorblind.
I have been thoroughly tested by several specialists over the years. Rather, than helping to classify my deficiency, I pretty much failed every test... or that's what it felt like...
This weekend, I purchased a retractible leash for our puppy, Duffy. There are places on walks where I want him to be able to roam more freely.
I was perplexed that the pet store had several different rows of the model I wanted, even though they all were labeled as medium. I read and reread the boxes, just to make sure that there were no subtle differences between them. Nope, they all said the same thing, so I picked one...
In my youth, I lived in a house with a tall pine tree in the front yard. Its base was about three feet in diameter. An expanse of coarse bark stretched from gnarled roots up more than forty feet, without a hint of foliage. There, a branch reached timidly out into the suburban sky. Only a handful of other limbs, sparsely needled, followed its lead for another fifty feet.
It was not a particularly attractive tree, but it did solidly convey its place in a history longer than that of the suburban homes around it.
Occasionally, on warm evenings...
This is the first in a series of eleven videos produced by the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. Under the direction of Dr. Anthony Warren, characters from Starting Something were interviewed in 2006. These professionally produced videos were packaged into a comprehensive entrepreneurship program.
The interviewees were not coached. I asked them to be as truthful as possible and speak from their own perspective. Ouch.
Note: You may notice that my interview sections are heavily edited. The day of the shoot, I had a once-in-a-decade flu, with a 103 degree temp. I was barely able to remain upright... and kept forgetting what I was saying... even worse than usual. Sorry 'bout that.
In late 2002, Neoforma forwarded me a message from a writer for Fortune magazine. She was writing an article, following up with the founders of companies the magazine had written about during 1999 and 2000. She was interested in what had become of an array of momentary business celebrities, including me...
Previous Neoforma corporate headquarters in San Jose, California
Neoforma stands as a real company now, entirely separate from me. It provides quarterly financial statements. It hosts annual shareholder meetings...
Neoforma Sharpens Focus on Core Strategy, Will Divest Two Business Units
The seed of Neoforma was contained in the remnants of the capital equipment planning division, a group of mostly early employees—who either did not fit or did not want to fit into the new core of the company.
Neoforma.com and Novation Reach Target Ahead of Schedule. 79 Hospitals Representing $2 Billion in Purchases Sign Up
It had started so simply. Or rather, in the beginning, it had appeared to be so much simpler than it was.
There was Neoforma. That was about all that could be said about it. Nobody knew what a Neoforma was. Neoforma was not like anything else in particular...
40 Healthcare Facilities Now Signed Up for marketplace@novation. Signed Healthcare Organizations Represent More Than $1.2 Billion In Annual Supply Purchases
Even as the physical residue of our influence upon Neoforma continued to dissipate, I saw great evidence that something solid was still firmly planted underneath...
A Virtual Turf War . . .
The entrepreneurial pot of gold shone like a lump of clay.
The Internet can be an amazing thing...
Hospital Purchasing Co-Ops Link Up to Make Buying On the Web Easier
Properly decorated and fluffed, the lightest of feathers can display a magnificent confidence.
I was still focused on the remnants of the capital-planning group in the company...
About This Blog
I am an architect, writer, and reluctant serial entrepreneur. To be clear... I'm not a reluctant entrepreneur, just reluctant to admit that I am a serial one. I really do like to finish things too.
This blog is mostly content from the book, but I'm sprinkling in other stuff along the way.