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...
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...
Neoforma Lays Off 80 People
Thalia was one of those rare women who seemed completely oblivious to her extraordinary attractiveness...
What the Heck is Healtheon?
I was lost in the place between external validation and internal detachment. Between elation and dread...
VerticalNet and Neoforma.com Announce Exclusive Multi-year E-commerce Agreement
I hadn’t exactly expected to metaphorically run toward each other in slow motion, arms outstretched, through a field of flowers on a sunny day. I just thought that we had been watching each other fondly from afar for so long that something slightly magical might happen between us when we first met...
Neoforma.com, Inc. Acquires General Asset Recovery, LLC
eBusiness and the Supply Chain
A company’s ultimate product is its culture.
Whenever we saw a gap in our organization, Bob, Jeff, some other manager or I would meet with others to discuss the need...
The last big position we had to fill was someone to lead our engineering organization...
Chemdex Shines on Market Debut
Doing what’s good is not always what’s best.
At first, I didn’t see much of Bob...
Here's the rest of The Star. Things get a bit surreal and intense...
UPSIDE’s 1999 Hot 100
Ariba IPO Goes Through the Roof
Web Firm Neoforma Names to Top Post Zollars From Cardinal
Jeff and I had started Neoforma.
We had provided its first monetary food. We had reared the company, nurtured it, guided it, imposed our will and ingrained our personal ethics. But we did not control Neoforma...
Healtheon, Neoforma Join Forces
Motivation and intelligence in the absence of experience yields dazzling inertia.
I hadn’t thought about Sharon for more than a decade...
Online bookseller Amazon.com said Tuesday it agreed to buy Junglee, a software company that makes it easy to comparison shop on the Web, and PlanetAll, a Web-based address book and reminder service.
A company’s psyche develops slowly, imperceptibly. Old patterns merge with new traditions to form an entirely new cultural tapestry.
Just before graduating from architectural college, I burned out of school in spectacular fashion. I used the excuse that I had run out of money and jumped into a chaotic cycle of exploration...
Having generally disclaimed all right and ability to draw concise conclusions from my business experience, I will now acquiesce to many early readers of Starting Something who asked me to summarize my advice for managers and entrepreneurs.
My partner, Jeff, and I did many things right that would have been wrong in another place or time. And we did many things wrong that would have been right in other circumstances. Luck plays a substantial role in the fate of young companies. However, there are some principles that are true beyond place and time. Here is what I would have liked to have had posted above my desk throughout the days at my first company, and what I now refer back to often:
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.