Month: December 2014

Big Idea 2015 – Take That North Korea!

When I was in high school, one was expected to know two or three key numbers: your locker combination, your home phone number, and your home address. Optionally, you should know the phone number and address on any fake IDs in your possession, just in case you were questioned at the Hog’s Breath Saloon – which was highly unlikely. Other than that, life was pretty simple in terms of remembering any numbers, combinations, or passwords.

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5 Reasons Employers Should Hire Swimmers

This blog was published on Relus.com

A blog post about five reasons employers should hire tennis players recently grabbed my attention and thoughts.  While I agree (and like to hire athletes in general), I feel the qualities possessed by a competitive swimmer are even greater.   So, given the choice, hire both.   But, if you can only hire one – pick the swimmer!

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Steal My Idea!

Entrepreneurs are usually “idea people,” and I have had my share of good and bad ideas.   I have thought of hundreds if not thousands of new business venture ideas over the past few years.   Most, if not all of them, would have required commitment, time, and expertise that I certainly did not have – not while running another company.   In the meantime, I am thinking of starting an incubator in Peachtree Corners.   I wish I could remember all the ideas, but for now I will try to remember three of them. Two of which I think are good ones and one not so much.  You can decide for yourself  which category each idea belongs.   Also, I have neither patented nor researched any of these, nor do I intend to pursue them.   If you like it, feel free to “steal my idea,” but only steal it if you promise to launch your company in my incubator.

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Top Cloud Misconceptions

It is difficult to have an IT conversation with someone without the subject of Cloud Computing coming up at some point.  The subject inevitably generates countless impassioned arguments, opinions, and observations from both sides of the debate. Oftentimes, there is some truth in every myth, but I would rank the following statements as the top myths in Cloud Computing.

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Calling All Gwinnett Startups

Twenty years ago, Technology Park in Peachtree Corners was a hub for technology companies in Atlanta. Today, however, the buildings seem tired, with many sporting sale and lease signs in their windows. Occupancy rates are at an all-time low.

I am hoping for a resurgence of growth and investment in the area – led by the growth in Big Data, the Internet of Things, and Cloud Computing

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Don’t Do This On Your First Day!

My very  first day at my very first job was not one of my proudest moments.   In fact, I don’t think I ever told my mom about this event, so I hope she doesn’t read this blog!

Fresh out of Furman University, I was ready to start my career at Milliken and Company in Spartanburg, South Carolina.   With one weekend left before we entered “the real world”, my buddies and I decided to have a Friday night “keg” party at our apartment.  

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10 Worst Interview Questions

In my career I have interviewed hundreds, probably thousands of people.   In nearly every interview, I have usually wrapped up with something like “So, do you have any more questions?”    Candidates have often done well in the interview for 30 or 45 minutes only to kill themselves in the end.   My top 10 worst ever actual candidate questions are as follows:

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