Who Suffers Most?

There are many versions of the old adage, “When the economy catches a cold, the poor have pneumonia.” A poll on LinkedIn asking about business spending patterns shows a wide range of responses to how much the economic downturn is effecting spending patterns (self-reported) of businesses.  At last look, 100% …

Internet Retailer

Internet Retailer regularly finds stories and information that impact our clients in B2C retailing. The site is a bit thin on free data, but they do offer a relatively inexpensive guide to technology providers ($49) and some interesting profiles of top on-line or multi-channel retailers. More about Internet Retailer…

New Products (Like the iPhone): Announce Early or Go for the Surprise Rollout?

I love when I find a resource that distills a common strategic question down to a few simple calculations. This article on doesn’t quite get to the paint-by-numbers status, but it does lay out a clear set of topics to consider when thinking about your product launch. Vaporware or surprise …

Free Web Application Tools for Non-Techies

Most of our projects end up requiring us to manage a bunch of data. Usually that data includes the need for entry forms and reports. For our start-up clients, in particular, this is where the projects can get bogged down or the costs become troublesome. Luckily, it has never been …

Office Software – free without compromise…or stealing

No matter how much you don’t like monopolies, it is hard to question the wisdom of owning Microsoft Office…except that there are some prettty decent alternatives. Internally, we have taken to using OpenOffice. With version 2.2 nearly all of the quirkiness that made it “not ready for your Mom” is …

BizDevGuy’s favorite hosting service

A basic website includes both Domain Registration and Hosting. Anymore, nearly everbody offers both in one form or another. 1&1: Very large, low-cost hosting, email and other services firm. Very scalable offerings and lots of extras to make it easy to get started. This is the host for this website. …

BizDevGuy’s favorite project management and collaboation site

Most BizDevGuy clients get introduced to BackPackIt, a very inexpensive collaboration utility that is free to our clients (unless they want to create their own pages.). As a central repository for to do lists, notes, files, graphics and a number of other collaboration tools, it does a lot of the …