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Best Buy tries its hand at being small.

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Much has been written in blogs and in the news media about Best Buy’s Results Only Work Environment (ROWE). And while the idea (do whatever you want, work however you like, as long as you get your work done.) is … Continue reading

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Getting risky in Minnesota

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Minnesotan technologists are working hard and giving their time and energies inside big companies that have sparse ability to innovate. Similarly talented people on the coasts, meanwhile are starting companies and changing the roles technology plays in our lives. Why can’t the Minnesota tech scene produce equally cool and inspiring technologies. The answer may be the extreme aversion to risk we cultivate next to our corn here in the Midwest. Continue reading

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Congratulations to Graeme & Guillaume

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G2One is a new company founded by Grails lead Graeme Rocher, Groovy lead Guillaume LaForge, and Alex Tkachman of IntelliJ IDEA. Here is Graeme’s post about it. Refactr wishes them good luck but they won’t need it with that team … Continue reading

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Bootstrapping is agile (or how we decided to let go of our fears, start a business, and make meaning in our community)

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Part of the reason it has been a bit quiet around here is that we are busy taking the advice of Guy Kawasaki and others and have started a company.* Refactr is just a weblog no more. Now we are … Continue reading

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Size does matter

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Seth Godin is a bit nonsensical in some of his arguments for why small companies can compete against and even outperform larger ones (i.e. he cites the growth %’s of small companies compared to larger ones as evidence). Even though … Continue reading

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On having a mantra…

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In The Art of the Start Guy Kawasaki tells us to “Make Mantra”. I think this is good practice in any endeavor. A simple message that can be conveyed to all parties, is easy to remember and gets to the … Continue reading

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Build a crappy product

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Somewhere between the long nights troubleshooting the CSS and XHTML for the new Alt Text and the creation of not one or two but three lists of tasks that needed to be completed for the site to be “just so” … Continue reading

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Maybe you don’t have to jump…be a chicken entrepreneur

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In some news that ties in closely with some recent discussions I have been a part of, CNN Money has an article* about wading into starting a business rather than jumping in. * Ok lets call it an article stub … Continue reading

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