Great Companies, Great Products

Great companies make great products. They also must do many other things well in order to succeed in the long term, but at the core of it, they make great products (be they hardware, software or service). So what are the hallmarks of great products, those that reach beyond utility to some higher plane? And […]

Playing Chess, Oblivious to Checkers

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security has spent $230 million to develop better technology for detecting smuggled nuclear bombs but has had to stop deploying the new machines because the United States has run out of a crucial raw material, experts say. via www.nytimes.com You see my point, from our last post…

Know Which Game To Play

Checkers and chess. Both are games of skill. Both have winners and losers. While they share the same playing surface, if you sit down with a friend to play, it’s entirely clear which set of rules you should be using, based on the pieces on the board. In business, it’s not that simple. It’s Monday […]

Why I Do This

So why, exactly, have I chosen to take to the task of recording words here, now on some regular basis? Related: what guides my choice of subject? A few words on these questions follow. While having had some experience in a like mode some years earlier, I only started this column in August of this […]

Who Goes There?

I've built this site around the idea that the conventional divisions between professional and personal life are artificial. They don't reflect the way we live, work, and play today. I don't shut down my professional responsibilities (with rare exception) on evenings, weekends, or holidays. Our competitive environment doesn't permit that, and I'd get bored. Further, it occurs to me that if you are interested in doing business with me in some way you should be interested in Rich Bravman, the person. So, whether you're an entrepreneur looking for ideas on how to put your ideas to work, an investor looking for an experienced advisor or board member, a friend, colleague, or simply someone curious about what a fellow human thinks... Welcome! Warning: eccentricity lies ahead in these pages.

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We Can All Do Better
4 of 5 stars
Read this and regain at least a modicum of faith in the presence of wisdom among the leadership class in this world. Unfortunately, Bradley is past his impact moment, and his exemplar of a new way forward ("Americans Elect") foun...

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