Category Archives: Thinking out loud

Is it time for a general compensation review?

It’s been my experience that the quantity of tech jobs tends to cycle between feast and famine. We seem to be entering a feast period where the number of jobs exceeds the number of candidates. Couple that with the fact … Continue reading

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When to invest in a tech company

One could say that I’ve been around the block when it comes to tech companies and start-ups, so a question that I get quite often from investors is “Is this a good investment?” It’s not a really easy question to answer, … Continue reading

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How to read tech job postings

I may have Blogged on this before but things are heating up with respect to tech jobs, so it’s probably a good idea to revisit this topic. There are a number of job search engines that troll job posting sites … Continue reading

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“You Know?”

I was in a customer meeting last week with a product manager, salesman, customer and senior architect. They were describing a new product offering to a customer and all of the people involved were injecting “you know” into the conversation. The meeting … Continue reading

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Real and make believe

There’s a song by Three Doors Down that refers to the singers life as containing things that are real and make believe. The Singer is struggling to tell the difference between the two. I suspect that everyone has moments like … Continue reading

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Retirement?

So what does it mean to retire? People have been asking me about retirement for years and my response has always been that I retired in 1981 when I graduated. I actually had a manager at Mitel in the 80’s … Continue reading

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Never give up

A colleague of mine recently pointed me to an article that talked about how some companies believe that anyone can be replaced. The article suggested that when a company has a truly great employee, that person tends to have extensive … Continue reading

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Big Thoughts

It’s 2:05AM and I find myself wide awake in a Hotel room in Wroclaw Poland with no air conditioning and a squeaky oscillating fan. I managed to sleep off the 12 hour transit during the later afternoon and with a … Continue reading

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My First KickStarter Experience

Roughly one month ago I started a KickStarter campaign to sell my novels in various forms (Hard cover vs soft cover vs ebooks) in order to help fund my daughter’s medical school. I set the length of the campaign to … Continue reading

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Big Changes

The front page story in this morning’s paper was the swearing in of the new government in Canada. It looks like the new prime minister is bringing about the change he promised during his campaign and that in itself is … Continue reading

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