Fractals of Change: July 2005

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17 posts from July 2005

July 29, 2005

Microcredit plus VisiCalc equals Empowerment

ShoreBank’s trademark is “Let’s change the world.”  ShoreBank HAS changed its More...

July 27, 2005

CEO Lesson: Decide First; Spin Second

We were having a small nuclear crisis in Vermont and Governor Richard Snelling convened a cabinet meeting which included me as Secretary of Transportation.  “First,” he said, “we More...

July 25, 2005

The World is Flat: VSNL in Definitive Agreement to Acquire Teleglobe

Global flattening just came a lot closer to home for us.  Subject to the usual regulatory approvals and delays, Indian mega-carrier More...

July 22, 2005

Startup Skills: The Nerd as Plumber

Shortly after I left AT&T to found ITXC with my wife Mary, a reporter asked “What’s the difference between being an officer at AT&T and running your own startup?”  This w More...

July 20, 2005

Podcast with Dan Bricklin and John Sviokla

Dan Bricklin posted the podcast of the discussion between himself, John Sviokla, and me.  It was fun to do and I hope it'll be fun to listen to.  Dan and John got me to tell some stories I haven't told before about how big companies get convinced to do new things (o More...

Nerdville Hit by Power Failure

“WTF?” I asked myself.  Yesterday afternoon I was on my deck when something electronic squawked.  Didn’t sound like any squeal I’ve ev More...

July 18, 2005

Open Letter to Comcast

Last week I got an email from Garfield Group Public Relations which included a press release about Comcast’s new higher speed Internet access and suggesting that I might want to write about it in my blog.More...

July 17, 2005

Verizon Outage

Verizon online says it will be TWO DAYS until the total outage we and some of our neighbors are experiencing is fixed. Along with our three Vonage lines and Skype use, we’ve kept one Verizon line as a backup and for its theoretically superior 911.


July 15, 2005

Karl Rove, Mathew Cooper, and Judith Miller Are All Wrong

Given Karl Rove’s reputation as the ultimate political advisor, it is surprising that he hasn’t advised George Bush to fire him.  Given Rove’s reputation for loyalty, it is surpr More...

July 13, 2005

Rent-A-Wreck, VisiCorp, and Me

The first programs I wrote for personal computers were add-ons for VisiCalc – itself the world’s first spreadsheet program for those of you too young to remember.  Vis\Bridge/Sor More...

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