Category: Entrepreneurship

My random resolution list

I really like the idea of New Year’s resolutions. I guess that’s part of writing in the self-help genre! The idea of striving to live a better life is powerful, even as it is often elusive. Anyway, I’ve learned more over the years about how to make resolutions that actually stick. Think specific, positive actions, and ones with the logisti… read more »

Giving vs. investing — and the gray area between

I was on Talk of the Nation yesterday, speaking with Neal Conan about microphilanthropy. NPR’s producers found a USA Today column I wrote about the topic last year. If philanthropy is the voluntary promotion of human welfare, microphilanthropy is doing the same thing on a much smaller scale. It’s about establishing a direct connection betwe… read more »

Income inequality…in my own life

Income inequality, though always with us, is certainly in the media more these days, thanks to the Occupy Wall Street movement and the focus on the 1% vs. the 99%. Social movements tend to need neat dividing lines, though I am not so sure what a household earning $350,000 per year (putting you in like the 97-98%) has in common with someone who is truly destitute.… read more »

TaskRabbit and the rise of microlabor

One of the classic benefits of technology is flexibility. It lowers the transaction costs on various exchanges, meaning things that were once “not worth it” cross into the “worth it” category. In a world where things must be printed on paper, it’s not economically viable to share your random thoughts with a few hundred peo… read more »

Tactics vs. Speed, in Marathons and Life

I’ll be watching the NYC marathon this weekend. Running the race may or may not wind up on my bucket list, but every year, the marathon helps me celebrate my anniversary of taking up running. I had always been intrigued by this simplest form of exercise, and finally, in 2004, after watching Paula Radcliffe’s hard-fought NYC victory — whic… read more »