Becoming Comfortable with Disorder

I have found that in a world of constantly changing technology we must all become comfortable with a certain level of entropy. We strive for order in the things we do.  It is our nature to create and refine systems in our everyday life.  This allows us to prioritize our finite mental energy for other […]

REB 002: The Process of Selling

Andrew Schlaffer is an insurance salesman (and REB contributor) for Brown & Brown Insurance.  He’s been working in the insurance industry for about 5 years now.  In this episode, Brandon and Andrew discuss sales and the sales process through a recent anecdote from Andrew. Topics from this episode include: Different Dynamics that come into play […]

Too Many Meetings? Increase your productivity!

I realized today that I have too many damn meetings.  Whether these are conference calls, phone conversations, or in-person it does not matter.  Talking about your business does not mean you are working on or in your business.  In fact, if you are talking it is assured you are not working. I understand issues need […]

REB 001: An Interview with Danny April

In this episode of the Real Everyday Business Podcast we interview Danny April.  You can find Danny’s filmography at IMDB.  He has worked as a grip, gaffer, and has had many other jobs on film.  Danny also has a side business renting out lighting equipment to movies. Brandon and Danny discuss: Making movies in New […]

Square, Nothing More Than a Loss Leader?

Square has been losing money hand over fist despite huge growth.  This article reports that growth in revenue only results in increasing losses, not increasing bottom line profits. It is also reported in this NBC Bay Area piece that Square may not be profitable until mid-2015, stating that the company’s spending is exceeding its $300 million/year […]

Maintaining an Uncompromising Vision: Why We Should All Try To Be More Like Steve Jobs

I think often about the roles a company leader needs to fill.  What did the great leaders of business bring to the table that differentiated them from others?  People like Ford, Walton, Welch, Buffett, Jobs, and others.  I believe these men had a vision, strategy and value set which they imprinted on their organizations.  They […]

Disintermediation and the Future of your Industry

Disintermediation is a long fancy word that means essentially cutting out the middleman (intermediaries).  Granted, the phrase “cutting out the middleman” has become a bit of a cliché and anyone who claims that their business does this should be looked at with skepticism.  That being said we are in an age where there is huge […]

Value and Vision: Why I Prefer Working With Small Businesses

I have a decent amount of experience dealing with large and small businesses, both as a consumer and small business owner or decision maker in a small company.  It isthrough these experiences that I have developed a preference for dealing with other small companies.  I would define “small” as companies with a local focus and […]