2 12, 2011

Marketing should not be pushy.

By |December 2nd, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|6 Comments

Yesterday I got a call from one of the well known catalogs that sells computer hardware and software. I interrupted the sales pitch and politely asked

29 11, 2011

Jeff’s favorite blogs and podcasts

By |November 29th, 2011|Business, Design, Fun, Philosophy, Photography|Comments Off on Jeff’s favorite blogs and podcasts

If you enjoy podcasts and blogs then you might like these. I do!
Podcasts

Radiolab: Science made fun, interesting, and beautiful. Here are some related videos.
This American

19 10, 2011

Beware of foreign entanglements!

By |October 19th, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|1 Comment

In his farewell address George Washington didn’t say those exact words, but his message was pretty clearly, “beware of foreign entanglements.” Right on, brother, and it

12 10, 2011

Profit Sharing

By |October 12th, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|2 Comments

I am a big fan of profit sharing. We use a percentage of our profit for bonuses to all the employees. Bonuses are based

10 10, 2011

What have you tried so far?

By |October 10th, 2011|Business, Philosophy|Comments Off on What have you tried so far?

Here is a great little management tool I learned from Fred Brooks when I went to school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He never used it

7 10, 2011

Try it!

By |October 7th, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|Comments Off on Try it!

A recent interview for our tech support position drove a point home for me. Here is the conversation I had with the candidate.
Jeff: Suppose

23 09, 2011

Use your smart bombs now.

By |September 23rd, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|1 Comment

Remember smart bombs in the video game Defender? Use one and everything on the screen explodes. You only have three, so of course you

9 09, 2011

Share your knowledge.

By |September 9th, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|4 Comments

When I started writing about how we run Alien Skin Software a friend asked me if I was concerned about our competitors listening in.

5 09, 2011

Do something impressive between jobs.

By |September 5th, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|1 Comment

If you are between jobs then I encourage you to take advantage of all this wonderful free time. It is easy to get discouraged

2 09, 2011

The Best Marketing

By |September 2nd, 2011|Alien Skin Software, Business, Philosophy|1 Comment

The two best forms of marketing are great products and customer service.

If you make great products then people come back to see what else