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  • Kobayashi Maru

    The phrase Kobayshi Maru may sound like a trendy Japanese philosophy such as Kaizen (the philosophy or practice of continuous improvement) but it actually comes from the science fiction movie Star Trek II:The Wrath of Khan (1982). The movie stars, alongside the usual 80s Star Trek cast, a shorn-chest-flaunting Ricardo Montalban reprising his role as […]
  • Ideas Need Execution

    My partner and I have always considered ourselves executors. When we were coming up in the ranks of digital media, our promotions and rewards were always due in large part to our ability to get things done. And after starting our company back in 2003, we quickly realized our execution skills were a valuable asset […]
  • The Importance of the MVP

    If you’re an entrepreneur with a great idea, you might be inclined to think YOU are the MVP (as in, Most Valuable Player). While that may be true, there’s an even more important MVP that needs attention and that is the Minimum Viable Product. Per Wikipedia, a Minimum Viable Product is one that has “just […]
  • Traveling Through Time: A Primer

    Here at Ripe, we’re not in the business of time travel. Though sometimes I wish we were. I have been interested in the idea since I first saw Time after Time in 1979. Back then I thought it was only a matter of, um, “time” before someone cracked the code and invented a machine that […]
  • Money making techniques for startups

    I recently clicked through this deck, published by the Board of Innovation, about how startups can make money online. At Ripe, we often work with entrepreneurs looking to start a new online business and the discussion around monetization is always a big one. One interesting point the deck makes right up front is: Asking “What […]
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