If You Can Make it Here You Can Make it Anywhere

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Like most New Yorkers I know, it’s a love hate relationship. I have seen many people move away and plenty come back to NY. After I go on vacation I always wonder why I live here when I return. But can I really live elsewhere? Potholes, construction, traffic, rude people, constant rushing around, expensive real estate, gas prices, taxes, the …

I am Finally a Dad

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I cant believe I am finally a dad. I lost both my parents young, so its tough to remember having parents. I certainly missed a lot having them around as I go through life. Life has certainly changed for me, what is important has really changed. It is really important for me to stick around to teach him what I …

Put Employees in The Position to Succeed

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As a business owner, what do you do when you have two completely opposite employees? One is extremely talented, but rarely gets work done and cannot be depended on and then the other is not the “sharpest tool in the shed”, but puts 110% into everything and eventually, after a while, gets things done. I dealt with two great guys …

$40 Million in Revenue with IBM, HP, Intel and AT&T – Case Study

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I was recruited by Falconstor to launch a software as a service (SaaS) division. They create storage virtualization software and primarily sell to the Fortune 1,000. What that means is they basically make very expensive backup software. The point of the SaaS division was to sell the software on a monthly basis instead of on a one-time basis. At first …

Yes, I Was Called a Genius… Once

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Thinking outside the box is one thing I have always been really good at. When I owned a web hosting company, I personally came up with new services and ideas that actually changed the way even some of the largest web hosting companies do business. I am not here to pat myself on the back, well maybe a little… I …

Respect Your Employees, it Goes a Long Way

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After I started up my first company in 1998, it was a long road and a lot of work. 24 hours a day for seven years to make something out of nothing. Owning a web hosting company that is obviously open 24 hours a day, doesn’t allow for much downtime. Electricity issues, hardware issues, server problems, the list goes on …