Category Archives: Protecting the business

Don’t go on a phishing trip!

Dave’s note: Our guest author this week is Kevin McDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Alvaka Networks, a network services and security firm in Irvine, California. He is a trusted technology and security consultant and public … Continue reading

Posted in Protecting the business | 3 Comments

Employee vs. contractor: Here we go again.

Several years ago, I wrote an extensive article on the ten most important tests of a company in classifying a person as an independent contractor.  See http://berkonomics.com/?p=662 for that important insight.  But things have gotten much more complicated lately, partly … Continue reading

Posted in Protecting the business | 2 Comments

What you can’t ask in an employee interview

Dave’s note:  This week, let’s welcome an expert in employment background checks, Chris Dyer, CEO of PeopleG2, to help us explore one dicey subject that gets lots of entrepreneurs and managers into trouble by being completely unaware of what they … Continue reading

Posted in Depending upon others, Protecting the business | 1 Comment

How can I trust that my virtual employees are working?

Dave’s note: For the second week, we welcome my co-author of “Get Scrappy,” Kim Shepherd, to give us her answer to the oft-repeated question:  “How can I trust that my virtual employees are working?”  You’ll recall that Kim is an … Continue reading

Posted in Depending upon others, Protecting the business | Leave a comment

Leaping off the cliff: Making your business virtual

Dave’s note:  I am so pleased this week to introduce my co-author of “Get Scrappy,” Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox.  Her firm is a model of a virtual company, with over 100 employees and absolutely no office other than … Continue reading

Posted in Growth!, Protecting the business, Surrounding yourself with talent | Leave a comment

Sometimes your gut is the best you’ve got.

Years ago I led a deal and invested in a company that looked like it had lots of promise to disrupt the women’s clothing industry with special algorithms and an online store.  But something had bothered me from the very … Continue reading

Posted in Growth!, Hedging against downturns, Protecting the business | 4 Comments

How is your corporate and personal credibility?

A friend of mine recently told me his story of how his very career rests on his credibility with his major supplier–partners.  He stated that everything rides upon his credibility when he declares that he can produce a quality product … Continue reading

Posted in Protecting the business, Surrounding yourself with talent | 4 Comments

I sat in my own safety net while weaving it.

Editor’s note: Berni Jubb was an Inc.500 entrepreneur, after years as a senior marketing manager of a large computer company.  He regained his senses, and now runs a small resort and restaurant in Costa Rica. By Berni Jubb My First Startup… … Continue reading

Posted in Finding your ideal niche, Hedging against downturns, Protecting the business | 2 Comments

Patent litigation can kill the small guy.

When you think of patents, you think of added value to the corporation in the form of protection of its intellectual property.  In fact, many corporations spend millions developing surrounding patents to form what is known as a “patent thicket,” … Continue reading

Posted in General, Growth!, Protecting the business | 3 Comments

Bottom up budgeting creates waste. Top down!

Many people believe that bottom up budgeting leads to waste and misdirection. The advocates of top-down budgeting are strong in their belief that if you give each person or department no guidance, they will budget to their wants or specific … Continue reading

Posted in Growth!, Protecting the business | 4 Comments