First steps in the Hi-Tech sales world

September 9, 2007

What is a startup?

Filed under: Personal, Startup, Uncategorized — Tags: , — . @ 8:48 am

Recently I found myself pondering this question quite often. True, you can look at number of employees, income, blah blah blah blah.
That is not what is interesting. So what really makes a company worthy of being called a start up?
I say it’s all about the mood. That is why everyone has such a hard time explaining it.
A real company is well organized, has a long term plan, and procedures. Lots of procedures. You are a small function, working for someone else, filling in forms and reports, punching a clock, doing your part and going home at 6.
A start up is a bunch of people with an idea. A concept, not even a product sometimes. Getting together, and with team spirit, working hard to make it happen. Passion, excitement, brotherhood.
It’s working there with sleeping bags, together, everyone knows everyone, and hoping to make it big. to hit the jackpot and everyone can buy a house…
Once the place you work in no longer has that vibe, and there is “management” and “employees”, once you wake up in the morning and feel you “have” to go to work, it’s a company. Once you want to stick it to “the man”, you are in a company. You can work in a place for 5 years and still be a start-up if you keep that group feeling and togetherness, aimed at success. Or you can be 5 months into the process, and your company still not making a penny, but already find you are working for a miserable company.
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This is from a person that just realized his place of work is no longer a start-up…
I apologize, this may not be the definition you were looking for, but it’s the one that matters to me…

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September 4, 2007

The Eco-Friendly Office

How well every optimistic prediction of the future has always come true. remember the paperless office? My colleagues that reprint every version of their 85 page document, after each word added show how well that has come out. Technology as a time-saver? Give me a break. I spend endless hours at work and at my shrink, trying to cope with gazillions of emails that flood my inbox, and the anxiety that it creates. 427 emails unread, currently. (See my previous posts about these subjects.)

Now, let us see how eco-friendly our office environment really is.

We are all sleeping tight because we recycle batteries at the office. Hooray. You can hear the crowd roaring. However, anyone that wants a drink, either uses a disposable cup to drink water, or opens one of the personal sized water bottles we get from the water cooler company. We have a truckload of empty bottles every week.

Lights and air conditioning are on, 24/7. Of course. But the award winning, unbelievable story of our company, is the middle room in the RD corridor. 4 people occupy that room. Some of them like the air cool, and like the movie, some like it hot. So, the obvious solution my friends, is that the Air-conditioning unit is set to freeze the room, and one person sits with their own personal convector (Small electric thingy, blows hot air. Yes, that it what it’s called apparently…) heating the same room. An ever lasting war of temperatures. When I saw this, this insane waste of electricity, all happening on a nice lovely day where any sane person would just open the window and enjoy the air, I knew we were doomed. I had a moment there. I found the end of the universe.

Here is a description of such a revelation, by amazing comedian, Lewis Black

My friends, humanity, exactly like the solar powered lighter, is doomed to extinction. For the rare few that never saw this technological wonder, the solar powered lighter:
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August 2, 2007

Exaustion

Filed under: funny, humor, Personal, Startup, Uncategorized — Tags: , — . @ 6:09 am

Imagine this as the equivalent of a hi-tech person shining a flashlight at his face and talking with a scared voice. We can drop the hat though.
It’s been 10 days. 10 very long days. Every project, every deadline, every problem and every launch have converged like, like, like many big things that are converging.
Coming in at 8am, working like a nut, and the usual ceremony with the cleaners at 9pm. They come in, remark on my late hours, clean the whole office, lifting my feet from the floor to sweep, and leaving, joking that tomorrow they hope not to see me.
Locking the door behind me at around 10pm, and getting up for another shiny day.
Me thinks this is definitely the blessed easy life that you all imagine in the hi-tech industry eh?
My girlfriend has disowned me, in favor of a large pillow. She claims it is more trustworthy, there when she needs it, and snores less.
I have quit shaving, as nothing but my screen sees my face, and almost came in to work in pajamas today.
But all is good as long as i keep my high spirits, and have my beloved laptop with me.
No one will take it away from me. It’s mine! My precioussssss.

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July 25, 2007

My new startup company

Filed under: funny, humor, Personal, Startup, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — . @ 7:15 am

Hi-tech life is hard.
You work long hours, paying with your free time and energy for the perks you get. You make nice salaries, you get to see the world, but you never get to see your girlfriend, or the light of day when you leave the office.
And most of all, let’s face it, you work very hard, usually for something that will not really change the world. Imagine it – right now, there are many thousands of engineers and programmers frantically working to be the first to offer the world a better way of swapping recipes, sharing your 987346039463 pictures of your newborn, and selling you Viagra.

Here is another engineer:

how will they feel when that are 65? Will they feel they spent their youth properly? giving the world new meaning?
But I regress.
So there I was, talking with a few friends, all male of course. All of us have been so busy lately, that we all have been aiming to get a haircut for over 3 months and never had the time. We all looked like we could sing with the Beatles.

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So the other day I was thinking to myself. It’s all about finding the need, and filling it. Here I am, at a Hi-Tech district. 30,000 men with no fashion taste, no spare time, and desperate need of a haircut once i a while. Lets open a Barber-Shop!!!
Just imagine, A small spot in the middle of the area. 2 barbers, with extra fast scissors. A money making, gold egg laying, brilliant idea!
Happy as can be, already lying in a beach in Hawaii with a drink from my millions, I joined the gang to go get lunch. Making certain I keep a normal face, not to reveal my new plan, I tagged along as we crossed to a new place one street over. I looked around as this was a spot I have not been to for a while, and stood still.
How could they? The Bastards! The thieves! There it was. My Idea. A brand new men’s Barber Shop. And yes, they were doing well…

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July 12, 2007

The paperless Office, or how computers help us save time.

Yesterday I went back to the doctor’s office.
I was there a while ago, to get something checked. The visit cost me a pretty penny. When trying to get the money back from my Health Insurance company, I realized the genius of a secretary wrote someone else’s name on my receipt.
Heading back, I thought that writing another receipt should take 2 minutes, perhaps 5 if there’s a line, and I’ll have time to get to a movie. Then I entered the doctor’s office.
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Despite the computer on her desk, EVERYTHING had a hard copy. She was very busy finding some specific paper, and took a while to even notice me. So much for the paperless office, huh? Being old-school, she printed everything that happened, and was probably in charge of single handedly clearing a small valley in the Amazon forest.
I really do believe that as of now, computers have made no positive change on offices. For every 4 people that use the computer for their documents, there is one person that now prints a small forest for each revision of a document they write.
Well, At least we still thank computers for saving us time.

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It took her 25 minutes to give up. She simply could not manage to find a way to change the name on the receipt. I was ready to scream, tear out my hair, or just go postal on everyone in the area. For god’s sake, this should have taken, and would have taken, a minute and a half if she just used paper.
So, let’s count. Her pay for 25 minutes. My time and money for waiting that long, and for having to go back there tomorrow to pick it up (If she actually managed to do it by now), the 6-8 patients waiting angrily behind me because we were holding everyone up. and the money it costs that doctor to own, fix and operate that computer. how much time and money did we just save, class?

Why did we ever bother with this infernal invention???

Oh, I know :

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