OPEN INSIGHTS Newsletter
Issue 34 – Hindsight Is Always 20/20
August 1, 2007
by Sean Hull
Founder and Senior Consultant
Heavyweight Internet Group
It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the end of our third year publishing the Open Insights newsletter. We have a lot of new topics coming up, and plenty planned for the new year, so stay tuned.
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In This Issue:
1. Feature: Hindsight Is Always 20/20
I love listening to people talk about the stock markets. It always amuses me. Even otherwise intelligent people, PhDs, MBAs, deli owners, and taxi drivers, endless streams of people will tell you what they know about the stock market. Buy low, sell high, or some other such ancient wisdom.
Personally I always retell the story I remember of the dot-coms, of how making money had changed, and how all the rules had changed, and so on and so forth.
The only thing I think I’ve learned in that time is that you can’t predict the future, things change and things get messy. So be prudent, expect it, anticipate things getting bigger than you imagine up front.
The saying “hindsight is always 20/20” is apt in so many scenarios, it’s hard to count. From stock market wisdom, to project management and scope creep and from planning your weekend full of events, to getting to dinner on time. Plan for things to get mixed up, leave yourself extra time, leave in some extra money for your budget, or more hours for your project. Because if I’ve learned nothing else in life and in business it is that simple maxim… hindsight is always 20/20.
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In our most recent interview we had the opportunity to talk with Norman Yamada CTO of Millburn Corporation.
Norman shares with us his experiences providing world-class computing solutions, and the pros and cons of doing it with open source.
Economics is so interesting, because it stands at the interesting corner between math + statistics, those sciences we can understand well, and that of the ever illusive human behavior. Being interested in a lot of different topics, books like this one may interest me more than others. But if you’re looking for another contemporary discussion about economics, this book of interviews may fit the bill.
The 33 Strategies of War – by Robert Greene
I have yet to pickup this title, though I plan to shortly. Greene’s books, I’ve found, triumph at laying out human nature in all it’s painful, nefarious detail. From his “Art of Seduction”, to the famous “48 Laws of Power”, he underlines with endless literary and historical examples how human behavior works. Use these books as guides for avoiding being overpowered or seduced by the wrong people, or to your own advantage as you choose. But whatever you do, be sure to read them.
More onion this month…
I’ve turned up some interesting podcasts this month to share with readers. Enjoy!
SpikeSource is an interesting company that specializes in packaging, supporting, and in a sense certifying reliable combinations of those projects for the enterprise customer. I found that they have an excellent podcast series, which I’ve been listening too. Definitely worth your time:
If you enjoy NPR, you might like their technology show. It comes out every Wednesday.
This Week In Tech
This series has been around for a while, and interviews some of the heavies in the technology space.
Issue 33: Market For Experts
Issue 32: Different Heritages
Issue 31: Auto or Traffic Engineer
Issue 30: Crowdsourcing
Issue 29: Mainroads or Sidestreets
Issue 28: High Availability
Issue 27: Fragile Foundations
Issue 26: Logistical Fitness
Issue 25: Which Red Button
Issue 24: Consulting Conflicts of Interest
Issue 23: Devil In The Details
Issue 22: Beware of Software Fashion
Issue 21: Open Season, Open Sesame?
Issue 20: Better Web Better Business
Archive: Past Issues
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