Should the USPS hire logistics planning consultants?

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” reads the inscription at the James Farley Post Office here in NYC, and perhaps it was true in 1912 when the building was erected but a hundred and two years later, the USPS has seen a…

Building a marketing foundation for your startup or small business.

This post originally appeared on Whiteboard, my agency SWARM‘s blog. Here at SWARM we work with a lot of startups. It’s the world we came from, one where we understand product idiosyncrasies and company needs. Relying on both data and experience, we are able to deliver strategy, design, and marketing solutions quickly and efficiently. Sometimes,…

Navigating the VC landscape: The good, the bad and the WTF?

While recently attending a session at Lowenstein LLP for the inauguration of the 2013 First Growth Venture Network, I had the pleasure to speak with and listen to some of NY and the Valley’s top investors.  Some of this advice comes from them, and some from personal experience. You quit your job, labored months building a product,…

Open Street Map and Stamen Tiles for CartoDB in XYZ formation.

This post and all additional updates are now being maintained on Whiteboard. Partially for me, because I always forget where I put these, but mostly for you. As I always have to go looking for Stamen XYZ.png urls and had the hardest time finding Open Street Map tiles yesterday to use in CartoDB‘s Dashboard, so…

Washington, don’t tread on me. Americans deserve the truth

Foreword: It can be assumed that there is a growing sense of distate among the American populace when it comes to the political situation in our beloved country. And while James Callender, one of Thomas Jefferson’s agents, may have declared John Adams, to be a “hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force of a man, nor…

Venture Capital Investment Pitch Deck Template – Leave Behind

This deck was put together after years of seeing these things, putting these things together, and having garnered from it some personal success, i.e. getting funded. It also built off of a few decks that were passed to me by VC friends. Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to say who the companies were, but rest…

Bridging the strategic NGO / Corporate gap in order to facilitate project successes

As board member of a local non profit, I sometimes get to thinking about the more theoretical aspects of non-profit governance. I’ve recently been thinking again how non profit governance applies to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in for-profit organizations and achieving common objectives. The thing is that strategic objective alignment in NGO’s and corporations who work together…