Archive for July, 2010

Rework

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I just finished reading “Rework” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.  It was a very quick read (about an hour) with a series of short guidelines for running a business, with 1-2 page descriptions of why they use that guideline in their company.  Some sample guidelines are “Learning from mistakes is overrated”,”Planning is Guessing”, “Enough with ‘Entrepreneurs’”, “No time is no excuse” and “Outside Money is Plan Z” .  It’s worth a quick read – ever if you don’t agree with their recommendations, you’ll have to think about why, or why not.

My favorite piece of advice?  “Hire Great Writers.  If you are trying to decide among a few people to fill a position, hire the best writer.”

My how the times have changed….

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The highly-respected Pew Foundation recently published a report on How the Great Recession has Changed Life in America.

Medical Engineering

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

I’ve been hearing more and more lately about how the future of medicine is not just biology, but engineering.  Today I found an article entitled Medical engineering – be excited…, that talks about some of the advances in this field, and includes video vignettes of work being done.  If you haven’t heard of this field, if you have an want to know more about what it is, check it out.

Can a big company be made up of a lot of little companies?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

In GSK’s Biotechy World , Derek Lowe comments on a recent article describing how some of the huge pharmaceutical companies are trying to infuse their research organizations with the nimble, entrepreneurial spirit found in start-up companies.  Will it work?  Time will tell…..