Quoting A.L. Williams (and my girlfriend's facebook page):
You beat 50% of people in America by working hard. You beat another 40% by being a person of honesty and integrity....the last 10 % is a dogfight.
Living in the sports/startup world is interesting. One minute I'm reading Sports Illustrated making sure I'm up to date on the industry (as well as getting my college basketball fix, GO DAWGS!), the next minute I'm reading some obscure random tech/entrepreneur/vc blog that the majority of Sports Illustrated readers have never heard of.
Sitting at LAX, pushing 7 hours, waiting for a new plane after my plane conveniently decided to stop having a break system. I suppose that's important.
A few different companies. I found the differences interesting:
The adidas Group strives to be the global leader in the sporting goods industry with sports brands built on a passion for sports and a sporting lifestyle.
Our mission is to become the best sports brand in the world. To that end, we will never equate quantity with quality. Our founder Adi Dassler was passionate about sports. For Adi, the athlete came first. He gave those on the field, the court and the track the unexpected and the little differences that made them more comfortable and improved performance. This is our legacy. This is what the brand stands for. This will never change."
Under Armour (in all caps):
TO MAKE ALL ATHLETES BETTER THROUGH PASSION, SCIENCE AND THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF INNOVATION
Reebok's mission is to always challenge and lead through creativity.
At Reebok, we see the world a little differently and throughout our history have made our mark when we’ve had the courage to challenge convention. Reebok creates products and marketing programs that reflect the brand’s unlimited creative potential.
PUMA has the long-term mission of becoming the most desirable Sportlifestyle company.
ASICS, an acronym derived from the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano - a sound mind in a sound body. Staying true to the philosophy by which it was founded, every ASICS innovation, every concept, every idea is intended to create the best product. Our mission is to become the number one brand for the sports enthusiast. To accomplish this, we pledge to continue to make the best product; striving to build upon our technological advances and pushing the limits on what we can learn from the body and its needs in athletic gear. We pledge to bring harmony to the body and soul.
There are a lot of free web services and I use a very small hand full of them. I also run one of those free services and am truly thankful for every individual using my service.
Still fuming over NBC not allowing me to watch their Olympic coverage without knowing the result beforehand, amongst my internet wanderings last night I set out to find the presidential candidates' television ads. Many hate them but I find them interesting...and...well...when you live in a state that is the antithesis of 'swing' you have to actually ask to watch campaign commercials.
All politics aside...found something extremely interesting on the candidates sites: Barack Obama greeted me with a video required my email to move ahead (which I on a second trip found out wasn't true, but it was not obvious how to go straight to his website). JohnMcCain went straight to his page, where I was greeted with a BRILLIANT option, and what I wish NBC would do on NBCOlympics.com
John McCain actually ASKS me what I am!! Am I a supporter? Am I undecided? or Am I Unregistered to Vote (he's obviously missing a few options but you get the point).
I didn't play around the site much but I hope those options then give you a different "John McCain experience" I really want NBC to ask me if I've seen an event or not, and then let me watch it. I have no idea who won many of the medals, even with the Olympics over, and would definitely go back and watch some of the events. Not if the result flashes across the screen as I watch it though.
Well done McCain's website people. Well done.
NOTE: I was slightly off on Obama's site. If you click on a GOOGLE ad, you get the personal welcome message and need to enter your email (click on his logo uptop to skip). HOWEVER if you go to his site directly it's a picture of him and Biden, again asking for your email, but there is a 'skip signup' button.
Last week I was honored to be a judge at the MIT (Northwest Chapter) Enterprise Forum's 'Startup Demo' Spring Event. We won the fall demo event last year...and thus I got to see what life was like on the other side.
When was the last time you said thank you SO much to someone? Not a genuine thanks or thank you, but an actually thank you sooo much? When was the last time you said it to a customer?
I was at a street fair in the University District in Seattle a few weeks back. Bought some 'fair corn.' Delicious, and nutritious (except for the dripping butter). And the lady who took my three dollars thanked me, very much. She then thanked the person behind me. Very much. Sounded like she meant it every time.
There were 20+ food vendors within a half a block of each other on both sides of the street. I chose her. She was thankful. She should have been. I had a lot of choices.
Online there are now 2000+ vendors. All withink a click or two of each other, on both sides of google. I choose you. I hope you're thankful. If you choose me I will be.
NOTE: This is a picture of her tip jar. You get one impression to get the change in my pocket... why not have some fun with it. Well done corn lady.