Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

The Facebook Effect

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Nothing conjures up visions of grandeur today faster than anything related to social media. No not0330-fb using it, that’s for the uninformed.  The real place one wants to focus their eyeballs is in the mad rush to develop something that sounds as if it can make money. then, don’t try selling it to users first. No, first things first. Sell it to the most highly coveted customers known in tech today: the investors.

Get this group on board first and customers be damned for we’re talking cha-ching here. Actual customers or users are secondary to today’s silicon valley mindset. You just need the “story” of users or customers to sell the idea first, not the other way around. (more…)

Lingering Tops

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As we approach the end of the first quarter, it’s clear what a slow grind it’s been: January down, February up, March sideways. The S&P is up a roaring 0.50% over the span of three months, and that figure belies all the smoke and tumult behind the scenes.

Tops are very different than bottoms. Bottoms are made in violent, short-term bursts. The final plunge in early March 2009 washed out all the fear in a stroke, and a violent rise began. (more…)