Welcome to SmartsMatter

“What I lack in smarts, I make up for in work…and given how hard I have to work, I must not be that smart!”–Greg hague

Illusion of Technology

I’ve read hundreds of business books over the years. I remember when Dad gave me my first one, How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

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Verbal Oatmeal

At the age of 12 I had become an incessant chatterbox, often to the irritation of my dad, Chubby. One Sunday afternoon in 1960 I was in

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Ask A Woman

Sara was a pretty good student at Florida State with a dream of becoming an attorney…until she took the dreaded LSAT to determine her aptitude for

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Prove Them Wrong

In 2007 Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia were roommates in San Francisco, and they had a problem…they couldn’t afford their rent. The roommates had met in

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A Mask To Loyalty

Lori Holden had the same fears most children experience growing up (meeting other kids, speaking in front of her class, trying new things). Her dad taught

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Stripe Builds Roads

Patrick was the oldest of three boys, born in 1988 in a small village in Ireland.  His mother, a microbiologist. His father, an electrical engineer. Patrick took

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Mind Over Mattress

Jim invited his mother over for dinner. When Mom arrived she was a bit surprised to meet Jim’s breathtakingly beautiful roommate, Krista. Mom had assumed her

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Birthing A Spongmonkey

Yes, you read that right…Spongmonkey.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuPTZWhz46M I know, the name alone might make you cringe. Spongmonkeys were the pair of horribly annoying, disfigured, singing rodents that appeared

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A MARKETING MISCONCEPTION

Have you heard the joke that marketing is like sex? Every company thinks they’re good at it…but few actually are.  That joke is usually followed by

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The Kiln of Competition

When Robinhood launched in 2015 with $3 million in venture capital, established stock brokers  laughed it off as just another fintech fad, much the way taxi drivers

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Doing The Impossible

During the height of the Cold War in the 1960s nuclear paranoia was at an all time high. I remember those scary “duck and cover” drills we

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The Success Trap

The Boston Globe named his company “the Apple of its time,” calling it “a juggernaut of innovation.” When Harvard scientist Edwin Land founded the company in Cambridge,

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Gravity Doesn’t Care

When my three boys were young I fondly remember nights with them studying at the kitchen table after dinner. When they were old enough to deal

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The Reality of Tomorrow

It’s August 19, 1971. Men armed with machine guns stand guard at Santa Martha Acatitla prison in Mexico City. The warden is expecting a visit from

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Rental Nation

“Ninety percent of all millionaires become so through owning real estate.” -Andrew Carnegie You’ve probably heard of D.R. Horton. Dubbed “America’s Builder,” the company has been the

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Spending Oneself

It was the fall of ‘66. I was 18. Freshman year in college.  My friend Bob and I wanted to bum around Europe the following

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