Beware “experts” who get it wrong

By Rick Colosimo / March 30, 2020 /

Sometimes people talk when they shouldn’t. I’d long been in the advice business: I got paid primarily for giving advice, the right advice, and advice that was right. I didn’t get paid for guessing, for making things up, and I certainly didn’t get paid to give the wrong answer. Not all “experts,” credentialed, licensed, or…

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Startup-NY is over-complicated and will under-deliver

By Rick Colosimo / February 19, 2014 /

A friend recently asked me about Startup-NY, New York’s new program ostensibly designed to help foster startups. As you might expect, the bark is better than the bite. Fundamentally, there are a bunch of complicated rules, exceptions, and requirements, and some conveniently unstated limits. Now, since I think the prerequisites will gut most of the…

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Always be selling

By Rick Colosimo / July 10, 2013 /

This statement from a spokesperson for Pulte Homes qualifies as least helpful PR of the day: A spokeswoman for Pulte says it has been able to raise prices due to less competition from foreclosures and low interest rates. Really? That’s what you come up with and tell the WALL STREET JOURNAL? “We’re fortuitously able to…

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Speaking plainly about privacy

By Rick Colosimo / June 4, 2013 /

I saw an interesting article in the WSJ today on the idea of hacking victims “hacking back.” The concept is that if you’re hacked, you might hack the computer that hacked you to recover your property or identify the hacker and pass that info to authorities. The concept isn’t crazy (the article’s warning that hacking…

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