Archive for August, 2007
I’m back from my backpacking trip to the Wind River Mountain range in Western Wyoming. You can read a full trip report and see lots of pictures at www.jercore.com
The highlight of the trip for me was clinging to the summit of Fremont Peak:
At 13,745 feet, Fremont Peak is the 3rd highest peak in Wyoming. Itâ€™s only 59 feet lower than the highest peak, Gannett Peak, also in the Wind Rivers. I don’t use the term ‘clinging’ lightly either. The wind was gusting over 40 MPH, and there was a sheer cliff just below me. But I wanted to make sure I touched the highest point on that mountain.
This was a big personal accomplishment for me. It’s the highest
I’ve found a system that works well to keep me going 110 miles an hour. (should that be 110%? – either way I guess it means going and going all out)
I take at least one, sometimes two, 4-6 day long trips a year. I’ve negotiated with my wife and family so that I can make these trips work. I look forward to these trips as a way to recharge and regroup very much. I purposefully plan trips that long so that I can disconnect from the world, from Doba, from everything really.
This week has been interesting. I think it was my shot at my 15 minutes of fame. I’ve been ‘in the news’ 3 times.
First, Utah Business’s cover article for August 2007 was called The State of Small Business: Building the Most Dynamic Economy in the Nation. In this article, Jacob Moon interviews several Utah entrepreneurs about the interactions of cooperation, competition, and Utah specific culture in their efforts to build and grow companies. Recently, the 2007 State New Economy Index, a major study performed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, ranked Utah # 1 in the country for “economic dynamism” and I put in my $0.02 about some of the challenges and opportunities that Doba has faced
Now we get to the real reason I flew nearly the circumference of the earth in order to get to India. As cool as the Culture was, that wasn’t why we went.
The real reason that Dave Gray (Doba’s CTO) and I went to India was so that we could spend 26 hours meeting with 5 different companies over 4 days in 4 different cities. We met with Aditi Technologies in Bangalore, ValueLabs and AppLabs in Hyderabad, Persistent Systems in Pune, and Impetus in Noida.
Doba is kicking off plans to open an offshore development center. This is a decision that we’ve come to after careful consideration of lots of different factors. The main driving force behind these plans is a
I’ve tried to not talk much about politics on my blog. Politics are polarizing. And in my role as CEO of Doba, I’ve tried to stick to ‘safer’ topics because I know that many Doba customers read what I write.
But I’m going to change that. There are serious problems in America, and when I come across something that needs to be looked at, needs to be considered, needs to be understood by all of us, I’ll put it up here. I’m not going to say that I necessarily will try to propose solutions to these problems. I consider myself a pretty smart guy and I know my entrepreneurial mind is pretty good at finding ideas to solve problems. But at
I’m going to be interviewed on wsRadio.com “Online Marketing with RSS Ray,” live this Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 1pm EST. I’ll be talking about Doba and these are some of the questions we plan on discussing:
- What is Doba and how do you help businesses?
- What is a product-sourcing marketplace or drop-ship aggregator?
- How does Doba work?
- Can you tell us about the main components that drive the value you offer to both suppliers and retailers?
- Can you tell us about some of the awards you have received?
- What is drop shipping?
- Youâ€™re an eBay Certified Service Provider, what does that mean for you customers?
- Can you tell us what youâ€™ll be talking about at Online Market World?
- Can you
Anyone who knows me very well knows that I have a soft spot for entrepreneurs. Especially for kid/young adult entrepreneurs. Just the other night a young man knocked on our door and was selling wooden handmade and customized charts that you can hang on hour wall to track your kids’ growth. My wife turned him away, but I made her go back outside after him and bring him back. We bought one for Alex that’s blue with some animal cutouts on it. After we ordered it, he told us that ours was the first house he had knocked on with this new venture and that this was his first successful sale. His older sister makes the charts and he is going