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Newsletter #1050: The “Kids in Restaurants” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] There’s been plenty of negative stories in the news lately about clashes between frustrated parents, frustrated customers, and frustrated restaurant owners […]

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Newsletter #1049: The “Lessons from Connected Cities” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] City governments are a lot like businesses. Their customers are their citizens, their product is their town, and their competition is […]

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Doing it right vs. Doing it on time

You have a choice how to get there: Launch quick, launch big, or launch great.  You can hit a deadline, feel proud, and get a thumbs up from the boss (or investors).  You can follow the very trendy strategy of “minimum viable product” and launch something that’s just OK and make it better later (if […]

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Service through technology (We’re going to the White House)

We’re in a time of crappiness in politics — endless roadblocks, complaining, and negativity. But there’s a bright spot in Washington: The amazing work of the US Digital Service. They are teaching government agencies how to build better software. This matters, because each improvement makes life easier for millions of citizens. Faster care for veterans, […]

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Better is better than new.

Beef jerky might be the oldest form of prepared food. But that doesn’t mean that entrepreneurs can’t find a new way to make it special. The folks at ThinkJerky.com are doing delicious things with star chefs (sriracha honey!) — along with a lot of clever marketing. (They sent me some excellent samples – check out […]

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Newsletter #1048: The “Lessons from Drybar” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] We were inspired by this conversation between Inc. writer Liz Welch and Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, a mobile salon that […]

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It could have been so great

We were staying in a beautiful seaside resort. It was nice. But it fell just short of great. We probably won’t be back. It would have been so easy to be impressive — fix the toilet paper holder and loose doorknob, a little WD-40, a few towel hooks.  The difference between OK and GREAT is […]

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It’s not the critic who counts

Fascinating how many Deadheads found a reason to criticize the Grateful Dead’s farewell concert tour (example). Folks, it’s a concert by a band that played more than 2,500 concerts over the years. And this time you can watch a live stream for 20 bucks. About as uncontroversial as you can get. But here’s the real […]

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Newsletter #1047: The “Lessons from Pets” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] People have a lot of passion for the animals they consider family members. And that’s why whether you’re running a dog […]

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