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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

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The Power of the Individualby Todd Wilms

When it comes to the numbers, bigger is better.  500 million active facebook users – impressive.  65 million tweets a day on Twitter – wow!  85 million people in 200 countries trust their business profile to LinkedIn – astounding.  However, in our rush for all things “bigger,”  “greater,” or “more” we have missed the biggest number of them all – 1. One. The gender neutral, third person singular.  Uno.  Never before have we had a greater opportunity to tap into the power of the individual, the power of the one.  Influencers to obsessives. Let’s face it: a dedicated someone has more sway than the largest group of uninterested followers or disinterested bystanders.

While attending the Bees Awards with a group of colleagues in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I was pondering how they could make a goat cheese pizza the size of my thumbnail (complete with tiny slice marks) while admiring the obvious signs on the statues in the Legion of Honor – “this is not a coat rack” next to the Degas or “please do not place your drinks here” next to the Rodin. Before I do like so many of us do – taking refuge in my Smartphone – I met Marcy Mendelson.  Marcy is an acclaimed Bay Area denizen and photographer.  She is also a passionate cheetah conservationist. Intrigued, I set down my goat cheese pizza on the nearest Faberge‘ egg I could find and engaged in an actual conversation.

For the love of all things cheetah . . .

Marcy is fascinated by cheetahs (I know, you have heard the “while-attending-an-award-ceremony-I-met-cheetah-girl-story” before, right?) (more…)

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By Todd Wilms

There are plenty of literary tomes to fall on about being first.  First is great for sports, but not always for business. Betamax lost the battle to which they arrived first, Takeda Pharmaceutical’s “Sleeping Pills for Children” (really?!?!) had disaster written all over it, or if McDonald’s would invent the “Double Chicken Pizza Burrito” you might just want to skip that test market.  We had to wait for Windows 7 to help us purge the taste of Vista.  First-to-market for anything can have some challenges – some bugs to work out.  There are, fortunately, some noticeable exceptions to the rule.  The 1st Bees Awards were such an exception. (more…)

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