2013 NBA All Star Weekend

16. February 2013 23:42 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
My buddy Mike Dolan runs a very cool magazine targeted to professional athletes called Athletes Quaterly. Each issue is loaded with content/interviews about current and former pro athletes.    Mike and I are both very big NBA fans, especially from 70-90's eras. This weekend I had a very cool opportunity to join him in Houston, the host city of the 2013 All Star game. Mike has interviewed or knows various members of the NBA Retired Players Association, so we got to hang out w... [More]

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When do you start investing in people and stop investing in software?

13. February 2013 23:39 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
Yesterday a friend IM’d me this question out of the blue with a really interesting question: When do you start investing in people and stop investing in software? Before I get into my answer, let’s explore more about investments and how they relate to software and people. What is an investment?  A generic definition for investment is allocating money and /or resources into some initiative with the expectation of gain. Most investment scenarios carry an associated set of risk... [More]

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Sending email through Gmail SMTP server - C# and Powershell examples

13. January 2013 23:38 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
I know I haven't posted much code on this blog, but this snippet I found valuable. While I can certainly host my SMTP server, it would be so much easier if I could just Google's (since I am using Google Apps for my site's email). Below is the code you can use to send email's via Google's SMTP server. enjoy... C#   string GmailUserName="myusername@gmail.com"; string GmailPassword="mypassword"; string SendTo="sendto@gmail.com"; string EmailSubject="Test Subject"; s... [More]

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The Difference between a Good and Bad Place to Work.

24. December 2012 23:34 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
I enjoy reading the insights I can find from Ben Horowitz (he was founder/CEO of Opsware and nowadays is founder/partner at Andreessen-Horowitz which manages near $3B). I recently read one of his blog posts where he provided a member of his team with his view of the difference between a good place to work and a bad place to work: “In good organizations, people can focus on their work and have confidence that if they get their work done, good things will happe... [More]

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When to Build vs. Buy

22. October 2012 23:29 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)
I had been lucky enough to get to work on a diverse variety of business models and approaches to solving problems over the past 20 years. For most of the major initiatives these companies face, the stakeholders must usually choose between the following: Do it yourself Get some help This is often referred to as a Build vs. Buy scenario. Building is when a company decides to use existing resources (or bring on new resources) to create some thing or acquire the capability it needs. Bu... [More]

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The Moneyball Effect

9. October 2012 23:26 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)
In 2004, Michael Lewis wrote this book called "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game" detailing the focus of the Oakland A's (baseball team) on analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team, despite a disadvantaged revenue situation. The central premise of Moneyball is that the collected wisdom of baseball insiders (including players, managers, coaches, scouts, and the front office) over the past century is subjective and often flawed. Statist... [More]

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Bayesian Theory and the Theory of Life

4. October 2012 23:30 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
One of the reasons I love working in Manhattan is all the cool opportunities to learn and the networks of interesting people. Every Monday I receive an email from tech investor Charlie O’Donnell  with classes a list of classes and meetups for entrepreneurs going on around New York City. Last week I found out and signed up for a high level class on Bayesian Theory and probability (called Bayesian Theory and the Theory of Life) that met during lunch time a few block... [More]

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Reunion from the Internet Boom - 12 years later

21. September 2012 15:38 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
In June 1999, I moved to New York City and took a job as a Site Manager working Agency.com. The job was to manage a team of front end coders responsible for taking a Photoshop design and turning it into a web site. Agency.com had some amazing design folks and really strong client management/strategy, so they had big time clients and did quite well. It was the stereotypical Internet Boom company from that time period: It was located in a great location - 665 Broadway (right around the Village... [More]

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My Willingness To Fail Gives Me The Ability To Succeed

13. September 2012 13:45 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
I was watching the LiveStream from the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, and I heard  co-founder of Sun Microsystems and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla say the title of this post: My Willingness to Fail is what allows me to Succeed Khosla was referring to the high risk, high reward investments as part of his multibillion dollar fund. In his world, one really good exit can offset a hundred less successful ones - and he has been pretty successful in finding ambitious tech companies that have ... [More]

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Is the Right Selling Price an Optimized Price?

10. September 2012 21:23 by Jay Grossman in   //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)
I think every person running a business needs to regularly ask themself the following question: Given our operating constraints, what is the best mix of products and/or services for us to produce and sell in the period, and at what prices, to generate the highest expected revenue? Whether you are selling penny candy or you are a retainer lawyer with a huge hourly fee, the basic concepts are the same. You need understand your constraints (cost structure, liabilities, resources), your market, an... [More]

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Jay Grossman

techie / entrepreneur that enjoys:
 1) my kids + awesome wife
 2) building software projects/products
 3) digging for gold in data sets
 4) my various day jobs
 5) rooting for my Boston sports teams:
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