Last week I finished off The Tipping Point, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m about 60% through Blink. I have to say, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m really into these books. I had the chance to see Gladwell speak at SXSW last year, and I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t attend. I was tired from the previous events of the day, and I knew it was going to be packed. But I regret that decision. Hopefully I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t miss anything too profound.
The Tipping Point really made me think a lot about USWeb. And while I’m reading Blink, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m eyeing The Big Moo by Seth Godin, which I purchased this weekend. I sometimes get frustrated at the rate of growth for USWeb. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult to build a business in this space without taking venture capitol. And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s even more difficult when you see the lame companies (180Solutions comes to mind) that get funding. I have recently had some inside knowledge about a competitor who is really imploding. They are a public company, and obviously should be profitable. But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m witnessing them getting publicly portrayed as a joke of a search marketing firm, and they have laid off about 75% of their staff. Not to sound vindictive, but it helps me sleep at night knowing that we are building a remarkable company, not a big company at USWeb.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thinking of reading Good to Great next. If anyone out there has read it, let me know what you thought. And if you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t read The Tipping Point, or Blink yet, you should pick them up.