Archive for April, 2011

@tonyparham Twitter Digest (2011-04-24)

Monday, April 25th, 2011

My new favorite travel search engine

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 used to be my favorite travel search engine.  It is a meta-search engine which compares the listings from a variety of other travel search engines.

Well, a new player in town takes the concept to a new level.  Hipmunk provides the same meta-search capabilities, but provides them in a very useful, streamlined user interface.  It also leverages an “agony algorithm” which ranks flights by a combination of price, duration and number of stops.

Fast Company magazine provide some additional description in its hipmunk review.  Or just check out the site and form your own opinion…

(Oh, and here are some additional “tips for flying” from Chris Brogan.)


Knocked Down, but not Knocked Out

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

It is rare that successful people trumpet their failures.  Most communication effort seems to be centered around the applause-winning successes.

However, I came across a business publication which included some compelling failure-lessons:

  • Endeavor (a global organization for high-impact entrepreneurs) learned you can’t always win.  In the business mantra, “Go big, or go home,” we need to spend a lot more time on the second half: “Go home.” Knowing when to shut down a failed initiative is as vital as knowing when to start one.
  • Three lessons from a Humane Society activist: (1) Don’t declare “mission accomplished” too early.  (2) Trust, but verify.  (3) Court both adversaries and allies, and use self-interest as a motivator.
  • Mohammed Ali teaches the studio chief of Colombia Pictures that “getting knocked down is part of being in the business.  It’s inevitable.  But once you know you can get up, no matter what, you become stronger and resilient.”
  • After surviving extraordinary challenges in a failed attempt to scale Mount McKinley (aka “Denali”), a mountaineer found that “nothing I have faced in business or in my personal life—nothing—has seemed insurmountable.”

These and other stories of success and failure can be found at the Harvard Business Review Failure Chronicles.

Another article (from candidly discusses the impact of entrepreneurial failure on the owner’s personal life.