Realtor Review: Colin Colpitts (PREC) (July 7, 2016)

After my wife and I decided we would be buying a house in the Vancouver area, we dedicated a weekend to visiting open houses. The market has been very tight on the supply side for years, and just finding something in our price range was extremely dif (more...)

Selling everything you own: Part 4 (February 29, 2016)

Fourth time’s a charm? It was just 2.5 years ago that we sold everything we owned and moved from Victoria, BC to St. Kitts in the Caribbean. Once again, we find ourselves selling a car, an SUV, and about 70 or so other household items as we pre (more...)

Why should people trust you? (December 6, 2015)

Last week, I was hanging up my laundry, listening to a great business podcast about consulting, and was hit by a wall of wisdom:“Your reputation in business is in large part based on your ability to make commitments and fulfill them. (more...)

What is Kanban and why is it important? (December 1, 2015)

Kanban, or かんばん in Japanese literally means “signboard”.

The term comes from the manufacturing world. Implemented first in 1953, it was the precursor to the JIT (just-in-time) manufacturing process used throughout the world today. In sof

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The St. Kitts car purchasing guide (September 1, 2015)

Buying a car in St. Kitts Purchasing a vehicle in St. Kitts is not easy, but with armed with some basic knowledge, some hard work and searching will get you a… somewhat ok car. Photo credit: retromo The very first thing you should do is read a (more...)

Two years in paradise (August 25, 2015)

Looking down the peninsula from Timothy Hill upon our arrival Living on the small Caribbean island of Saint Kitts The good stuff “Buddies”One of the things I truly enjoy here is being in the water. I usually snorkel at least once a week and have take (more...)

Being wrong (August 6, 2015)

Anyone who knows me knows one simple thing: I really, really hate being wrong. Everyone does. Nobody likes the feeling you get when you realize you’re going to have to eat some humble pie. Mmmm… pecan humble pie But over the years, I&rsq (more...)

5 years in the smartphone industry (July 31, 2015)

5 years ago, in July 2010, I made a bold prediction that Microsoft would purchase Blackberry. The Past At the time, Blackberry was still the clear leader, with over 40% of the market: Even then, however, the trend was crystal clear. Apple had already (more...)

Saving a bureaucratic software project (July 11, 2015)

A recently published article, “The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America” details some of the problems with the Healthcare.gov launch fiasco that “so bad it nearly broke the Affordable Care Act.” It also (more...)

Tax avoidance schemes: A simple solution (March 9, 2015)

This morning I read the following CBC article: Corporate tax avoidance ‘scheme’ hurting Canada, expert says. As they mention: “Thirteen per cent of these corporations paid less than 5 per cent in taxes and more than half paid l (more...)