Reader Mail: December/January 2011
Confessions of a Workaholic Techie
Our article about reclusive TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington [The Way I Work, October] garnered comments from readers around the world on Inc.com. "This is possibly the most honest and insightful glimpse into someone's world I've ever read. Arrington is very brave, especially for an introvert," wrote Carolyn Slater, director of social media at Slater Communications in Woodbridge, Virginia. "The funny thing is, the more I read this article, the more I thought, Hang on, I do that too," wrote Matt Auckland, founder of The DJ Book in Hampshire, England. "Like Mike, my sleep patterns are screwed. I work late into the night/early morning, and I usually don't wake up until 10 a.m."
Other readers were alarmed by Arrington's workaholic tendencies. "Work until you pass out? Dogs are your best friends? Time to leave the cave and get a life," wrote Doug Muise, owner of Doug Muise Design in San Francisco.
Arrington replied to some readers, including Kollu Rajesh, a website administrator at excITingIP.com in Coimbatore, India, who wondered if Arrington owned a TV (he does, for watching Mad Men), and Joe Hobot, founder of MWD Network in Des Moines, who thought Arrington was wearing makeup in the photo that accompanies the story (he wasn't).
Living the Dream
Our story about entrepreneurs who built businesses aroundwhat they love to do ["Dream Companies," October] evoked responses from readers who are doing the same. "After I retired a year and a half ago at age 64, I started a business that takes photographers on guided tours of Yosemite National Park," wrote Patrick Neil Althizer, president of Photo Safari Yosemite in Coarsegold, California. "Today, I am enjoying my passion and doing what I love, while earning a living." Rajesh Rao, a freelance writer and boxing coach in Mumbai, India, took a more cynical stance. "The problem with such companies is that when they grow, they forget their roots and discourage start-ups, instead of helping them," Rao wrote.
Mind Your Language
Marlin Miller, owner of Hinterland Transport in Gleason, Wisconsin, objected to Robert Sutton's use of expletives in a Q&A ["Tales From the Dark Side of Management," October]. "Making the reader wince is not equal to articulate, intelligent communication," Miller wrote.
Fun Business, Serious Revenue
Readers were inspired by our article about PopCap, the Seattle video game company co-founded by John Vechey 10 years ago, which is on track to bring in $100 million in revenue in 2010 [How I Did It, October]. "PopCap made all the right decisions and avoided the big mistakes of our era, the biggest of which might be hiring consultants to tell you how to run your business," wrote Bryan Bottebell of Lilavea in L'Isle-Jourdain, France. "Bejeweled is one of the most addictive games ever created. Thank you, PopCap!"
Who Inspired Iron Man?
Some readers questioned writer Max Chafkin's assertion that Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk served as inspiration for the Tony Stark character in the Iron Man movies ["The Explorer," October]. "Musk was not even born when Marvel Comics created Iron Man," wrote Victor Michael Jones, co-owner of Chimerical Enterprises in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Chafkin cited a Time magazine essay by Jon Favreau, in which the Iron Man director wrote that he looked to Musk as a way to portray Stark on the big screen.
In our How I Did It feature about Eileen Fisher in the November issue, we misspelled the name of Susan Schor, Fisher's chief culture officer and facilitating leader.
In the October issue, we misidentified an Internet security application made by Symantec. The correct name for the software is Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition.
Frank Reynolds, CEO of InVivo Therapeutics, did not sustain his spinal cord injuries in a December 1992 car accident, as reported in our March feature, "What Makes Frank Run." Reynolds now says he injured his back loading a truck in 1991, while working as a delivery driver. His spinal problems occurred following surgery in 1992 designed to address the initial injury.
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