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Learning from the Epic (Business) Fail

Learning From the Epic (Business) Fail

Steve Jobs embodied the great American success story, starting Apple computers in a garage and working his way up to global dominance. But even Jobs knew that some great ideas never get out of the garage: killer products built on ambition and adrenaline are still subject to whimsical consumers and fickle markets. Things fail, and sometimes spectacularly.

Talking about business flame-outs can be a touchy subject. Entrepreneurs work fast and fix things on the fly, but when a business comes to a halt - full stop - sometimes the only way to learn is with a thorough and painful post-mortem.

Today we talk with Greg Gomer, a founding member and writer for Bostinnovation - a news service covering technology, startups and entrepreneurship in the Boston area - and entrepreneur Cortland Johnson, one of the founders of web app developer Terrible Labs. They'll tell us about the tricky business of being a self-starter, the prospect of failing publicly, and the possibility of full redemption.

We want to hear from you if you’ve launched a start-up. Is Boston a good place to start a business? Is it hard to advance your operation in this town? If you’ve made it we want to know what it took. If you failed, what have you learned? Leave a comment at our Facebook page.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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