Leonard Shostak's blog

Leonard Shostak to Speak at Perl::Dancer Conference

  • Posted on: 28 September 2014
  • By: Leonard Shostak

I will be giving a presentation on "Business for Developers" at the Perl::Dancer Conference in Hancock, New York on Wednesday, October 8. Based on my 20 years of experience as a technology consultant and then business development consultant, as well as my entrepreneurial background, the presentation will provide developers with practical tips and techniques for managing the business side more effectively in order to be able to focus on development and still have a great quality of life.

5 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

  • Posted on: 18 September 2014
  • By: Leonard Shostak

With the changing global economy and the rising interest in independent employment, the number of people interested in starting a business has increased significantly. It has become more popular to follow trends in entrepreneurship and best practices in creating businesses. If you have been thinking of starting your own business but have uncertainties about what business to start, here are 5 questions to ask before taking the next step.

Top 5 Books Every Comedy Fan Should Read

  • Posted on: 14 September 2014
  • By: Leonard Shostak

If you are a huge fan of standup comedy and improv classes, shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC are an excellent way to spend an evening or weekend of entertainment filled with laughter. In a digital era in which we are inundated with TV shows and online options to make us laugh, more often than not we forget the power of live standup comedy or the less conventional choice of picking up a book written by the same TV comedians we watch.

3 Tips for Giving Professional Advice in a Genuine Way

  • Posted on: 5 August 2014
  • By: Leonard Shostak

It’s valuable to have mentors, advisers or consultants to support your initial business development and guide you through various challenges, from creating a marketing strategy to implementing new technology. Getting the right type of support and the right advisers is key. Often, we come across experts who would point out what we might be doing wrong without providing any specific steps or suggestions for improvement. If you are a mentor, adviser or a consultant to someone else, avoid giving advice that does not create any value for the recipient.