PPA ending 65mpg & free parking

A friendly PPA agent gave me some unpleasant news today. I was respectfully loading my bike and moving it from its unobtrusive parking spot on 20th and Market when he walked by. I’ve notices some motorcycle shaped parking spots on that corner and knew this news was coming. Turns out that if you charge 50% for motorcycle parking but put 4 bikes in a car slot you can still earn 2x in parking fees....

October 2, 2009 · 2 min · Aaron Held

Feel bad for GM, I couldn't make this up

I went researching to Chevy Volt to find some facts to offset my calculator below. I did get lots of feedback about people thinking that price is not the only factor here. So when I went to chevy to look at ‘affordability’ I found this. Check the URL [caption id=“attachment_229” align=“aligncenter” width=“441” caption=“GM Working on affordability”][/caption]

August 12, 2009 · 1 min · Aaron Held

ROI of MPG

I’ve been car shopping lately and thinking about what mileage I need in the new vehicle. The cars that I like and are more fun to drive hover just under 30mpg while the 35+ models tend to be a bit mushy on the gas (or tiny) Today I came across this: http://www.comcast.net/articles/finance/20090811/US.GM.Volt.Mileage/ GM is unveiling a car that get 230MPG in the city! I thought that was awesome until I came across 3 facts...

August 12, 2009 · 1 min · Aaron Held

Specialization is for Insects part II

Came across the Heinlein quote again today: http://personalmba.com/core-human-skills this time in the context of a “Business” professional. There is another point made in the blog post about how to be successful. You can either be an expert in a narrow field (top 1%) or be very good (top 25%) in multiple fields. The author calls these “Core Human Skills” This is worth a read, and I will definitely abstract these concepts out in my interview process....

July 20, 2009 · 1 min · Aaron Held

Project Management is critical for Useless projects

This about this: If you have a project with an estimated cost of $1MM and you expect a return of $1.1MM then strict governance and process controls are critical to success. A variance of 10% will take you from profitability to a loss. If you have a project with the same estimated $1MM cost but an expected return of $50MM then project management is less critical. a 10% variance will not really matter in the big picture....

July 17, 2009 · 1 min · Aaron Held