Understanding Compromise….

Dave Winer is going through an interesting legal problem, he is being sued by his former lawyers/law firm, Russo & Hale. Bottom line, his lawyers want a piece of a nice pie that they had very little, if anything, to do with, according to Dave.

While I don’t pretend to know the inner workings, and only know from what has been written publicly, by Dave himself (with limited comments by others, such as this one), and I like Dave’s argument (IANAL)…. Today they are in arbitration, I don’t know if it’s binding or not….

One thing I do know, is compromise. I have been through a legal proceeding. One that I didn’t want to go through, but it was a matter of principle and about a breach of contract. In the end, I won. But the company continued to drag it out through the legal process so we ended up settling. It’s what I learned from this that is what I want to point out to Dave….

Most people think that “compromise” is both parties going away happy. I’m a “glass half full” kind of person myself, but my lawyer taught me (as did the legal process), that compromise is actually just the opposite! Why, you ask…? Well, if everyone was happy, they would have gotten everything they wanted and wouldn’t have had to give anything up, that isn’t a compromise :-). With a compromise, you have to give up something, accept something that is less than desirable. Most aren’t happy about that, but in the end you get nearly all of what you want, and that’s OK….

So as you see, a compromise is both parties going away unhappy…. :-)! Maybe Dave’s old lawyers need to learn this?

Ticketmaster Buys Stake in Chinese Ticketing Firm — What’s Next…?

News.com, Forbes.com: Ticketmaster, an operating business of IAC InterActiveCorp, said it acquired a majority stake in Emma Entertainment Holdings HK, a provider of ticketing and event promotions services, to expand operations in China.

I don’t find this surprising at all…. Ticketmaster has already formed a joint venture with another company to do ticketing for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This is just another way to gain entree into a very closed market, China.

And just you wait, you haven’t heard anything about it yet, but mark my words…. In the future, you will hear news about Ticketmaster moving into or buying something in India ;-)! You heard it here first!!!!

Ticketron’s 16 Year Anniversary

So today is the 16 year anniversary of Ticketron being “turned off like a light switch” as my boss at the time, Fred Rosen, liked to say. I was working for Ticketmaster at the time and was in the process of transferring from Marketing to Operations (where the larger clients were handled, and clients that were fully “computerized” with the ticketing system, etc.).

A team was put together to do the conversions of the clients that were moving over from Tron’s system to that of Ticketmaster. We would work with the clients that were going to be converted during the day, and do the conversion in teams at night. Teams were required so that work could be double checked and mistakes weren’t made. Much of the conversions were done on “live” events that were currently on-sale, hence the “buddy system” to prevent errors. Those were some long days… from the time that Ticketmaster bought select assets of Ticketron, it was 38 days ’till they were “turned off”!

Why do I mention this? I got an email today from some of the original crew that was involved, both at TM and Tron. It’s a trip down memory lane and interesting to see the list of folks that got the email and where we all are now….

Projects that take on a life of their own….

Ever have one of those projects that starts small, then grows a bit? The next thing you know, it’s got a mind of it’s own and has grown out of control…. Well, I have a project like that now!

I decided about a week or two ago that I spend a considerable amount of time in my home office, so it needed a fresh coat of paint and a bit of a sprucing up. So I decided on paint and maybe some new carpet. The painting went well. I did it myself and did a great job if i must say so myself (I have a lot of practice, but that’s another story).

What I didn’t count on was what happened next…. When dealing with the carpet, I decided that I might as well bite the bullet and carpet the entire apartment. I had been putting it off for quite a while; not due to cost, but due to the amount of work that it would take. In order to carpet the entire place, I would have to move everything around, which in turn would cause a good “purge”, and it’s that which I have been avoiding for a long while….

So part of the carpet was installed the other day, and I figured that I might as well paint the rest of the place before the rest of the apartment is carpeted. It’s better to get paint on the old carpet that is going to be removed than to get it on the new stuff :-)! I hired a couple of guys that could bang it out in a day, which they did, and they did a good job.

The rest of the carpet is being installed as I type this. It’s the big job, most of the apartment. But it is showing the limitation of the installers. They don’t speak good english, and they aren’t paying attention to the “details”. For instance, they are scuffing up the baseboards that were just freshly painted. They have shorted out a couple of network cables now, having to pull up the carpet they have already laid to replace it…. Not to mention that they arrived at 11:15 this morning when they were supposed to be here around 9:30. I don’t think they are going to finish before the end of the day, having to come back, and that will be a bummer….

But when they are done, all that will be left will be for me to put things back and to rearrange my apartment. Time to get a couple new things, like a flat screen TV, and to make the place truly mine. Until now, it still had some of the colors and carpet that my ex-stepfalther put in before I got the apartment. So now it will be all mine and be new and fresh… I can’t wait, if they would only hurry up on the install :-)!