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Every organization can find a way not to have competition by fleshing out and owning its brand. As we are inimitable individuals, we can craft business plans that utilize the strengths of what the organization was born to do best. That is how Fast Company changed the conversation -- they were one of a kind. It takes courage to show and be that. It is much easier for all of us to be incrementally better than something else.

You have a golden opportunity. And you know what they say -- luck is where opportunity meets preparation. Do let me know if and how I can help you in any way.

I get nervous just looking at the competition for my blog. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure someday I will run a magazine, or be president, or something ;), but I know right now I'm not ready and have a lot to learn. The organization that I run doesn't have competition in the truest sense of the word, so it's a nice place to figure things out, I think.

Gavin -- learning from execution is always a great proposition. How does what the organization is doing inside translate in higher retention, use, buzz. I think part of the waning relevance to many may also have been the fact that other publications caught up to it and went beyond.

Rebecca -- the make it easy to interact with your site is vital. When I observe my online behavior, I notice that a couple of minutes to download a page or no trace of my comment drive me away quicker than anything else. Why would running the magazine make you nervous?

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