Economy


Game Changers 2015 Business / Economy / Entertainment / Technology

The Seven Biggest “Things” of this Year When I started writing this post I was looking for the term that best described the things I believe will be game changers in 2015. Were they words? Sort of. Terms? Maybe. Concepts? To some degree although I don’t think Apple or Google would appreciate being called concepts. Companies? Some were but not all. So lacking a specific...

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R.I.P. Big Business? Business / Economy / Technology

Industries Vaporized by the Web Stephen Burke, Chairman of the multi-faceted media conglomerate NBC Universal, made a blunt statement about the ratings growth potential for the NBC’s domestic cable channels during Comcast Corp.’s Oct. 23 earnings call. What he said turned heads on Wall Street and in media biz circles. “The fact of the matter is, the next five or 10 years in basic-entertainment cable,...

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Business News Rewind Business / Economy / Google / Sports

What yesterdays’ business news tells us about tomorrow. This was a crazy week in business. Not that every week isn’t crazy but this week the big companies made some damn important announcements. Basically, Apple grew up, Microsoft got old, Google got surprised, Time Warner became a bulls-eye and Forbes went foreign. Here’s a quick look not only at what happened but what I think these...

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Amazon Hates Paper Business / Economy / Popped Culture / Technology / Uncategorized

Publishers are pissed at Earth’s Biggest Bookstore’s pulp dump Amazon has got a problem. Well, it’s not a problem really; it’s an issue that was bound to come up as they expanded their model of selling everything under the sun to everyone under the sun. And it is really just the first in what will undoubtedly be a never-ending battle between Amazon, product makers and...

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Profitable Employee Participation Business / Economy / My Business / Uncategorized

Making all workers part of the executive team pays off Unless your company is in Silicon Valley and everyone on your “staff” is working in exchange for a piece of the VC, IPO, M&A or Google buy-out cash, you’re probably struggling to keep your employees motivated and happy. Hell, you’re probably struggling to find ways to get them to show up every day. Such is...

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Now shilling for Geico Business / Economy / Popped Culture / Uncategorized

Is is Geiko or M&Ms? I’ve said it before but with the NHL and NBA playoffs in full swing it bears repeating: if Geico were to pull its ads from television I fully believe that half of the broadcast TV schedule would disappear overnight. That’s how prevalent their sponsorship dollars are.  It is virtually impossible to sit through a quarter hour of programming without seeing...

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Amazon Prime Going Up Business / Economy / Popped Culture / Uncategorized

So order more this year and get your membership’s worth After Google, Amazon is my next favorite company.  It’s another company that has single handedly revolutionized an entire industry.  But while the changes they’ve brought about have been excellent for consumers and for UPS and FedEx, they’ve been a disaster for retailers.  In fact, a strong case can be made for the fact that Amazon...

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Google.  The International, Internet Juggernaut Business / Economy / Popped Culture / Technology

The “Most Innovative Company in the World” is just getting warmed up Consider yourself forewarned, Google is determined to “Googlify” the entire planet.  Because despite what you may have heard or read, they haven’t…yet.  But what’s even more astounding is that no one really cares; in fact, most people welcome the company’s march towards worldwide domination.  Some folks, like those over at Fast Company, are...

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Target brought to you by Google. Business / Economy / Popped Culture / Technology / Uncategorized

Google’s new home delivery business will make warehouses out of big box retailers. Google is testing a new service in San Francisco called Google Shopping Express.  Google describes the service on its own Google Play app center as, “Available in San Francisco and SF Peninsula only.  Imagine having everything you need delivered from local stores to your doorstep. Tackling your to-do list in minutes—not hours....

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