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Business

December 29, 2014

"The sun is setting on the emerging market miracle"

Consistent with what I've thought for a long time.

As the emerging markets’ bubble burst, Western capitalism defied the pessimists.

December 20, 2014

"9 Business Books We Wish Someone Would Write"

I'd read Gorilla Marketing.

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December 19, 2014

"This Insider Just Explained The Truth About Today's Music Business"

Steve Albini, author of "The Problem with Music," is back with another take on the subject.

Fast forward 21 years. This weekend, Albini gave a speech at an Australian music conference in which he basically said that the internet hasn't broken the music business at all  — at least not as far as fans and 99% of musicians are concerned. Fans have easier access to more music than they ever could have dreamed of 20 years ago. Musicians have many more ways to reach fans directly, and as a result the relationship between fans and bands is stronger than ever. Albini says his band's live gigs can pay 10 times better than they did a decade ago.

According to Albini, the only people who don't like the way it works are the middlemen who profit off the old way of doing things. Look no further than mega-star Taylor Swift, whose record label pulled her songs off Spotify.

December 17, 2014

"The 10 Funniest Dilbert Comic Strips About Idiot Bosses"

Scott Adams is a genius

"Why I Left A Top University And Might Never Go Back"

Good reasons why college is not right for at least some people. But I don't think I believe this:

What’s even more striking is a conversation I recently had with a marketing team lead at Apple who also routinely takes part in their hiring process. She explained to me how in recent years, Apple has had more success with interns who are either college dropouts or in their first two years of higher education. She explained a trend the company had become very familiar with recently: when a college grad is hired, he or she tends to come in with a “textbook based mindset,” and is incapable of learning the unique ways in which things work in their marketing department. A company with a market cap of $619 billion as of today is preferring to hire non-college grads for their marketing department.

December 11, 2014

"5 reasons why it's great to work at Whole Foods"

The nicest, by far, retail employees I deal with on a regular basis are those at Whole Foods. I wonder how they do it. This article advances some reasons.

(Whole Foods has been on Fortune's "Best Companies" list for seventeen years.) 

"Who Buys Music Anymore? A Statistical Inquiry"

It's mainly the olds who are still buying CDs.

November 28, 2014

"You See Sneakers, These Guys See Hundreds Of Millions In Resale Profit"

Long but very interesting look at the resale market for Nike shoes.

November 21, 2014

"A good manager leads by example"

Dilbert deconstructs a maxim of management .

November 18, 2014

"3 Mistakes That Ran Sears' Business Into The Ground"

It's a pretty common story but no less sad for that.

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