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Business

August 04, 2014

"You Are Not Late"

Warning: industrial-strength optimism. On my better days it's an optimism I share.

Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/risk ratios, better returns, greater upside, than now. Right now, this minute. This is the time that folks in the future will look back at and say, “Oh to have been alive and well back then!”

The last 30 years has created a marvelous starting point, a solid platform to build truly great things. However the coolest stuff has not been invented yet — although this new greatness will not be more of the same-same that exists today. It will not be merely “better,” it will different, beyond, and other. But you knew that.

July 31, 2014

"How American Beer Became Great Again"

It wasn't that long ago that we heard Anheuser-Busch and huge seller concentration would be the absolute death of American beer.

Surprise!

July 30, 2014

"How A Former Denny's Waitress Amassed An Empire Of Over 75 Denny's Locations"

The American Dream lives for at least this one lady.

July 24, 2014

"How To Blow $9 Billion: The Fallen Stroh Family"

Sad tale, but rather common

Yet today the Strohs, as a family business or even a collective financial entity, have ceased to exist. The company has been sold for parts. The trust funds have doled out their last pennies to shareholders. While there was enough cash flowing for enough years that the fifth generation Strohs still seem pretty comfortable, the family looks destined to go shirtsleeves-to-shirtsleeves in six.

July 21, 2014

"MBAs are totally misguided about how much they’re worth"

Just the personal experience of one Montreal headhunter, but for MBAs it's probably worth considering.

July 17, 2014

"Economist: LeBron James Worth Almost $500 Million to Cleveland"

Unusual for articles of this type, the work is shown.

July 08, 2014

"This Company Can Predict Athlete Injuries With Unbelievable Accuracy — Here's How"

If this company were publicly held I'd think seriously about investing in it. This has got to be a gold mine. (But success will almost surely draw entry and fierce competition.)

July 02, 2014

"Right-wing food companies"

Thanks, Salon. I'll patronize these businesses more now. 

June 24, 2014

"All the Bubbles! Polar Seltzer's Rebranding"

I found this interesting for two reasons. One, it's a story of a company apparently successfully repositioning its product.

And two, I'm an enthusiastic user of said product. Zero calories, zero sodium, excellent taste. The blackberry flavor and the lemonade flavor both have antioxidants and green tea extract added, and the lemonade has some caffieine, too. They're sweetened with sucralose, which used to disagree with me, but apparently I've built up a tolerance to it and it's fine, now. 

June 13, 2014

"Here's What People Are Really Buying On Amazon"

Surprised me: by a significant margin, "electronics" is first. And groceries are third.

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