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Business & Technology
This being a software company, I would be remiss without starting here…
At Open Source Business, Clair has a public thank you for the KDE crowd for their continuous improvements and advancements. It's amazing what competition can do for you… just don't ask if Gnome is better.
In Explaining the Firefox $72M, Scott Milner talks about what factors make up this number, acknowledges that it may be a bit off, and compares it to some other browsers.. Other browsers?
When you're running your own business, it seems like there's always something waiting to be done.. Clair Ching at Freelance Pro offers us some tips on what we can do to prepare for the dreaded all-nighter. Then, she offers a strategy to get smarter… which might prevent the need for all-nighters anyway!
Dave Lorenzo points out that Your Career is Your Business and should be managed with some of the same principles in mind. The rest of his site is filled with tips and strategies, check out Career Intensity for more.
Crossroads Dispatches offers a perspective on work and life that we should all take in Overheard, Two Artists: “I Cannot Not Do It”. In business, in life, in religion, there is the fundamental question…
No work? Invest your time in something that will not only bring money but will help you land the job you want. Why long periods of joblessness may impact your career and ideas on what you can do to improve your chances of landing a job… whatever you do, Donâ€™t Stand Still!
In The Art of the Handshake, Steve Mertz lays out a simple scenario… Your company has worked a year for a chance to give a 1 hour presntation for a mult-million dollar contract-don't spoil your efforts with a rotten handshake.
Skepticism is medicine for bad thinking. True, it sometimes tastes bad, but it's still the best cure for unforced errors. In Praise of Skepticism
In Flying Solo, Nina gives us an analysis on the emotions and economics of couples taking separate vacations.
In It must be Friday – they are laying people off again, the highly esteemed David St. Lawrence points out the problems and raises some questions about companies who try to fire their way out of problems.
Political Calculations gives us detailed information on Air Americaâ€™s Rating and Revenue in Air America's Ratings in the Top 100 Radio Markets. What happens if AAR loses itâ€™s NYC flagship (WLIB)? Read on for details…
In Hierarchy and GM, Professor Bainbridge traces GM's problems back to a number of hierarchy-related factors and discusses ways of combatting them. In the technology area, similar discussions have been occuring involving Microsoft.
In Two Different Worlds We Live In we read about the Google Annual Report which points out that the Internet universe is really made up of two worlds, the Desktop world and the Mobile world. It's important to connect with both.
Rob offers some Commentary on the book “Us vs. Them: Understanding Your Tribal Mind” and questions about how it may apply to business, specifically the transition period as companies grow from close knit groups to large organizations.
In addition to your standard ToDo list, have you ever considered Getting a “Stop Doing” list? Sometimes saying No can be more important as getting a customer to say Yes.
Accounting and finance
Dan Melson – a man I am personally indebted to for his advice when I purchased my home, thanks Dan! – offers an interesting discussion on Debt Consolidation Refinance – Pros and Cons. The different breakdowns are amazing…
How do people end up in situations like Dan talks about? David A. Porter offers some insight in Credit Bureaus are selling your personal mortgage inquiry!
Itâ€™s just that time of year… In Donation Deductions, Amanda offers some helpful tips in determining and tracking your deductions. Weâ€™re less than a month away.
Now, just to stay in the spirit of the season, Free Money Finance offers March Madness Free Money Finance Style, Round 1. In my first round bracket, I called 18 of the first 20 correctly. And then 6 after that…
Jack Yoest points out that some people understand the basics… of course, it's the Chinese government, not the US: Consumption Seen As Next Big Driver of Growth.
Regulations in Commerce / Daddy Knows Best
Brian Gongol highlights how fundamentally government is chasing windmills in Banning Junk Food in Schools Teaches the Wrong Lesson. As a graduate of the Illinois school system, Iâ€™m not surprised…
Trapier Michael asks us Who's Afraid of Socialized Medicine? and covers and ongoing tiff between some â€œintellectuals” – including the economically-challenged Krugman – about the nuance between socialized medicine and socialized insurance. Tim Worstall stays on the same topic with a different look in Too Much Choice?.
At Eidelblog, Perry offers some critical analysis of basic market forces in If your compensation isn't enough, why do you work there?. I think Perry is closed, but he's missing the fact that people would have to take responsibility for themselves.
In Pay It Forward asks Why is there so much month left at the end of the money? The Small Office attempts an answer by postponing raises for three months.
In Innovative Funding for College Athletics mark notes Several elite colleges have tapped into their alumnis expertise in venture capital to establish venture capital funds intended to endow collegiate athletic programs.
Marketing and sales
Wayne Hurlbert at Blog Business World continues on this thread in Online sales: Interior website pages sell. Thinking about your site in depth has a number of aspects and benefits Wayne discusses detail. Thanks Wayne!
The Japan Stock Blog shares some projections on the World Cup Soccerâ€™s Economic Impact on Japan + Stock Plays. Looks like a good time to invest in televisions and beer…
Scatterbox raises some implications of the changing media environment in Changing business: More media covering fewer stories.
In Benefit Headlines Don't Work As Well As They Used To, Jim points out that benefits are and will continue to be important. But they arenâ€™t as effective in headlines as they used to be.
Blogging for Business
Why arenâ€™t more major-league investors blogging?. Good quesiton.. are they afraid to give up their secrets, are they simply too invested in the current media, or is there something else? The Daily Dose of Optimism takes a look and argues these points.
Now this is one motivated baby: Retirement Planning for Babies. What would you do if your retirement planning had a 65 year horizon?
Mover Mike gives us a detailed analysis on strategies the Fed can use to fight a falling dollar in The FED's Falling USD Dilemma… unfortunately, like all economic policy, the tradeoffs could be the kicker. James Hamilton at Econbrowser asks Where are the financial crises? in his in own look at monetary tightening.
Capitalism and Entrepreneurship
In Banking on Black Markets, the Libertarian Policy Institute talks about the issues and oddities with having skin-color based marketing and branding in a business based on the services provided to customers…
In 4 Ingredient Formula For Building A Successful Business, Jim Logan gives us some tips to building a successful business, regardless of the industry.
In America and Europe, we get some questions and challenges to the argument that Europe is going to lead the next round of innovation and creation.
Legal issues in commerce
In The Law Of Unintended Consequences or Supply Meets Demand, Uncle Bill points out some disconnects between policy and reality. Read his followup for his final thoughts.