Archive for the ‘business’ Category

Steal this web video

April 15, 2010Jon Brooks 1 Comment », is an organization that seeks to “highlight the economic artistic, and social harm caused by distribution monopolies, and to demonstrate how freedom-based distribution is better for artists and audiences.” To that end, here’s an animated video it released a couple of weeks ago called “Copying Is Not Theft,” spelling out one argument against certain [...]

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EconomyBeat Podcast #13: It’s Not Funny Anymore

April 14, 2010roman Comments Off

The one rule of performing improv comedy is “yes ,and…” When someone presents a comedic scenario, you don’t contradict the premise and start acting something else out, you build upon what last performer hands off to you, you effectively say “yes, and…” You continue the scene and forward the action and refine the characters. But [...]

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100 highest paid CEOs

April 13, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

Here they are, courtesy of the AFL-CIO. Number one? Aubrey K. McClendon of Chesapeake Energy, who made a cool $100,069,201 in 2008. That’s 100 million. I bet he gets his own parking space too. Number two, at $59,834,630, is Eugene M. Isenberg of Nabors Industries, which I believe manufactures merchandise featuring the picture of fan [...]

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Executive pay: The labor perspective

April 13, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

At 12pm ET today, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka is holding a live webcast discussion on executive pay Just a hunch, but I’m guessing he thinks they make too much. Watch it here. And here is the union’s Executive PayWatch web site, where you can search for your favorite CEO and his compensation by company name, [...]

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Laying off the wrong person

April 8, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

The head of a management consulting firm writes on his Harvard Business Review blog that companies sometimes lay off relative underperformers simply because nobody understands exactly what they do. When the wrong person is fired, it hurts everyone involved — the person and his or her company. There’s a better way to solve this problem [...]

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Spot the business cliche

April 6, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

From a “visual business cliché find-it poster,” from the company XPLANE. Includes “low-hanging fruit,” “dealbreaker,” “drink the Kool-Aid,” “get your ducks in a row,” “hard stop,” “mission critical,” “take it offline,” “whiteboard it,” and of course, “think outside the box.” Click on the picture to see it full-size.

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Is the recession really over?

April 6, 2010Jon Brooks 1 Comment »

Economist Jeff Frankel, who is a member of the committee that officially calls the beginning and end of recessions, says last week’s announcement that the economy added jobs in March has put a nail in the coffin of the Great Recession. But economist Mark Thoma is more cautious. First, Frankel: Job market confirms end of [...]

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Not sure if they’re hiring…

April 2, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

From UN Dispatch, a site providing “commentary and coverage on the UN and UN-related issues.” The Somali Pirates’ Business Model by Mark Leon Goldberg Last week, a group of investigators dispatched by the Security Council to Somalia released an exhaustive, 100 plus page report on arms trafficking, aid diversion, and other criminal activities in Somalia… [...]

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Sucking up to Google

March 30, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

In February, Google made an announcement:

We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people…

As a first step, today we’re putting out a request for information (RFI) to help identify interested communities. We welcome responses from local government, as well as members of the public. If you’d like to respond, visit this page to learn more, or check out our video:

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Hatin’ on Nestle

March 26, 2010Jon Brooks Comments Off

The advertising, marketing, and media blog Thought Gadgets posts on a dust-up between users on the Nestle fan page on Facebook and a company rep. The Nestle page has been the target of an online anti-deforestation campaign by Greenpeace, as described here by the site Web Strategy, which also lays out a response plan for [...]

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