Category Archives: Biz / Econ

The Rise and Fall of Solyndra

Yesterday, the big news was that Solyndra, a US solar darling, filed for bankruptcy. The company attracted $1B (yes, that much!) in private VC funding and secured a $500M DOE government loan. Put this another way, they managed to spend … Continue reading

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What Causes Stock Market Crashes?

So today, I want to share an article because I thought it was interesting, and also because I thought it was wrong. The Dividend Guy has a blog post about the 3 Hidden Truths About Stock Market Crashes. His ‘truths’ … Continue reading

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Republicans v Science

So, Rick Perry doesn’t believe in evolution, and Mitt Romney seems to have a non-stance on climate change in order to appease the Right’s voting bloc.  Okay, great – let’s just put on blinders to years of scientific evidence, or … Continue reading

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Protecting the ugly, as a minority?

Rather than throw some more Hurricane Irene related news at you, which most of you must be seeing/hearing this weekend, I thought I’d toss this op-ed your way, on the merits of providing something by the way of additional protection … Continue reading

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Tata’s Nano: Stuck in Low Gear

Another great article from The Economist: Stuck in Low Gear. The article talks about the failure of the Nano to catch on in any real way. The Nano, if you recall, is not to be confused with Apple’s miniature iPod. … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Powerful Women

…according to Forbes.  Sometimes it concerns me that people like Madonna are more powerful than Supreme Court Justices.  The influence of the media, so to speak. I’d also be interested to see some sort of “attractiveness” metric, and compare that … Continue reading

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S&P President to leave on heels of US downgrade?

So, here’s something a little fishy: the president of Standard & Poor’s, the credit rating agency that just downgraded the US credit ranking, is slated to leave at the end of the year.  This announcement was made days-weeks after the … Continue reading

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Man U Seeks to IPO

This actually seems brilliant. What better way to allow a bunch of rabid soccer fans really participate in a team than by allowing them to actually own shares of the business? Apparently Man U was public before being bought out … Continue reading

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Inside the mind of the innovator

I really enjoyed this article from the Economist.  The article focuses on a new study being released by Clay Christensen.  Christensen tries to take us inside the mind of great innovators and looks for what sets them apart from the … Continue reading

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The numbers behind the ‘Made in China’ label

This article surprised me a bit.  I always thought that consumers spent a good percentage of their money on products that were made in Chine, but according to this data, it only gets about 2.7% of that spending and 3.1% … Continue reading

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