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Archive for February 2010

Thanks to My Readers

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Thank you to all my readers this month. Capitolism has already doubled its previous best-month hit total, and I appreciate every reader. I hope you’ve found the writings worth your time, and hope you will come back again.

Here’s to an even better March! Thanks again!

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Written by Russell S.

February 25, 2010 at 1:31 am

Posted in Strategy

The Truth About ‘Money’

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This is more true than The Onion writers know. At least the part about paper money.

Written by Russell S.

February 24, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Posted in Economics

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Big Business Cozies Up to Government

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John Tamny writes an instructive piece on the dangers of business cozying up to government. It raises a question: how does business extricate itself from pursuing closer relations with government? If a business exists to maximize profits, according to Mr. Tamny, and government offers a low-risk way to do just that, how do we end that relationship? Mr. Tamny’s a smart writer, so he likely has an answer. I will try to find out what he thinks.

Written by Russell S.

February 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

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Brand Resurection

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Tim Rutten writes a nice analysis of the brand challenges faced by Toyota and Tiger Woods in today’s Los Angeles Times. While I am not a brand expert, I have quite a bit of experience in a variety of communications. Both Toyota and Tiger Woods have mishandled almost every step in their public relations efforts. Tiger Woods’s press conference yesterday showed, yet again, that he has retained poor advisors. Jason Sobel of ESPN has a good review of his remarks.

Written by Russell S.

February 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Quick Entrepreneurial Gut Check

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If you are considering going it alone — going the path of the entrepreneur — Daniel Isenberg has a nice, quick test to give yourself.  As I have written before, many people thinking about entrepreneurship consider only the potential upsides — the freedom, not working for others and reaping possible financial benefits. But many people neglect to ask themselves if that lifestyle really suits them or if they possess the non-technical skills, like financial acumen, to succeed. Mr. Isenberg’s quick gut check helps potential entrepreneurs determine whether to hold off, or to look further into their small business ideas.

Written by Russell S.

February 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

For the Gentlemen Readers

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Gentlemen Readers,

If you wear a tie for work, or even just occasionally, you probably end up staining a tie every now and then. If this happens to you, I have a recommendation. A couple years ago, I read about a tie cleaning company in GQ. I could not remember most of the article, but I did recall the company referenced has a four-tie minimum for its cleaning services. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Russell S.

February 19, 2010 at 3:21 am

Newspapers on the Web

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Bill Wyman has an excellent analysis of newspapers’s visual displays on their websites. As you can tell from his title, he doesn’t think much of most media websites. Edward Tufte offers another excellent analysis of newspapers on the web, analyzing the development of the Washington Post site over time.

Written by Russell S.

February 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm