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February 26, 2009

US Mexican border gun sales

This NYT article surfaces some amazing and tragic stakeholder issues. What would Milton Friedman say? Focus on behaviors that are unethical, yet still legal.

February 25, 2009

web 2.0 measures of influence

Ford is going give away 100 Fiestas to influencial individuals. Here are some of their measures:

"Do you have over 500 friends on Facebook?," "Do you have over 1,000 followers on Twitter or 250,000 subscribers on YouTube?" But these are basic thresholds; the next step is seeing what type of "pull" they get from their application videos on YouTube, which shows they can be a valuable agent for us.

problem solving 101

This book could be useful for entre or innovation students. Popular in Japan and originally written by a McKinsey consultant for middle schoolers.

February 24, 2009

Campbell's Soup woes

Some nice five forces lessons here.

February 23, 2009

Yahoo reorg

Might be interesting to have student speculate on Yahoo's reorg.

Kosmix deep web search

Kosmix.com seems to aggregate interesting sources, particularly for management concepts

Honda replaces president amid sales slump

IHT article 2 23 09. Good to explore with 1001 students.

February 18, 2009

evolution of VC and IPO market

Nice discussion on how changes in the IPO market have affected VC exit strategies.

February 13, 2009

middle class in China and elsewhere

Good Economist article on why 50% of the world is now middle class. The China charts are quite interesting.

February 11, 2009

Google PowerMeter project

This is a great smart meter innovation by Google. It will be fun to watch it roll out.

February 10, 2009

"Product of the Year"

A new running in packs strategy for consumer products companies. See the shameless promotion in this video. Not a bad business model for POY.

February 2, 2009

great Chinese online dictionary