Category Archives: Business

Stuff that I have done or teach

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn

Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the connected farmsteads of New England.        Recently, I found a book about them, the title of which is the title of this post. After my return to … Continue reading

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Lost

Without a good map, you will get lost. Since I got my first iPhone a number of years ago, I have become more and more dependent on the maps app. I drive an older car without a GPS system and … Continue reading

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5%, 10%, Yes, even 15%

A flimflam? You betcha. A TV commercial for one of the TBTF bank credit card businesses came on the other night (yes, I watch TV, but only for the articles… no that’s not right…). These unrealistically happy people in the … Continue reading

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OWS

Occupy Wall Street, wow! What is going on here? As usual, many are discussing this in ways that suit their favorite ideological message. Some say it’s a bunch of loonies. Some say it’s the new liberal force for good. Some … Continue reading

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5%, 10%, 15%, More?!?

The seeds were sown in the late seventies but the phenomenon came on strong in the eighties, the pursuit of break up value. Financiers realized from years of studying US firms that many had undervalued assets. Years of business as … Continue reading

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Customer Service

A recent trip to music city, Nashville, TN, for the wonderful occasion of my eldest son’s wedding presented opportunities to view some really interesting approaches to customer service and profit maximization. Customer Service has always been a passion or obsession … Continue reading

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No! No! Not HuffPo!

Here we go again. AOL acquired Time Warner (TW) in 2000 and was finally tossed out by TW at the end of 2009. This separation came way too late. During those almost ten years of careful work AOL management produced … Continue reading

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My Favorite Car

I have always been a “car guy”. I am not sure why. Dad wasn’t, except to the extent that being born in 1909 he saw the beginning of the automobile and was fascinated by all that that meant. My Uncle … Continue reading

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144 Billion Dollars

How is your 401K doing? With the recent surge in the markets maybe it’s in better shape than it was, but is it where it should be? Maybe you have tapped out the 401K for living expenses in these difficult … Continue reading

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