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The Post-Employment Economy, Part 4: Employment “risk”

In my ongoing series on post-employment, I continue on the theme introduced in the second part, namely the waning of the “employment promise” that drove economic growth and American culture in the post-war years. The most significant erosion of the employment promise in the last thirty years has involved income security. Americans, who in the [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 6

Happy days are here again, enjoy a beer that’s beer again . . . . . . according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll . . . Americans said they approved of Mr. Obama’s handling of the economy, foreign policy, Iraq and Afghanistan; fully two-thirds said they approved of his overall job performance. [...]

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When “free” becomes a gun to your head

Readers of this blog and our book, Shoestring Venture, know that we love nothing like we love “free.” And we invest basketloads of time tracking down the best “free” deals. (Best free deals? Well, just as in mathematics, some infinities are “larger” than others, in the biz world some “free” things are more free than [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 4 & 5

Obama unveils a radical new direction for the world economy called “common sense.” On Wednesday, I wrote about the undervalued role that trade imbalances, and the resulting capital flows, played in causing the current financial crisis. President Obama had raised the issue in a press conference Wednesday, catching some of his own advisers off guard. [...]

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Internet Explorer continues to lose market share

Internet Explorer continues to lose market share

Net Applications has released it’s statistics for March, showing Internet Explorer continuing to slide in its dominance of the browser market while Firefox continues its steady rise. For the month of March, Internet Explorer market share fell to 66.8%, down from 67.4% in February. The new version of Explorer, IE 8, has managed to capture [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 3

Guess finding all that loose change around didn’t help Fritz Henderson, the new chief executive of General Motors, gave his most forceful message yet to debt-holders and unions, saying a clean balance sheet was “not negotiable” and could “very well happen” through bankruptcy. . . . Bondholders can negotiate, he said, but “the over-riding objective [...]

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Free 411 calls

Anyone who’s read our book or followed our blog know that what we’re all about is helping entrepreneurs manage their business like the biggest corporations and, at the same time, stretch every dollar — even when there are no dollars to stretch. For that reason, we are fans of Clare McDermott’s blog, SoloPortfolio’s Idea Workbook [...]

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When your logo goes terribly, terribly wrong

When your logo goes terribly, terribly wrong

I normally don’t go for humor at the expense of people who are trying their best but don’t really know what they’re doing, so I would normally pass on passing on a link like this. But the grim reality is this: if you’re launching a new business on a shoestring, then it’s not like you [...]

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The 25 most valuable blogs

The Shoestring Venture series of books has a book on blogging currently being authored, so we follow the blogging biz (and the biz of blogging) very carefully. You may not know this, but 24/7 Wall Street annually calculates the “value” of the top Web blogs. Now, this is, after all, an educated guess since all [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 2

The Biz Roundup April 2

The G20 meeting actually accomplishes something. World leaders on Thursday heralded the G20 summit as the day the world “fought back against the recession” as they put on a show of unity that lifted global markets and mapped out a new future for financial regulation. . . . Gordon Brown, host of the summit, said [...]

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The Biz Roundup April 1

GM announces it will no longer require bailout money (From today’s New York Times) GM announced today that it would not be needing any additional government loans, saying that it has “found” $20 billion. GM had earlier this week asked Congress for $17.1 billion to help it continue operations until August. . . . At [...]

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Thinking strategically, part two: Core competencies and competitive advantage

Because I don’t like typing things twice, for this second installment on thinking strategically on business, I offer up a great discussion core competencies and competitive advantage from our book, Shoestring Venture: The Startup Bible. It, I think, hits just the right pitchfor entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small businesses — in other words, for the rest [...]

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Another great review!

We are really honored that Kelly Watson, who runs Women Wise Marketing, has posted a great review on our book, Shoestring Venture: The Startup Bible. You can read the review here. Money quote: I was overwhelmed, at first, by the sheer size of the book. But then I realized that Shoestring Venture isn’t a book [...]

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The Biz Roundup March 31

Google gets into the venture capital game. GoogleMoney? GoogleCapital? GoogleAngel? Though committing only to invest $100m in its first year as a venture capital investor, Google executives made clear in an interview with the Financial Times that the internet group had its sights set on joining the top ranks of the valley’s close-knit financial world, [...]

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Forget social marketing and new media, publish a MAGAZINE!!!!

Just when you thought old media was dead, Hewlett-Packard rolls out an on-demand magazine printing service that makes it possible to cheaply print small-run magazines. I’m talking four-color, full-bleed, decent weight glossy paper magazines as good as anything you see in a bookstore (provided you have a good designer) for TWENTY CENTS PER PAGE. A [...]

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The Biz Roundup March 30

Here’s another radical socialist idea from Obama: treat the automakers as if they were businesses and expect them to behave as such. How far to the left can this administration go? Therefore, [Obama] said, he is offering GM and Chrysler “a limited period of time to work with creditors, unions and other stakeholders to fundamentally [...]

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Cloud computing for startups

A large part of Shoestring Venture: The Startup Bible deals with exploiting cloud computing resources (like Web-based software) at incredibly low cost. In fact, we have an entire guide to cloud computing on the factory line even as I sepak. The recession, it turns out, is making cloud computing the cheap technology of choice for [...]

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Common sense about search engine optimization

In my last post, I include a quote about “hope” from Thucydides’ Melian Debate. But since I really couldn’t pop it out from memory (I could a couple decades ago — in the original Greek, no less!), I googled it for a translation. There, to my surprise, sitting in the number one position of almost [...]

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The Biz Roundup March 28-29

We have met the bottom and this is it (or not). April will mark the 17th month of the recession that began in December 2007, making it the lengthiest downturn of the post-Depression era. For the most part, forecasters don’t see U.S. economic growth turning positive until early autumn, and even then, expect the unemployment [...]

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Reserve currency versus global currency

Michelle Bachmann, Congresswoman from Minnesota’s sixth district, has introduced panicked legislation outlawing the establishment of a “global currency.” The legislation was inspired by China’s overture to establish a single reserve currency and, quite possibly, make that standard, universal global reserve currency some other currency rather than American dollars. Timothy Geithner limpidly announced that the U.S. [...]

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