New Study: community-owned broadband is cheaper and faster

Regardless of what size you think government should be (I prefer a government powerful enough to protect the community’s shared interests), the one area where government has consistently played a positive and often powerful role is in the development of infrastructure. Sometimes – nay usually – the costs associated with …

The New Normal

With regard to Mr. Schwaretz’s article on the “new normal”( NY Times “Jobless and Staying That Way”, 8/7/2010), both camps are right. Unfortunately, the same forces that created the new normal are fuel for the cyclical trends. The cycles are partly a reaction to inefficiency in the wider market; when …

Useless Businesses and the Damage Done

Umair Haque, Director of Havas Media Lab, and one of my favorite troublemakers.  His recent article, titled Is Your Business Useless?, provides a great framework for thinking about the value of organizations and enterprises of all sizes. Good reading for people considering new ventures. As Guy Kawasaki says, “Tell me …

Who Suffers Most?

There are many versions of the old adage, “When the economy catches a cold, the poor have pneumonia.” A poll on LinkedIn asking about business spending patterns shows a wide range of responses to how much the economic downturn is effecting spending patterns (self-reported) of businesses.  At last look, 100% …

The Crash of ’29 Redux

There are two factors that I think parallel the present economic crisis with the crash of 1929: credit directed at zero-sum gains and delusional leadership. Business and markets are not wise.  Both the strategic and daily decisions of businesses and individuals are about the marginal utility of a small set …