Category: Business

General business

“Charlie Wilson’s War” and How to Get Things Done

Truth is, I've got over 100 feeds in my RSS reader.  One of them is the feed from Tom Peters' site because, well, he's Tom Peters. Tom recently distilled some lessons from Charlie Wilson's War (the book, not the movie) on how to be an effective change agent.  Really good...

/ January 6, 2008

Radiohead

I just downloaded Radiohead's "In Rainbows".  I jumped on it after  Digital Media Wire highlighted a Billboard report that the band's pay-what-you-want scenario will end officially as of December 10.  XL Recordings in the UK and ATO Records here in the States will release the CD at the beginning of...

/ December 6, 2007

2008: The year of the digital download?

Could 2008 be the year that the digital download catches on as an incentive for brands? According to an article in this month's issue in PROMO Magazine, over "a third of brand and agency executives say their companies now offer customers free digital downloads as a promotional incentive." Some stats:...

/ December 4, 2007

The business world is paying more attention to Facebook

I'll keep this short, since I've got to jump to other things.  But please check out the article in today's Times, which details all of the activity around Facebook since Microsoft let it be known that they are considering at $500MM investment in the social networking platform.  Yes, FB is...

/ October 4, 2007

Save Internet Radio

Those of you who know me are aware that I’m a huge fan of Internet radio.  Sites like Somafm, Pandora,  Bassdrive, WPS1 and Soul Patrol are not only some of my favorites because of the great 24-hour music they offer, but because it’s a great way to escape the mind-numbing...

/ April 27, 2007

How Not To Do New Media

Funny how the “old media” industries rush to absorb new upstarts.  Case in point is an article in today’s NY Times on David Lehre, who achieved success by directing his own comedy spots that were posted to YouTube.  Fox has signed him to a development deal.  Of course, the question...

/ February 11, 2007

Can Black Rock Save Black Culture?

Vernon Reid, originally uploaded by fstop45. In order for the vast majority of black youth to envision better lives for themselves, we need to bring musicality back into their lives.  By this I mean, get them playing instruments.  Since we can’t count on the school system to get them excited...

/ October 5, 2006

Can Not Knowing About Contemporary Culture Be A Career Liability?

Grant McCracken presents a provocative take on the Sumner Redstone’s (right) firing of Tom Freston (left), which kicked off an intense discussion.  He read the situation like this:Freston got his job as a CEO of Viacom because he was deeply informed about contemporary culture and lost it because he was...

/ September 7, 2006

PODCAST: Gerd Leonhard on why attention–not content–is king

Gerd Leonhard is a noted media futurist and co-author with Dave Kusek of “The Future of Music”. With all of the ongoing news about it, it’s clear that the music business will require a fundamental paradigm shift in order to better sync with the realities of the digital age.  “The...

/ August 22, 2006

Approaches to music’s digital divide

Solid commentary by Grant Robertson at The Digital Music Weblog regarding a Reuters article on how labels and music marketing pros should think about audiences.  Younger audiences are more prone to snap up singles digitally versus 35+ audiences who tend to be full-album oriented.  He uses the new singles by...

/ July 12, 2006

Fumble at the Goal Line

My family and I went out to dinner last night. Nana serves pan-Asian fare, a mix of Japanese and Thai cooking. The waitress made some helpful suggestions and, in general, we liked the appetizers, even though we thought the meats could’ve been better seasoned. We liked the entrees even more:...

/ May 17, 2006

The Next Chapter in Agency Compensation

Crispin Porter & Bogusky (CP+B) made the news again this week. It wasn’t your run-of-the-mill news business story. Rather, Haggar Clothing not only hired the Miami agency, but gave it a minority stake. This is newsworthy because it's one of those rare instances where an agency takes a stake in...

/ April 27, 2006