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The End of Borders and the Future of Books

November 13th, 2011  |  Source: Business Week

An inside look at the real reasons for the once-beloved chain's demise

For the past decade and a half, Borders seems to have been in the business of making mistakes. Consider the company’s efforts to develop an online presence. Amazon was launched in 1995, and Barnes & Noble responded with its own website two years later.

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Trouble in Richistan

November 11th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

The dream – or myth – of mobility was the glue that helped keep America together


What does it take to get a new lobbyist around here?

November 10th, 2011  |  Source: FT.com

In “The Broken Contract“, his essay in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, New Yorker staff writer George Packer argues that the source of widening US inequality is to be found when…

Organized money and the conservative movement seized the moment back in 1978 to begin a massive, generation-long transfer of wealth to the richest Americans.


HP Chairman Ray Lane: A profile in courage

September 26th, 2011  |  Source: Real Dan Lyons.com

 

HP board chairman Ray Lane is lashing out at critics who are pinning the blame for HP’s mess on the board of directors, who are described in this New York Times article as the “worst board in the history of business.”


Starbucks’ Schultz Says 100 Leaders to Halt Campaign Giving

August 25th, 2011  |  Source: Bloomberg

Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said more than 100 business leaders have joined his pledge to boycott U.S. political campaign donations.


Financing the Road to Rio

July 23rd, 2011  |  Source: Globe-Net.com

 

Important discussions lie ahead on the road to Rio + 20 for the global investment community - UNEP FI Global Roundtable 2011, and GLOBE 2012.   

Banking and investment organizations worldwide are monitoring developments in the international financial markets preparatory to the Rio + 20 Earth Summit taking place in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2012.


The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

July 13th, 2011  |  Source: Forbes Blog

 

The NFL has grown explosively over the past 25 years as TV revenue jumped 700%. The league’s 32 teams now divide $3.8 billion annually under the current round of broadcast deals, which expire after the 2013 season. With ratings at record levels, the next TV contracts are bound to be even more lucrative. Teams that were selling for $70 million in the mid-1980s are now worth $1 billion on average.

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How Harry Potter Became A $15 Billion Brand

July 13th, 2011  |  Source: Business Insider

 

Fourteen years, seven books and blockbuster films later, the Harry Potter brand, valued at over $15 billion, is still going strong.

Over 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide and translated into 67 languages, making Rowling the first billionaire author.

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The Spaceship Takes Off From Cupertino

June 10th, 2011  |  Source: Forbes

When a product company turns to real estate development, watch out!

Apple’s proposed headquarters campus will take up a lot of time, attention, energy, and money that might better be put toward staying focused on the business.

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