Markets

Wall Street “Wizards” Just Presided Over the Biggest Money Drain in History – And They Are Getting Off Scot Free

Posted by on November 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Executive Memorandum CONFIDENTIAL To: The New CEO From: The Previous CEO Date: November, 2012 Re: Wall Street “Wizards” Just Presided Over the Biggest Money Drain in History – And They Are Getting Off Scot Free I imagine you are as furious as I am at the way Wall Street’s minions managed their global bloodletting.  They [...]

Tapscott vs Shirky: TEDGlobal.

Posted by on November 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Don Tapscott,  “Big Data, business intelligence, and next generation analytics can help deliver more effective targeted communications to customers.  And with detailed individual knowledge we can deliver better, personalized value (products and services) to them.  But in many ways this is just fine tuning of the old paradigm in marketing where companies deliver message and [...]

The New Reality

Posted by on October 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

Confidential To: The CEO From: The Former CEO, now Chairman of the Finance Committee Date: October 2012 Re: The New Reality Thanks for the extremely gracious reception you gave my last memo. I’m glad you found it useful. Thanks also for asking me to write another memo. I’m flattered. Doubly so because I really intended [...]

Build A Bear: Target Audience.

Posted by on October 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

I have never seen an 8 year old drive a car.  I believe that is against the law.  I have never seen 8 year olds go to malls between the hours of 9:00 to 3:00 they are in school.  I believe that 8 year olds go to BBW web-site.  If they purchase bears over the [...]

Trust Deficit $4 Trillion and Counting

Posted by on July 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

The trust deficit over the past three fiscal years through September 2011 totaled 4 trillion dollars. Trust earnings per share have collapsed. Projected (trust earnings) will continue to decline. This is consistent with research data and consistent with what we know about the trust crisis. I was not clear about what I meant when I [...]

Dr.Murry: Commencement Address at UCLA

Posted by on July 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

Dr.Murry was one of three people (Big Short) who predicted and took advantage of the housing crisis, credit default swaps and the collapse of Aig.  His commencement address at UCLA is a tutorial on how he did what he did.  He explains his logic, decision making and big bets.  The government instead of asking for [...]

Creativity in the 5th Dimension.

Posted by on June 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm

A new kind of discovery has emerged in which sources of creativity have been founded as much upon marginalized sites and contexts as upon creative hubs. Now, the most important thing to work on is creative discovery, which is not only about creativity, it’s the whole understanding of discovery.

Instruction Manual Update: Build-A-Bear.

Posted by on February 24, 2012 at 10:03 am

In my book, I discuss Build-A-Bear being a prisoner of the past. Last week the stock was down approximately 25%. The traffic in the retail stores were down, sales and earnings were below estimates and marketing did not drive sales and earnings. Build-A-Bear has the following choices; it could sell the business, it could find [...]

Instruction Manual Update: Business Designs.

Posted by on February 21, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The majority of business designs are carbon copies of each other.  The business designs of package goods companies, software companies and car companies are carbon copies of each other.  It there is anything that has caught the popular fancy is business design; agile, flexible, collaborate.  Every month brings another business design.  We add as many [...]

Coors Light Overtakes Budweiser As No.2 Seller

Posted by on January 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

Coors Light has done the seemingly impossible. It has become the No.2 selling light beer in the United States. The reasons why will be discussed over and over again. I am a beer aficionado. I do not know if that makes me anymore qualified than the herd. I live in St.Louis and Budweiser has become [...]