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My Thoughts on Susan L Wagner of BlackRock Joining Apple’s Board

Apple appointed Susan L Wagner to their board of directors yesterday and people have been contacting me to ask if that is the same BlackRock I once worked at. in the 1990’s. The answer is yes! Here is the announcement: CUPERTINO, California—July 17, 2014—Apple® today announced that Susan L. Wagner, founding partner and director of […]

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Interview of Daniel Isenberg on the Potential To Launch Contrarian Business Ideas Successfully and His Top Entrepreneurship Book

Daniel Isenberg has likely written one of the most important books on entrepreneurship I’ve ever seen. It is not about pitch decks or pitching venture capitalists for funding. The book entitled, Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value, actually discusses something far more important, the stories of people who had […]

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Most Interesting Things I Saw at Internet Retailer Conference & Expo 2013 (IRCE2013)

IRCE 2013 again had a jammed packed expo hall full of the best vendors in ecommerce. One of the first companies I encountered was Riskified. Riskified was one of the most unique new offerings that improves customer experience and business performance while reducing merchant risk that I saw at IRCE2013. Eido Gal is passionate about […]

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Ted Matthews Interview : The Real Meaning of ‘Brand’ is Outstanding Culture

At the back of John Warrillow’s Built to Sell, I saw a book mentioned as a must read. That book is Brand : It ain’t the logo*. The asterisk stands for “It’s what people think of you.” This perspective matches and aligns with my own views quite closely. After a short chat with Ted Matthews […]

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When the Best Infographics Are No Infographic at All?

I’m continually amazed by the number of people who skip text and bypass words and text altogether. I came across an amazing inadvertent and automated example on the National Weather Service Chicago website regarding this Sunday’s weather forecast.             As you can see the graphical representation says Sunday will have […]

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Bestselling Author John Mackey – Conscious Capitalism 2013 Book Tour Chicago Stop

John Mackey came to Chicago Wednesday and gave a powerful , paradign-shifting soul-awakening speech about his new book Conscious Capitalism to the Economic Club of Chicago. The event was led by John A Canning Jr., Chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners. Question and answers were moderated by Mary Ann Childers. Later, I attended a second event […]

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My Jim Bohannon Radio Show Appearance & Discovering the Hurricane Severity Index

On Friday evening I was a guest on The Jim Bohannon Show to discuss my blog post Will Hurricane Sandy (1-175-485) Again Demonstrate Need to Enhance Saffir-Simpson Scale? It was such a pleasure to be on his show, he’s a true professional. You can find a link to the archived recording here. During the interview he mentioned […]

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Will Hurricane Sandy (1-175-485) Again Demonstrate Need to Enhance Saffir-Simpson Scale?

Hurricane Ike killed 112 (per Wikipedia) in the United States in 2008, most due to the storm surge. At the time I wrote a blog post advocating an enhancement to the Saffir-Simpson Scale to improve the risk assessment and public communication tool. With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the New Jersey coast, I thought it […]

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