Monthly Archives: May 2013

How Better Place Could Have Done a Better Job… Using Blanks

Unfortunately, Better Place is everyone’s whipping boy today. After all, the company blew through upwards of $800MM (remember Webvan?) and is going through liquidation after it barely got started. While most commentators will focus on the money lost, and especially … Continue reading

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Cheaper Is Not Always So – Costs of an Education

When I went to business school, our economics professor used the various costs of MBA programs as a great example of fully loaded costs. A full-time MBA degree was about half the cost of an executive MBA. Considering how much … Continue reading

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Economic Lessons from a Water Faucet… Drip Drip

Yesterday evening, I visited an old friend, who had a bright nephew, around 19 years old, over. During the discussion, which somehow turned to exchange rates, he asked, “what determines the exchange rate between currency X and currency Y anyways?” … Continue reading

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Now I Get Ripple

I have been following, and keenly interested in, Bitcoin and other alternative currencies for some time now; apparently I am in good company.¬†Bitcoin has been getting lots of press, both good and bad, especially the wild swings in the conversion … Continue reading

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A Good Example of Metrics

The Jerusalem Post on Thursday 9 May 2013 had a simple op-ed on affordable housing in Israel. My interest here is not the political side of it – which is most of what the article addresses – but the good … Continue reading

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When Lawyers Get In The Way, Part II: When Your Company Really Learns

Last week, I posted a detailed account of my experience trying, as a customer, to help Bauer Hockey improve their products and customer relations. Today, I received a first-class email from Ken Covo, VP of R&D at Bauer Hockey. This … Continue reading

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Bitcoin Again: Inflation

In an online discussion on Bitcoin, kidmercury pointed out an error of mine, related to Bitcoin (BTC) and inflation. In the earlier post, I mentioned that all fiat currencies, controlled by central bankers, are subject to inflation for technical reasons … Continue reading

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Airlines to Tel Aviv and financial metrics

I love a good metric, one that provides critical insight into how a business is operating in one glance. It is never the whole story, there are always caveats, but the usage of the right metric is incredibly insightful (and, … Continue reading

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Bitcoin follow-on – I lead the WSJ by three days

Three days after I published my piece on Bitcoin, the WSJ’s weekend interview, available here, is with the Chief Scientist of Bitcoin. I have always enjoyed their weekend interviews, even – or perhaps especially – when I disagreed with the … Continue reading

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When lawyers get between you and your customers

I play ice hockey. I love it. Of course, hockey is a sport that requires gear; lots and lots of gear. After all, you not only need skates and a stick, but lots of protective equipment, bags to carry the … Continue reading

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