Category Archives: economy

Kodak’s Hail Mary

I always get a kick when a long-storied company which is in decline tries to hook onto the latest, hottest market, thinking, “we will get into this market, and with our amazing brand, we will knock it out of the park!” This … Continue reading

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QE, USD and the Price of Gas

Barely a decade ago, I lived in New York and would cross the George Washington Bridge to buy gas at prices below $1 / gallon. Then it crossed $2 / gallon and it seemed absurd! Before long, gas prices around or even above … Continue reading

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Netscape, SOX and the Price of Housing

Between the terrible events of 11 September 2001 and the financial crisis of 2008, US – and eventually global – housing prices rose to absurdly high levels. It is interesting how quickly people become used to high prices as “natural;” when … Continue reading

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Fight Competitors on Their Business Model, Not their Regulatory Model

When companies bring new products and services to market, they are addressing some unmet need. It might be an unserved or underserved market; it might be significantly lower costs – and therefore price to customer at the same margins – … Continue reading

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MBAs, Innovation and Disruption

I read a fascinating article in today’s WSJ, available here, about how AOL was the first Facebook, that really understood the value of community. Unfortunately, as they became a public company, a “Taliban” of MBAs came in, focused on short … Continue reading

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We are not amused – the economics of amusement parks

Recently, I had the experience of seeing two related events in the business of amusement parks. First, The Wall Street Journal, one the front page of its Tuesday, August 5, 2008, edition, had an interesting article on the financial troubles … Continue reading

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Welcome to Atomic Energy!

Welcome to Atomic Energy! This is the CEO’s blog, with thoughts and insights about everything that affects business, economy, society, policy and, of course, technology. Comments on any blog postings are always appreciated, and Trackbacks and Pingbacks are certainly welcome. I … Continue reading

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