Risky Business


December 2008


Will Obama Kill Silicon Valley?

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In the Wall Street Journal, Michael Malone makes that provocative suggestion. Read here.

First, he attributes the decline in venture capital activity mainly to Sarbanes-Oxley and mark-to-market accounting. For more on the role of Sarbox, click here.

Malone goes on to say that Obama's capital ...

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Twitter: Useful For Business

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Another endorsement of Twitter as a tool for businesspeople--not just a mindless timewaster:

With so many people using Twitter, there are bound to be occurrences where your company and/or products will be discussed. Twitter's search function can be an excellent resource for monitoring brand ...

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To Holiday Party Or Not To Holiday Party?

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The question going through a lot of business owners' heads right now is, "How much do I cut back?" There isn't an easy answer to that question. The problem is that expenses that aren't technically necessary to keep your business running are still part of a long-term investment strategy that is

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If We Didn't Bailout Detroit

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The bailout plan is going to allow the federal government to dictate many of the business decisions of the Detroit auto industry in exchange for money. Essentially, the government will be playing the role of an entrepreneur, to some degree, in getting these companies back on their feet. But what ...

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Video Games Immune to Recession

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Not all of the retail sector is in the doldrums this holiday season.  The FT reports today that the video game industry is doing quite fine, thank you very much:

US industry sales are up 25 per cent so far this year, according to the NPD research firm. Game sales in October rose 35 per ...

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More Myths About the Detroit Bailout

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There's an idea going around that a bailout for the Big Three in Detroit is actually a bailout for small businesses.  Most notably, Sandy Baruah, acting administrator of the Small Business Administration, made the argument in an op-ed for the Detroit Free Press yesterday that "thousands of small ...

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How to Blog for Your Business

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A few months ago I wrote about what small-business owners can gain from blogging, and how to do it so it's actually worth their time. Blogging is a funny thing in that you don't see the results from it right away (if ever), so it might at first feel like a waste.

A copywriter and marketer in ...

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Obama: A War on Big Business?

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 Fortune's profile on the changes to economic policy that the Obama administration will be making has several interesting tidbits.  One of them is the suggestion that Obama could shift away from policies that bail out big businesses and policies that encourage or allow them to consolidate--as in ...

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