Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurs’

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    Start-up stories

    Aug 10, 10 • 121 Views • Businesses, Economic History, Innovation, LaborNo Comments

    During 1939, in a garage, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started a new firm. Also in a garage, several decades later Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs started Apple. Yes, Walt Disney worked in his uncle’s garage and Mattel, the toy company that makes Barbie...

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    Success

    Aug 3, 10 • 117 Views • Innovation, Labor, Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    In a  wonderful NYC Radio Lab podcast about success, Malcolm Gladwell also explains why genius is closely related to love. Recorded at the  92nd Street Y in NYC, writer Malcolm Gladwell and Radio Lab host Robert Shulwich preceded their...

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    Liking the Robber Barons

    Mar 5, 10 • 127 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    A confession:  I have never disliked the “robber barons.”   Written by Matthew Josephson (1899-1978), The Robber Barons told us how the great nineteenth industrial empires were built.  Emphasizing the misdeeds of Rockefeller,...

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    The Significance of the Frisbee

    Feb 22, 10 • 100 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Last week, just after listening to the Schumpeter lecture from Dr. Timothy Taylor in a (very good) Teaching Company course on the history of economic thought, I read in the N.Y. Times that the inventor of the Frisbee had died. Joseph Schumpeter focused on the...

  • The Best Places to Start a Business

    Jan 1, 10 • 98 Views • Thinking EconomicallyNo Comments

    Timothy Taylor, in his Teaching Company course, “America and the New Global Economy,” says that Mahatma Gandhi wanted farms and businesses to remain small so that there would be no exploitation. After Gandhi, the business climate remained...