Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneurs’

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    Netflix and Buggy Whips

    Aug 14, 10 • 626 Views • 1 Comment

    After reading this NY Times article about Netflix, you might begin to think about buggy whips. I know it sounds distant but here is the connection. Entrepreneurs make an existing product or process obsolete. Netflix and Blockbuster. Amazon and Barnes &......  [read more]

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    Start-up stories

    Aug 10, 10 • 439 Views • No 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......  [read more]

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    Success

    Aug 3, 10 • 460 Views • No 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......  [read more]

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    Liking the Robber Barons

    Mar 5, 10 • 447 Views • No 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,......  [read more]

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    The Significance of the Frisbee

    Feb 22, 10 • 492 Views • No 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......  [read more]