Days of Disruption (No. 6)

With all the disruption being wrecked on traditional businesses by newcomers with new business models, it’s important to remember that the disruptors are sometimes disrupted before they can displace their competitors. To wit: Movie Pass:   This much touted start up offered a monthly subscription model for movie fans which, as a recent Washington Post article states, “is teetering… [Continue Reading]

35 Startup Steps

If you’re thinking about starting up a business, or know someone who is, an article from Forbes may save some time or trouble. Richard Harroch, Managing Partner at venture capital firm Vantage Point has watched many start-ups succeed,  and mostly fail. He offers a valuable checklist of thirty five steps to buy down some risk and make… [Continue Reading]

Trust

In the late 1950s, 78% of Americans trusted their government. To find out what the number is today, check out Peggy Noonan’s recent WSJ article “We Must Improve Our Trust” for some insights into how we got to the current state of mistrust and what we might do about it. Ms Noonan takes the President, Congress and… [Continue Reading]

Toys Were Us

It’s one thing for a business or industry to suffer a significant downturn.  It’s quite another for an industry icon to disappear entirely. To wit: the Toys ‘R’ Us shutdown, liquidation and its soon to be total disappearance from the retail scene.  What can we learn from the demise of  Toys ‘R’ Us?   Vistage Speaker Marc… [Continue Reading]

Hurricanes and their Effects on the Economy

Irma Economics:   Last week, economist Brian Wesbury shared his take on “Harvey Economics;” namely that the reconstruction of the Texas coast will not add that much, if anything, to the economy.    This week as a monster hurricane approaches Florida, he expands on the real economic effects of recovering from disasters. Hurricanes and Energy:  ITR Economics’… [Continue Reading]

Apples or Chewing Gum

Apple’s Iphone, perhaps the most successful consumer product of all time, celebrated its 10th birthday this past week.  You may be aware of the effect it has had on you, but these ten charts from Recode paints a broader and more disruptive picture that may surprise you. Learn how the Iphone has changed our economy… [Continue Reading]