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Paris Architecture

Taxes, Architecture, and Your Business

There’s a fascinating short piece by Kurt Holdstedt at 99PercentInvisible¬†on how taxes and regulations shape the architecture we associate with cities like Paris, Amsterdam, and more. (I also learned that those distinctive Parisian roofs are called “mansard roofs”.) The mansard … Read More

Will the end of the movie business end your business?

In my last post, I made the seemingly preposterous claim that every business is a media business. Some people agreed, some people disagreed, but the hypothesis definitely caught people’s attention. So, it might be worth asking, what’s happening with the … Read More

Before you do your 2017 strategic planning…

It’s almost that time of the year again, when people start 2017 strategic planning. Before you do, look at this chart, from WaitButWhy.com.   Each row is a year and each box is a week. While planning for next year … Read More

Facebook’s Acquisition of WhatsApp is Bigger than You Think

Facebook rocked Silicon Valley with its $19B of messaging app WhatsApp, with tech writers, leaders, and investors debating the massive purchase price. Wall Street seemed less than enthusiastic, dropping Facebook shares slightly after the announcement. The deal price is certainly … Read More