The 15 Worst CEOs In American History

The age of the American CEO did not begin until the end of the 19th century. Prior to that time, all the largest businesses in America were run by owners and families acting as proprietors. The best examples of these were in four industries: steel, finance, oil, and railroads.

Although the firms often had general managers, most historians believe that the period in which the CEO dominated large corporations did not begin until Alfred Sloan took the helm of GM in the mid-1930s. [Más…]
The 24/7 list is based on a review of the Fortune 500 companies back to 1955. In order to perform further analysis, we also consulted the histories of US corporations dating back to the 1880s.

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The age of the American CEO did not begin until the end of the 19th century. Prior to that time, all the largest businesses in America were run by owners and families acting as proprietors. The best examples of these were in four industries: steel, finance, oil, and railroads.
Although the firms often had general managers, most historians believe that the period in which the CEO dominated large corporations did not begin until Alfred Sloan took the helm of GM in the mid-1930s. Leer más “The 15 Worst CEOs In American History”

Steve Jobs Hates The New York Times iPad App

Users have jeered the New York Times’ main iPad app, but the newspaper is listening to one in particular: We hear Steve Jobs is among the app’s most vociferous critics and has been shunning it.

Jobs clearly wanted to make access to the electronic Times a big selling point for Apple’s tablet computer; the Apple CEO put the paper’s website at the center of full-page magazine ads for the iPad, and even shared the stage at iPad’s unveiling with a Times executive, who demoed a preliminary version of the paper’s iPad software.


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Users have jeered the New York Times‘ main iPad app, but the newspaper is listening to one in particular: We hear Steve Jobs is among the app’s most vociferous critics and has been shunning it.

Jobs clearly wanted to make access to the electronic Times a big selling point for Apple‘s tablet computer; the Apple CEO put the paper’s website at the center of full-page magazine ads for the iPad, and even shared the stage at iPad’s unveiling with a Times executive, who demoed a preliminary version of the paper’s iPad software. Leer más “Steve Jobs Hates The New York Times iPad App”

One In Eight Americans Will Stop Paying For TV In The Next Year — Here’s Why

There’s a new study by the Yankee Group that says an average of one in eight Americans will decide to stop paying for their cable or satellite television service in the next year. Why?…
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Mostly, according to the study, because cable and satellite service is just too damn expensive!

But also, considering you can watch so many TV shows and other cable programming for free on the Internet, at destinations like Hulu, YouTube and networks’ own websites, why should anyone bother paying for them?


William Wei | May. 4, 2010
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There’s a new study by the Yankee Group that says an average of one in eight Americans will decide to stop paying for their cable or satellite television service in the next year.  Why?…
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Beautiful Chart On The End Of The Age Of Europe

Europe is embroiled in a sovereign debt crisis, but it is just the start of a downward trend for the continent, if this GDP chart is to be believed.

This beautiful chart from Spanish economics blog Venturatis, makes it clear that European nations are falling behind in the GDP competition, and sure to fall behind more over the next 40 years if they can’t stick together and make the European Union a growth titan.

Notably, the United States remains a massive growth market throughout the next 40 years.


Gregory White | May. 4, 2010

Europe is embroiled in a sovereign debt crisis, but it is just the start of a downward trend for the continent, if this GDP chart is to be believed.

This beautiful chart from Spanish economics blog Venturatis, makes it clear that European nations are falling behind in the GDP competition, and sure to fall behind more over the next 40 years if they can’t stick together and make the European Union a growth titan.

Notably, the United States remains a massive growth market throughout the next 40 years.

From Venturatis:

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Housing shortage crisis

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The big talking point at barbecues, dinner parties and gatherings seems to be property prices. It’s something I have talked about before here and it’s getting worse.

One of the big drivers is the housing shortage which has become a national crisis. As reported here, the National Housing Supply Council has found that the gap between supply and demand for housing has doubled in 12 months and it’s expected to widen. The housing supply-demand gap increased to 178,400 homes in the 12 months to June 2009 – up from 99,500 for the previous 12 months.


Management Line

The big talking point at barbecues, dinner parties and gatherings seems to be property prices. It’s something I have talked about before here and it’s getting worse.

One of the big drivers is the housing shortage which has become a national crisis. As reported here, the National Housing Supply Council has found that the gap between supply and demand for housing has doubled in 12 months and it’s expected to widen. The housing supply-demand gap increased to 178,400 homes in the 12 months to June 2009 – up from 99,500 for the previous 12 months.

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Simple Strategies for Engaging Your Visitors

Keep it Simple

Minimize the bells and whistles. I hate going to diners. Somehow they find a way to include every possible dish from grilled cheese to pot stickers. It takes me forever to make a decision and I usually end up wondering if I made the right one.

I prefer Five Guys – burger, fries, drink, done. Content and feature overload are the downfall of many promising websites. It can be hard to stick to one key message and call to action, but it is a much better alternative than overwhelming your visitors with a hundred different options and losing their attention due to option overload. Think Twitter , or the web apps from 37 Signals .


Strategies for Engaging Your Visitors

Engaging your visitors (audience, community, users, members, customers, or whichever term you prefer) should be your top priority. Plain and simple. Engagement is all about maximizing the value of your audience – increasing the frequency they return to the site, the tendency to tell their friends and the probability of them making a purchase.

In other words, you need to be creating value for as many visitors as possible. Leer más “Simple Strategies for Engaging Your Visitors”

Guidelines for Writing a Good About Page



Guidelines for Writing a Good About Page

The About page—just about every single website has one. The About page is where site users go to learn more about the site they’re on. If you want to convert visitors to users, capture opportunities to work with people, and give your regular users a deeper appreciation of what your site does, a well written About page is your ticket. Leer más “Guidelines for Writing a Good About Page”