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And the Oscar goes to…. Social media

Forget Christian Bale, Natalie Portman or Halle Berry. The real superstar in Hollywood this season is social media. Don’t believe me?  Look no further than last weekend’s Golden Globe awards, where The Social Network came away with a bevy of … Continue reading

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Learning how to listen

When at first I learned to speak. I used all my words to fight. With him and her and you and me. Ahh, but it’s just a waste of time. Yeah it’s such a waste of time. -The Avett Brothers … Continue reading

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Robert Plant in a stadium vs. Arcade Fire in an elevator

Could stadium gigs be going the way of the dinosaurs? I just read a UPI poll that said 70% of adults think concert ticket prices are too high. Indeed, follow-up research told me that tickets for acts like U2, Dave Matthews … Continue reading

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Somebody's watching me…I hope!

Have you ever tried to explain Foursquare to someone who hasn’t heard of it?  The conversation goes something like this: So, with Foursquare you use your phone to “check in” to your current location.  You can then broadcast your whereabouts … Continue reading

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US Soccer Needs an Anthem

Tomorrow, the US soccer team plays its first World Cup game against England.  I’m not sure what I make of our chances to win.  I mean, being the only team in the tournament that calls the game “soccer” is a bad enough … Continue reading

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Put a ring on it? Entrepreneurs put it on YouTube.

It used to be that if you wanted to make it big as a rock star, you needed a record deal.  Then, along came MySpace and it turned out that all you needed was a big enough cult following on … Continue reading

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There goes my hero

There goes my hero Watch him as he goes There goes my hero He’s ordinary -Foo Fighters From the Marlboro Man to the athlete on the cereal box, brands have basked in the reflected glow of the hero for some … Continue reading

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SXSW: A lesson in human behavior

If you ever get close to a human And human behavior Be ready, be ready to get confused There’s definitely, definitely, definitely no logic To human behavior But yet so, yet so irresistible –       Human Behavior, Bjork This song introduced … Continue reading

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The Small Army Musical Entrepreneur Test

Have you heard about the Isenberg Entrepreneur Test? It was published in the Harvard Business Review and I checked it out because the author (Professor Daniel Isenberg) has shaped the minds of a number of budding entrepreneurs at respected academic … Continue reading

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New Year, new entrepreneurial ideas

So this is the New Year And I don’t feel any different The clanking of crystal Explosions off in the distance As I listened to Death Cab for Cutie’s lament about the empty feeling that New Year’s Day can bring, … Continue reading

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