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Why I failed at blogging two years ago, and what I’m doing about it now

Why I Stopped Posting The primary reason I stopped posting on The Strategy Blog two years ago was that the posts that were the most popular were the least fun to write. In all the excitement of launching the Blog in July 2009, I wrote my friend Taylor: I intend to use the comprehensive financial […]

Monday Think 1/30/2012: Aggregators as original reporters; Pinterest’s process; BBVA and the unbanked; Startup experiments

Roundup of links to start your Monday morning thinking: The aggregators of today will be the original reporters of tomorrow — it’s how disruption happens (Nieman Journalism Lab) Pinterest’s awesome signup process (Business Insider) BBVA Pursues Profits Among The Unbanked Using Nontraditional Data (Forbes) Launch and Experiment, Not a Startup (Vinicius Vacanti)

Top Posts & Queries of 2011: Excel, Financial Models, Jet Blue, Synergies, and Corkscrews?

Top Posts & Queries of 2011: Excel, Financial Models, Jet Blue, Synergies, and Corkscrews?

Admittedly, 2011 was a very dead year in terms of new posts, but there was still a fair amount of visitor traffic.  The top posts of the year are as follow: 1. Excel Best Practices 2. Financial Modeling: Key Concepts 3. Jet Blue’s Strategy Behind the All You Can Jet Pass 4. Operating Synergy 5. […]

Monday Think 1/23/2012: failed startups; smart genes; greedy Apple EULA; right to be deleted

Roundup of links to start your Monday morning thinking: Exit Interview: The creators of no-longer-with-us products explain what went wrong (37 Signals) Role of Genes in Life-Long Intelligence Pinned Down a Bit (Scientific American) Apple’s mind-bogglingly greedy and evil license agreement (ZD Net, via Clay Shirky) Online privacy: Do we have a right to be […]

Ethics of Where You Bank

Ethics of Where You Bank

There has been much debate lately about Arianna Huffington’s “Move Your Money” campaign, where she asserts: If enough people who have money in one of the Big Six banks (the four we mentioned earlier, plus Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) move it into smaller, more local, more traditional community banks, then collectively we, the people, […]

Thom Singer Interview: Effective Professional Networking

Video interview with Thom Singer about networking and the power of business relationships, especially in entrepreneurship and social media

Jet Blue’s Strategy Behind the All You Can Jet Pass

The Atlantic (which I absolutely love), posted their opinion of Jet Blue’s All You Can Jet pass, which suggested that it was designed for business travelers among other things. As much as I love them, I think The Atlantic got it completely wrong. I posted the comment below, but I thought it was worth reprinting […]

How To Book an Awesome Travel Itinerary

How To Book an Awesome Travel Itinerary

You may have heard about JetBlue’s “All You Can Jet” promotion. You may have thought, “I could do that, but I don’t know where I’d go.” You are not thinking strategically! As you may know from reading Chris Guillebeau’s blog, Art of Nonconformity, the world is full of places to go (and he has been […]

Books I’m Reading: August 2009

Books I’m Reading: August 2009

I’m a big fan of books. You may know how much I love my RSS feeds, but I love books at least ten times more. For all of the incredible information on the internet, there are some things you just cannot learn online [yet]. When I read I tend to focus on timeless themes or […]

Financial Modeling: Excel Best Practices

Financial Modeling: Excel Best Practices

If you are like me, you are ready to jump into the constructing the financial model, but DO NOT IGNORE THIS POST! I guarantee that it will take you more than twice as long and you will make twice as many mistakes if you do not follow these simple best practices. A fully functional financial […]