Time to Prepare for Financial Winter

The holidays have always been more about family, faith, and giving than spending money which is good because people should be spending less this holiday season. If you’re trying to figure out what to buy for people this holiday season, make the smart move and conserve your financial resources for the coming financial winter. Things are about to get a ...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Some say that if you have your health you have your happiness. So, during this holiday season may you and yours remain healthy and thus happy for many years to come. At this time of the year, in addition to being grateful for my family I also feel grateful to those who have taken the time and energy to nurture ...

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Innovating your Way Out of a Plastic Bag

According to an article in Fast Company, we use 1.6 billion gallons of oil every year to make plastic bags. Plastic bags that ultimately end up in our landfills, streams, storm drains, public spaces, and other places when we are done with them. Municipalities are starting to rebel against the externalities that are being passed on to them, and have ...

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Kindle Without a Match?

Amazon announced their new Kindle e-book reader this week amid much fanfare at a price point of $399. It uses e-ink technology and incorporates wireless access to the Kindle online store using Sprint’s network. The Kindle comes with its own e-mail address and has a built-in keyboard. They say battery life is one day with the wireless turned on all ...

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Starving the Bottom Line

It is hard for me to believe that we as airline customers accept being packed into airplanes like sardines for six hours on a cross-country flight (seven if you are stranded on the tarmac for an hour waiting to take off), only to then also face the choice between starving or being forced to buy a stale ham and cheese ...

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Bid your Way to a Better Seat

I was fortunate enough to fly to New York City this week, but I found myself disappointed that nothing has changed in the past few months. Airlines are desperate for profits, yet everything seemed the same or worse from a passenger perspective. We all deserve a better travel experience, so in the next couple of articles I’ll be covering a ...

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The Future of Broadcast Television

The television industry has been fighting against progress for the last several years, but finally appears to be coming around and accepting that change is inevitable. First it was Tivo and the industry worrying about customers skipping commercials. At first the networks fought against it, but now, willingly or not they are shepherding a return to more integrated advertising. Sadly, ...

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Followup – Motoring Innovation

I came across an interesting article today on stackable cars that is a good followup to my article about vehicle ownership and whether the combined Zipcar and Flexcar represent an innovation in the automotive industry. The stackable electric cars are being developed by MIT with a grant from General Motors, along with an electric scooter. Unlike Zipcar’s round-trip rental policy, ...

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Projecting the Future

I’ve been hearing for a while now about the big bulb projector being on its way out soon, which will be a happy day to the legions of consultants traveling around and helping organizations around the world. I personally will be happy to say good riddance to the expensive, unreliable technology that have been a source of frustration and embarassment ...

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Zipcar or Flexcar? – Motoring Innovation now Both

Earlier this week Zipcar announced that it was acquiring Seattle-based Flexcar. For those of you not familiar with either company, they are both pursuing the same innovation – rental cars available by the hour parked down the street–not by the day parked at the airport. Most people these days operate on the paradigm of owning a car for every adult ...

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