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Jessica Margolin
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Re: Wal-Mart saying in their financials that they rely on food stamp programs -- surely you've seen an article on this within the last few days? -- that's possibly a misinterpretation. Look specifically in their 10-K, which you can find... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Solvation
This was originally written for a startup, but can be used for anything. (1) Project plan. Get a big piece of paper and/or whiteboard. Sketch out what you're going to DO for the next 6 months, timeline style. Then figure... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Solvation
Capitalism that doesn't account for intangible assets dooms us. It's like counting calories, and not realizing that if you have 1500-2000 calories per day but it's exclusively from Oreos and Ben 'n' Jerry that you're going to have health problems.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Solvation
"But Jessica - what do you mean when you say 'intangible assets are more easily valued when we look at how they manage risk?' I hear you ask. Well, take the concept of Tragedy of the Commons. In a nutshell,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at Solvation
Here are two good approaches to managing corporate Twitter accounts. (Note: neither of these involve interns.) How 3 Companies Built Their Twiter Strategies - WSJ.com To summarize: Strategy 1: Have a team, but also appoint people in functional units to... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 19, 2013 at Solvation
I was told by someone that I am very quick at coming up with key questions. Just in case that's true, these are the questions burning a whole through my mind right now: The big, tough question: Saul Wainwright, who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Solvation
A fascinating article has just emerged tying increases in violence to airborn lead in gasoline before that was outlawed. It's an extremely thorough study that correlates 90% of rising violence to lead exposure, with about a 20 year delay from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Solvation
Ok, fine. I'll say something about that article going around (here's the NY Times version) that organic is not more nutritious than conventional produce: It's ridiculous. I, like the vast majority of people, choose organic produce because of a desire... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Solvation
Business Insider reports that an unnamed source inside Yahoo says: "There's a story brewing about a next very big business it's building—one that competes with one of Yahoo's flagship ad products and would kill us." This entails the clever use... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2012 at Solvation
Like many people, I'm trying to distract myself from the unfolding horror story. But like many people, I've been unsuccessful. While I think money is the bee's knees, being fungible and countable, and allegedly encouraging objectivity over cronyism, the fact... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Solvation
Here, courtesy of Jezebel, is a little girl ranting on the pink ghetto and product-aisle insistence on her ascribing to the Princess Phase. Interesting how she trips over how boys don't want to buy pink stuff (she was going to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Solvation
Seth Godin has shot the elephant: sometimes you can't make money doing what you love. I was invited by Paul Lamb to join a panel at SoCap08. The focus of my talk was financing trends, but the point I tried... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Solvation
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As explained in this excellent research, gender bias begins when women are just not "one of us" at the entry level position. #fit=fail. And then they are mentored ("you're doing it wrong") rather than sponsored ("let's get you into your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at Solvation
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The 2012 National Cleantech Open in Santa Clara, CA asked the question "Has CleanTech Finally Arrived?" There has been dancing around cleantech for a while; wondering about the continued presence (or not) of subsidies, the practicalities of timing funding and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Solvation
Yet another person has asked me about books to buy for her elementary aged son whose ability to read fluently as a child has landed him in the realm of literary social and emotional situations that are far beyond him.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Solvation
‏@kitode (Read bottom to top) @pkedrosky uses "illuminati" in a sentence, FTW #tps2012 enjoying @nigelcameron moderation #tps2012 @pkedrosky is the same kind of fresh air on panel as @DeBerry (stephen) was when I first heard him. #tps2012 pkedrosky - "yes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Solvation
I'm on sabbatical from my blog but dropped by to recommend three key books. If you're a manager or executive in a publicly traded firm, you must have the first one, "Winning Investors Over." In it, NYU Finance Professor Baruch... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at Solvation
1. Hydrovolts - I first saw them when they were a finalist in 2009. They have a non-solar off-grid energy solution. This is a microturbine that drops into a water canal. It's designed for extreme environments. These are smart experts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Solvation
As many of you know, my son and only child left for college over a year ago. The term for my new stage of life had been coined fifty years or so back as "Empty Nester," because, long ago, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Solvation
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When resolving conflict, it's important to remember that everyone comes from a different point of view. via GlobalNerdy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Solvation
In 2011, my work focused on organizational and societal development, and its measurement. Here are some professional highlights from 2011, in chronological order. I'm deeply grateful for my teammates and partners, and for those who made these opportunities possible. (1)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Solvation
The year 2011 was, professionally, a bewildering taffy-pull of projects on topics relating to facets of organizational and societal reform and its measurement. On a personal level, it has been a year where I have made a lot of progress... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Solvation
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Great thoughts on creating a resilient outlook, by Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Curious about this "fail wall"? Go read the original aricle. I have nothing to add. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at Solvation
OK. Here's a hypothesis I developed after reading this highly disturbing report on the state of the world's oceans. Hypothesis: It's GOOD that the US middle class (and lower) is becoming desperate, because in order to change behaviors drastically, it's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at Solvation