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Richard L. Brandt
I'm a business journalist writing an opinionated book about Google.
Interests: playing with my daughter, kayaking, woodworking, running on the beach with my dog, reading good fiction, following the news, talking to interesting people, railing against george w. bush, exploring the possibilities of green living.
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See larger version on's site: From: Business MBA Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
Hubble telescope takes an incredible picture Source: Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
I'd like to get over my Apple bias, but I don't own any Apple products. I guess I need to own them first in order to find their flaws and be more critical of them. I own an Android phone.
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Steve Ballmer looks backwards, Jeff Bezos looks forward, Bill Gates cultivates his new passion. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
Jeff Bezos really wants to get into space. So does Elon Musk. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
A review from Canada of my book, "One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of" "Amid the flood of tributes to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it might seem like an unfortunate time to come out with a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
People keep wondering if Jeff Bezos will be the new Steve Jobs. He will not. Nobody has Jobs's flair for creating new products that we didn't even know we wanted until he offered them. Nobody designs hardware like Jobs, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
I came across a new review of the paperback version of my book on Larry Page and Sergey Brin (The Google Guys: Inside the Brilliant Minds of Larry Page and Sergey Brin), from the Business Standard in India. Interestingly, it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
I'm still amazed at the short-term, unimaginative strategies dreamed up by most executives these days. Here's one scenario: Banks see a revenue delcline coming because Congress cuts the amount of fees they can charge when they use ATM cards. Damn,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
My article in the British pulication City A.M. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
From Management Today in the UK. "... a good story told well. If you want to understand the Bezos phenomenon, this is an easy and efficient way to do it - just like shopping on Amazon." If any of you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
Jeff Bezos book excerpt in Wall Street Journal Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
What is the nature of time? Not an easy question. Is it as fundamental a property of the universe as space or mass, or just something our minds have created to make sense of the fact that seasons change and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
The Wall Street Journal article about Steve Jobs's father leaves one aching question: Why did he cut off contact with his children so many years ago, contact he can now never regain? WJS article Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
Bachelors Degree Online has a list of 20 great TED talks for all you wannabe entrepreneurs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
The Kindle Fire is out, and it's going to be the hottest Trojan Horse we've seen since .. the original Kindle. Jeff Bezos has started building computer hardware with one primary purpose in mind: to make Amazon a software company.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
A tax dodger? ... A ruthless competitor? ... An incredible CEO? ... A tough SOB? --- An extraordinary entrepreneur? All of the above? "One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of" Pre-order sales available: Barnes & Noble BOOKSAMILLION INDIEBOUND... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
I think you've got an important point. Different results come up for different people because of our web histories. I used an incognito window in Chrome to do the searches to try and minimize that. The question for the anti-trust folks is: does Google come up first because it manipulates the system, or because it has the most popular programs? Unless someone can prove the former, there is no case. Google had to buy YouTube because it couldn't compete. If it wanted to cheat couldn't it have made its own video site more popular in searches and saved a billion bucks?
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First of all, you should know that I'm considered a Google apologist. I admit it, I like and respect Google. I have no relationship with the company, other than using Google ads on my blog, which has never brought me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
TechCrunch has an article today about InvestorRank, a PageRank-like method of picking the most important VC firms. Instead of ROI or other factors that can change, it rates the firms by their links with other top VC firms. OK, kinda... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
O-kay ... I didn't know Google had that kind of trouble. You're right, it's not good to trust anyone with this until it gets more reliable. Google needs to get Google Apps straightened out. Very frustrating that it doesn't seem to give that stuff enough priority.
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People have been waiting for Google to come out with an iPad competitor. The Google Chromebook is not it. Instead, Chromebook is the long-awaited competitor to the standard notebook PC. It's designed more as a Microsoft killer than as an... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
Reports are coming out that Google TV 2.0 is in the works. AllThingsD reports that Google is acknowledging the fact that TV producers are going to block it for now, and the new version will emphasize adding Internet programming to... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch
It's tough to fingure out what intelligence is worth paying to I guess. John Dvorak posted a video clip from a three-year-old Jon Stewart program in which Christiane Amanpour, the anchor of ABC's Sunday morning political affairs program, said: "I... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2011 at Entrepreneur Watch