Fractals of Change: February 2009

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17 posts from February 2009

February 28, 2009

Yahoo 1, Google 0

Doesn't happen very often but Yahoo has bested Google in a battle over local advertising. There is also a little bit of good news for struggling newspapers in the story by Miguel Helft which is in to More...

February 26, 2009

Kindle for Authors

Kindle ought to be the answer to an author's dream But, for now, it is an almost insurmountable marketing challenge. Read on to learn what I'm trying

No expensive software or hardware is needed to create a Kindle book. Assuming you can write to begin with, you can create a book wi More...

February 24, 2009

When Angels Fear to Tread

It's the lack of exits that's a problem amid the deadly clamp of panic throughout the economy - a far cry from the irrational exuberance that drives entrepreneurs (and their investors) and which brings us trouble and fraud as well as greatness and "slumdog millionaires".

No matter how mu More...

February 23, 2009

A VC Says No to VC bailout

"Thanks but no thanks" is Fred Wilson's prompt response to Tom Friedman's column suggesting that $20 billion in bailout funds be More...

February 21, 2009

A Free Press Frightened

"Gruesome killing poses another test for US Muslims" is the headline in an AP story about the praiseworthy reaction of many American Muslims to the recent beheading of a woman by More...

February 19, 2009

Bailing out Investors Threatens Savers

Dow at five-and-a-half year low! That's the 4PM headline which inspired this post. Actually, of course, that's no reason for general panic in itself. No one ever said the Dow was supposed to go straight up. However, if you put a substantial part of your "savings" into stocks directly or indirectl More...

February 17, 2009

Internet Services Worth Paying For

Can you charge for your new Internet service? You're always up against the expectation that Internet services are free. Moreover, you won't grow as fast if you charge as you will if you give something away. On the other hand, a service has to be very large and have lots and lots of hits (or be do More...

February 16, 2009

Mortgage Cramdown Key to Banking Crisis Unwinding

Democrats want Federal bankruptcy judges to have the authority to reduce the balances outstanding and/or rates on residential first mortgages in the same way that these judges can already reduce outstanding payments and balances on almost all other forms of debt; Republicans are opposing the legi More...

February 15, 2009

Buy Local, Sell Global

It doesn't scale. We can't all buy locally and sell globally. The less politically correct sounding version is "beggar thy neighbor".

Last week when we were vacationing in very friendly Apalachicola, I was mildly offended by a banner one block off the tourist street advising everyone to b More...

February 12, 2009

Save The Economy – Legalize Drugs

Torrents of cash gush destructively through the underground economy. Liquidity is never a problem there, just violence. Piles of money are diverted from the real economy to fight the failed war on drugs. Our neighbors to the south are getting tired of paying a bloody price for our drug efforts. O More...

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