Month: April 2012

Lean Upon the Counter

In 2002, after six years in business, Amazon became profitable. How did they keep their doors open for so long without profits? Amazon had cash flow. A year earlier two famous Internet high-flyers, Webvan and Pets.com, collapsed. Why did they fail in spite of operating in profitable niches? They had no cash flow. A business …

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Time Out

When your life revolves around the Jewish calendar, certain periods in the year overwhelm time. Passover is one of those occasions which take up so much mental and physical space that there is no attention left for most other things. Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman; Obama and Romney; even Iran and nuclear armament recede into …

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Caribbean Connections

The beautiful Bahamas. Stunningly clear turquoise waters; white sandy beaches; sunny days with warm winds blowing gently and balmy evenings beneath the stars. You might think I am being hired to write tourist brochures for the fabled islands of New Providence, Bimini, and Eleuthera. But no; I just returned from teaching “Contemporary Lessons from the …

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Graceful Endings

Have you ever been in an audience listening to a speech that never ends? It is an even more ghastly experience for the speaker who plainly wants to finish but just doesn’t seem to be able to wrap it up. The sweat beads on his brow, his eyes dart around frantically seeking a savior, his …

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