Business Glossies

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    Portfolio Bashing Backlash
    Give The Magazine A Chance!

    More journalists and media commentators seem to be playing everyone’s favorite new game of Tearing Into Portfolio. This morning we mentioned Elizabeth Spiers’ piece on the second issue of the magazine—a brilliantly wicked, lengthy evisceration that recalls why we once wanted Elizabeth to edit a collection of nasty essays we proposed calling “The Poison Pen.” […]

    / Aug 23, 2007 at 1:44 PM
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    Portfolio Revisited
    Elizabeth Spiers Reviews The Second Issue Of The New Magazine

    When the second issue of Portfolio, Condé Nast’s big-budget business mag, came in over the transom, our first thoughts were various kinds of disappointment. There were pictures of cars on the cover. Very little about subprime, commercial paper, Chinese monetary policy, quant funds or the other things we’ve been obsessing over lately. And if it […]

    / Aug 23, 2007 at 9:58 AM
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    Portfolio As An “Already Over” Indicator

    We used to do some work for a private equity guy who refused to even glance at newspapers or business magazines. His thought was that people who read newspapers were to caught up in the present, and should probably start reading magazines. And he said that people reading magazines should given them up for books. […]

    / May 3, 2007 at 4:24 PM
  • Business Glossies, Business Media, Portfolio

    Conde Nast’s Portfolio Takes A Pounding From Post, Observer

    If there were champagne corks popping around the office of Conde Nast’s Portfolio on Monday, there might be some wound licking this morning. Yesterday the New York Post declared the magazine “empty.” This morning the New York Observer’s Michael Thomas finds himself disappointed with the magazine. (And, of course, you can read Elizabeth Spiers’ devastating […]

    / Apr 18, 2007 at 9:28 AM
  • Business Glossies, Business Hacks, Business Media, Portfolio

    Reading Portfolio: A Round-Up of First Reactors

    The earliest reviews of Conde-Nast’s Portfolio are coming in. We probably should be doing things like reading the actual magazine. And we’re planning on getting to that as soon as we get up the courage to lift its 300-plus pages from the place where we dropped it. (Bess Levin’s desk, with a note: “Summarize all […]

    / Apr 16, 2007 at 3:22 PM
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    Dana Vachon’s Kia Spread TK

    Note: This photo accompanies an article on hedge funds by Tom Wolfe, not about Tom Wolfe, but damn if this shot doesn’t say, “‘I eat hedge funds like you every day for breakfast, Stevie Cohen. Not so much you, Griffin. I’’m telling you, the older I get, the less I can take big meals after […]

    / Apr 16, 2007 at 12:38 PM
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    Portfolio Lands On The Streets With A Loud Yet Tastefully Businesslike…Thunk!

    It’s finally here. The business magazine that will change the way you spell Portfolio—it’s now spelled with some silly foreign currency symbol instead of an “f”—hits the newsstands today. The first issue of Conde Nast’s Portfolio is enormous—332 pages. The table of contents of the first issue reads a bit like it was written by […]

    / Apr 16, 2007 at 10:00 AM
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    Portfolio Hires Bloggers

    Women’s Wear Daily reports that Conde Nast’s new business magazine has hired bloggers. … has added three bloggers to the fold: Lauren Goldstein Crowe, who helped launch Time Style & Design, will blog about fashion; Felix Salmon will blog on finance, and Tim Swanson, formerly of Premiere, will have an entertainment news blog. The magazine […]

    / Mar 26, 2007 at 1:13 PM
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    Portfolio Countdown: T-Minus 34 Days!

    In order to make a splash with its inaugural issue, Portfolio*–Conde Nast’s bid to remake the world of business magazines (by getting women to buy them)—has resorted to the oldest trick in publishing: using Tom Wolfe’s daughter to get Tom Wolfe to write something. Alexandra Wolfe, who we recall worked at the Observer for a […]

    / Mar 21, 2007 at 11:00 AM
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    What the Business Mags are Saying…

    In Business Week: $$$ Firing top executives, scheduled options rewards, and other ways companies named in the options scandal can save face and boost investor confidence. [How to Clean Up a Scandal] $$$ MySpace: The short head of a burgeoning online social-networking movement [There’s Not Enough ‘Me’ in MySpace] $$$ Casual conversational Fridays: Some companies […]

    / Nov 28, 2006 at 11:52 AM
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    What the Business Mags Are Saying…

    In Business Week: $$$ Is a Democratic-controlled legislature too little, to late? Recommendations into the next “Big Idea” to safeguard U.S. economy against those eerie “global forces.” And four others we’re still wrestling with. [Can Anyone Steer This Economy?] $$$ The Psychology of CEO Pay: Does high pay abet good decision-making or vice versa? A […]

    / Nov 14, 2006 at 10:01 AM
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    What the Business Mags are Saying…

    In Business Week: $$$ Amazon to offer their computer and digital-distribution network models to smaller businesses, with many skeptics on Wall Street. [Jeff Bezos’ Risky Bet] $$$ The possibilities, pros, cons and profitability of harvesting alternative power for midwestern farmers co-ops. [Harvesting Green Power] $$$ With the number of cases brought before the agency down […]

    / Nov 8, 2006 at 3:03 PM
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    What the Business Mags Are Saying…

    In Business Week: $$$ Is there an entrepreneurial gene? A group of experts provides us with very few answers on a question that’s crossed all of our minds. [Is There a Gene for Business?] $$$ A college degree can earn you up to $23,000 more per year than a high school diploma — climbing interest […]

    / Oct 31, 2006 at 2:00 PM
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    What the Business Mags Are Saying…

    In Business Week: $$$ Amercica’s top B-Schools: Who made the list and why? $$$ Putting a value on social networking sites: Are we on the tail-end of a Web 2.0 bubble? $$$ High-tech disenfranchisement: Can we really trust untested electronic voting systems to minimize the error of casting and counting ballots? $$$ Analog Devices Inc.: […]

    / Oct 24, 2006 at 11:29 AM

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