business wisdom

  • charles-barkley

    business wisdom

    Maria Bartiromo And Charles Barkley Discuss Investing, Dealing With The Freeloaders In Your Life

    Maria Bartiromo: We’ve talked a little bit in the past about you following CNBC, following your investments. Do you have money in this market? Charles Barkley: I do have money in this market. The key when you have money, and I’m not bragging, I am just blessed to have money, you only probably want to […]

    / Jul 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM
  • business wisdom, Wall Street Journal

    Your Move, ‘NYT’ Business Section

    Alright, this is surely jumping the gun and I’m probably going to take it back by sooner rather than later (my money’s on this afternoon) but right now, what I’m saying is: the new Wall Street Journal rocks, specifically Page One. Yesterday it was an article on an 150 women taking part in an Assassin-inspired […]

    / Dec 18, 2007 at 7:51 AM
  • business wisdom, FOREX

    Vintage Tracks

    Who: Mario Gabelli, some other industry people What: Barron’s Roundtable Discussion Where: I don’t know, a Sheraton? When: 23 January 1995 Barron’s guy: “Name the most important events of 1994.” Industry people: “Peso devaluation blah blah blah rate hikes blah blah blah.” Gabelli: “The major events of last year, as far as I’m concerned, were […]

    / Dec 12, 2007 at 1:13 PM
  • Apple, Business Media, business wisdom, CNBC, Fox

    “Oh, the Arabs. Ok.”

    The only excuse we have to offer re: just now mentioning what happened on Fox Business Friday morning is that we don’t watch Fox Business. Sure, we’ve checked out a few choice clips (50 Cent, Sammy Hagar, Lamb Chop and Jerry Springer all come to mind) but only because they were forwarded to us in […]

    / Nov 19, 2007 at 11:07 AM
  • business wisdom, traders

    DealBreaker’s Version of Service Journalism: An Invitation To Insider Trading

    Recently we received an email from a reader asking for good short recommendations. We’re not in the business of stock analysis. Sure, we called Vonage correctly but that was about as hard as scoring with a sailor during fleet week. But we’re always looking to help readers, and so we thought we might as well […]

    / May 11, 2007 at 9:05 AM
  • business wisdom

    Ernst & Young: Crescendo of awesomeness

    Ernst & Young with another entry into the Teambuilding Unintentional Humor Hall of Fame (thanks to a reader tip). If you missed yesterday’s spiritually transcendent entry, or if you just need a pick-me-up, click here. The new entry is sans-video, but makes up for it in lyrical genius. The primary verse is “E-Y, E-Y, Ernst […]

    / Apr 27, 2007 at 9:59 AM
  • business wisdom

    When Ernst & Young…

    We’re a little late to this (via Valleywag via M&A++), but here is an Ernst & Young offering to the Teambuilding Unintentional Humor Hall of Fame. This one may be better than HSBC’s “Let’s Live It.” The video, slick “how do you pack all those classic 80’s hits on one CD!?” production quality and all, […]

    / Apr 26, 2007 at 2:29 PM
  • Business Media, business wisdom

    Write ‘The Economist’ for ‘The Economist’

    Never let it be said that The Economist doesn’t enjoy taking people for a ride. In that vein, the publication would like let you know about a special little deal they’ve got going on. “In a nutshell,” they write, the ‘Mist has hired a “small team of employees,” put them in a room, and said, […]

    / Mar 22, 2007 at 1:45 PM
  • business wisdom, Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal: The College Humor Version

    No. This isn’t just a gratuitous swipe at the front page reporting of the Wall Street Journal. It seems that the folks at Dow Jones, the Journal‘s parent company, are teaming up with Barry Diller to create a personal finance site for younger audiences. Diller’s IAC bought up a stake in “girls gone wild”-style humor […]

    / Mar 13, 2007 at 10:46 AM
  • Amaranth, business wisdom

    Amaranth As Myth and Shorthand

    We’ve talked before about the role of myth in business news and history. Every so often a company, individual or event will come to stand for something, and often what it comes to stand for is quite distant from the reality. The map is not the territory, as they say. And the myth is not […]

    / Jan 11, 2007 at 10:29 AM
  • business wisdom, Planespotting

    Like You Wouldn’t Do The Same Thing, Given The Circumstances

    Just because you’re a billionaire doesn’t mean you need to pilfer away your clams like a sailor on leave in the name of style, substance or safety. Carl Icahn doesn’t believe in buying $23 million jets anymore than he does in having a pair of limited edition Juicy Couture leopard-print skivvies (just kidding—he’s got one […]

    / Jan 8, 2007 at 12:42 PM
  • analysis, business wisdom

    Unwriting The Rewritten Rules For Buyouts

    We kinda love Andrew Ross Sorkin (pictured left with DealBreaker’s John Carney and CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino at the DealBreaker launch party, as photographed by Gawker’s Nikola). We literally wake up with him every morning, frantically composing an aggregation of his aggregation of business news over at DealBook. He’s a nice guy and seems to be […]

    / Nov 20, 2006 at 3:06 PM
  • Business Media, business wisdom, Fortune

    Fortune: You Have To, Like, Try Hard To Be Good At Stuff

    Fortune didn’t return any of our phone calls this afternoon so we’re just going to go ahead and run this possibly false but not evidenced to the contrary statement: Geoffrey Colvin is full of shit. According to Colvin, who penned “What It Takes To Be Great” for the mag’s “Excellence Issue,” the secret to greatness […]

    / Oct 24, 2006 at 3:25 PM
  • Academia, Aleksey Vayner, business wisdom, video

    How Not To Apply For A Job In Banking, Revisited.

    Well, that was a close call. For a few moments we were worried you might miss out on Aleksey Vayner’s now world-famous (or at least Wall Street famous) video “Impossible Is Nothing.” His site went down and the video with it. Aleksey may have had second thoughts. Or maybe all the traffic it was getting […]

    / Oct 6, 2006 at 6:05 PM
  • Aleksey Vayner, banking culture, business wisdom, video

    How Not To Apply For A Banking Job

    This black clad young man [in the photo we have now replaced with a small picture of a dancing kitten] is Aleksey Vayner, Yale student and prospective investment banker. He recently applied for a job at a major investment bank (at least one) and included

    / Oct 6, 2006 at 2:17 PM
  • business wisdom

    How To Alienate Employees and Lose Loyalty

    Daniel Gross follows up an earlier column on dumb corporate cost cutting measures with a collection of items sent in by readers. The desire to cut costs by saving or recycling paper clips aroused the most incredulity and anger. Former Bear Stearns employee B.B. recalls being given a bag of paper clips on his first […]

    / Oct 4, 2006 at 1:11 PM
  • business wisdom

    Why Does Wall Street Punish Companies That Listen To Its Advice

    Floyd Norris writes today about the Los Angeles Times standoff with the Tribune Company, which has demanded layoffs at the paper. Unfortunately, Floyd Norris’s blog is buried behind the Times Select firewall (you know, that weird system in which the Times jams its own signal so that no one can find out what some of […]

    / Sep 19, 2006 at 3:05 PM
  • business wisdom

    Memoir from the Conglomeration Days

    By the time we arrived on the scene, “conglomeration” was a dirty word and talk of “synergies” was usually treated as nonsensical magical thinking. So reading about the excitement of the days of conglomerates is educational in the sense that the conventional wisdom and standard business model has often gone very, very wrong. Maybe one […]

    / Aug 8, 2006 at 12:00 PM
  • business wisdom

    The Color of Money

    The ever delicate blogger T.A.N. explains a recent Washington Post piece on the “race savings gap”: So, it would figure that higher-income African Americans are also newly higher-income African Americans. And perhaps they read the WSJ, but there’s still a nagging in the back of the head, a lynched negro hanging from a tree telling […]

    / Jul 18, 2006 at 11:57 AM
  • business wisdom

    How to Be Happy

    Work for the gays, says Kirk Snyder. According to his studies, employees supervised by gays are much happier than everyone else. “I’m super, thanks for asking,” was presumably the favored response. [Warning: link plays a probably NSFW song from a popular film.] Why Gay Men Are Outperforming the Good-Old-Boys in Business [Huffington Post]

    / Jul 11, 2006 at 9:05 AM
  • business wisdom

    The Cliches of Marketing Brochures

    Once you look at these, you’ll never look at another business or marketing brochure the same again. You don’t realize you know all these but you do.

    / Jun 30, 2006 at 12:06 PM
  • business wisdom

    Jose Can You See Why This Is Funny?

    When we were toiling in the corporate world, we began to suspect that the various diversity and anti-harassment training exercises were intentionally designed to be inappropriately funny, daring the trainees to laugh aloud. This makes sense. If trainee could withstand a barrage of hilarious racial and gender stereotypes without cracking a smile, then clearly the […]

    / Jun 14, 2006 at 1:06 PM
  • business wisdom

    Greek Diner Denizens as Counter-Cyclical Market Signs

    Jeff Matthews describes his encounter in his local Greek diner lunch spot with a hospital worker looking for investment advice. Since we find ourselves in similiar situations, we really like his response: play psychologist. She: “Which fund should I buy?” Me: “Which fund do you want to buy?” She: “I’m not sure. Which country should […]

    / May 23, 2006 at 9:52 AM
  • business wisdom

    Best and Worst Business Books

    We tend to think that most business books fall into one of three categories: · thinly-veiled self-help books · shorter Ayn Rand · vanity autobiographies We’re sure there are some good ones out there, but we don’t think we’ve read them. Andy Kessler agrees: I read a lot of business books. I don’t know why, […]

    / Apr 21, 2006 at 11:26 AM
  • business wisdom

    How to Speak to Non-WASPy People offers a handy bullet pointed list of tips for conducting business with those who didn’t fall directly off the Mayflower. A sample “tip”: Speak more slowly than you normally do, but don’t raise your voice because you think the other person can’t understand you. Volume doesn’t usually increase comprehension. Also, don’t speak down to […]

    / Mar 29, 2006 at 10:22 AM

Our Sites

  • Above the Law
  • How Appealing
  • ATL Redline
  • Breaking Defense
  • Breaking Energy
  • Breaking Gov
  • Dealbreaker
  • Fashonista