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What May Impact Mortgage Rates this Week: September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day! Our office is closed today and will re-open for business as usual tomorrow morning at 9:00 am. This photo is from an hour or so ago at the dog park at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island. My hubby is tossing a bumper for our pup, Hitch (the black one to the […]

Emergency Content Thread: Just the (wrong) punchline [WeirdDave]

Sometimes when Gingy and I aren't busy overseeing our vast empire of syphilitic weasels, we play a game we call "That's now how any of this works". Well, that's not quite true. I like to play the game, Gingy mostly...

Personal Branding Weekly – It’s No Picnic

For our readers in the U.S. and Canada, Happy Labor/Labour Day! For many small business owners, it’s time to get back to business. The summertime can be overwhelming.  Juggling kid’s, activities and family reunions/vacations and still...Show More Summary

J.C. Penney: Saying Sayonara To The Bankruptcy Discount

By Grey Value Management: Even a lousy business can be a good investment at the right price. In that regard, although they are very different businesses, J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) at $6 reminded us very much of DELL at $9 (see "Our Descent Into Dell" at www.greyvm.com). Show More Summary

A Labor Day Documentary: 'Brothers on the Line' Tells the Story of the Reuther Brothers -- Founding Fathers of the American Middle Class

Ask most Americans to name the most influential siblings in our nation's history and they'll probably think about politics (the Kennedy and Bush brothers), sports (the DiMaggio brothers and the Williams sisters), and show business (the...Show More Summary

A Labor Day Documentary: 'Brothers on the Line' Tells the Story of the Reuther Brothers -- Founding Fathers of the American Middle Class

Ask most Americans to name the most influential siblings in our nation's history and they'll probably think about politics (the Kennedy and Bush brothers), sports (the DiMaggio brothers and the Williams sisters), and show business (the...Show More Summary

Mauboussin: Untangling Skill and Luck

Michael Mauboussin is our Masters in Business interview this weekend. ~~~ What role, exactly, do skill and luck play in our successes and failures? Some games, like roulette and the lottery, are pure luck. Others, like chess, exist at the other end of the spectrum, relying almost wholly on players’ skill. In his provocative book,...Read More

Is the Recession Really Over?

Our customers are small businesses who are surviving against the chains in their towns and nonprofit organizations that rely on the kind hearts of others to help support their causes. Gallup reported that the total number of new business...Show More Summary

Our Latest Events Listing for You to Check Out

Welcome to our latest curated list of events, contests and awards for small businesses, solo entrepreneurs and growing companies. To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar. Show More Summary

News for the Week

Whoa! Has your week been as busy as ours? Alan’s been making our fall travel plans while I prepare for a trip to Maui. That left little time to explore our Montana neighborhood, which is a shame considering the stellar weather we’ve had this week. But I did drive down to Triple Creek Ranch for a writing […]

From Our Community: Lessons from Facebook Messenger, Ice Bucket Challenge

Recently, social media has been abuzz with things like the Ice Bucket Challenge and the controversy surrounding Facebook Messenger. While these things don’t specifically have to do with small businesses, there are lessons businesses can take from them. Show More Summary

MiB: James O’Shaugnessy

This week’s Masters in Business Radio show at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Bloomberg Radio 1130AM and Siriux XM 119 (it also repeats all weekend). Our guest this week is James O’Shaugnessy of O’Shaugnessy Asset Management, author of What Works On Wall Street. You can listen to live here or stream it below or...Read More

Cranky on the Web (August 25-29)

In the Trenches: Handling Referrals – Quickbooks Small Business Blog Referrals are very important to our business, so we want... Read More

The internet of things requires connectivity first, but it needs people too

3 days agoTechnology : GigaOM

The internet of things may make our homes smarter and our car insurance more variable, but it might not mean the end of human intervention in business processes as some fear. The internet of things requires connectivity first, but it needs people too originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…

Voting for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards Has Begun

Now that our nomination period has closed, we’ve moved into the voting stage for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards. You can vote for all your favorite Influencers now until September 15, 2014. This is a great way to support those...Show More Summary

A Closer Look At ConocoPhillips’ Key Business Drivers

Based on the second quarter earnings announcement, we revised our price estimate for ConocoPhillips to $85/share, which is around 12.8x our 2014 full-year adjusted diluted EPS estimate for the company. The valuation of an independent...Show More Summary

Guillem Balague Talks Falcao, Angel Di Maria and More in @BR_UK Twitter Takeover

Bleacher Report columnist Guillem Balague took over our UK twitter account to talk transfers on Friday afternoon, with plenty of big-transfer business still to be settled before deadline day. 15:00 UK time today. Join us. @ GuillemBalague takes over @br_uk to talk transfers before deadline day. Show More Summary

Losing Our Religion: Extell, Megalith to Replace UWS Synagogue With Condo Tower

3 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Gary Barnett, overlord of megadeveloper Extell, is a busy, busy man, gobbling up properties all over the city to build more and more condo towers. The latest property to come under his control is the Congregation Habonim, a synagogue located...

Reblog: The Future Of Media

I wrote this post almost nine years ago, before our investments in Twitter, Tumblr, Wattpad, SoundCloud, Kickstarter, and a host of other bottoms up media businesses. I can remember the moment. I was in my home office in our old home at 11 West 10th Street. That was a sweet office, top floor, with windows […]

Want To Ditch Big Business And Protect Your Privacy? Here’s How

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others have come to dominate every aspect of our online lives because they offer almost so much for free. Email, cloud storage, document editing, photo hosting and more can be accessed without paying a cent. Show More Summary

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