Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I don't have a very good grasp of where all the stuff I use comes from. Things like glass, and porcelain, plastic and chocolate. What separates these materials from other similar materials? What separates these materials from themselves? How were these discovered? How were they refined? In Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik seeks to answer these questions for a number of common materials.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Unlike a lot of the "Lean" books I've profiled on this site, this book isn't about the internet. It's the predecessor of the current literature on lean, written back when manufacturing was the hot industry! In Lean Thinking, James Womack follows up on the old study of Toyota in order to come up with manufacturing principles that can reduce costs and help increase revenue.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
The title Double Your Profits in Six Months of Less is a little on the promotional side, but the quality of the content is excellent nonetheless. In the book, consultant Bob Fifer shares about 80 tricks that when combined are likely to far more than double the profits of mid-size to large firms.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Though they are still too high for me, there has been a dramatic decline in the multiples of various media companies over the last few weeks. Investors can't seem to agree on what the future for video media is going to look like. I recently read Michael Wolff's Television is the New Television to help me think through this topic.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Who knew the banana could be so interesting? Well, not the banana itself, but the business conditions surrounding its introduction to the US. Rich Cohen takes us through the story in The Fish That Ate The Whale, with a particular emphasis on one incredible entrepreneur, Sam Zemurray.