Archives: February 2009

In conversation with Lynda Resnick, vice chair, POM Wonderful

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 27

Earlier this week, Lynda Resnick, the author of the upcoming book, Rubies in the Orchard, came in to BusinessWeek, to chat about her varied career running companies such as POM...

3D TV: Not Ready for Prime Time

Posted by: Michael Arndt on February 27

The way its proponents spin it, 3D will be the next big thing in TV, a gotta-have technology that will pick up where Tivo, hi-def, and Blu-Ray have left off....

Is the United States asleep at the wheel?

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 25

Is America asleep? It is according to Rob Atkinson, president of the Washington-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a non-partisan thinktank looking to promote innovation both nationally and internationally. Atkinson...

Who Makes the Mad Men titles? The GE Website?

Posted by: Reena Jana on February 25

Ever wonder who created the sharp titles for Mad Men, and how to hire them to create a cool commercial for your company? Have you looked at GE's web site,...

Five Answers From Ron Williams, CEO, Aetna

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 23

Aetna's Chairman and CEO, Ron Williams came in to see us last week, and BusinessWeek's Diane Brady put five reader questions to him. In the video, Williams outlines his view...

Five Questions for Alberto Alessi

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 20

Storied Italian design company Alessi has been in business since 1921, with third generation family member Alberto Alessi now at the helm. Alberto will be in New York on...

The Lesson of Coraline

Posted by: Jessie Scanlon on February 20

Coraline, the animated fantasy movie directed by Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and others), has brought in almost $40 million since it opened last week...

Juan Enriquez on "the iron curtain around IPOs" stifling innovation

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 19

Venture capitalist Juan Enriquez gave a great presentation at this year's TED conference (I embedded the video below the jump; it's well worth a look when you have a spare...

The Tangled Web of Bernard Madoff's Network

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 17

By now you've seen the exhaustive, 162 page list of the 13,000 people caught up in the world of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, whose so-called Ponzi scheme fleeced investors of...

Banking on Bank Hardware

Posted by: Damian Joseph on February 13

I attended the “Automate and Accelerate: Best Practices For Leveraging Self-Service and Cash Flow” forum the other day at Chicago’s downtown Marriott Hotel. Basically, this was an industry event hosted...

Five Questions for Aetna CEO Ron Williams

Posted by: Michael Arndt on February 13

Ron Williams, CEO of Aetna, is stopping by BusinessWeek for an interview on Feb. 19. So what do you have to ask the chief of a company with $31.6 billion...

MOMA's Brooklyn outpost

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 12

The 50,000 commuters who pass through the bustling (and apparently permanently under construction) Atlantic/Pacific subway station in Brooklyn each day might find themselves focusing on their immediate surroundings rather than...

Hot Off The Press: The Blogspaper

Posted by: Michael Arndt on February 11

By now, we all know that the Internet is tomorrow and the printed media are yesterday. So when, to borrow from Lost, is Joshua Karp? Karp, a 36-year-old former consultant...

Chameleonic Web Sites

Posted by: Damian Joseph on February 10

For as much innovation that’s occurred on the Internet, Web sites are still pretty much one size fits all. Amazon might give you a product recommendation or Google Maps might...

New Kindle: Sleeker, but not Cheaper

Posted by: Reena Jana on February 09

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos stepped onstage at around 10:20 this morning at New York's Morgan Library and Museum to introduce the world to the new Kindle e-reader. It's...

Amazon.com at the Morgan Library: A Kindle among the Gutenberg Bibles?

Posted by: Reena Jana on February 08

Tomorrow, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos will hold a much-anticipated press conference in New York at The Morgan Library and Museum, and the choice of venue suggests that an intriguing narrative...

TED via Twitter

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 08

I experimented with a few different ways of reporting from TED this year, but one consistent tool was Twitter. Its advantages were twofold: it was an easy way to broadcast...

TED: "The three-letter-conference in Long Beach in denial about the credit crisis"

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 07

The title of this post isn't mine. It came via Infectious Greed editor Paul Kedrosky's twitter feed yesterday (@pkedrosky). And, he's right, the economic crisis has certainly been remote...

TED Prize 2009

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 06

Last night the organizers of TED bestowed "one wish to change the world" and $100,000 to the three winners of the annual TED Prize. The chosen three: Sylvia Earle,...

Shai Agassi talks electric cars at TED

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 06

Just over a year ago, BusinessWeek ran a great piece by my colleague Steve Hamm about Shai Agassi and his audacious plans to produce a mass market electric vehicle...

Mike Milken's solution for unemployment

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 05

Each day at TED, there are various hosted lunches, typically fairly quick affairs in which diners gather to listen to one particular topic or speaker or another. Today, I went...

Driving the Aptera 2e

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 05

Steve Fambro is a classic garage entrepreneur. An electrical engineer by training, in 2004 he started to tinker with creating an electric vehicle in his garage. The catalyst, he...

Judy Estrin on What's Next

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 05

I had grand plans of nabbing TED attendees and getting them to answer one (maybe two) simple questions to camera. But the conference's media restrictions being what they are (don't...

TED: Day One

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 05

I honestly already can’t remember what happened this morning. But it’s safe to say that it was a lot, The second bout of TED University kicked off at 8.30...

Bill Gates at TED

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 04

Who knew Bill Gates was a comedian? He got the first standing ovation at TED for a talk which was both warm and funny. Two themes: malaria and education....

TED University: Ray Kurzweil et al

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 04

Back from the oil fields and everyone piled into one of the smaller conference rooms at the Performing Arts Center (I gather it wasn't the main room, though I also...

Trip to Long Beach oil fields

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 03

TED Proper doesn't kick off until tomorrow, but today allowed people to get their bearings in a new venue (this is the first year the conference is in Long Beach...

TED 2009: Curtainraiser

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 03

I’m in California, en route to Long Beach for this year’s TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference. It’ll be interesting to contrast the atmosphere of the five day affair (which officially...

Five Answers From Brian Dunn, President, Best Buy

Posted by: Helen Walters on February 02

The incoming CEO of Best Buy, Brian Dunn, came in to see us last week, and Corporations Editor Matt Boyle sat down with him for a video Q&A in which...

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