Coronavirus: Why is the panic so acute?

It’s hard to remain calm when one was expecting the Dow index to cross 30k and it’s in the 26K range. – in a matter of days despite interest rate reduction.. If the Louvre museum is closed and Mona Lisa has a mask things are getting serious. Coronavirus is dangerous but the panic is even more dangerous.

Purpose of a Corporation : What every American needs to know

The most exciting thing for business over the 2019 summer was when the Business Roundtable put out a Statement on the “Purpose of the Corporation.” Signed by 181 American CEO’s all of whose brands are well known to consumers or businesses, the statement reflects the changing times. Download the  Roundtable Statement here and check out the 181 signatures from many CEO’s of companies you are already familiar with.American politicians have been telling us what we know to be true – the “American Dream” eludes most folks today due to rapid changes in globalization and technology. Thankfully, leaders of American businesses have taken notice and have decided to move their focus from the “next quarter” to “long term shareholder value” on the shareholder element and have included all stakeholders in the “Purpose of the Corporation”. The times have truly changed in the last decade with all stakeholders having a voice on social media and the old dictum of “just focus on shareholder (short-term) value”  can no longer work.  See Eric Posner’s article “Milton Friedman was wrong” in the Atlantic.

Trump Victory: Life is local- Business is global

The surprise victory of Donald Trump has brought into sharp focus a  big idea for the 21st century. Life is local-Business is global Here are some things to think about from observing “local life” in  America: Local Newspapers are alive: In the US only small town newspapers are still around. The regional and national newspapersContinue reading “Trump Victory: Life is local- Business is global”

7 Questions for your Business Model

If you are a small business, you rarely think of your business as having a business model. But it does. It does because the moment you have a single paying customer, she is paying for the value you create. It is another matter, if your business makes a profit consistently over the long term. Sustainable profit is why it is important to understand the business model concept.Here is a definition based on the highly cited article by David Teece.

Why nail spas seem to be the only growing(23% since 2007) small business on Main Street USA

If you go to any main street in America, the only  small businesses that seems to  have proliferated are Nail Spas. In one Connecticut town we counted no less than five nail spas on Main Street, spaced pretty close together. And all this growth since 2007: that is an astounding 23% growth. A lot ofContinue reading “Why nail spas seem to be the only growing(23% since 2007) small business on Main Street USA”

Revisiting the Chicken MahaMac in India and the Big Mac Index

One could not help but check out the Chicken MahaMac at the still very swanky Indira Gandhi International Airport and the meal and bill is pictured. Prices have risen  from Rs. 225 to Rs. 295 or about 6% a year from 2011 somewhat less than the average inflation of 7%. See the earlier post IndiaContinue reading “Revisiting the Chicken MahaMac in India and the Big Mac Index”

India 7% growth rate: Ola,Uber and car pooling apps

Over the winter break India was an exhilarating and at times an overwhelming experience. The top growth rate of the world at 7% and young people moving fast in an ancient culture added to the exciting nature of the experience. Here are some examples: The Private Taxi Business is over and Ola and Uber haveContinue reading “India 7% growth rate: Ola,Uber and car pooling apps”

Why build a brand?

All advertising should result in immediate sales is the underlying expectation. The expectation is unrealistic and we try to explain why building a brand is important with these examples.

What is your sustainable competitive advantage?

Here is an old Blockbuster video membership  card, what nostalgia! Renting video cassettes from Blockbuster video seems like so long ago .. How Internet affects business is one of our favorite topics but there is an underlying larger idea in strategy. That idea is sustainable competitive advantage by which a business maintains  enduring success. CompetitionContinue reading “What is your sustainable competitive advantage?”

Free Brand Awareness on YouTube: Add a 3 second clip of your brand

If you got your brand in front of your audience, before they skipped, there is data that supports that many YouTube viewers would simply search the brand later and arrive as organic visitors on your website. In other words, folks would simply skip the Ad in 5 seconds and get to the video content that they want to watch. If you can get your brand and URL to them in the first three seconds, it would help- a lot