Strategy for Volatile Times

Reading Time: 2 minutes The end of the summer heralded the arrival of three management related documents on my desk, my review of the materials by Forrester and CurrentAnalysis can be read here.The McKinsey Quarterly reader ‘Strategy for Volatile Times’ was the hardest to analyse since it had a selection of different areas that it focused on loosely bound … Read moreStrategy for Volatile Times

Oprah Time: Running Money by Andy Kessler

Reading Time: 2 minutes Andy Kessler’s Running Money, Hedge Fund Honchos, Monster Markets And My Hunt For The Big Score is a well written set of memoirs from a technology fund manager. Together with his partner-in-crime Fred Kittler, Kessler managed to survive the highs and lows of the technology industry in the late 1990’s, he tells the story in … Read moreOprah Time: Running Money by Andy Kessler

The English Disease

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the 1970’s through to the present day the English Disease referred to the reputation of a small minority of football supporters from England with a penchant for violent behaviour, the likes of which has not been seen in the US since the Rodney King riots.Within the technology sector there is another English Disease, this … Read moreThe English Disease

Liars Poker Personal Edition

Reading Time: 2 minutes RTE programme Primetime carried a great introduction to a scandal in the UK and Ireland that mirrors the Savings and Loans scandal that gripped the US in the 1980’s. During the 1980’s, Savings and Loans companies (kind of equivalent to building societies in the UK and Ireland) bought complex financial products that they did not … Read moreLiars Poker Personal Edition

Sucker Punch From a Dot.Bomb

Reading Time: 1 minute I went to my friend Jo’s wedding the other month and later wrote on this blog about The Gift Registry: a wedding present service that seemed like a good idea at the time. The high concept was that the site kept the wedding list online which could be compiled from items stocked by a number … Read moreSucker Punch From a Dot.Bomb