Getting A Letter

I sat down for breakfast this week with a friend and really fine appraiser who recently started his own business. A lot of his work is in the commercial mortgage sector, which is pretty typical for a fledgling practice. I don't do a lot of mortgage work, so I was surprised to hear of the [...]

By |2018-08-24T06:46:44-04:00August 24th, 2018|Automation, Creativity, Small Business, Trends|Comments Off on Getting A Letter

Phone Books

I am not old enough to remember party lines (I am not sure they were ever used in the densely populated New York Metropolitan area) but I do remember phone books. Now a relic ignored by all and probably threat to the environment, phone books were at one time revolutionary. Before the invention of the telegraph [...]

By |2018-08-09T07:00:25-04:00August 9th, 2018|Change, Customers, Humor, Marketing, Relationships, Small Business, Social Networking, Technology, Trends|Comments Off on Phone Books

How Unique?

Answer Yes or No to the following: Is the work you do every day repetitive? Do you know the answer before you start? Can someone be trained to do what you do in a month or less? Is what you do something that any healthy adult can do? Does your work involve forms of any [...]

Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

Where is the modern Algonquin Round Table where artists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines come together to discuss big ideas? Where are the coffeehouses of Vienna where the likes of Jung, Freud, Zweig, Klimt, Loos and Adler would get together and toss about some bon mots? Where are the non-fiction Central Perk, Cheers or [...]

By |2017-10-23T09:53:44-04:00October 23rd, 2017|Art, Books, Business, Change, Communication, Creativity, Future, History, Hotel, Humor, Marketing, Social Media, Technology, Travel, Trends|Comments Off on Where Is the Modern Coffeehouse Scene?

Altruism?

Drew University last week announced that it was slashing its tuition by 20% from $48,336 this year to $38,668 next year. So what prompted this act of altruism? Economic reality. Drew, like many small private universities, has struggled to maintain enrollment while charging a higher-than-average tuition. So how can Drew increase enrollment and maximize revenue? [...]

By |2017-09-18T09:24:56-04:00September 18th, 2017|Bubbles, Children, Economics, Education, Financing, Management, Marketing, News, Profitability, Service, Trends|Comments Off on Altruism?

Better Than Plants

According to an article on the website Futurism, an incinerator in Switzerland was recently fitted with a carbon capture plant that is reportedly 1,000 times more efficient than plant photosynthesis. Filters capture the CO2 over several hours. The filters are then heated to 212 degrees Fahrenheit (no great feat, your teakettle does the same thing and [...]

By |2017-08-16T08:30:00-04:00August 16th, 2017|Automation, Change, Energy, Environment, Future, Technology, Trends|Comments Off on Better Than Plants

The Near Future Promise of Clean Energy

Wind and solar power are getting more efficient and cheaper all the time. Which is great, as long as the wind blows and the sun shines. The Holy Grail of research in Clean Energy field has been storage. We need bigger, more efficient and cheaper batteries. Well, this is about to happen. According to a [...]

By |2017-07-22T10:49:20-04:00July 22nd, 2017|Automation, Energy, Environment, Future, News, Technology, Trends|Comments Off on The Near Future Promise of Clean Energy

Welcome Home, Millennials!

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Boston Properties Inc. Executive VP Raymond Ritchey pointed out, “...The millennial generation [is] moving out of the cities, forming households, having children, looking for better schools and that's going to drive rate demand in the suburbs.” Want to know how to predict the future? Follow the hype and say the opposite [...]

By |2017-07-21T09:10:05-04:00July 21st, 2017|Children, Demographics, Education, Future, Humor, Land, News, Stress, Trends|Comments Off on Welcome Home, Millennials!