Carnival of the Capitalists - April 18, 2005 Edition - Edited by Brian Gongol
Welcome to the Carnival of the Capitalists, a weekly compendium of the best in business and economics on the Internet. Due to the Carnival's considerable growth and some associated growing pains, this edition of the Carnival tries a brand-new layout and approach, which we hope will improve the reader's experience. Your comments and suggestions for improvement are welcomed. This edition is as "big-tent" as it gets, and is an experiment to see if the Carnival can happily keep itself both big and on-task. Carnival founders Jay Solo and Rob May have both weighed in on the subject. If the barriers to entry this week seem artificially low, please forgive that as the cost of this experiment. To join in next week, please use the CotC entry form. Next week's Carnival is scheduled for Peaktalk.
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How to Navigate This Edition
This edition of the Carnival of the Capitalists comes in three editions. All posts are identified by both the site's name and the particular entry, with an icon identifying the most suitable category to which it belongs and a brief summary. A minimum of editorial content has been added, but some favorites are marked as Editor's Choices. The guide to icons is at the bottom of the page.
- Version 1: Traditional Carnival. Submissions are not grouped by category but are instead scattered about. No self-respecting carnival would place a dozen funnel-cake stands together, far away from the lemonade; so neither here are posts on marketing and sales or technology segregated from others about regulation or economics. Use the icons just like giant signs reading "Kissing Booth" or "Hot Dogs".
- Version 2: Alphabetical Order. For people who can't live without order.
- Version 3: Categorical Order. Forces those pesky icons into groups.
|Random Thoughts from a CTO
|Rolling the Dice
|Gambling is entertainment, but risk-taking is a necessary way of life, especially in business
|Chinese Noodles and Indian Chutney
|As the economies of India and China grow, they could form a powerful combination
|Blog Business World
|Google Sandbox Theory Validated by Search Engine Giant
|Evidence suggests Google puts new websites in a temporary penalty box to prevent them from manipulating the rankings
|The German Business Judgment Rule
|Applying an ambiguous American standard for business judgment may not make sense for Germany
|A Suggestion for US News College Ratings
|College rankings should include an unorthodox metric: Diversity of intellectual thought
|The Internet Stock Blog
|Seven Implications of Google
|As Google tries to morph from search engine to answer engine, it will encroach on Yahoo's traditional stronghold
|View From a Height
|The Problematic Style Grid
|Live blogging of a presentation on Morningstar style boxes that says those styles aren't what they represent themselves to be
|It's Not A Refund
|One hidden cost of tax refunds: We tend to spend them unwisely, instead of using it well by never overpaying in the first place
|Free Market Project
|Government Sponsored Enron
|The Fannie Mae scandal is almost 20 times the financial disaster Enron was, so why has it garnered just 3% of the same attention?
|New Millennium Minds
|Post Google Earth Coming to Fruition
|Reviews the author's recent predictions about Google
|Is My Car Properly Inflated?
|A luxurious '88 Dodge Aries may have been more expensive in real terms than a brand-new PT Cruiser
|Bad Business in the Fine Print
|Less fine print: More sales
|Managing Difficult People
|What to do with employees who can't live without their rageahol
|Trade, Love and Conversation
|Free trade is like open conversation; the more of it, the better off most people are
|Into the ACN Pyramid Scam
|If 60 Minutes were this thorough in fact-checking and myth-debunking, it would still be a respected program
|The Entrepreneurial Mind
|VCs Getting Back in the Start-up Game
|Sarbanes-Oxley is having the unintended consequence of putting a lot of venture capital on the table for start-ups
|Pro Wrestling Impact
|Understanding Your Fan Base
|The largest number of exclamation marks in any CotC contribution, ever
|Chocolate and Gold Coins
|Magic in the Marketplace
|To keep your Hydrox idea from being sold as someone else's Oreo, put a little magic into your process
|The Electric Commentary
|You Can't Spell "Hell" Without the "L"
|Comrades! Let us rejoice that the Chicago Transit Authority is run by Communists with no knowledge whatsoever of the market!
|Managing with Aloha
|Working and Living with Aloha
|When employees feel a sense of purpose in their work, they can see things others cannot
|Let's De-Socialize Our Health Care
|HillaryCare? It's already here
|One Billion Red Chinese and a Dog Named Liberty
|Freedom can be accumulated like compound interest; trying to get it all in one fell swoop can make it backfire
|Media Stock Blog
|Postal Rates, Netflix, and Blockbuster
|Proposed rate increases will make DVD rental-by-mail more expensive, but by how much?
|Anecdotal evidence that American health care works leads to more than four dozen responses in less than a week
|The ACLU is a Little Late to the Party
|The ACLU as a tax-protest group? Ah, but that's because Nevada politicians want to tax lap dances
|Metals and Mining Stocks in the News
|Prices for raw metals have been soaring lately; conditions appear favorable for that trend to continue
|SBA Lending Program Going Strong
|SBA loans and a mix of public and private money are helping small businesses grow along with the economy
|Freeeeeee Passes For Bloggers for Events
|Blogs are emerging as a new marketing channel for events…and a way for bloggers to get free stuff
|Federal Tax Revenues Up
|Tax revenues are up significantly, but so is government spending. Exhaustive detail on spending trends. Most at fault: Entitlements.
|Property Rights - The Subjective Element
|Fair market value is an inadequate measure for eminent domain compensation
|How To Make Your Business More Efficient
|Running a one- or two-person shop? Write an operations manual for everything you do.
|Mobile Technology Weblog
|Tag Your Library Book
|How mobile phones can be used to leave helpful "digital graffiti" for yourself and others
|Get Great Coaching this Week
|Lots of people think they know how to coach, but they often don't. How to get better coaching.
|Ogre's Politics and Views
|Why Aren't Teachers Millionaires?
|Argues that teacher pay is low because the government is involved
|Alan K. Henderson's Weblog
|Minorities Hit Hard by Estate Tax
|Highlights recent comments from the National Black Chamber of Commerce about the "legacy-killing" estate tax
|Those Caribbean Banking Centers
|Caribbean banking centers increased holdings of US Treasury securities by $11 billion in February. Why?
|Conversation: Stage a Business Coup
|Podcast of a reading by entrepreneurship author Barry Moltz
|Small Business Trends
|SBIC Program: Stop the Bleeding
|Why the government should stop trying to play angel investor and venture capitalist
|A Global Rethink
|When a multinational goes overseas, should they sell their original product or change it to suit what they think are local tastes?
|Jane Gets Ornery
|What women want: Convenience, simplicity, and lots of attention
|Cold Spring Shops
|I Deliberately Overpaid My Taxes
|Is a simpler (but possibly higher) tax code more efficient than a complicated one with well-targeted benefits?
|Germany Considers Minimum Wage
|Germany may try to impose a minimum wage due to an influx of immigrant labor, but it won't solve Germany's bigger problem
|Strategy and Execution: Advice from a Field Marshal
|Forget The Art of War: Read the advice of British Field Marshal Lord Wavell
|Mobile Phones and Product Cycles
|The mobile-phone market is changing too fast for the mobile-phone makers (NOTE: Some ads on EGO may be NSFW)
|New Drugs for Third World Diseases: A Case of Market Failure?
|The lack of treatments for diseases common to the developing world is a problem, but it fails the test for actual market failure
|The Entrepreneurial Mindset: 8 Rules when you are “On Again”
|Effective entrepreneurs apply scientific thinking (observe-hypothesize-test-repeat)…and it can work for anyone
|Steve Pavlina's Blog
|Entrepreneurial Freedom and Responsibility
|The entrepreneur's task of balancing freedom with responsibility is a microcosm of how Amerca works, too
|Still the Lowest Prices in Town
|If someone offers to buy your store, should you sell?
|The State of Market Thinking 2005
|Four cases where markets are winning ground, and four where they're slipping
Guide to Icons
|Law and Regulation
|Marketing and Sales
|Health Care and Social Services
|Economics and Finance
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Reciprocal Links (Thanks for Your Courtesy)
- Accidental Verbosity
- Alliance of Free Blogs
- Blog Business World
- Blog Jones
- Byrne's Marketview
- Business Opportunities
- Coyote Blog
- Dean Esmay
- Entrepreneurial Mind
- Jacobson Consulting
- Jeff Moore
- Lead and Gold
- No Illusions
- Political Calculations
- Venture Chronicles
- Weekend Pundit