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Marketplace Solutions: Pinterest and Priorities

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courtesy of wikipedia

Originally posted on May 24, 2012. 100-million dollar investment in Pinterest, the social networking picture sharing site, marks the latest exuberant valuation of a company yet to realize a profit. Rakuten, the investor, might be seen as Japan’s version of Amazon, and they already have enough industry clout both at home and in the U.S. market to make their 1.5-billion dollar assessment of Pinterest less of a presumption, and more of a reality.

This is the tech industry. But with social media, and Rakuten in particular (who also own a portion of Buy.com), it’s also about selling stuff. Reaching more people and selling more products with the ease of the internet is a combination that yields optimism among investors. While we see value in it, we don’t share that same exuberant optimism for social media, a sector economists persistently say they don’t really understand. Continue reading

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Brian D. Robertson, I Wish You Could Have Known Him

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The year 2011 is almost a wrap, but in keeping with the level of shock value it has had, it’s delivered one more punch on its way out. Brian D. Robertson, a remarkable Canadian-born entrepreneur, died this past Thursday at age 38. Brian was CEO of Amonix, a concentrating solar Originally posted on December 26, 2011.  PV company in California. But, before taking on that exciting challenge, he lived in Baltimore with his wife, Eileen, and their growing family, and was serving as the CEO of SunEdison, and that is when I met him.

We were in a course together, along with a fairly large group of people. I noticed Brian early on. Everything about him conveyed focus, purpose and conviction. Continue reading

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