Thursday, July 29, 2010
Guides to working abroad in the database Business Source Complete
1) Hit country reports (kinda on the right side)
2) Choose your country
3) Career guides will be mixed in your results.
Once you get past some boilerplate text in the guides, there's some good specific information here.
The books can be found under music trade and sound recording industry.
Oh yes, there's music marketing.
Be sure to read this sobering article from The Root about the artist's portion of sales....
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Also interesting: a big viral hit does not necessarily translate into bigger sales....
Update: Despite a few naysayers, it appears that Old Spice sales (one of the most popular viral ads) have spiked recently. Of course, it's correlation not causation, but highly likely to be related to the campaign's popularity.
Still, popular ad campaigns don't always increase sales.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Hernando de Soto: The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else
De Soto is a Peruvian economist that tackles one of the oldest mysteries: how can societies unlock their human potential? The answer, as he argues, lies in individual rights and a predictable, open legal system. Which the third world poor lack.
But how do you establish such a thing? De Soto's central idea is that the poor need titles for their often informally owned land and property. If you have legal title, you can get loans, and grow economically with that capital. But obtaining titles to some of these holdings would be fraught with controversy and entanglement....
This book is more of a thought piece and critics have noted De Soto's lack of empirical data in his work. But it's an interesting idea and ideas have to start somewhere.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I would also suggest Lexis Nexis to find the actual text of the law.....
Friday, July 2, 2010
Some newer information is given here, but much less prominence is given to outsourcing in these new figures and often it is not mentioned at all.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Four things I noticed about the defrauded victims:
- Naivete about the process of investing
- Lack of risk control (put all their eggs in one basket)
- Vulnerable to affinity fraud.
Affinity fraud is one of my favorite examples of how people get taken down. Affinity fraud means that the fraudster plays up similarities in ethnicity, politics, or religion in order to gain the trust of the investor. IMO, Bernie Madoff and Bernie Ebbers (of Worldcom infamy) both engaged in this strategy.
Or.....maybe don't invest with people named Bernie!