Why companies succeed

Why companies succeed: The secret to success in business is having people who “get it” run the company, according to this article in the Harvard Business Journal.


A leader’s long-term success isn’t derived from sheer force of personality or breadth and depth of skill. Without an ability to read and adapt to changing business conditions, personality and skill are but temporal strengths. An understanding of the zeitgeist and its implications has played a critical but unheralded role in some of the greatest business victories of all time.

The WSJ could learn something from Google

The WSJ could learn something from Google: Is it just me, or is there something slightly humorous about the Wall Street Journal posting an article in “Today’s Free Features” called “With ‘Free’ Lure, Will Google Tap More Markets?

Side note: Oddly, the WSJ didn’t post as a free feature its Monday story on podcasting — an article that would have been a powerful link magnet. However, some podcasting dude posted a PDF version of it.

Update: The podcast story is now a free feature. Thanks, Staci (see comments).

Let’s get something straight about the dot.com ‘bust’:

Let’s get something straight about the dot.com ‘bust’: Whenever I see articles like this BBC piece about a study showing, “the web has grown more in 2005 than it did at the height of the dotcom boom,” it reminds me how utterly entrenched is the myth the “dot.com bust” had something to do with usage of the Internet. The “bust” was a financial market crash related to speculative investing in internet-related business ventures. People didn’t stop using the Internet in 2001. Investors may have stopped investing. IT departments may have slowed down buying. Tech companies stopped advertising. But the Internet did not stop growing.