Kyle Johnson and the Triumph of Substance Over Style

September 4, 2013

When it comes to all matters relating to HR, my colleague Jackie runs the show. She has a real knack for sizing people up and she isn’t easily fooled by style over substance. Indeed, one of the many lessons Jackie’s taught me is to never mistake an employee’s humbleness and quietness for a lack of… Read more

Thoughts on the Fabrice Tourre Prosecution Charade

July 15, 2013

Several years ago we worked with a North Carolina securities arbitration attorney named Darryll Bolduc who became a whistleblower long before others were making big headlines doing the same. Back in the ’90s, Bolduc was a trader at NationsBank (subsequently wrapped into Bank of America) where he sounded the alarm on what he claimed were… Read more

Don’t Look For “Professor Billionaire” David Cheriton on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter

September 20, 2012

I don’t like Facebook, never have.  It’s not that I don’t “get” it.  Facebook’s senior management simply rubs me the wrong way, coming off as a bunch of privileged Ivy League elitists with questionable integrity and ethics (apparently, I’m not alone in that opinion).  I don’t trust that the things I might “share” today would… Read more

Can Fortune Magazine Survive Laura Lang?

September 15, 2012

I’ve been bothered by a late July profile that the New York Times published on Laura Lang, who was appointed a year ago to oversee Time Inc.’s collection of magazines. Lang’s background is in digital marketing and advertising, and her interview focused heavily on Time Inc. having an unparalleled ability to deliver customized digital products… Read more

Fortune Magazine: Some Content Worth Paying For

September 14, 2012

Fortune, featured in this post, does a poor job of promoting its enterprise journalism, so allow me to do it for them.   Some standout stories in the past 12 months: “Inside Facebook” by Miguel Helft and Jessi Hempel Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been lionized in the mainstream business press as Facebook’s “grownup” and savior; Bloomberg… Read more