BYOBiz

Vermont’s Champlain College–a private, baccalaureate institution that offers professionally focused programs balanced by a liberal arts foundation–has created a brilliant program for budding entrepreneurs. It’s called BYOBiz, or “bring your own business.” According to Burlington Free Press, 15 students started in the program this fall. National Public Radio’s Marketplace says one student in the program, […]

D.I.Y. Video Continues To Roll

The San Francisco Diggers of the 1960s used to feed the hungry in Golden Gate Park between theatrical perfornances. But there’s a new group of Diggers in the Bay Area these days. And The New York Times says they just got VC funding for a video production unit. In 2004, Jay Adelson, 36, and Kevin […]

She’s Mighty Mighty, Just Lettin’ It All Hang Out

Senior decision makers at Yahoo appear to have a thing for old Commodores songs. Liz Gannes, a staff writer for GigaOM has this scoop for us: Yahoo is in the process of setting up an in-house incubator in an attempt to hold onto its expensive talent, sources say. The project, called Brickhouse, will be led […]

Build BMWs. Drive BMWs.

In an effort to make Upstate South Carolina (the site of BMW’s only North American manufacturing plant) even more influential in the automotive industry, BMW has joined forces with Clemson University and the State of South Carolina to develop the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research. This New York Times story sheds light on […]

Grrrl Power

The girls of 3iYing – a market and design strategy firm that specializes in marketing to girls ages 15 to 25, have some news for marketers who blindly follow the sex sells rule. In their “The Girl Improved” column in Business Week, they specifically take on American Apparel and Abercrombie & Fitch. Although the maxim […]

This Roc-A-Fella Is A Master Juggler

Shawn Corey Carter, a.k.a. Jay-Z, 36, is president and CEO of Def Jam Records. For most mortals that would be an all-engrossing position and a magnificent accomplishment. But Jay-Z is on another level. He’s also one of the owners and founders of the Roc-A-Fella empire, which includes Roc-A-Fella Records, Roc-La-Familia, Roc-A-Fella Films and Rocawear. And […]

How Greatness Gets Going

I don’t know what legendary media critic, A.J. Liebling thought of advertising. Whatever he thought of it, he knew how to use advertising to his advantage. Here’s a small piece of his Wikipedia entry: He returned to Providence in autumn 1927 to write for the Journal. He then moved to New York, where he proceeded […]

The New Rock Stars Are Kinda Indie

Yelp.com founders, Russel Simmons and Jeremy Stoppelman Business Week is running a feature on the new NoCal rock stars. You know, the young turks that lurk just south of San Francisco. Digg founder, Kevin Rose and his fellow wealth punks have little in common with the sharp-talking MBAs in crisp khakis and blue button-downs who […]