Archives for October 2005

VCs Put It All On The Blog

Union Square Ventures: Anyone who has been to our site before will notice a very different look and feel today. When we launched Union Square Ventures last year, we put up a web site that described who we were, how we saw the market and where we planned to invest. Today, we are still the […]

A Remarkably Twisted Approach To Dining

Lewis Lazare: They must be doing something right. Former Ogilvy & Mather advertising executive Kim Holstein and her husband, Scott, began making pretzels 10 years ago in Kim’s Lincoln Park studio apartment. A good product and some savvy marketing and publicity efforts have enabled the Holsteins to grow Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels into a […]

PETA Pleasers

These fools want to change things that have seemingly always been. Good thing they have the powers of identity, branding, pr and web design at their disposal. For centuries, rats have been maliciously and unjustly impugned as evil, disease-ridden vermin, shunned by society and deemed unworthy of our respect…our love. But now, The Great Pointed […]

Slip Slidin’ Away

Cynical-C points to this story in Variety. “We had the option to buy Netflix for $50 million and we didn’t do it. They were losing money. They came around a few times,” Blockbuster’s CEO, John Antioco, recalls. Instead, in 2000, Blockbuster inked a 20-year exclusive video-on-demand pactpact with Enron as the energy conglomconglom launched into […]

Brand Evangelist Gets Scooped Up By Brand He Loves

According to ZD Net, Yahoo has acquired social events calendar site in an effort to expand its local-content offerings., now operating as a Yahoo company, lets people manage their social calendars, share information about upcoming events like local concerts and festivals, and post events calendars to their own Web sites. People can also […]

Greenspace Sounds Enviro-Friendly

I want to be interested in this, but sites built in Flash piss me off. Luckily not everyone feels that way. Our friends at Randon Culture, for instance, who determined that Heineken’s Greenspace initiative is a series of events featuring art, music, film and more in temporary spaces.

Shrinking Paper Size Parallels Diminished Desire To Work On Papers

Jon Fine at Business Week explores the move by The Wall Street Journal to reduce its paper costs. Some day-after coverage of the Wall Street Journal’s decision to shrink its physical dimensions by about 20% focuses, smartly, on newsprint costs. The dynamic is this: Newsprint is–surprise–a newspaper’s second biggest expense after labor. In the Nineties […]

Frat Boys To Freshen Up

Indiana Daily Student: Not only are “dirty boys getting clean” by Axe hygiene products, but so are their bathrooms. In an effort to promote their new shower gel, the makers of Axe products are holding a nationwide “Pimp My Fraternity Shower” in which members of fraternities are asked to take a picture of their soiled, […]