One Of Beervana’s Stalwarts Looks At Soaring Demand, Intends To Meet It

The Bulletin in Bend, OR has good news! Gary Fish, president of Deschutes Brewery needs 10 new 45-foot-tall made in Germany fermentation tanks to meet growing demand for his lineup of craft beers. While a Bend expansion is preferred, other options under consideration include: acquiring another facility on the West Coast, building a new facility […]

Taking The Temperature of the Room

Michael Arrington of TechCrunch is visiting Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Arrington says there’s fear in the air. There is a clear consensus among attendees that the worst is yet to come, and that we are facing the worst economic outlook of the last few generations. Some of the CEOs I’ve talked with […]

Cafe Culture Is American Culture

Ad Age decided to commission Lightspeed Research to find out whether either New Year’s resolutions or a tough economy were turning latte sippers into bean counters. The survey results reveal that 60% of Americans have scaled back on fancy or expensive coffee in the past six months; 56% report cutting back just since the beginning […]

Bad Habits, Bad Practices, Bad Juju – Throw Them All On The Fire

Naturally, President Obama addressed the economy and our national psyche in his inaugural speech today. Here’s but one interesting passage: We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they […]

New PCs Lose Their Luster, Intel Says WTF

Earlier in the week, we mentioned that Intel ditched Mad Ave for a San Francisco boutique. According to The Wall Street Journal, Intel will need more than a new agency to turn things around. The technology provider is suffering from a rapid deceleration in computer demand and moves by PC makers to cut inventories in […]

Starbucks? No. McDonald’s? Yes.

Adweek’s Noreen O’Leary asked a number of agency people how they planned to market their clients’ products in this time of diminished credit and general economic woe. Here are a couple of the best responses: “This is not a normal recession. This is a tectonic, structural shift, a global realignment,” says Umair Haque, director of […]

Oil Futures Is A Twisted Game

NPR on contango and the insanity of oil futures.

Creative People Find Elegant Solutions (It’s Our Job)

Bill Taylor, co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win with Polly LaBarre, reminds us that tough economic times are also times of innovation. Don’t let risky times dull your appetite for taking risk. More then ever, companies and their leaders have to offer a positive alternative to a demoralizing […]