My Archives: January 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006

I'm getting started on a story about the current state of entrepreneurship in the United States. Entrepreneurs were touted as the leaders of an economic recovery, but studies are showing that big companies are increasingly the innovators and the momentum is moving in their favor. I'm wondering what's going on here, and I'd love to hear from experts who can tell me more. TGIF, Chris

Posted by Chris @ 03:56 PM EST [Link]

Friday, January 20, 2006

Why I'm writing: I'm researching a story idea for Entrepreneur, and I'm wondering if I may bother you with a simple (or not so simple?) question:

I read a story on Cnet News the other day (http://news.com.com/Are+virtual+assets+taxable/2100-1043_3-6027212.html?tag=nefd.pop) that debated whether online game players "assets" --- their weapons, characters, clothing, virtual money, etc. --- should be taxable by the IRS. This seems pretty "out there," but it got me thinking: In an age of increasing digitization, what constitutes a taxable asset? Is digitization changing how the IRS defines a taxable asset? I'd be interested in the views of an accountant or lawyer as I research this topic.

I'm also seeking experts and small business owners for an upcoming story about creating supporting products around a hot-selling product. The iPod comes to mind, which has spawned a whole cottage industry of supporting products and supplies. I'm wondering about the risks and rewards of being a supporting player, and how a small company creating supporting products can stay in the loop so it doesn't get blindsided by change. TGIF, Chris

Posted by Chris @ 03:04 PM EST [Link]

Monday, January 16, 2006

As a Washingtonian turned Carolinian, I'm looking forward to the Carolina Panthers-Seattle Seahawks matchup next weekend. I'm not sure who to root for; I hope to make up my mind by Friday. One thing is for certain, though: It will probably be raining in Seattle, where locals note a distinct difference between "drizzle," "mist," "showers" and actual rain. As a kid I'd trek to the Lake Quinault Lodge, which featured a totem pole-style rain guage to measure the area's total rainfall. The totem pole must have been 8 or 9 feet tall, and it was typical the see the guage reaching 6 to 8 feet high some years. My mother still claims rain keeps the skin looking young, but I have to say that yellow orb in the sky --- highlighted by a "Carolina blue" background --- sure does wonders for one's mood in the middle of winter.

Work-wise, I'm seeking experts and CEOs for a story about the on-shoring of R&D by foreign companies. If you're a small U.S. company that's losing out to Asian countries on R&D projects, what's to be gained by looking to foreign companies that are on-shoring some of their R&D to the states? And how can you gain access to such opportunities as a startup?

Posted by Chris @ 04:56 PM EST [Link]

As a Washingtonian turned Carolinian, I'm looking forward to the Carolina Panthers-Seattle Seahawks matchup next weekend. I'm not sure who to root for; I hope to make up my mind by Friday. One thing is for certain, though: It will probably be raining in Seattle, where locals note a distinct difference between "drizzle," "mist," "showers" and actual rain. As a kid I'd trek to the Lake Quinault Lodge, which featured a totem pole-style rain guage to measure the area's total rainfall. The totem pole must have been 8 or 9 feet tall, and it was typical the see the guage reaching 6 to 8 feet high some years. My mother still claims rain keeps the skin looking young, but I have to say that yellow orb in the sky --- highlighted by a "Carolina blue" background --- sure does wonders for one's mood in the middle of winter.

Work-wise, I'm seeking experts and CEOs for a story about the on-shoring of R&D by foreign companies. If you're a small U.S. company that's losing out to Asian countries on R&D projects, what's to be gained by looking to foreign companies that are on-shoring some of their R&D to the states? And how can you gain access to such opportunities as a startup?

Posted by Chris @ 04:55 PM EST [Link]

Saturday, January 7, 2006

I'm getting started on a book proposal, and I'm looking for people to share their media experiences from all sides of the fence. I'm looking for PR people, business owners/CEOs and journalists willing to share anecdotes and stories from the trenches of either being a journalist or dealing with journalists. I can't share too many details here, so please drop me a note and I'll tell you more about my project.

Posted by Chris @ 04:58 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Another day, another story. There seems to be a trend in large companies telling their small vendors/suppliers not to talk publicly about their business arrangements. It's getting to the point that entrepreneurial companies can't even reveal publicly to potential clients or journalists that they have large company X on their client roster. What's going on here, and why are large companies instituting gag orders against their small vendors/suppliers? For a small company, being able to to tell everyone that you work for a very well-known company is right up there with the money this client will generate. I'd love to hear from attorneys and others who have something to share on the topic...

Posted by Chris @ 02:22 PM EST [Link]

Monday, January 2, 2006

Happy New Year 2006!

I'm working on a handful of stories as I start the new year, and I though I'd dust off my blog and let people know what I'm up to lately. As always, I'm looking for sources/resources. For starters, I'm seeking experts who can talk about buying the assets of a now-defunct company. I'm also seeking experts who can talk about whether it's better to eliminate health care coverage entirely for everyone in a small company or to provide it only to a small percentage of employees. Which option is worse from the entrepreneur's perspective, and which option are small business owners tending to choose, and why?

Feel free to drop me a note if you have any suggestions...

Posted by Chris @ 03:53 PM EST [Link]

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