My Archives: March 2006

Thursday, March 23, 2006

I'm getting started on a story about "feature fatigue": how products can end up with way too many features and become confusing or overwhelming to the consumer. I'm looking for experts who can speak on the topic, as well as small business owners who are working hard to make sure their products and services stay on the simple side.

Posted by Chris @ 02:30 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Are you ready for March Madness? I am. Living in Chapel Hill --- where Duke and UNC are situated a mere eight miles apart --- there's no way I could avoid the hoopla (pun intended) even if I tried. So I'm sure I'll be glued to my office television for weeks to come. Looks like I'm not alone: March Madness could cost companies up to $237 million every 13-and-a-half minutes as the nationís 58.6 million college basketball fans check scores and update their office pools, according to Chicago global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. So the clock is running. Have you filled out your bracket yet? I'm rooting for anyone but Duke to take it all. (Spoken like a Carolina fan, eh?)

When it comes to actual work, my task over the next few weeks will be to generate a list of trendy (and I hope, interesting) story ideas to pitch my editors. I'm interested in trends related to operational issues (raising venture capital, M&A, etc.). So feel free to drop me a line if you're inclined. I'm all ears. Or in the case of email, all eyes.

Go Tar Heels!

Posted by Chris @ 01:44 PM EST [Link]

Thursday, March 9, 2006

I'm getting started on a project about the basics of branding, and I'm looking for a few experts to interview over the next few weeks.

Posted by Chris @ 10:53 AM EST [Link]

Monday, March 6, 2006

I'm still recovering from UNC's stunning win on Saturday night over their arch rivals, the Duke Blue Devils. What a game!

But alas, I must return to work. And I'm looking for sources, as usual. This time I'm hoping to find experts who can talk about what college grads are looking for in an employment benefits package. A recent poll of new college graduates found --- perhaps suprisingly --- that they are pretty detailed in what they want, and that they valued health insurance and retirement plans more highly than vacations, bonuses and stock options. What does this indicate about today's college grads, and what does it mean for the average employer hoping to hire recent grads? I'm hoping to do a few interviews this week, so feel free to drop me a note if you're inclined.

Posted by Chris @ 11:59 AM EST [Link]

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