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Atlantic City: 'Trump turned this place into a ghost town'

When Trump won the election, photographer Brian Rose made straight for the gambling town – to show the reality behind his billionaire boasts. The broken city he captured speaks volumes about today’s AmericaWhen Donald Trump opened the towering Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City in March 1990, he declared it “the eighth wonder of the world” and joined in the celebrations at a launch ceremony filled with portly actors dressed as genies brandishing tacky golden lamps. Even though it was purcha...
Tags: Art, Books, Business, Photography, Gambling, Economics, Communities, Society, World news, US news, Cities, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Social exclusion, New Jersey


When is a failed business model worth revisiting?

One answer is when you apply it in a completely different business segment. Thanks to my new favorite business podcast, Snacks Daily, I learned that the MoviePass all-you-can-watch model, which is circling the drain, is being embraced by the NY Mets in a new subscription campaign offering standing-room-only (SRO) access to almost every home game. That's brilliant. Why? For most MLB teams, revenue is not just about filling seats but also selling high-margin concessions. MoviePass is failing parti...
Tags: Books, Business, Sports, Mlb, Moviepass, Mets, NY Mets, Joe Wikert, Business Disruption, Snacks Daily podcast


Embracing the subscription economy

I'm about halfway through a terrific book called Subscribed, by Tien Tzuo. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in disrupting an existing business or creating a completely new one. The author was an early Salesforce employee and used to be their chief marketing officer as well as chief strategy officer, so he obviously knows a thing or two about subscription models. The overall premise covered in the book, where more customers are shifting from owning to renting products, isn't exactly ne...
Tags: Apple, Books, Business, SaaS, Tim Cook, Subscription model, Subscription, Joe Wikert, Tien Tzuo, Subscribed


How Dr. Seuss and Read Across America day intersect

Success of Seuss Saturday, March 2, 2019 would have been the 115th birthday of Theodor Geisel also known as Dr. Seuss. By 2015, Dr. Seuss’ books had been translated into 17 languages and had sold 650 million copies in 95 countries. Above illustration by Kurt Snibbe, Staff Theodor Geisel was a student at Dartmouth in 1925. He was caught by the dean with gin during Prohibition. In order to continue working at the school’s humor magazine, he adopted a pen name that used his mother’s maiden name, ...
Tags: Books, Business, News, Uncategorized, California News, America, Events, Infographic, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Dartmouth, Nea, Springfield, Springfield Massachusetts


Disrupting and improving communication with machine learning

The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) is generating a lot of buzz these days and it's often difficult separating fact from fiction. For example, what are the most interesting AI applications today and where is the technology heading tomorrow? I recently started reading a good book on the topic called Prediction Machines, by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb. Prediction Machines offers a solid overview of AI fundamentals while also providing plenty of real-world examples. One of my ...
Tags: Google, Books, Business, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Waze, Grammarly, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff, Joshua Gans, Prediction Machines, Avi Goldfarb, Ajay Agrawal, Ajay Agrawal Joshua Gans


LA Times demands that reporters sign away rights to books, movies and other works they create while working at the paper

The LA Times Guild has been negotiating a new contract with the newspaper, but has hit a wall thanks to an unprecedented demand from the paper's owners: they want writers to sign away the rights to nonfiction books, novels, movies and other works they create separate from their reporting for the paper. The newspaper is also demanding the right to use reporters "byline, biography and likeness" to market these works. The Times has falsely claimed that this is standard at other papers. LA Time...
Tags: Post, Books, Business, Copyfight, News, Writing, Los Angeles, The Times, Times, Class War, Los Angeles Times, Guild, LA Times, Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times Guild, Ink-stained Wretches


Fightback against the billionaires: the radicals taking on the global elite

When Rutger Bregman and Winnie Byanyima spoke out about taxes at Davos they went viral. They talk with Winners Take All author Anand Giridharadas about why change is comingRutger: Winnie, why did the comments you and I made about billionaires and taxes at Davos go viral? Why do things seem to be changing right now?Winnie: Why did we go viral? I think we said things that people have wanted to hear, especially on a big stage where powerful politicians and companies are represented. And they are ra...
Tags: Books, Business, Politics, Economics, Davos, Culture, Economic policy, Inequality, Winnie, Winnie Byanyima, Rutger Bregman, Anand Giridharadas


Burbank’s horror haven Dark Delicacies is moving, thanks to generous fans and a tweet from Guillermo del Toro

Whether you’re a die-hard horror movie and fiction fan, a professional author or filmmaker of the stuff or just a casual stroller through Burbank’s quirky Magnolia Park business district, Dark Delicacies has been an institution for nearly 25 years. One that seemed doomed just a few weeks ago. Del and Sue Howison, the husband-and-wife owners/founders of the first purely horror-oriented book and gift store announced that, when their current lease ends in May, they would have to leave the space Dar...
Tags: Books, Business, Real Estate, Hollywood, Movies, News, New York City, Sport, Netflix, Soccer, Queens, Guillermo Del Toro, Oscar, Local News, Porto, Maya


10 best books for entrepreneurs and inventors

Explore the 50 inventions that made the modern world.There is rich advice in the literature of start-up development.Learn about the interconnectedness of innovation and business development. Businesses rise and fall. A chance invention transforms an entire industry, sometimes the entire world. Through the many trials and tribulations of trailblazers and entrepreneurs, a few things have been learned over the years. Navigating the complex world of business, start-ups and technology can be intimi...
Tags: Books, Business, Marketing, Entrepreneur, Computers, Industry, Innovation, Richard Branson, Invention, Bell Labs, Branson, Harvard Business Review, Newport, AT T, Collin, Harford


Book review: Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance

Among the various books that people bought me for Christmas is this one: Elon Musk – How the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our future. It’s a detailed, entertaining and inspiring biography. It’s likely that you have an opinion about Elon Musk. Journalist Ashlee Vance has spoken to what feels like hundreds […]
Tags: Books, Business, Spacex, Elon Musk, Future, Tesla, Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk Journalist


A celebration of Libro.fm: the indie, DRM-free Audible alternative that helps your local bookseller (with giveaway!)

Libro.fm (previously) is an independent audiobook store that sells all the same audiobooks you can get on other platforms like Audible, Google Play, Apple, Downpour, etc, but unlike the industry leaders at Audible and Apple, they are DRM-free, and unlike all of their competition, they work with independent booksellers. When you sign up for a Libro.fm account, you can choose any one of 561 indie booksellers as your home bookstore -- the place where you go to get ideas about which books you ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Audiobooks, Post, Books, Business, News, Drm, Tim Wu, Audible, Wu, Amazon Audible, Chicago School, Bookselling, Mark Pearson, Shoshana Zuboff


The Entertainer retailer stockpiles summer toys as Brexit fears mount

Founder Gary Grant says ‘no shortage of toys’ likely because company had shipped own-label items earlyThe UK’s biggest independent toy retailer has stockpiled 100 container loads of paddling pools, slides, wheelbarrows and other toys to try to ensure there are no shortages this summer in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Gary Grant, the managing director and founder of The Entertainer chain, said it had doubled the amount of containers it usually brought into the UK at this time of year to ensure se...
Tags: Europe, Business, Toys, UK, European Union, UK News, Retail industry, Brexit, Gary Grant, Entertainer, Brexit Gary Grant


The Entertainer retailer stockpiles summer toys amid Brexit fears

Founder Gary Grant says ‘no shortage of toys’ likely because company had shipped own-label items earlyThe UK’s biggest independent toy retailer has stockpiled 100 container loads of paddling pools, slides, wheelbarrows and other toys to try and ensure there are no shortages this summer in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Gary Grant, managing director and founder of The Entertainer chain, said it had doubled the amount of containers it usually brought into the UK at this time of year to ensure seaso...
Tags: Europe, Business, Toys, UK, European Union, UK News, Retail industry, Brexit, Gary Grant, Entertainer, Brexit Gary Grant


Lin-Manuel Miranda rescues New York's beloved, century-old Drama Book Shop

For more than 100 years, New York City's Tony-award-winning Drama Book Shop has been a stalwart of the city's thronging theater community; but like so many independent bookstores, it has struggled (it recently announced that it would have to leave its Times Square location on January 20 due to rent hikes). Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda and three of his collaborators from Hamilton, who have joined with the city to save the store and re-open it in Midtown next fall. Miranda spent his boyhood read...
Tags: Post, Books, Business, New York, News, B-side, Bside, Nofrontdoor, New York City, New York Times, Broadway, Miranda, Midtown, Hamilton, Times Square, Tony


Revisiting "The Innovator's Dilemma"

What's the most impactful business book you've ever read? Mine is Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma. I first read it many years ago and I figure now would be a good time to read it again. I must have given... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Startups, Books, Business, Disruption, Clayton Christensen, Joe Wikert, The Innovator's Dilemma


Hello 2019 – what are you likely to bring?

Politics, science, technology, TV, books … here’s what to expect in the year aheadA year is much more than just 365 days, or one orbit of the Earth around the sun. One year produces so many events and human stories that in 2018 alone, the Guardian published more than 73,000 news articles.Much of what happens is unpredictable. But with 2019 only hours old, there are a few things that can confidently be foretold. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Business, Politics, Science, Television, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Earth, Culture, Television & radio


Welcome to DisruptorFest!

If you're looking at this page and scratching your head it's probably because you're used to seeing my digital content strategies site. Although I'm still intrigued by the future of digital content I'm even more passionate about business management, personal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, Disruption, Change Management, Change, Community, Joe Wikert, DisruptorFest


How ‘Mary Poppins’ came to be and child care today

A “Mary Poppins” sequel is now in theaters featuring a different spin on the magical nanny. Here’s a look at how the beloved franchise came to be and the modern world of child-care workers. The “Mary Poppins” stories were created by Helen Lyndon Goff, who wrote under the name P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers. She was born in 1899 in Australia and was a poet, journalist and Shakespearean actress before her move to London in 1924. The first “Mary Poppins” book was published in 1934 and Travers wrote...
Tags: Books, Business, New York, Texas, London, News, Children, Australia, California, Los Angeles, Infographic, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Walt Disney


Bottleneck at printers derailed some holiday book sales

This year has been, much to everyone’s surprise, a blockbuster for the publishing industry. Despite the relentless news cycle, readers have bought books in droves. Hardcover sales are up, and unit sales at independent bookstores have risen 5 percent. Multiple titles — Bob Woodward’s “Fear,” Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s “The President Is Missing” and […]
Tags: Amazon, Books, Business, News, Bill Clinton, Retail, James Patterson, Bob Woodward


Creativity endures for retirees at the Motion Picture and Television Fund home

The show keeps going on for residents of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement campus in Woodland Hills. Also known as the Wasserman Campus, the living and medical care facility offers dozens of programs to keep the entertainment industry veterans and their spouses living there occupied and thriving. And since most of them had creative careers of one kind or another, key activities involve writing, art and putting on shows. There’s even origami. “This isn’t your typical retirement co...
Tags: Books, Business, Hollywood, Movies, News, Minnesota, Retirement, Sport, Soccer, Ohio, Local News, Marvel Comics, Motion Picture and Television Fund, Salvation Army, Ucla, Jo Ann


6 well-loved, longtime Seattle-area bookstores

A select list of a few of the longer-lasting Seattle shops that sell new books (in some cases, alongside used ones).
Tags: Books, Business, News, Seattle


Best-sellers at Seattle’s Third Place Books

Best-seller lists for November 2018 show how each Third Place Books location serves a slightly different clientele.
Tags: Books, Business, News, Entertainment, Seattle


Revenues and customers can still be a hobby

For a few years, I have noted in update presentations and elsewhere that some gig drivers who only drive occasionally, do it for cash generation or to pass the time, or have other income sources, might really have an activity not engaged in for profit ("hobby"), rather than a business. The tax consequences of the hobby designation are tremendous in that no deductions are allowed starting in 2018. No self-employment tax is owed either, but loss of tax deductions for a gig driver is costly.  Follo...
Tags: Business, Taxes, Ford, Tennessee, Irs, Hobby, IRC, Gig Economy, Tax Court, Professor Nellen, Nellen, TCJA, 162, 183, Bell Cove Club, Joy Ford


T-Mobile CEO Legere serves up slow-cooker recipes with a side of leadership advice

T-Mobile CEO John Legere's cookbook is a spinoff from the success of his Facebook Live show "Slow Cooker Sunday."
Tags: Books, Business, Technology, News, Food & Drink, Facebook Live, John Legere, Legere


Why paying tax can be good news for companies

For the past 35 years, Ipsos MORI, the UK market research company, has undertaken a survey of which professions in Britain people trust. Each year, they ask 1,000 people whether they trust people in different professions to tell the truth.Every year, close to the bottom come business leaders, just above estate agents, professional footballers, journalists, and politicians, below trade union leaders and “the man in the street”, and usually even below bankers.Mistrust in business is pervasive, per...
Tags: Books, Business, Politics, Usa, UK, Featured, Taxes, France, Finance, Elizabeth Warren, US, Britain, Current Affairs, Labour, Financial Times, Social Sciences


Moms start companies to fill demand for Spanish-language children’s books

Small companies are stepping in to answer the growing demand for Spanish-language books in the U.S.
Tags: Books, Business, News, Retail


Big Tech got big because we stopped enforcing antitrust law (not because tech is intrinsically monopolistic)

Tim Wu (previously) is a legal scholar best known for coining the term "Net Neutrality" -- his next book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age (previously) challenges the accepted wisdom about today's digital monopolists, which is that they grew so big because of some underlying truth about online business ("first-mover advantage," "network effects," "globalism," etc). Instead, Wu argues that the reason we got digital monopolies is that we stopped enforcing anti-monopoly rules ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, Books, Business, Happy Mutants, Gift Guide, News, Instagram, Los Angeles, Competition, Aol, University Of Chicago, Tim Wu, Wu


Global antiquarian bookseller strike brings Amazon to its knees

When Amazon division Abebooks -- the largest platform for antiquarian booksellers in the world -- announced it would blacklist stores in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, South Korea and Russia, citing nebulous transaction-processing difficulties -- 600 antiquarian booksellers in 27 countries went on strike, withdrawing their 4,000,000 titles from Abebooks. Two days later, Amazon reversed its policy and promised that booksellers in the affected countries would continue to be welcome on i...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Books, Business, News, Russia, New York Times, Scott Brown, AbeBooks, Bookselling, Solidarity Forever, Eureka Calif, David Streitfeld, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Burdon, Arkady


How disconnecting from digital pressures can boost learning

Students in France went back to school in 2018 sans smartphones, thanks to a nationwide detox law passed in June. Children under age 15 cannot use mobile phones in classes, during breaks, on playgrounds, or anywhere on the premises of French schools. The ban aims to help young people concentrate, improve learning outcomes, and encourage physical activity. The French education minister describes the legislation as giving students a “right to disconnect” from digital pressures during the school da...
Tags: Books, Business, Featured, France, New York City, Research, Economics, Smartphones, Schools, Bill De Blasio, Sustainable, Multitasking, Social Sciences, Public Domain, Concentration, Business & Economics


Here's how to turn book samples into a powerful B2C tool

Book samples are one of the most under-utilized tools in a publisher or author's marketing arsenal. Most consumers will not buy a book without at least flipping through it, so many download samples before making a purchase decision. But how... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, B2C, Curation, Samples, Freemium, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Direct Sales, Authoring Tips, Robeagar, Book Samples, Business-to-consumer, D2C direct-to-consumer, Rob Eagar, Wildfire Marketing



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