Prospects for Pandora

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Internet radio’s popularity is growing, through smartphone apps and cars that allow smartphone owners to stream Web-served radio through Bluetooth wireless connections. However, this article indicates that there are bad times ahead for this company and the industry. Questions: 1. What is Pandora’s share of the total U.S. radio-listening market? 2. What does the article… Read more »

Coinstar and Self-Service Retailing

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Coinstar is a company that was founded just over two decades ago by Jens Molbak, who as a Stanford University graduate student, realized there wasn’t an easy way to spend the spare change piled up in a jar on top of his dresser. Since that time the company has become known for its Redbox kiosks,… Read more »

Chose Me

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Have you ever wondered how some people get chosen to be profiled on a commercial? You may have seen the American Express Gold Card commercial featuring Sammy’s Fish Box, Sam Chernin’s flagship restaurant on City Island in the Bronx (one of five eateries he currently owns). Most small businesses would like to be featured on… Read more »

M’Hudi Winery

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A clinical psychologist, her ‘armchair farmer’ husband and their family launched an internationally successful wine label — without capital, farming experience or wine-making knowledge. The company is the first South African winery wholly owned and managed by a Black South African family. Question: 1. How did the Rangaka’s decide on their particular farm? Discuss the… Read more »

First-Class Travel Has Never Been So Good, For Those Who Can Afford It!

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Though first class represents less than 5 percent of all seats flown on long-haul routes, and business class accounts for 15 percent, those seats combined to generate 40 to 50 percent of airlines’ revenue, according to Peter Morris, the chief economist at Ascend, an aviation consulting firm. After its merger with Continental last year, United… Read more »

PPM: What does it stand for when funding is involved?

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The abbreviation PPM stands for many things, including parts per million. But what does PPM stand for if you are an entrepeneur that is interested gaining funding for your business? When a company is looking to raise funds without an initial public offering, a private placement memorandum (PPM) is one of the best ways to… Read more »

Wal-Mart Banking

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As Americans become more fed up with banks, who are they turning to to protest against Wall Street and outsized fees? The answer surprisingly is Wal-Mart. Customers cash work and government checks, pay bills, wire money overseas or load money on to a prepaid debit card for generally a low fee like $3, as compared… Read more »

Eneslow Shoes: Change is Good!

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Eneslow – The Foot Comfort Center was founded in 1909 and is a family owned business providing high quality, stylish and comfortable shoes, as well as therapeutic accessories, on-site shoe makeovers and repairs and custom-made footwear. When New York State dropped Medicaid support for orthopedic shoes, Robert Schwartz saw his business drop by nearly 50%…. Read more »

HAPPY HALLOWEEN: 1-800-Autopsy

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As hospitals and municipalities around the country cut back on the costly service of providing autopsies, family members of the deceased who feel there are unanswered questions that could be resolved by a post-mortem investigation are not without recourse. Today, only about 5 percent of all hospital deaths are autopsied, which is down 42 percent… Read more »

The Volcker Rule

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Regulators released a proposal on Oct. 11 known as the Volcker Rule, which is aimed at overhauling how the banking industry carries out its trading activity. The proposal, spanning about 300 pages, includes provisions that scrutinize how banks collect revenue, award compensation and track their compliance with the Volcker Rule. According to financial industry lawyers and lobbyists these will challenge… Read more »