Aug 212017
 

A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.

“California job growth has slowed considerably over the past year, in part because high housing costs have made it harder for employers to fill jobs.”

“About 50,000 commuters leave San Joaquin County each day for jobs in the Bay Area, a figure that has rebounded to its pre-recession peak, according to Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. And that has given Stockton one of the nation’s highest concentrations of “extreme commuters” who travel 90 or more minutes to work.”

“Long commutes are, of course, not unique to Northern California. The number of commuters who travel 90 or more minutes to work is almost 3 percent nationwide.”

“the phenomenon is even more evident in the Bay Area, where the numbers rose to nearly 5 percent from 3 percent in just three years, according to an analysis of census data by the Brookings Institution.”

“In Stockton, 8 percent of commuters travel 90 minutes or more.”

“Facing the day ahead, she was mindful that she still had a three-hour reverse commute that would deliver her home 12 hours later.”

*More people than I thought have what I’d deem extreme commutes. This was a good article that gave details on one woman’s commute.

Jul 302017
 

UpCodes makes researching building regulations less exhausting for architects | TechCrunch:

“Firms that can afford it hire building code consultants, but a startup called UpCodes wants to make code compliance easier for all builders.”

*What if I’m just a homeowner and want to know what I can do to my property? A tall privacy fence is no longer an option because local codes have changed. 

Jul 302017
 

What If your only options were Amazon, Walmart and Third Wave stores? – WayfinD:

“Third Wave retailers take the best of mom & pop shops and mass retailers to create an experience that is emotional, meaningful and provides a social ethos. It’s a combination of local service and product knowledge coupled with innovation, co-creation and a significant brand expression. It’s where quality reigns over price and customers feel an emotional connection to the brand within a physical or online space.”

*Something to think about. Especially as it seems Amazon is really growing across many retail categories. Walmart is huge but Amazon is growing rapidly.

Jul 262017
 

Haven’t Updated Your Estate Plan in a While? It’s time. – WSJ:

 

“‘It’s never a good idea to leave the fate of your heirs to luck,’”

 

*Make a plan, review and revise it on an annual basis.

Nov 292016
 

Hundreds of ultrafast, high-powered charging stations planned for electric cars in Europe

BMW AG, Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG said Tuesday they plan to build together with Ford Motor Co. a network of hundreds of ultrafast, high-powered charging stations for electric cars in Europe.

That’s a good start on standardization and providing customer comfort in buying vehicles that require a way to refuel (electric charging) that is different and currently less available and more unknown.

Nov 272016
 

Below are links to three C-SPAN Q & A podcasts that are helpful in understanding the past presidential election. They are listed in the order I listened to them. You could probably listen in whatever order you wish. 

 

J.D. Vance

Author J.D. Vance discusses his memoir, [Hillbilly Elegy], about growing up in a poor, white family that has its roots in Appalachia.

 

David Cay Johnston

Author and columnist David Cay Johnston talks about this book, [The Making of Donald Trump], in which he takes a critical look at the 2016 Republican presidential nominee.

 

Nancy Isenberg

Historian Nancy Isenberg talks about her book, [White Trash], which examines the history of the class system in the United States.

Nov 272016
 

Drug price increases will likely bring more regulation in the future. In the short run that is probably not the case. The balance of power in Washington can change very quickly. 

 

Drugmakers Find Competition Doesn’t Keep a Lid on Prices

*Link may be behind the Wall Street Journal paywall. Try pasting the title in a Google Search

http://www.wsj.com/articles/drugmakers-find-competition-doesnt-keep-a-lid-on-prices-1480248003

 

“The two companies, though rivals, followed a common industry practice: raising prices almost in lockstep.”

 

““You’re not rewarded for having a low price and for the most part, the market doesn’t punish a high price,” says Mick Kolassa”

 

“The freedom to raise, rather than slash, prices in the face of competition is a big reason why U.S. prescription-drug spending has surged by close to 10% on average annually in recent years to $310 billion in 2015”

 

“Tandem drug-price increases for other ailments have prompted lawmakers to call for investigations into potential collusion.”

 

“Tandem increases can be perfectly legal, so long as companies don’t confer with each other, says Herbert Hovenkamp”

 

“In compliance training, companies tell employees not to discuss pricing with rivals. But when it comes to drugs, list prices are public.”

 

““Any profit-optimizing company is going to want to get as much price as they can get,””

 

 

 

Oct 112016
 

Suster on the role of Entrepreneurs and VC’s. 

Entrepreneurs are supposed to have insights that others don’t have and we’re supposed to be good judges about which entrepreneurs and executives have both the most clever ideas and the right skill sets to do transformational things against all odds.

Oct 012016
 

How Google Plans to Take Down Amazon’s Echo (EXCLUSIVE)

To Google, the Echo isn’t just another speaker. It’s part of a bigger move away from text- and app-based interfaces that require users to seek out information to voice-based systems that offer more natural interaction. In other words: It’s what’s next after Google’s search bar — and it’s made by a competitor.

*Competing in a time of great change.