A VC: Feature Friday: Places People Go Next

A VC: Feature Friday: Places People Go Next: “So a few weeks ago, I was stunned to be told by Foursquare that the ice cream shop I had just stepped into was the most popular place people go to right after the japanese restaurant I had just left. “

(Via.)

QUESTIONS

  • How will people (businesses use this)? 
  • Will they try to intercept people that are leaving the bar and heading for some late night food? 
  • Will someone give them coupons to try the restaurant (diner) just around the corner? 
  • Will this drive actual business? 
  • Will this business be more cash flow positive after interception costs?

Fine-Tuning the Perfect Employee – WSJ.com

Training and development for employees might be one of the best investments a company or organization can make. People feel valued when they get training that will enable them to do and become more, in their job and in life.  Even if the employee leaves in a few years, the investment could still payoff if the employee has a good feeling about the firm. In that case, they might find and refer a proper candidate to replace themselves after they depart.

Fine-Tuning the Perfect Employee – WSJ.com:

“Companies have long devoted resources to training and development, either internally or through partnerships with universities and community colleges.

But many companies cut back on programs or cancelled them altogether to save money during the downturn.

That appears to be changing: According to the American Society for Training and Development, U.S. employers spent 36% more on learning and development in 2010 than in 2009. Direct expenditures for learning, as a percentage of payroll, rose to 2.7% in 2010 from 2.3% in 2006.”

 

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Waffle House Index Measures Hurricane Recovery – WSJ.com

Waffle House Index Measures Hurricane Recovery – WSJ.com:

“In a recent academic paper, Panos Kouvelis, a business-school professor at Washington University in St. Louis, pegged Waffle House as one of the top four companies for disaster response, with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Home Depot Inc. and Lowe’s Cos”

Impressive. Would have never guessed Waffle House in the top five, much less the top ten.

Recommended Podcasts

Podcasts Worth Exploring

 

Notes:

These are some of best podcasts I listen too. There are more, but they are not focused on business, technology or marketing quite like these.

This Week in Venture Capital is a relatively recent addition. The three or four episodes I’ve listened to were outstanding. See links below.

Interviewee

Joanne Wilson

Chris Dixon

Charles Best

 

 

 

 

 

Stand Apart and Do Something Unique

“… making local commercials for small businesses.”

Quote from a Wall Street Journal article.

There are people that are doing just that. What would keep you from doing the same? You could focus on the businesses that you really like. It could be two or three shots per video. Shot one, exterior of building. Shot 2, sweeping shot of interior. The third would be a still of a Google map with the location of the business. Suggested scene lengths of five seconds, twenty seconds and five seconds.