It’s long been accepted by physics that nature has supplied us with four fundamental forces. Gravity holds the planets and galaxies together, and the electromagnetic force holds us and our molecules together. At the smallest level are the two other forces: the strong nuclear force is the glue for atomic nuclei, and the weak nuclear force helps some atoms go through radioactive decay. These forces seemed to explain the physics we can observe, more or less.
PEOPLE DON’T WANT cars, they want rides. That’s the existential fear plaguing automakers today. And they’re scrambling to do something about it.
Hardly a day goes by when I don’t hear a marketing guru or pundit wax eloquent on the subject of using social media to market yourself and your company.
The problem I always have with that strategy is that most people participate in social media without thinking of how it will result in sales.
Atlanta Mayor William B. Hartsfield pushed for the integration of the city’s police force for political reasons, not ethical ones. By the 1940s, the African-American vote in the city became a major factor in winning or losing an election. And Black leaders in prominent communities like Auburn Avenue knew this. They demanded that Black officers be part of the police force. Hartsfield hired eight Black police officers in 1948 and in return he got the Black vote.
It’s a tectonic shift: In three of the past six years, more tech companies (by total value) have fled the public markets—Sayonara, hectoring activist investors! Death to the tyranny of quarterly numbers! Begone, SEC reports!—than have gone public, according to M&A advisory firm Bulger Partners. Think about that. Till recently, the only thing more certain than a Ping-Pong table in a Silicon Valley office was the dream of cashing out in an IPO. Now? The shaky markets and pressures of being public have changed the equation.
Air travel is an unmitigated nightmare. But as The Wall Street Journal reports, the airline industry itself has found new ways to make passengers miserable through so-called “family fees.” That’s right. Airlines are now charging passengers extra if they want to guarantee seats next to their loved ones.
Just few weeks after Google got us all excited about its impending fleet of autonomous Chrysler minivans, the company’s Self-Driving Car project announced that it’s packing up at least part of its operation and moving it to Detroit. Ford, hide your engineers!