Knowledge Supply Chain Management

May 30, 2007 in Elsewhere

My father, who writes about issues in education in his blog, recently suggested that universities are in the knowledge supply chain management business. That made me ask myself: if there is a knowledge supply chain, then there must somewhere be an inventory of knowledge, right? My father argues that inventory is held in the universities, which create and collect knowledge, but I’d say that knowledge inventory is much more held in the hands of university graduates, who store knowledge in case their employers ever need it. This just-in-time inventory system allows businesses to avoid investing in knowledge creation and management, but means that individuals — the player with the least ability to pay — are stuck holding the inventory and paying the purchase and holding cost thereof. As college educations become more expensive, we must shift knowledge inventory-holding from individuals and to universities; if universities help us do this, they can make more money doling out that knowledge to in a just-in-time manner than they do pushing that inventory into the personal inventory of hundreds of thousands of grads every year.

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AQNT: Bad Buy at Any Price

May 21, 2007 in Elsewhere

When Google bought DoubleClick, many people predicted a run on the online ad industry. Well, they were right, and they were even on target with aQuantive’s price. Too bad that, in buying aQuantive, Microsoft overpaid for assets that they can’t use.

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Radio Free Palms

May 19, 2007 in Otherwise Uncategorized

The rest of you are not lucky enough to have personalized radio that plays just for you. That’s a pity, because good ‘ol over-the-air radio is going away, and there’s nothing like these simple, non-digital broadcasts to make you feel at home. And, by over-the-air, I mean bellowed out by your neighbor at all hours of the day or night.
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Oh Transgendered Individual at Baja Fresh...

May 16, 2007 in Sightings

I applaud you getting out there and not being shy in the middle of your transformation. And, heck, you’re looking pretty good! You’ve got great legs, and, let me say, I really want to give you props for the breasts you’ve chosen. A lot of guys would’ve gone big, but you picked some that are rather small and very tasteful on your athletic frame. Very soon, you’re going to look pretty good for a 50-some-year-old woman.
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Giving Good Business Card

May 14, 2007 in Elsewhere

I’ve been buying business cards for my new employees lately, giving me a lot of time to think about what exactly makes a good business card. Business cards are surprisingly important business tools, but many of the cards that you’ll see out there today are surprisingly bad at being useful tools. Many boring, traditional cards are actually much better at being business cards than are beautiful, clever, cutting-edge pieces.

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Introducing Dine to Thrive

May 7, 2007 in Elsewhere

For the past year, I’ve been working on starting a company, and I’m proud to announce that we are finally in business. Really, it’s just the beginning of an entrepreneurial journey, but it feels like a big change to me. So, here it is: introducing Dine to Thrive.

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Dear Revlon Run/Walk for Breast Cancer

May 3, 2007 in Dear So-And-So

Thank you for mangling the two fundraising e-mails that I tried to send out to my contact list. I’m glad that you ensured that I didn’t look too polished to the many people who I asked for donations, although I’ll admit that I’m not quite sure why. Anyway, I appreciate that raising money for breast cancer research shouldn’t be too trivial a task. Read on…