Economics

America‚Äôs Last Stimulus: 5 Ways to Use Europe’s Crisis to Create US Jobs

This is an abridged version of the¬†original article¬†I wrote for Business Insider.¬† In a forgotten corner of the White House sits a huge, Parthenon-shaped cake. Nearby, Ben Bernanke and Timothy Geithner are dancing like Zorba and dripping with hummus. Why all the glee? ¬†It‚Äôs because Europe just gave the U.S. … America‚Äôs Last Stimulus: 5 …

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Why Walmart and Other Retailers Are Muscling in on Mobile Payments

  Having led innovation at Amex, MasterCard and Citi, I know where the bodies are buried. I also know that payment wars aren’t just about fees anymore. That’s so 1990’s. ¬†Years ago, when Walmart threatened to enter payments and banking, incumbents nearly soiled their Hanes. After a little sword-fighting, providers … Why Walmart and Other …

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How Killing the Angry Bird Will Save American Entrepreneurship

Hyper-connected tech blogger Robert Scoble,¬†recently wrote about treating startups more critically.¬†¬†Robert found himself meeting with lots of crappy, over-funded, digital startups that desperately need more time in the oven, an intervention by Dr. Drew, or more likely, Dr. Kevorkian. (My words, not Robert’s.) ¬†Not only am I seeing the same … How Killing the Angry …

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What would Tony Soprano do about AIG?

Another day, another disappointment for the hapless Obama administration. Today it’s AIG bonuses. Already, our eager beaver President has taken on stimulus, healthcare, bailouts, education, war, the return of blue M&M;’s. You name it, everything’s a priority. Unfortunately, he’s done it all with the soft-touch of a trusting, gentle Democrat. … What would Tony Soprano …

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