October 3, 2013
House hunting today is ALL about the apps.

House hunting today is ALL about the apps.

October 3, 2013
Disney Buys Lucasfilm

Lucasfilm is the latest in a long line of companies that Disney has purchased in the last several years, selling for a whopping $4.05 billion. And after the purchase of Pixar in 2006 ($7.4 billion) and Marvel in 2009 ($4.2 billion), Disney is one step closer to owning the entire world.

The deal was purchased using both cash and stock, and gives Disney rights to Lucasfilm’s production companies, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, as well as the Indiana Jones franchise. Bob Iger, Disney’s Chief Executive Officer, called the joining of the two companies a great fit.

Disney, to the dismay of many a Star Wars fan, is planning on continuing the series of movies, releasing “Episode 7” in 2015, shortly followed by Episodes 8 and 9. A new movie will then be released every two to three years. That’s a lot of Star Wars!

Of course, there isn’t exactly a lack of Star Wars fiction to pull from when making new movies, and Disney has had its fair share of decent movies in its day. So we’ll see how this goes.

“It’s time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers,” George Lucas . said in a statement to the press. He’ll stay on with Disney as a creative consultant, but it seems like for the most part, he’s ready to move on.

Stocks have yet to be traded on the deal because of Superstorm Sandy, but once Wall Street is back up and running, we’ll get a real sense of how people feel about the deal. For now, we’ll just have to wait.

Let the memes begin.

October 3, 2013
Learning From the Best

Some people believe that experience is the best teacher; and it’s absolutely true that sometimes learning by doing is the best way to go through life. But sometimes it’s not a bad idea to take others’ experiences into account. Aren’t there some things we can learn just by looking at what’s already been done—what’s tried and true, and what’s ended in miserable failure?

When you’re running a business and you want to be competitive, you need to be aware of best practices and have a strong network of business contacts. Some of these best practices can be learned in business school, through books on business success, or from other friendly entrepreneurs. But it gets even better than that: these days, top CEOs from around the world are sharing their own best practices

The Business Council, based in Washington, D.C., is an organization that promotes “learning, networking, and best practice sharing.” It is comprised of a council of CEOs from some of the world’s most competitive companies and is currently headed up by four vice-chairs: Ursula Burns (Xerox), Richard Davis (Bancorp), Henry Kravis (KKR), and Doug Oberhelman (Caterpillar).

Membership within the Business council is “personal, by invitation only, and non-transferable.” That means that its members are some of the strongest leaders in business today, recognized for both their skills as a leader and as a promoter of best values in their companies. “It’s your obligation to stand behind what you say,” said Henry Kravis, newly elected vice-chair of the council.

So, if you’re looking for best practices to pursue, it seems that the Business Council is a good example to work by. The outgoing chairman, Jamie Dimon, said, “The Business Council is working hard to collaborate and help move our economy forward.” And why shouldn’t small businesses do the same?

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