Meritocracy Is A False God. Instead, Practice Gratitude and Cultivate Good Luck.

Editor’s Note: The following article is by Clifton Mark. It was originally published at Aeon and has been republished here under Creative Commons. ‘We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else …’ Barack Obama, inaugural address, […]

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What Marketers Can Learn from Hootsuite Academy

Have you heard of Hootsuite Academy? I recently discovered the software company’s array of educational offerings—including both free and paid social media courses. Hootsuite Academy offers social media training for teams and individuals. The training regimens appear to be a smart brand extension and a deep dive into brand utility (that flawlessly connects back to […]

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Easy Listening for Advertising Addicts

Hear Ye, Hear Ye. 21% of Americans ages 12 and up have listened to a podcast in the past month. That is up from 17% in 2015. With one in five Americans tuning in, advertising pros are taking notice and grabbing the mic. According to Digiday, “Ad agencies have caught podcast fever.” Digiday highlights and […]

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Mergers & Acquisitions Is No Game

Everyone’s talking about Microsoft’s desire for Yahoo, but there’s another powerful company busy courting a playing-hard-to-get bride.


LA Times has the story:

Electronic Arts Inc. on Sunday launched a $2-billion takeover bid for troubled video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., stepping up the industry’s torrid pace of consolidation.

EA disclosed that Take-Two, the New York-based publisher of the “Grand Theft Auto” series, had recently rejected two all-cash buyout offers. EA, the world’s largest game publisher, made the higher bid public Sunday and said it would bring the offer directly to Take-Two’s shareholders.

Buying Take-Two would provide EA with a genre known as “open world action,” in which players have fewer set paths within the game and more freedom to choose what their characters do. It also would give EA control over Take-Two’s 2K Sports label, EA’s only significant rival in the highly lucrative sports game category.

Free Idea for Ted Turner

Have you had a chance to dine on bison at Ted’s Montana Grill? I was in Omaha earlier this month, where I had the Kansas City Strip prepared medium. What an outstanding dish.


I liked the bison steak so much, in fact, I want to buy some of Ted’s National Bison Association-certified meats for preparation at home. And I’d like to send some bison steaks to friends and clients.

Here’s the free idea: An Omaha Steaks-like mail order business for bison (and grass fed beef, for that matter).

Presently, there are small operators that market bison and grass fed beef online and through the mail. What I’m suggesting here is taking this business to the next level by backing it with Ted’s branding and operational know-how.