Every weekend for a year, Carlo Cimetta drove three hours from Sarnia, Ont., to Toronto so his then-10-year-old son could play in the high-calibre Greater Toronto Hockey League. He later rented a home in Port Huron, Mich., so his son could play in Detroit’s renowned ‘Honeybaked’ AAA hockey organization, with its twice-daily hour-long commute.
He knows some people call him a ‘‘crazy hockey dad,’’ but he swears he wasn’t trying to create a National Hockey League superstar.
Services like Pandora and Spotify have been trying to win over two types of customers: younger people who don't buy music at all and older people who still like physical albums. But it's been difficult to lure customers willing to pay for music they won't own or that they can find for free online.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
You don’t just have to “get it out there”. Sometimes that decision impacts your ability to be successful for the rest of your life. Over the last few years a dangerous culture has arisen in content creation where imperfection is accepted as collateral damage for immediacy.
By Simon Johnson
During the Dodd-Frank financial reform debate in early 2010, newly elected Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts was referred to as an ATM for the bankers – meaning that whenever they needed some more cash, they would stop by his office. It was not paper money he was handing out, of course, it was something much more valuable – rule changes that conferred a greater ability to take on reckless risk, damage consumers, and impose higher future costs on the taxpayer.
Fitbug (LON:FITB), the personal health and well-being business, has signed four new agreements with new and existing customers which will see its customer base extended in both the US, the Middle East and Europe. The deals are among the early successes of a strategy to ratchet up Fitbug’s sales and marketing efforts following several years of product development. In April, the company hired ex-Bupa director Fergus Kee as executive chairman, who ploughed £200,000 of his own money into the company and set about expanding its presence in key territories, including the all-important US market.