Want to Protect Your Business? Stand on This.

There are 3 kinds of risks: the risk that you’ll get screwed or sued; the risk that you’ll get in a fight and the risk that you’ll lose the fight. These risks are ever present. The only way to avoid these risks completely is to stay on your couch….

Business Partnership Lessons from the Bow Trust Deal Death

Last week, Crain’s reported that Brow Truss coffee houses had closed their doors. Left behind are dozens of employees with unpaid wages and one hysterical owner who is blaming the guy who backed away from buying him out. Marcus Lemonis, the star of MSNBC’s The Profit, had agreed to…

Crooked Capital Markets and the “Shareholder Value Myth”

Your browser does not support the audio tag. Try updating your browser or downloading Google Chrome or Firefox. Read the transcript: Today, you’re going to hear my interview with Lynn Stout. Now, Lynn Stout is a rock star, and I’m not saying that…you know, everybody calls people rock stars…she…

Putting People First is Good for Business

One of the major effects of the 40 year political movement waged by big business is that we have learned how to evaluate ideas from their perspective. Think about it. When you hear about paid parental leave, you wonder if it is fair to employers because they’ll have to…

Your Safety Shouldn’t Be a Crap Shoot – Why Senator Tillis Is so Very Wrong

You may have heard that Thom Tillis, a Republican United States Senator from North Carolina, said that government shouldn’t require restaurant workers to wash their hands after they use the bathroom. He said, “I don’t have any problem with Starbucks if they choose to opt out of this policy…

Why the Rich Should Pay More Taxes

For every dollar we cut out of the IRS budget, we lose $6 in collected taxes. Since 2011, when the Republicans took over the House, 12,000 IRS jobs have been cut and another 4,000 job cuts are coming. Now, the IRS budget is at the same level it was…

I’ve Read the Government’s Arguments to Screw Amazon Workers and I’m Furious

There’s a monumental case at the Supreme Court that has got me obsessed, bewitched, enraged and mildly despondent. Technically, it’s called Integrity Staffing v. Busk. It actually is Amazon v. Amazon’s warehouse workers. (Integrity Staffing is the subcontractor stooge hired by Amazon to employ its warehouse workers). After Amazon…

Chobani and Dov Seidman Wrestle Over Use of ‘How’ Trademark

I predict this is going to end badly for Dov Seidman. Seidman, who uses “How Matters” as his content calling card, is suing Chobani yogurt for its new “How Matters” ad campaign. Seidman can win if he can show two things; First, that his trademark is distinctive enough to not be…

10 Things You Need to Know About Business Brokers

AudioBlog: A combination blog post and podcast. 10 Things You Need to Know About Business Brokers Ever wonder how some small businesses get bought and sold? This is a great starting point to help you learn the basics of business brokerage. We talked with Tony Calvacca and Marsha Barnett-King,…

Meet Nathan Stooke of Wisper Wireless Internet

Nathan Stooke, founder and CEO of Wisper Wireless Internet, is our new hero! Nathan joined me on the radio on Coco Soodek Live on June 4 and he told me his story. Back in 2003, before the Internet had become so indispensable, Nathan decided to start a company to…