Archives for January 2013

The Startup Playbook

startupplaybook600x300Best-selling author, David Kidder, has come out with a new book, The Startup Playbook, which has interviews with many of today’s most successful entrepreneurs, from Caterina Fake (Flickr) to Elon Musk (Paypal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors). While you get their own personal stories in great detail, its also the story of the modern American economy. There aren’t too many manufacturing companies, except those started by Elon Musk. They, for the most part are Internet entrepreneurs. [Read more…]

Is it Time to End Federal Tax Incentives for Electric Vehicles?

Cadillac ELRWhen GM first announced the Volt would be offered under the Chevy brand, the promise seemed to be that the company would sell an electric car that middle America could afford. With a current sticker price of $39,145 before tax incentives, that is decidedly not the case. According to The New York Times

Last year, G.M. sold 23,000 Volts in the United States, less than 1 percent of its overall sales and well below the expectations set by the company.

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Forecast for 2013

What's Next by Marian SalzmanWith 2012 the hottest year on record in the United States, it would be pretty easy to predict more of the same in 2013. But in the new book What’s Next? by Marian Salzman, she takes things a step further. She points out that “Americans who believe in religious miracles increased by 22 percent in the last two decades.” Then forecasts that

If superstorms are going to stick around, look for a rise of faith when it comes to searching for meaning as to why all of this weather is happening.

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