Archive for the ‘Economy & Business’ Category


Customer experience.

September 30, 2006

Good Experience.


Widely credited for popularizing “customer experience” online, Mark Hurst has worked since the birth of the Web to make Internet technology easier to use. In 2002, Hurst was named “one of the 1,000 most creative individuals in the U.S.” in Richard Saul Wurman’s book 1,000. InfoWorld magazine named Hurst Netrepreneur of the Year in 1999.

Mark Hurst is the founder and host of the Gel conference (Good Experience Live), which was first held on May 2, 2003 in New York City. Gel 2007 will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, 2007 in New York City.

Hurst is also known for founding Creative Good, the world’s first user experience consulting firm, which he runs with Phil Terry in New York City.

Hurst’s Good Experience newsletter has tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide. (Sign up for free) The Good Experience newsletter and Gel conference are owned by Hurst’s media company, Good Experience, Inc.

Previously, Hurst was director of product development at Yoyodyne, an early Internet marketing firm founded by Seth Godin and later bought by Yahoo. Hurst began his Internet career as a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT.

Hurst’s most recent free report, Managing Incoming E-mail: What Every User Needs to Know, has been downloaded by over 100,000 Net users worldwide.


Future trends.

September 25, 2006

Tomorrow’s Trends.


A very good view on the future trends and what is in the mind of the people.


Strategic – Innovative and Brand Management.

September 25, 2006

The Empty Whitecoat.


Chris founded and lead The OMC Group – a UK associate network of customer strategy and innovation management consultants. Collectively, they have several years’ senior, international management and consultancy experience in consumer and business-to-business companies and the public sector as well as strong academic research pedigrees. They work in the fields of strategy, innovation management, organisational learning, marketing and brand management, customer insight and customer-focused capabilities development. Combined with our extensive research-grounded knowledge of advanced innovation, strategy, learning and marketing perspectives, we are able to address our clients most pressing issues and help discover important opportunities for superior growth.


Balancing Work and Life.

September 25, 2006



This weblog contains a running account of David’s adventures creating a viable career as a craftsman/ writer/publisher after 50 years of corporate employment. The range of topics is a result of his curiosity about many things that are not David’s business.

You will find:

  • Essays about balancing work and life, and about business practices that are harmful to your sanity
  • Essays on achieving happines, creating lasting relationships, and living life to the fullest extent
  • Entertaining analyses of technological changes which will affect your life style and ability to produce income
  • Promising artists with unusual backgrounds and incredible talent
  • Interesting restaurants, interesting animals, humongeous racing boats
  • People who charm and entertain, musicians who lighten the heart, people who create wonderful food
  • People in distant places who bring us news of a world struggling to be free
  • People David would like you to know

When he discovered blogging, it caused him to look at life, and himself, in a totally different way. In the process of writing daily essays, He found new insights on a daily basis that allow him to address topics that he never wrote about before.


The first Silicon Valley Watcher.

September 18, 2006

The Silicon Valley Watcher.


Silicon Valley Watcher—Reporting on the business and culture of Silicon Valley is published by Tom Foremski, former news reporter and Silicon Valley columnist for the Financial Times.
In May 2004 he became the first journalist from a leading newspaper to resign and become a full-time blogger. He had one of the top jobs in journalism and he had never blogged. Yet he knew that the timing was right, and that the business of online journalism would continue to improve while the print business model would continue to worsen.


Innovation Watch, explore the future.

September 17, 2006

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Innovation Watch is the latest step in a personal exploration of ideas, innovation and the future. For many years, I’ve consulted to organizations to help them understand and cope with the challenges and opportunities of change. As a writer, I’ve followed developments in science, technology and business, seeking to understand and interpret their impact. On both a personal and professional level, I’ve reflected on the dynamics and consequences of social, political and environmental change.

An extraordinary future may be coming — the culmination of unprecedented growth in human knowledge, technology that borders on the inconceivable, and a globally connected world. This future could bring exceptional gains in the quality of human life, but it will also create new discontents. And the pressures of continued population growth will place new stresses on the planet. It appears ever more likely that we will face a future of increasing scarcity, growing environmental degradation, and widening disparities between the developed and developing world.

The future will emerge from the turbulent interplay of all of these forces. Small perturbations may have a disproportionate impact, tipping the balance suddenly in unexpected directions. Innovation Watch is a personal attempt to explore the dynamics of this emergent future, through the lens of history and the insights of complex systems science.


Economics and global subjects.

September 14, 2006

 Marginal Revolution

Small steps toward a much better world 

A professor of economics at George Mason University and at the Center for the Study of Public Choice. And also a Director of both the James Buchanan Center and the Mercatus Center. And also an associate professor of economics in the department of economics at George Mason University.  Also research director for The Independent Institute and a research fellow with the Mercatus Center.   You can find out more about his research interests in empirical law and economics (tort reform, bounty hunters, judicial electoral systems etc.), voting theory and alternative political institutions, health economics (especially the FDA) by browsing my forthcoming and published papers and working papers.  Also the co-author of an extensive website on the FDA,, and the editor of a number of books including those below (click on the image for more information).