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The first in-depth look at the burgeoning legal cannabis industry and how the “new green economy” is shaping our countryThe nation’s economy is in trouble, but there’s one cash crop that has the potential to turn it around: cannabis (also known as marijuana and hemp). According to Time, the legal medicinal cannabis economy already generates $200 million annually in taxable proceeds from a mere two hundred thousand registered medical users in just fourteen states.But, thanks to Nixon and the War on Drugs, cannabis is still synonymous with heroin on the federalRead more »
In 2004, Jean-Claude Ellena was made Hermès’ first ‘perfumeur exclusive’ at Hermès. He lives and works in the hills in Grasse in France, and designs his scents at his studio in Cabris.Read more »
A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities.The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serveRead more »
One of the most influential economists of the decade-and the New York Times bestselling author of The Great Stagnation-boldly argues that just about everything you’ve heard about food is wrong. Food snobbery is killing entrepreneurship and innovation, says economist, preeminent social commentator, and maverick dining guide blogger Tyler Cowen. Americans are becoming angry that our agricultural practices have led to global warming-but while food snobs are right that local food tastes better, they’re wrong that it is better for the environment, and they are wrong that cheap food is bad food.Read more »
"All you need to know about the industry at a time of momentous change."-Drake McFeely, chairman and president, W.W. Norton & Company For nearly five centuries, the world of book publishing remained largely static. But at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the industry faces a combination of economic pressures and technological change that is forcing publishers to alter their practices and think hard about the future of the book.John Thompson’s riveting account dissects the roles of publishers, agents, and booksellers in the United States and Britain, charting their transformationRead more »
A legend in the car industry reveals the philosophy that’s starting to turn General Motors around. In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars, and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz’s philosophy. When Lutz got into the auto business in the early sixties, CEOs knew that if you captured the public’s imagination with great cars, the money would follow. The car guys heldRead more »
If Rupert Murdoch and Sumner Redstone are so smart, why are their stocks long-term losers? We live in the age of big Media, with the celebrity moguls telling us that “content is king.” But for all the excitement, glamour, drama, and publicity they produce, why can’t these moguls and their companies manage to deliver better returns than you’d get from closing your eyes and throwing a dart? The Curse of the Mogul lays bare the inexcusable financial performance beneath big Media’s false veneer of power. By rigorously examining individual media businesses, the authors reveal the difference betweenRead more »
Donald Passman is a graduate of the University of Texas and the Harvard Law School. For many years he has practised law with the LA firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown, where he specializes in the music and film industries. He represents many famous music clients.
He lives in LA with his wife and four children, and plays guitar and five-string banjo.
“The fullest account yet of the rise of one of the most profitable, most powerful, and oddest businesses the world has ever seen.” -San Francisco Chronicle Just eleven years old, Google has profoundly transformed the way we live and work-we’ve all been Googled. Esteemed media writer Ken Auletta uses the story of Google’s rise to explore the future of media at large. This book is based on the most extensive cooperation ever granted a journalist, including access to closed-door meetings and interviews with industry legends, including Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Marc Andreessen, andRead more »
“It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”-Steve Jobs There’s a new race in business to embrace “design thinking.” Yet most executives have no clue what to make of the recent buzz about design. It’s rarely the subject of business retreats. It’s not easily measurable. To many, design is simply a crapshoot. Drawing on interviews with top executives such as Virgin’s Richard Branson and Nike’s Mark Parker, Jay Greene illuminates the methods of companies that rely on design to stand out in their industries. From the experiences of those at companies from Porsche to REIRead more »