Finance Basics

Finance Basics

The “Hat” throughout History: A Story of Efficiency

From ancient warfare to maverick retail, the idea of a “hat” integrated with near-obsessive efficiency has been a crucible for productivity and has changed society itself. In his essay of July 1, 1965, titled “HATS, THE REASON FOR,” L. Ron Hubbard defined the...

Marketing 101: How One Company is Resonating and Reverberating in the Music World

Whether you’re playing the same three chords or are a seasoned virtuoso, if you’re a musician, chances are you have strong, even fanatical opinions about your gear. One Chicago company was listening. In his article of 19 March 1982, “EXECUTIVE SUCCESS,” L. Ron Hubbard...

Pittsburgh, the Pentagon, and Chocolate: One Family’s Legacy

The journey of Edward Marc Chocolatier is one of teamwork, ingenuity, adaptability and, above all, family. Towering over the corporate landscape are monolithic corporations—perceived sometimes as omnipresent, omnipotent and ominous. There’s absolutely nothing wrong...

From $900 Million to Zero: When Is Too Much Simply Not Enough?

We live in what has been termed the friction-free economy—where labor, information and money move around easily, cheaply and almost instantly. Overhead is at its lowest. Uber is the world’s largest car service but doesn’t own cars. Facebook is now a monolith of news...

Leadership Fundamentals: Local Impact, Global Scope

The phrase “Think Global, Act Local” rings true when seeking that elusive commodity called business leadership. We’ve looked up to leaders all our lives, many of whom are worthy of the praise: Founding Fathers (Washington, Jefferson), humanitarians (MLK, Gandhi),...

Zealous Users, A Burrito Truck, Parkour—A Glimpse into the Culture of Slack

One company, ironically called Slack, with a firm grip on its mission and market, was the fastest startup to elicit the elusive $1 billion valuation. In startup parlance of today, one buzzword is scalability, denoting an ability to stably and viably expand under...