Author Archives: Bing
  • Get ready for ... Stupid Tuesday!

    The holiday season may come to an end, but that's no reason to stop shopping.

    FORTUNE -- I'm a consumer and I love to shop. You can't give me enough excuses to hit the stores running, elbowing my fellow Americans, kicking old ladies down the escalator on my way to the next six-pack of boxer shorts on sale for one day and one day only. The problem is, in my opinion, MORE

    - Dec 21, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Too much weather is bad for business

    Reduce carbon emissions? Move away from seacoasts? Or hunker down and wait for the next big blow?

    FORTUNE -- I think we can all agree that there's far too much $!@#$ weather going on around here. It's one thing when you read about it or see it on YouTube or TV, the $!@#$ weather causing distress for people in faraway places. You can feel bad for them, send money to the MORE

    - Dec 5, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Forget Wall Street. Let's occupy lunch!

    A survey finds that the lunch hour is becoming a thing of the past. It's time to take a stand.

    FORTUNE -- My fellow employees, we come together today to defend one of the last remaining rights of those who work for a living: the right to have lunch.

    This simple ritual during the midpoint of our waking hours has been an inalienable pillar of freedom since Nog the cave person struck MORE

    - Nov 14, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • They shoot horses, don't they?

    My friend outlived his usefulness. I'm having a hard time letting go.

    FORTUNE -- This was a sad week for me. A good friend had to be put down. He got old, that's all. It happens to each of us; we've all got a SELL BY date stamped on our butts. But this was a tough one. It's hard for me to think about him, sitting on a shelf somewhere gathering MORE

    - Oct 24, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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  • Talking trash with my email

    Even the companies I love get on my electronic nerves.

    FORTUNE -- I was sleeping the other night, which I do when all my electronics go mute for a few hours between the last text message and the first e-mail. Suddenly, I awoke. I felt as if there were somebody in the room with me. But no, I was alone, as alone as a person can be who sleeps with a MORE

    Oct 10, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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  • The wizard of shareholder value

    Long term be damned. Give us layoffs, cut expenses, and don't forget all the cash you can fit into a sailor's trunk.

    FORTUNE -- I went to see my friend Vronsky, who is trying to keep his corporation on a positive growth curve in spite of, you know, everything. These days that takes faith as well as strategy. So I knew where to find him.

    There he was, precisely where I thought MORE

    - Sep 19, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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  • Do YOU play by the rules?

    Take this quiz and find out whether you are in step with the times.

    FORTUNE – It's increasingly clear that the world is full of people who believe that the rules, in life and in business, do not apply to them. Every day you read tales of miscreancy in finance, politics, organized religion, and its cultural counterpart, organized sports. It's no mystery why trust in our institutions is at an all-time MORE

    - Sep 5, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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  • Monetizing the Boson

    An interview with the sexiest superstar in science since Einstein.

    FORTUNE – On July 4, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland announced the discovery of a particle that is probably the Higgs Boson, an entity that, it is believed, interacts with the building blocks of the universe to give them mass. Since mass is important, and heretofore unexplained, the Boson immediately became the star of the scientific, intellectual, and MORE

    - Aug 15, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • A cloudless night

    In this day and age, a blackout means losing a lot more than your lights.

    FORTUNE -- I saw the end of the world last night. Maybe you'll think I'm exaggerating, but I am going to take certain steps. I am going to heed the warning we received at 11 p.m. sharp in our small corner of Los Angeles, and I would advise you to do the same.

    Could be tomorrow. Could MORE

    - Jul 25, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Build a real retirement strategy

    When you're planning your endgame, it pays to make yourself hard to fire.

    FORTUNE -- You may be one of those who like the mental image of sitting in the sun in some far-flung location with a drink that's under the same kind of umbrella you are, laconically perusing a big fat book on a dead president and lots of the same in your wallet. Not me. I want to be MORE

    - Jul 3, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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