Author Archives: Bing
  • We're forever blowing bubbles

    Facebook is just the latest. And some of us will be relieved when it pops.

    By Stanley Bing

    FORTUNE – I don't like Facebook. There, I said it, and you know what? It felt good. I don't like Facebook I don't like Facebook I don't like Facebook. I have a feeling there are a lot of people who feel the way I do but are ashamed to say so. Our pop MORE

    Jun 13, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Recession recovery blues

    If the downturn is receding, why is my mood indigo?

    By Stanley Bing

    FORTUNE -- Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. So it's reasonable to ask where the birdies is. Because I don't know about you, but I don't see no birdies. I'm tense. I'm nervous. I guess you could say that my consumer confidence is sort of ... leaky. Why should that be? All signs point to a slow MORE

    May 2, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Your taxing IRS FAQ

    No taxation without obfuscation. It's the American way.

    By Stanley Bing

    FORTUNE -- This document will help you understand the United States Internal Revenue Code, Title 26 of the U.S. Code (26 USC) as you prepare to file your 2011 returns. Fitting this service onto a single page has necessitated abridgements. The actual tax code is more than 3 million words long and would fill 7,500 pages if printed on letter-size paper. For MORE

    Apr 11, 2012 11:17 AM ET
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  • B-School confidential

    Will the next generation of MBAs be up to the task of running our great commercial enterprises?

    By Stanley Bing

    FORTUNE -- I dropped by a famous business school the other day to do what death eaters do when we go to feast on the souls of the young. We talk to them about our industry. We tell them how we got where we are today. Where am I today? At my desk, MORE

    Mar 21, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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  • Poached eggs

    What happened when the farmers tried to protect their chickens: a fable.

    By Stanley Bing

    FORTUNE -- Once upon a time there was a farm that produced high-grade eggs for the entire world. This farm, nestled in the hills on the southern end of the very western coast, was small considering the quantity of eggs it produced, but it was successful and proud of its output. The proprietors had grown fat and prosperous, MORE

    Feb 29, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • Best Companies: The quiz

    Does your employer belong in the pantheon? Could it be that the answer depends on where you stand?

    By Stanley Bing

    FORTUNE -- We've done our best to identify corporations that are a pleasure to work for. But we couldn't possibly list them all. Maybe your company, too, is a party on a half shell! Take this quiz and find out.

    When I go to work in the morning, I ...

    A. Smile MORE

    Feb 8, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • A look back from 2022

    Remember the old days, before we had even moved government into the Cloud? How did we get anything done?

    FORTUNE -- Happy 2022! No, that's not a typo, although it sure seems like it could be. 2022! For a while there it didn't look like we were going to make it, did it? But I think it's fair to say that with the destruction of the last fleet of Nebulons and MORE

    - Jan 18, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • All I want for Christmas

    I don't ask for much. A stable euro. An economic recovery. A new Congress. And a Vitamix.

    FORTUNE -- Dear Santa

    Hi again. It's me, Stan. How is Mrs. Claus? And the elves? Still on leave from Wharton? How about the North Pole? I hear it's melting. That can't be good. Anyhow, enough about you. This is about me, and all the good things I want to find under my tree this MORE

    - Dec 28, 2011 1:36 PM ET
  • Europe, go home!

    Whatever you've got, it's obviously contagious. So until you're feeling better, hasta la vista, baby!

    FORTUNE -- So I came into work this morning, and before I even had a chance to butter my muffin, I watched our stock take a nosedive. And we weren't alone. The whole market was bleeding. "Drat," I said, although that was not the word I used. I called Tupper, our IR guy. "What's up?" I MORE

    - Dec 7, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • The peasants are revolting!

    What plutocrats can do to take Wall Street back from the occupiers

    FORTUNE  -- Order! Order! All right then. This meeting of the Ultra-Secret Super Committee to Defeat the Wall Street Occupation is now in session. And let me just say how nice it feels to be back together after the hiatus of the past several years. Let's not let our agendas lapse that way ever again, gentlemen. It's too much MORE

    - Nov 16, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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