Author Archives: Bing
  • The BlackBerry's preserve

    If you want to play Angry Birds, get an iPhone. But if you need to do business, stand by your old friend.

    FORTUNE --When I was 12, my family moved from Chicago to the suburbs of New York City. The first day at my new school, I slipped on my customary outfit -- clean white T-shirt, Levi's, and desert boots -- hopped on my bike, got there on time. Nobody was MORE

    - Oct 19, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Thanks, Steve

    We've all been lucky to live in a world where there was a person with such an imagination.

    I want to take this opportunuity, before time and our common mortality rob me of the chance to do so, to thank you, Steve Jobs, for all that you have done for me. No, I never had the privilege of meeting you, or had a chance to get yelled at by you in MORE

    - Sep 12, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Attack of the killer chicken

    The business fundamentals are actually pretty healthy. So why is the sky falling?

    Things were going until last week. Or maybe it was the week before. It doesn't matter. Nothing matters now. All that value destroyed. And it was so unnecessary. Revenues were up. People had a shaky belief that the economy was doing okay. The market was reaching for 12,000. Our stock was growing plump in the sun. But none MORE

    - Sep 7, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • The business police blotter: Summer edition

    It's been a busy season for the brave men and women who keep a lid on funny business.

    Police blotter, July 28 (Suspicious Circumstances)

    Business police received report from angry resident that his neighbor, an investment banker, had been awarded a huge bonus from a company whose advice had cost the complainant tens of thousands of dollars. Officers were dispatched to the investment bank's location and discussed matter with executives there. Undisclosed MORE

    - Aug 17, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Could you be a Weiner?

    Take our quiz to find out if you might be at risk of public humiliation.

    As we wait for the next idiot in politics, business, or sports to, in a word, expose himself, let us pause to consider this increasingly familiar cultural rite. When our public figures put their smutty little sex lives inadvertently on display, we -- the collective mob -- exclaim, then chuckle, then explode with outrage. But who MORE

    - Jul 27, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Attack of the cloud people

    A cloud is a plume of vapor. Is that really where I want to keep my personal digital treasures?

    It being a slow summer workday, I may have been asleep. But there they were, suddenly, three celestial beings hovering over my shoulder, each having descended from one of two rather imposing clouds.

    "Go away," I said. "I'm archiving to my local storage solution." They all shook their heads with condescension.

    "Behold the Microsoft MORE

    - Jul 6, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Put me on the bench, coach!

    Just when I was getting ready to enjoy my retirement, a goon with a clipboard showed up.

    I was about two full days into my dream retirement when Hobbes showed up. It was, like, 7:15 in the morning, and I was just rolling over for my second tranche of shuteye when the doorbell rang and there was some pounding with the knocker and so I got up to see who the MORE

    - Jul 5, 2011 11:06 AM ET
  • The Little Company That Fell Off the List: A Bingsop Fable

    When big meets little: A morality tale on corporate envy.

    Once upon a time there was a little corporation that, due to circumstances mostly beyond its control, had fallen off the Fortune 500 list. Its revenue was a bit flat. Cost cutting during lean years had left the little corporation less able to compete in a robust operating environment. While it had for some years proudly claimed its status as one MORE

    - May 26, 2011 1:48 PM ET
  • Toyota, I Love You. Goodbye

    Buying a car from you was a thrill. But I'm just not ready for the kind of relationship you seem to have in mind.


    I write this with a heavy heart, but in the knowledge that it must be done. It's become clear over the last months that I am simply more important to you than you are to me. This must end before one or both of us gets hurt. MORE

    - May 4, 2011 12:47 PM ET
  • A coming attraction for my new book -- Bingsop's Fables!

    My new book is out in a couple of days. It's called Bingsop's Fables, and it chronicles the work of Aesop's younger brother, a fellow storyteller who worked in a long-dead corporate culture. His "little morals for big business" still speak to the confused, wretched and terminally employed in all of us.

    The book is most splendidly illustrated by New Yorker artist Steve Brodner, who brings the CEOs, HR managers and MORE

    - Apr 25, 2011 3:10 PM ET
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