Carnival of the Capitalists: Third Anniversary Edition

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Carnival of the Capitalists: Third Anniversary Edition

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Welcome to the October 9th, 2006 edition of the Carnival of the Capitalists. Today happens to be the 3rd anniversary of the CotC, which has the distinction of being the second longest running blog carnival. When Jay and I started this thing, we weren't even sure we would make it a month. Needless to say we are happy to see it turn three. Much has changed in the blogosphere over the last three years, but the CotC is still a great place to find good new business bloggers, and catch up on posts you might have missed otherwise.

I hope you will re-visit me later this week, as the IdeaFestival starts here in Louisville this Wednesday. There are some fantastic speakers, and I am attending a bunch of sessions, hearing speakers like Ray Kurzweil, Burt Rutan, and Polly Labarre. I'm also the moderator for the "New New Media" session, so if you are coming to the event, be sure to drop me a note. In the presence of so many smart people, I am sure I will find plenty of things to agree with and disagree with, and you can bet I will blog about it all.

Now on with the Carnival.

My Favorite Posts

Kathy Sierra says it isn't too late to be a genius. Since I turn 30 soon, I figure I still have another 20 years to figure it all out.

Mike DeWitt discusses how to make important decisions, and how not to let your reptile brain over-run your logical thinking patterns.

A new study shows that bloggers are dumber than high schoolers. Okay, so maybe it wasn't that thorough, but you know there is some truth to it.

SportsBizBlog notes that Congress is asking why the NCAA should get tax exempt status for their multimillion dollar broadcasting contracts.

Jack Yoest tells us How To Get More Done — By Doing Less. Everyone has their limits. Don't work until you reach a stage where you become braindead.

China Law Blog explains the legal basics of reducing risk when outsourcing to China.

And as a bonus I'll throw in a new PDF from a guy that should start his own blog. It's called Gnomes Got Your Knickers?

Customer Service
Barry Welford presents Late Is Rude And Customers Notice. Be on time.

Kevin Hillstrom does some research on home page design, and finds that hybrid pages work better than branding sites.

Andrew Trinh presents The Secret to Business Networking, and sums it up by saying – "help people."

David St Lawrence presents The miracle of selling creative work.

Peter Klein asks if transaction cost economics needs opportunism.

Ironman looks at the minimum wage and small business, and even has a calculator to let you figure out the effect of an increase.

FreeMoneyFinance examines christianity and credit as a store gave away books by anti-credit-card Dave Ramsey, in return for signing up for a… credit card.

Bob Vineyard, CLU presents Here it Comes. It's a look under the hood of the possible mandate for affordable health care.

David Foster looks at interest rates and inflation, analyzing a Financial Times article on the issue.

James Hamilton thinks the signals from the bond and stock markets say we are in for a soft landing.

Jonn presents Physician Heal Thyself, about the bad state of British business.

Ben Yoskovitz presents 5 Things You Shouldn't Spend Money On When Starting a Business

Lynne Kiesling explains why politicians can't judge innovation.

Davis Freeburg looks at how DVD express is revolutionizing the industry.

Real Estate
Rob Sama looks at Piggishness, when he analyzes a real estate situation where is asking too much for a house and is upset that it has spent a year on the market.

Barry Ritholtz isn't buying the idea that new home starts are up, and signal an end to the real estate woes.

David Porter presents Top 4 Critical Questions when buying a Condominium (Condo).

Dan Melson presents Straw Buyer Fraud – using someone else's credit to buy a property.

Management and Leadership
Dr. Ellen Weber wants us to reward the high performance mind or warns us that we may face bankruptcy.

Ron Lamb on the successful execution of strategy in Japan.

BeExcellent explains how to align your systems for optimal strategy execution.

Jeff Angus uses Ichiro Suzuki as a model for getting the most out of your talent.

David Maister explains how to manage the multidimensional firm, and it isn't an easy task.

Slacker Manager discusses fostering collegiality.

Guy Kawaski writes about why smart companies do dumb things. It wouldn't be hard to turn that into a series of blog posts (hint hint).

Carmine Coyote says that when you avoid risk, you may avoid other things, like innovation.

Execupundit evaluates Gandhi, Churchill, and Mick Jagger as if they were job candidates.

Steven Silvers explains the three themes of bad news management underscoried by the investigation into HP.

Lisa Haneberg thinks Radio Shack's use of email for layoffs is a lame move.

Leon from SoxFirst discusses auditors and white collar crime.

Pawel Brodzinski presents Enjoy Your Job.

Nina Smith presents Tall vs. Short: The Debate over Earning Potential. I'll say that from the 6'2" perspective, being tall does give you confidence.

Wayne Hurlbert explains why business bloggers should review other blogs.

Boring Made Dull presents Nothing for Something Comes to Akron, and promises free electricity.

Thanks for reading this anniversary edition of the Carnival of Capitalists. For more info, or to become a host yourself, visit the CotC homepage. Also remember that you can get your daily fix of the best business blogging at Commercebucket. Next week's edition of the CotC will be at Jay's new blog, Blogblivion.

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