Monthly Archives: May 2012

Definition of a Competitive Advantage Resource

A business resource is a winning one if it has all 4 of these cornerstones: Distinctive – unique to the business entity Bargain – value created is a lot more than cost to acquire it Matchless – others must not … Continue reading

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Cost of Oil Drilling

The cost of drilling a deepwater well is about $30 million to $60 million, about 5 times higher than drilling in shallow waters, according to CNOOC, which said that it will need from 25 to 30 years to break even … Continue reading

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China’s Water Market

With 18,000 km of Mainland coastline, 14,000 km of island coastlines, 6,500 islands and 24,800 lakes, China has huge potential to develop a “water market” including a yatchting market.  Guangdong is one of the best places for this regard.  Using the … Continue reading

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Pre / Post 80 and Social Tools

Those of us born before 1980 remember a time before any tools supported group communication well.  For us, no matter how deeply we immerse oursleves in new technology, it will always have a certain provisional quality.  Those of us with … Continue reading

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US and Social Capital

Much of the success of the United States as a nation has had to do with its ability to generate social capital, that mysterious but critical set of characteristics of functioning communities.  When your neighbor walks your dog while you … Continue reading

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Word-of-Mouth Promotion (Act Like a Disease)

The classic model for the spread of disease looks at 3 variables – likelihood of infection, likelihood of contact between two people, and overall size of population.  If any of those variables increases, the overall spread of the disease increases … Continue reading

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Birthday Paradox

Imagine you are standing in line with 35 other people, and to pass the time, the guy in front of you proposes a wager.  He’s willing to bet $50 that no two people in line share a birthday.  Would you … Continue reading

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