Entrepreneur magazine surveyed over 5,000 about 900 brands and has a list of the 120 most rated ones
“Each question was designed to elicit an expression of emotional engagement with the brand, ranging from loyalty to passivity, ambivalence, disengagement or outright anger. Respondents were asked to rate only brands with which they had done business or about which they had a firm, informed opinion.”
The current issue of Inc. magazine has 5 full page ads – yes 5 - of commercial vans.
Unusual or sign of the times?
USA Today profiled this morning the Ford Transit which replaces its long time previous Econoline and the new specs explain why such vans are popular with many small – and big businesses
“Ford says Transit's bona fides include an interior tall enough for a 6'8" person to stand upright; as much as 487 cubic feet of cargo space — more than four times as much as in a full-size SUV; and the ability to carry as much as 4,650 pounds, or three times as much as a typical full-size pickup.”
“Anderson laughs easily and readily, often at himself. Make no mistake, he's a voluble Renaissance man who's fully aware of his accomplishments as a particle physicist (at Los Alamos National Lab) turned magazine chief (with The Economist and then Wired, which he edited for the past 12 years).
But he'd rather talk about how he's the dumbest guy in the room at 3D Robotics, a mushrooming year-old garage-based operation that — thanks to some $37 million in venture capital infusions — is poised to be a leader in the coming drone economy.
"Being a journalist and being a CEO are similar, because as a journalist you're writing about the do-ers, and as a CEO you're empowering them and taking delight in their success," says Anderson. "I'm the worst programmer and electrical engineer here. And I should be."”
Entrepreneur magazine lists 75 new franchise ideas started in last 5 years. They reflect our changing taste in foods, lifestyles etc including Bricks 4 Kids which offers “Lego-engineering classes, camps and parties” and Tide Dry Cleaners, Procter and Gamble’s foray into the service side of laundry.
You can connect with professionals with a range of skills. Kyle Kesterson, founder and CEO of Seattle-based animation startup Freak'n Genius, attended a Global Shapers retreat that included people from the worlds of technology, media, sports, engineering and the arts. In one session, participants listed their areas of expertise and discussed what they could do to help the others. "With such a high-performing group, it took up a whole board," he says.
Very nice special report in The Economist (sub required) = thanks to Dr. Russell Fricano for bringing to my attention
“Digital startups are bubbling up in an astonishing variety of services and products, penetrating every nook and cranny of the economy. They are reshaping entire industries and even changing the very notion of the firm. “Software is eating the world,” says Marc Andreessen, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist.
This digital feeding frenzy has given rise to a global movement. Most big cities, from Berlin and London to Singapore and Amman, now have a sizeable startup colony (“ecosystem”). Between them they are home to hundreds of startup schools (“accelerators”) and thousands of co-working spaces where caffeinated folk in their 20s and 30s toil hunched over their laptops. All these ecosystems are highly interconnected, which explains why internet entrepreneurs are a global crowd. Like medieval journeymen, they travel from city to city, laptop not hammer in hand. A few of them spend a semester with “Unreasonable at Sea”, an accelerator on a boat which cruises the world while its passengers code. “Anyone who writes code can become an entrepreneur—anywhere in the world,” says Simon Levene, a venture capitalist in London.”