By Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director
Business owners who have recently nursed their companies through
the recent downturn are now beginning to pick up their heads and
think about exit strategies. Especially those of a certain age.
By Mark Robins
The New York Times recently reported two different companies,
Proteus Digital Health and HQ, are working on ingestible, pill-like
computers that you can swallow with a glass of milk or water. Once
inside your body, tiny sensors and transmitters go about their
business, whether it's tracking your internal biorhythms or
wirelessly reporting back on your body's current health status to
By Christopher Brinckerhoff
If you laughed when David Letterman
dropped bowling balls on a waterbed and a frozen turkey on a
trampoline from the top of a five-story tower, you might also
find missile impact test videos entertaining.
There are two seasons in Chicago: winter and construction. This
past winter has been especially difficult.
By Paul Deffenbaugh
Years ago, Jack Stack wrote one of the best books about running
a business ever penned. It's called, "The Great Game of Business."
In a nutshell, Stack's theory is that the most dynamic game
available in the country isn't baseball, basketball or football.
The best game is running a business, and the shame of it is that so
few people get to participate.
The Metal Consrtruction Hall of Fame deadline for entries has
been extended to August 22, 2013. In its second year, this award
program honors those individuals who have made significant
contributions to the success, innovation and growth of the metal
I have been doing the initial start-up work on a forthcoming
Metal Construction News article on the ordering of bent metal
panels, and why the successful communication between buyer and
seller is so important. I've been doing a lot of communicating with
companies on this topic to learn more about the communication
process that's involved here.
The Top Metal Builders deadline is approaching fast. Complete
and submit your form by March 29, 2013.
Twenty years ago, my brother spent a summer with the National
Guard on the Mississippi sandbagging to prevent the floodwaters
from swamping riverside towns. It was hard work, and when I asked
him about it, he said the biggest thing was to move fast and not
try to be perfect. I was surprised by that and asked him why they
weren't doing their best. His response?
Good news in the housing industry. Existing home sales have
increased. New home sales have increased. And new home starts have
hit a four-year high. One of the biggest drags on our economic
recovery has been the slowness of the housing recovery. Of course,
the industry had a deep hole to dig out of. The 2008-2011 housing
recession was the worst housing recession in history-worse than
during the Great Depression.
By Marcy Marro
More and more companies are joining social media platforms such
Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn all of
the time. Being involved with social media myself, and writign
about the construction and metal building industry, I'm always
interested to see how construction companies and architects are
using social media.
Mark Twain famously said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies,
damned lies, and statistics." Coming off another virulent election
season during which both sides cherry-picked statistics to suit
their own arguments, I find myself even more cynical about how
numbers are presented to bolster an argument.
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