Carnival of the Capitalists

Welcome to this week's Carnival of the Capitalists hosted by Catallarchy. It's always a pleasure to participate in the best "carnival" in the blogosphere, and the entries have only gotten better this second time around. We have over 40 outstanding entries for your enjoyment this week. While you're here, take a look around this blog, especially at the "popular entries" on the sidebar.

EDITOR'S PICKS

Collaborate Marketing Services has a great post on the open-source model's application to marketing. It describes how the Internet has given rise to a new type of marketing in which consumers and product enthusiasts can participate, generating publicity via distributed networks.

Open Source marketeers know that that brand guardians are no longer relevant to the marketplaceWelcome_1 and that brand hosts are more in tune with the times. Today’s consumer wants to interact with big, exciting, sexy brands but on their own terms. Brands can host the party and try and make it attractive to consumers but must realise that the new consumer has a full diary and plenty of suitors.

They understand that their customers are clever, maybe cleverer than themselves and their agencies. So they want to tap into this talent.

And they understand, most importantly, that people are now in control of these brands that for so long have been wrapped up and locked in corporate safes.

Open Source marketeers also know it’s not as difficult or as dangerous as it sounds. That the greatest barriers are the mental ones built up during the reign of mass marketing and the TV. By setting some rough parameters and then challenging consumers to get involved, or co-create, they are already seeing some fantastic results.

Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends invites everyone to join in the discussion about capitalism versus communism and its impact on entrepreneurs in light of Bill Gates' recent comments about "modern day communists".

Capitalism has stood the test of time so well because it does not deny human nature. It is human nature for an entrepreneur or business owner to want to know he or she will be rewarded for innovation and industriousness and calculated risk. Even China is figuring out that if you want to grow small businesses, then intellectual property rights and laws protecting them are essential.

Warren Meyer of the Coyote Blog talks about why most defenders of the Kyoto treaty never really deal with the issues that cause him to oppose the treaty. Though he provides a comprehensive account of the argument against the Kyoto Treaty, the best argument he makes is of the costs and benefits of mandated CO2 limitations - something almost never discussed in the media.

* Even global warming activists admit that Kyoto will at best reduce temperatures 50 years from now by something like a tenth of a degree.
* Whatever the benefit of reducing CO2 is, Kyoto takes one of the highest cost approaches (see study here). The main reason is fairly obvious based on the laws of diminishing returns: The cheapest place to reduce emissions is in the most inefficient countries, and vice versa. But Kyoto focuses all its reductions on the most efficient industrialized countries, so it is seeking reductions in the highest possible cost locations.
* Kyoto is mainly a slam-America treaty. The way it was constructed, with its 1990 reference date, was cleverly chosen to put most of the burden on the US. The US has experienced fabulous growth since 1990, while Japan and European nations have experienced slow growth as well as structural changes that make the target artificially easy to reach for them (see more here). Fast growth developing countries are excluded from the treaty entirely.

MARKETING

Wordlab evaluates Massachusetts' Governor Dummer Academy changing its name after 240 years in business in terms of marketing.

Yvonne DiVita of Lip-sticking provides five ways to get sports into your sales message -- and engage the growing number of women who are sportsminded.


Russell Buckley of the Mobile Technology Weblog
writes about the downside of viral marketing campaigns by showing a few examples in which fans of certain products create homemade advertisements that have the potential to damage brand names.

Wayne Hurlbert of Blog Business World gives a basic overview of blogs and then describes various search engine optimization techniques that can be used by bloggers.

Ankesh Kothari of Marketing eYe summarizes the research findings from the University of Washington that aimed to determine how music in the store affects retail shoppers.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Frank Scavo of The Enterprise System Spectator looks at the high fees that software vendors are charging for software maintenance and tactics that corporate buyers can use to lower them.

Evelyn Rodriguez of Crossroads Dispatches takes a skeptical look at the results of a brandchannel.com survey which concludes that Apple is the hottest brand in the world.

Timothy Lee of Land of Opportunity takes a humorous look at a regional FBLA competition in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Burke Jones of Bootstrapper Notes applies lessons learned from building a Pinewood Derby car with his son to building a business.

Mad Anthony responds to the claim that the new iPod shuffle is a "value subtracted" product. He looks at why it is a good move for Apple - and why not every Apple product rivals the original iPod - or should.

Michael Cage of Local Small Business Marketing looks at the dangers of being cynical towards your customers or clients, and what to do about it.

FINANCE

CEO Blogger defends the news that executive assistant to Richard Grasso, former chairman of the NYSE, was being paid $240,000.

Anthony Cerminaro of Bizz Bang Buzz outlines potential means of finding a buyer for a business.

Jon Crawford of Fresh Mown Hay looks at the fate of two important AT&T projects post-merger and why the world should miss AT&T, once the largest company in the world.

David Jackson of The Internet Stock Blog argues that Amazon's recent annoucement of the availability of photos in its local search and Google's launch of a project to scan the content of millions of books signals an important emerging trend in Internet search that has implications for investors. Search engines are racing to add proprietary content to improve the usefulness of their results and differentiate themselves from their competitors.

Stemming from the recent talk of personal retirement accounts, Ironman of Political Calculations showcases a very cool interactive tool for calculating future value of an investment using various inputs and assumptions.

Joe Kristan of Roth and Company Tax Update discusses the tax difficulties in transactions with relatives, and in buying a company with loss carryforwards.

Adam Shostack of Emergent Chaos writes about the repurcussions that stem from the increased costs the Sarbanes-Oaxley Act imposes on public companies.

Christine Hurt of Conglomerate summarizes the Epinions shareholder lawsuit. Although we often hear about the holders of pre-IPO stock who do well in the eventual IPO, a recent lawsuit reminds us that not all founders and employees who get in on the ground floor hold on until the IPO. In the case of Epinions, which recently went public as Shopping.com, some initial investors were washed out along the way and are now very unhappy about it -- unhappy enough to sue the founders who remained and got wealthy.

ECONOMICS

Rawdon Adams of Capital Chronicle shows why the US Bureau of Labor Statistics measures of inflation are dangerously understated - to the detriment of savers and the economy.

Jeffrey Tucker at the Mises Blog responds to the argument that promoting greater involvement of government in a program actually increases the eventual likelihood of termination of that program.

Mike Pechar of Interested Participant links to news that the demand for goat meat in the US is rising despite the news that Mad Cow disease has been found in a goat slaughtered in France in 2002.

Barry L. Ritholtz of The Big Picture takes a hard look at the latest employment numbers and quotes The Big Chill to demonstrate economists' capacity for self-deception.

Don Boudreaux of Cafe Hayek argues that private markets police market power better and more effectively than does government.

Tim Worstall takes issue with a statement from Nelson Mandela on the nature wealth and poverty.

David Tufte of voluntaryXchange demonstrates how individuals maximize their utility subject to the constraints they face by using a conversation with his friend Karsten.

Arnold Kling writes on his experience with mail-in rebate forms, suggests that rebate fulfillment houses tend towards being sleazy outfits, and argues that mail-in rebate programs are a scam that should be exposed.

Anselm of Hill Country Views counters some common misconceptions of the trade deficit.

Josh Cohen of Multiple Mentality finishes his series on sex tapes by looking at the physical, emotional, and monetary costs of making a sex tape, and some of the implications.

Jeff Cornwall of The Entrepreneurial Mind demonstrates how the researchers of the Global Entrepreneurship Report misinterpret their own findings and offers an alternate hypothesis to that proposed by those researchers who conclude that wealth stifles entrepreneurship.

Patrick Hynes of the Cato Institute points to an article by Michael Tanner dispells the untruths in a recent NY Times column by Paul Krugman on the topic of social security in which Krugman confuses owning your retirement plan with a government loan.

Using data collected from Bjørn Lomborg's "Copenhagen Consensus" report, David Gross of the Picket Line compares the benefits of fighting global AIDS/HIV to the benefits of using it for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In response to a BusinessWeek article, David Foster of Photon Courier writes about how productivity growth can help offset the problems caused by declining population growth.

Brian Gongol takes a detailed look at various approaches to compulsory old-age savings. These include (1) Keeping the present system, (2) Dispensing with old-age savings altogether, (3) Introducing private accounts with limited choice (the President's proposal), and (4) Introducing private accounts with wider choice.

On a related note, Cap'n Arbyte expresses his desire to opt out of Social Security.

Tyler Cowen of Marginal Revolution looks at the pros and cons of having an option to pay a flat tax as an alternative to the current tax code.

MISCELLANEOUS

Barry Welford of BPWrap hypothesizes that perhaps a different combination of computer and human resources would produce a better large scale Website directory, since the Open Directory Project continues to have problems.

Glen Whitman of Agoraphilia writes about what it really means to scale something such as beauty on a scale of 1 to 10 and concludes that most people think in terms of a modified normal distribution.

Rosa Say of Talking Story with Say Leadership Coaching invites people to share their favorite books and the meaning behind them as part of a month-long tribute to books.

If there are any errors that need to be corrected, please email me at jwilde@thisblogsname.net. Thanks to Jay Solo and Rob at BusinessPundit for the work they do to make the Carnival run smoothly each week. Be sure to check out next week's edition at Weekend Pundit. Send entries to cotcmail-at-gmail-dot-com, or use the submission form.

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Anthony,
Sorry about the bad link. That is how it came through from the submission form:

blog name: Bizz Bang Buzz

author name: Anthony Cerminaro

blog URL: http://bizzbangbuzz.blogspot.som

post title: How to Find a Buyer for Your Business

post URL: http://bizzbangbuzz.blogspot.com/2005/02/how-to-find-buyer-for-your-business.html
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I just cut-n-pasted the info. I checked the permalink and it worked but should have also checked the main blog link. It has been fixed.

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Thanks for publishing my

Thanks for publishing my post on how to find a buyer for your business. I note, however, that the link to my blog is not functioning. I believe that you have a ".som" instead of a ".com" in the underlying url. Good Job with the COTC.

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Thanks for linking to my

Thanks for linking to my post on the recent regional FBLA competition here in Little Rock.

Good job on all the listings. I look forward to returning several times this week to read everything I'm interested in.

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