The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

Considering the riches to be gained, it’s surprising that so few industries are evangelizing broadband. It’s scary when you realize that one of the Internet’s “next big things” depends on the Baby Bells, the cable companies, and Congress to push it forward. Let’s face it: When you think of legislators, telcos, and the cable industry–marketing prowess, entrepreneurial instincts, and speedy execution aren’t the first images to spring to mind. And yet that’s the trio leading the

IBM Makes LCD Breakthrough

Fine-tunes development process; should lead to lower costs. In what’s hailed as a breakthrough development, IBM (IBM, info) researchers say they have found a way to put a new face on your computer. By developing a new process for manufacturing computer displays, IBM claims it can save manufacturers money while improving screen quality and viewing angles. The research infuses some predictability into the mysterious science behind flat liquid crystal display (LCD) screens, which are used in

To B-School or Not to B-School?

When making a career switch, one of the biggest decisions for many is whether or not to go to business school. Here’s how to decide. Q: I’m a senior manager for a highly prestigious management consulting firm — about two years away from being elected a partner. Trouble is, I have a long-term career interest in the media business and see myself eventually leaving the consulting field. To get a leg up, I recently applied to

Dell Just Became The Highest PC Seller

Compaq dethroned; overall U.S. PC sales dip 3.5 percent Amid an international downturn in personal computer sales, Dell (DELL, info) has gained enough market share to dethrone Compaq (CPQ, info) as the world’s leading PC seller, according to the preliminary results of the newest study by Dataquest, a unit of Gartner Group (IT, info). Overall PC sales in the United States fell 3.5 percent from the same period a year ago, due to the sluggish economy
This Job Interview Feels Like an Obstacle Course

This Job Interview Feels Like an Obstacle Course

Now that employers have the power, brace yourself for a tougher screening process. I am not facing the person the recruiter told me I would meet. I am not even in the right department. And this is not how I imagined conducting myself as a high-powered executive on an interview. The hiring manager asks, “Do you know what job you’re interviewing for?” I answer, “No.” He then explains what the company does, something having to do

Rethinking Venture Capital

Big changes in the VC world could open up whole new career opportunities for those looking to break into finance. Q: Venture Capital firms are no doubt in trouble, but when they emerge from this period they’ll be ready to make new deals. Only next time around “old-school” due diligence, which is very labor-intensive, will rule the day. This will undoubtedly force VCs to hire new staff and make their structures more corporate. Do you agree?
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