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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

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?

Gucci Case Spells Trouble for ISPs

The fashion empire is hauling Mindspring into court for copyright infringement. ISPs beware. If the enervated economy and crumbling stock market haven’t already cast enough uncertainty on the Internet service provider industry, a recent lawsuit might tip it over the edge. The case involves the Gucci fashion empire vs. Hall & Associates (owners of www.goldhaus.com, a jewelry e-commerce site) and Mindspring (an ISP now owned by EarthLink). Gucci claimed in federal court that Hall is guilty

Keep a Watchful Eye on Your Tech Partners

NOCpulse lets you monitor your Web servers — even if they belong to your outsourcer. The Web has never been easy, and much to the chagrin of managers everywhere, it only seems to get thornier. Costs are nearly impossible to gauge, personnel is hard to lure and keep, and training is a perpetual migraine. So it’s no real surprise that savvy Web executives have flung open the doors to an army of outsourcers who can help

What I Did for Prada

If you’re going to do whatever it takes to make it to the top, the least you deserve is an expensive pair of Italian high-heel open-toe shoes. I will admit it: There have been times when I have undermined women in the workplace. Early in my career, I learned the rush of being the only woman in a meeting. When I started in the CD-ROM business, working with rock groups, I wore jeans and a T-shirt

Stop The Dotcom Ad Madness!

With so many well-funded dotcoms running out of cash, you gotta wonder: Where’s all that money going? In many cases, expensive ad campaigns are the culprit. APBnews, a crime-reporting news site that went under this month, spent nearly $10 million of its $25 million funding on advertising. Beyond.com, an e-tailer with net losses of $125 million last year, reportedly increased its sales and marketing budget from $1.7 million in 1997 to $81 million in 1999. What
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