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Twitter Discloses Its IPO Plans
October 4, 2013

Twitter has taken the cover off its initial public offering, making public its prospectus and setting the clock on one of the most anticipated stock sales of the year. Twitter’s prospectus—whose filing was initially disclosed in a 135-character post on its own service last month—offers the fullest look yet at the privately held company. The company’s growth has been smaller than anticipated. It reported 215 million average monthly users. Twitter reported revenue of $317 million in 2012, and $253 million for the first six months of this year. The social network disclosed it plans to use the ticker symbol “TWTR,”

FedEx to Fly Mail for Postal Service for $10.5 Billion, UPS Shut Out
April 25, 2013

FedEx Corp. won a seven-year contract with the U.S. Postal Service valued at about $10.5 billion to carry mail between U.S. airports, fending off a challenge from United Parcel Service Inc. The new accord to fly Express Mail and Priority Mail starts in October once the current deal ends, FedEx said Tuesday in a statement. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company didn’t give details beyond the value and length of the agreement. The contract locks in FedEx’s business with the Postal Service and erases concern that it would lose some work to UPS as the U.S. mail carrier restructures after years of

The Crash of Two Iconic Business Models — 1
January 8, 2008

Most consumers know that their buying and bill-paying habits are closely monitored by the three great credit rating agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. What is less understood is the highly complex algorithm of scoring—taking all that bill-paying data on an individual and determining the chances that he or she will fail to pay a credit card charge or default on a loan. The dollar amount of credit extended and the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) charged are pinned to a consumer’s score. The unquestioned master of scoring alchemy is Fair Isaac, on whom some of the blame for the sub-prime crash—and perhaps the coming

Wanna Make a Profit? Pay Attention to the Nonprofits
June 12, 2007

What can marketing executives at for-profit companies learn from major nonprofits? Although companies might believe corporations, because they have more staff and resources, have more access to current best practices, it’s often the nonprofits that shine, according to Roger Sametz, president of communications consulting firm Sametz Blackstone Associates. Here, he offers some tips for-profit companies can learn from the nonprofit sector: Connect place to purpose. With a distinct mission at their core, nonprofits often are better able to emphasize that mission (by walking the talk) for a competitive advantage. Group products/services into higher-level areas of focus. Nonprofits group the problems they solve, so that they