When I wrote this profile of then-troubled Qwest Communications, the stock traded at something like $1. By summer 2006 it was up to $9. Credit has to go to in large measure to chairman/CEO Richard Notebaert, who I described in this December 2004 ColoradoBiz article this way:
“The Qwest chairman will earn $4.6 million in compensation this year, but there is a quality of earnestness about Notebaert that makes it possible to imagine him as the union laborer he once was. The former Chicagoan is an animated conversationalist who peppers his language with phrases like ‘My gracious!’ He makes a point of replying directly to e-mail messages he receives from customers and employees alike.”
Pretty doe-eyed stuff, I suppose. But he had me at “hello.”
Didn’t know much about Colorado’s software industry before taking on this assignment for ColoradoBiz. I do now, thanks to the mag’s willingness to provide something unusual: enough time to interview gads of people. Biggest takeaway: It’s a sector typified by small, inventive companies with a keen knack for identifying niches.
Sidebar: One of the rewards of journalism is getting to talk to people you wouldn’t otherwise – like Nadine Lange, a fiery, candid, wonderful entrepreneur who bet her career on a hunch having something to do with the arcane world of mailroom processing. She seems to have won.
Sort of a think piece on behind-the-scenes trends within a little-covered industry sector. Published by Multichannel News.
Ranked 192,815 and rising on the Amazon.com charts! This collaboration with some wonderful writers, including the late Roger Brown, was inspired by Rouzbeh Yassini, whose smarts are equaled by his civility. It holds up pretty well after a few years – an amazing feat given that we wrote the thing in a caffeine-fueled frenzy. Published by Cisco Press.
A week after this column was published, I received an e-mail from the executive who ran this venture in the 1980s. Good to reminisce.
Column is reprinted with permission from CED Magazine.
The headline adorning this ColoradoBiz column is easily the best I’ve ever written. (The column’s kinda fun, too.) Thanks to then-editor Robert Schwab for not “sanitizing” the thing.
One of my favorite SportsBiz columns for ColoradoBiz Magazine provides a behind-the-scenes look at how sports leagues figure out which teams will play when, and where. From June 2005, here’s a profile of a math genius and his work.
The Nuggets couldn’t play at home during the last weekend in February because of back-to-back Freestyle Motocross events at Pepsi Center. Instead, the team was in Memphis on Friday and in New Orleans on Sunday night, the latter game dictating the Nuggets couldn’t play a day game Monday. Which was perfectly fine, because the players had to travel back to Denver anyway for a game Tuesday night. Which would have left Wednesday available for a home game, except that Pepsi Center was reserved for an Avalanche-Predators game that night.
A Rubik’s cube is child’s play compared to the computational puzzle that surrounds sports-league scheduling. Trying to squish thousands of games into the calendar while accounting for everything from Paul McCartney concerts to network TV demands is about as easy as nailing a three with Allen Iverson in your face. Scheduling means diving into a muddy brew of restrictions, parameters, rules, quirks, unanticipated changes, divisional conflicts, travel limitations and dozens of other ingredients that clamor for consideration. Continue reading Sticking to the schedule
Start the presses: A profile of how the publisher of a slick city magazine for Dallas residents retooled its back-office operations.
A detailed look at how a leading real estate advisory company modernized its financial management and reporting systems. Part of a profile series written for the management consulting firm Tatum.
How to make the streets safer: put a robot on the dashboard. Or at least a sort of intelligent camera that records driver habits. This case study for Tatum describes a fascinating technology that’s designed to help commercial drivers avoid accidents. Maybe now they’ll invent something similar for teenagers…