My old boss used to say that running a successful business is really very simple. Turnover is vanity and profit is sanity, so you buy at the lowest price you can, you sell at the highest price you can and you keep as much of the difference as you can. It is a very simple formula, but one that is easy to forget when caught up in the maelstrom that is today’s business world.
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Before Johannes Gutenberg, the world’s knowledge was in the hands of very small number of Royalty and Clergy. They controlled its distribution carefully and it was reproduced by hand in monasteries. It was the way that Rulers kept their people subjugated. They had the knowledge and people deferred to them.
Sex sells, there is no doubt about it. Pictures of David Beckham promoting watches, underwear or male cosmetics, vie with photo shoots of glamorous women selling Pirelli car tyres and expensive jewellery in the Sunday magazines.
In my experience, a “smiling British printer” is an oxymoron , a bit like “military intelligence” or “Microsoft Works”. It is rare to find a printer that tells you he is doing very well and business is good. Usually s/he is grumbling about the lack of orders in the pipeline, poor response from equipment suppliers’ service teams or slow payers amongst the customer base.
At 9.00 PM British Summer Time, it is 4:00 PM Eastern Time in the US and 10:00 PM Central European time in Paris, but the one common factor every Wednesday at this time is #Printchat. There are people in Portland, Oregon who now know my taste in beer (Guinness incidentally), people in California who know my travel habits, and people in Denmark who that know I like boats. In return, I now know printers in New York who support the Yankees, environmentally friendly Printers in Queensland, Australia and chocolate-loving Paper Merchants in Boston, Massachusetts.
I have rather a soft spot for Betty. She has been part of my life since 1975 when I was first introduced to her and I have always tried to see her every couple of years, for tea and a cake. I have missed a couple of times over the decades, but Betty has been a regular fixture for nearly forty years now. My wife doesn’t mind, she’s rather fond of her as well and will often come along when I am visiting her.
Sunday, 05 May 2013 | By Landanano
This week we had the fun and good fortune to speak to another nano scientist who is head over heels on the topic, as well: Dr. Andras Paszternak.