Belatedly posted from our August 28th newsletter.
Late August means back-to-school, and, in the working world, when suddenly everyone and everything seems to come back to life after the summer. Â Around the corner, just beyond Labor Day, waits September, with the usual rush of conferences and deliverables.
On a back-to-school note, Jon will take the podium this fall semester for an undergrad IT Strategy course at the Haas School of Business. How do undergrads compare with evening MBAs? We are starting to find out. Â Further good news â€“ thanks to Japanâ€™s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Kakehashi Project, Jon will also take a group of Haas undergrads to Japan in January.
After a series of funny-but-not-funny covers from Time and the New Yorker, we will briefly turn our attention to that quadrennial boon to TV advertising in the US – the presidential election. Â In general, presidential election years are good times for broadcasting. (This year, one campaign has more money than the other. Will that hurt broadcast advertising? We shall see.) A look at Comcastâ€™s earnings from the last full election year (2012) shows a nice pop for its NBCU business unit in Q3-2012, i.e., the last full quarter before the November 2012Â election.
Japan is known for its emphasis on and appreciation of artisanship. With that, we are delighted to announce that Blue Bottle CEO James Freeman will speak on Wednesday August 31 at 6pm on Blue Bottleâ€™s successful Japan entry, at the Cubberley Community Center Theater in Palo Alto, as part of the Japan Societyâ€™s Big in Japan series. Come on downÂ and hear about artisanal coffee made in Japan influenced Freeman…and how Japan is appreciating a fine cup of Blue Bottle Coffee.
– Team Blue Field
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