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November 7, 2012

WSJ Follow-up to #Peterffy Ads #election2012

Filed under: Business,Economics,Politics — Chris Chaten @ 3:34 PM

I just wanted to post a quick update to the last post.  Liberals have been skewering Mr. Peterffy, though I think many in this country would be happy to see a candidate (or at least a party) that fits his vision.  Here’s a quote from an article in the WSJ following the election:

“…last night’s results made [Mr. Peterffy] more upset with the ‘extreme right’ for driving away centrist voters.

Mr. Peterffy said he now is considering…creating ‘a political force that is for economic freedom, freedom of choice and pro-environment,’ he said in an email. Issues such as abortion and sexual preference ‘should not be political considerations.'”

Congrats to the Obama campaign on their victory last night.   Ohio may have been ‘bought’ by an auto bail out, but states like Virginia and Florida also stayed blue. The American swing voters were not completely on-board with the bellicose stance taken by the GOP in congress, and the divide-and-conquer strategies of Karl Rove and Grover Norquist were defeated.

Much to learn from this cycle.



August 6, 2012

Politicians Sliding a Slippery Slope with Chick-fil-A #chickfila

Filed under: Business,Economics,Politics — Chris Chaten @ 4:05 PM

Here’s the deal, history will prove Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s position on gay marriage is a losing one.  A Chicago Alderman agrees, as does the mayor of Boston.  But that’s not the point.

The reaction of our elected officials is.  Politicians have taken a very dangerous position of blocking private enterprise based on the political views of the folks running the company.  It’s not as if Chick-fil-A refuses to serve gays or otherwise discriminates.  It merely has a corporate culture that doesn’t align with the values of the individual politician.

I cannot agree with Cathy’s position,  but I also cannot support blocking private enterprise in this fashion.  Political viewpoints should not be used as a screen for business.   The market needs to decide, not politicians.  If we held every business to this standard, Californians should take a closer looks at their beloved In-N-Out.  The views of the Snyder family are likely pretty close to that of Cathy.

Surprisingly, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, Mr. No-Large-Soda-for-You, agrees.  He said it’s not “[the government’s role] to look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city, or work for somebody in the city.”




June 21, 2012

Tipping Policy

Filed under: Business,Economics — Chris Chaten @ 2:32 PM



November 6, 2011

Convert Your Car to a Hybrid for $8.99 #leed

Filed under: Business,Economics — Chris Chaten @ 12:22 PM

So here’s the deal – I’m all for reducing emissions and building in a sustainable manner.  One component to encourage environementally friendly behavior is the LEED building certification system.  Businesses can get certain tax breaks and expidited permitting by becoming LEED-certified.

But some of the components used to judge worthiness is nonsensical.  For example,  the LEED certification system gives 3 points for reserving spots for alternative fuel cars like hybrids.   This is kind of BS.

LEED Building Checklist

In response, many businesses are reserving spots specifically for hybrid vehicles like the 42 MPG Toyota Prius.  This designation would, I assume, also allow the 21 MPG Cadillac Escalade Hybrid to park there, but not the 33 MPG Honda Civic.

Hybrid Parking Only

In order to combat this encroachment on my parking spots, I’ve decided to convert my Saab to a hybrid.  It’s not really all that complicated, and it’s pretty cheap.  Here’s what you do:

1. Navigate to
2. Search for “Hybrid badge”
3. Select the most awesome looking hybrid car badge.
4. Click “Buy Now”
5. In 4 – 8 business days, affix your awesome hybrid badge to your car.

I decided to go with this sweet number.  For $8.99 shipped, I feel better about the environment already.

my car is now a hybrid.


October 21, 2011

America’s Income Statement Net Margin is -60% #usdebt

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Technology & Internet — Chris Chaten @ 7:36 PM

KPCB partner Mary Meeker has delivered an annual ‘state of the web’ since her days as a securities analyst at Morgan Stanley.  She continues to develop this report, and her 2011 edition is out.  While her insights on mobile internet trends are interesting, her slide titled “America’s Income Statement” is a very cogent picture of our fiscal state.

We can’t continue to bleed money like we do today.  The -60% gap is very real and very dangerous. The focus of our elected officials should be 100% on growing the economy and cutting spending.  The bottom line needs to be black.  Without that, everything else we are fighting for is moot.


Full presentation: here.