Contributed Blogs

'80s music icon goes digital

OB ThumbnailImage MarvRossBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

In 1980, Marv Ross wrote and recorded a catchy little original called Harden My Heart that helped Quarterflash land a deal with Geffen Records. Ross still writes music but now he, like everyone from Lady Gaga to the unknown vocalist with a ukulele and a webcam, gives it away to sell it. It’s a crazy business model that works.

The high cost of overtreatment

BY JOE ROJAS-BURKE | OB BLOGGER

11.11.13 Thumbnail HealthCostsBetter safe than sorry. That’s how we tend to think about health care decisions. But as a guiding principle, it’s often a huge and costly mistake.


Meet Oregon’s ‘Gen E’

10.23.13 Thumbnail GenEBY MIKE GREEN | OB BLOGGER

Portland’s Kayin Talton Davis is one of the many faces of Oregon’s "Gen E." Generation Entrepreneur is comprised of innovators, inventors, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, multimedia content providers, branded bloggers and crafts makers who range in ages from seasoned Gen Xers to adolescent millennials.

C-stores fill food desert niche

BY JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

10.17.13 Thumbnail FoodDesertOur October cover story documents fresh and local trends in the c-store industry. Convenience stores may also help solve the problem of food deserts.


Income inequality: is it good for everyone?

BY ERIC FRUITS | OB BLOGGER

10.10.13 Thumbnail IncomeWe live in a world of unprecedented prosperity and are much better off then our parents and grandparents were. Regardless of the progress, the recent recession and sluggish recovery has turned attention to the growing gap between rich and poor.

Nong's Khao Man Gai video update

BY EMMA HALL | OB WEB EDITOR

09.24.13 Thumbnail LiveWorkPlayIn May we featured Nong Poonsukwattana, the 33-year-old owner of the famous Portland foodcart Nong's Khao Man Gai.  Oregon Business photo intern Adam Wickham recently produced a video featuring Nong's business as well as her compelling personal story. 

'Inclusive innovation' takes root in Silicon Forest

BY MIKE GREEN | OB BLOGGER

09.12.13 Thumbnail MinorityTechDeveloping racially diverse economic frameworks is a fundamentally sound response to rapidly shifting demographics across the nation. Here's how the Silicon Forest region is developing a working model of "inclusive innovation" and entrepreneurial competitiveness for other states to emulate.

On being firm

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

06.07.13 Thumbnail FirmBossIt’s better to be consistent than to be fair. Especially if “fair” means some agonizing custom decision that’s decided at laboriously and at great length from first principles every time.

 

 

Why your employee is always right

BY TOM COX | BIZ TIPS CONTRIBUTOR

03.29.13 Thumbnail PidgeonI learned a lot about humans from studying pigeons. It was 1985 and I worked at Professor Israel Goldiamond’s behaviorism lab at the University of Chicago. (And yes, pigeons are a lot different from people.) The biggest thing Professor G. taught me was, “the organism is always right.”