Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mariah Carey -- The Savvy Businesswoman

Mariah Carey appears to be a savvy performer, doing a fantastic job of building a revenue stream even in the absence of a current top hit.  However, nothing in the article indicates whether she is going to turn that revenue stream into a company that can be self-sustaining.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-23/the-mariah-carey-business-model

Saturday, February 7, 2015

NBA Star Tim Duncan Claims Financial Advisor Cheated Him Out of Millions

San Antonio Spurs basketball star Tim Duncan claims he should be added to the long list of professional athletes who have been swindled out of millions of dollars in bad business deals. Duncan has filed a lawsuit against his former financial advisor, claiming, among other things, that the advisor persuaded him to loan $7.5 million to Gameday Entertainment, LLC, but the financial advisor took 20 percent as a fee without Duncan's consent.  Various news outlets have reported that Duncan's losses from all the bad business deals could amount to more than $20 million. 

My question for Duncan and other athletes in this position is this -- why didn't you hire an accountant to verify the information being reported by the financial advisor?   Professional athletes need a team off the court as well.  

The Charlotte Business Journal recently named Michael Jordan its Businessperson of the Year.  Jordan's acceptance speech was much better than his Hall of Fame speech years ago.  At that speech, he asked of one attendee -- "Who invited him?"

http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/columns/story?id=4468210

I hope Jordan stays the course and builds the Charlotte Hornets into a consistent winner.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/12205207/michael-jordan-gets-emotional-winning-business-award

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kobe, Inc.

Now that Kobe Bryant is facing another injury and missed season, he won't be in the NBA much longer.  It will be interesting to see if Kobe can turn his money, smarts, and charisma into the kind of business success that Magic Johnson has had.http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/10663439/kobe-bryant-announces-new-company-kobe-inc?ex_cid=espnapi_public

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Kanye's Cousin Wants You to Play Piano with John Legend

Kanye West's cousin, Devo Harris (who also goes by the name "Devo Springfield"), recently launched an interactive video company called "Adventr" (pronounced like the word "Adventure").  The site has a demo in which John Legend gives the user a simple, interactive piano lesson, which is pretty cool.

Harris has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Read about the business venture here:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/13/adventr-launch/

To play along with John Legend and see how Adventr's interactive video works, click here:

https://play.adventr.tv/all-of-me-final-45449272