Words cannot describe this man’s achievements.

Posted by John Park on Oct 5th, 2011
2011
Oct 5


Steve Jobs died today.

I did not know him. I’ve never met him.

And yet, I find myself profoundly sad about his death. It’s hard to find the words. There’s too much to say. I know many will try.

I am just one of billions he has made an impression on through his innovation and technology.

He changed my life for the better. As a businessman, I can’t thank him enough.

Rest in peace Mr. Jobs. You did well in your short 56 years.

Thank you!





It’s Dying. Accept it.

Posted by John Park on Oct 2nd, 2011
2011
Oct 2
 
 
I just received a Groupon email letting me know that I could subscribe to Vogue for $8.  If I took advantage of this offer, I would receive in the mail 12 beautiful, full color issues of Vogue for just $8.  After Groupon takes their 50%, Vogue gets $4.
 
A few months back, I visited the web site of a notable advertising industry publication.  To subscribe, I would have to pay over $50 a year.  I passed.  Instead, I just decided to opt in to their email newsletter.  About a week ago, I started to receive the physical copy of the publication in the mail for free.  I didn’t pay a cent but they decided to start mailing them to me.
 
The magazine publishers are up against the wall.  The above scenarios are two small examples of a desperate industry.  If their content is so valuable, why I am I receiving them for free or practically for free?  Not only did I get it for free, I am receiving them at their cost.
 
The answer is simple.
 
It is more valuable for them to tout a larger subscriber base than to actually care about what their publications are being bought for.  It all funnels down to how many subscribers they can tout or claim to their potential advertisers.
 
This is not a new occurrence.  It has been happening for years but true desperation is rearing its ugly head for the first time.
 
Ladies and gentlemen.  PRINT IS DYING.
 
Don’t advertise in it.  Don’t pay for it.  Don’t invest in it.
 
If you are a magazine publisher, place ALL your resources towards digitization.  Accept reality.  Do you really believe that my 5 year old boy will buy a magazine for entertainment and information when he turns 18?
 
 
 
 

Should we prevent failure at any cost?

Posted by John Park on Oct 1st, 2011
2011
Oct 1

During my life, I have learned quite a bit from failure.  I consider these invaluable life lessons that have made me better.

Is society working too hard to prevent failure?

Corporate bailouts.

Trophies for every kid at the end of a losing season.

Countries borrowing to save entitlements.

Living with Mom and Dad forever…

What lessons are to be learned if we prevent failure at any cost?

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