Category: Company Founders

Rolling Stone Turns 50

Rolling Stone's Woodstock cover from the summer of 1969, when the magazine was just two years old, as displayed at Bethel Woods Museum in 2017. Cover photo by Baron Wolman/Rolling Stone.
Delighted to see that Rolling Stone partnered with Abrams to create a 50th anniversary “decade-by-decade book, looking back on the best articles, the best artists, the best scoops and the best shots from 1967 to 2017” with an intro by founder Jann Werner. Right on! I bought[...]
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War Paint: B’way musical as corporate history

"War Paint" curtain scrim as viewed from mezzanine at New York's Nederlander Theater. Photo by Marian Calabro (c) 2017.
I admire great Broadway musicals and good corporate histories equally, so “War Paint” was a must-see. Alas, in the words of novelist Janet Burroway, “Only trouble is interesting.” And there’s not nearly enough trouble, conflict, or call it what you will in this twin biography of cosmetics[...]
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History Equals Reputation

Uber taxi in Moscow, courtesy of Wikimedia
When people tell me that no one will be interested in their company’s history, I suggest substituting the word “reputation” instead. “Who cares about our history?” becomes “Who cares about our reputation?” The light bulb brightens. This came home in a big way today as I considered[...]
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