Category: Company Founders

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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Preserve Those Voices

Bob Fass at WBAI in the 1960s, courtesy of Lost Footage Films via Columbia University
So much corporate history and cultural history resides in oral history. To that end, I was delighted to learn that Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library is archiving 10,000 hours from “Radio Unnameable.” This program by Bob Fass on New York City FM station WBAI was[...]
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Anniversary Goes Missing

When an annual report prominently displays “50 Years 1967-2017” on its cover, as does the latest publication of the Environmental Defense Fund, a reader reasonably expects to find some history inside: a timeline, a profile of the founder, some then-and-now photos. Instead she finds only four paragraphs[...]
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