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What Could the Brexit mean for American Businesses?

July 5th, 2016

On June 23rd, the people of the United Kingdom narrowly voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, ending the UK’s 41-year membership. Immediately, the world experienced negative economic feedback, as the British Pound dropped in value and stockbrokers everywhere missed expected returns. It has been nearly two weeks since the Brexit (British-exit) took place, but there still remains substantial economic uncertainty about the long-term effects of such a decision and its (both good and bad) consequences. What could the Brexit mean for American businesses? It seems the biggest consequence... Read More

Concession to High Concessions

June 7th, 2016

When you go to an American sporting event, you can usually expect to see two things: crazy fans and crazy high concession stand prices. Over the past few decades, concession prices have been steadily rising much faster than the consumer price index, and almost every other possible measure of inflation; because stadium owners know that—for three hours or so—they have an absolute monopoly on their fans’ food and beverage needs, fans are often taken advantage of, and demanded to pay prices for concessions far beyond typical market values.            Fans have responded by trying to... Read More

Does the Intentional Exclusion of Price Tags Exploit College Students?

May 30th, 2016

Around Boulder, and elsewhere, there has been a growing trend over the past few years: the intentional exclusion of price tags. Such a practice has become a near industry norm at bars, pubs, and other places that serve alcohol (an explicit exploitation of those who are intoxicated), but until recently, consumers have rightfully expected to know what they are going to pay for what they are buying—whether it be bread, clothing, or any other good or service. Knowing the price of something is the fundamental basis of capitalism and informed consumerism; without an informed purchase opportunity, there... Read More

Taxi-ation Without Representation: Uber Changes in Transportation

May 23rd, 2016

            Like many industries in the world of business, public transportation has experienced a wave of changes in the 21st century. Across the United States, cities are investing more in public transportation as populations, environmental concerns, and frustrations with congestion continue to rise. In Boulder, Denver, and throughout the Front Range, these changes are made apparent through increased RTD usage, the renovation of Denver’s Union Station, and a proposed light-rail system that will connect Boulder and Denver sometime between now and the end of time. Other local changes in... Read More

Could Vertical Farming be Boulder’s Next Big Trend?

May 16th, 2016

Vertical farming is a growing trend across the world, particularly in places similar to Boulder with limited space and a green conscious. Essentially, vertical farming is the practice of producing food and other bio-matter in vertically stacked layers; these layers can either be stacked through multiple stories at the macro level, or through multiple shelves within a single story at the micro level. Vertical farming may be an attractive alternative to traditional methods of food production because it is a more efficient use of land, and can also extend the potential growing season. Additional benefits... Read More

The Devil is in the Details, but so is the Competitive Advantage

May 8th, 2016

It seems clear that the Boulder business community is notoriously competitive, but what is less clear are the reasons why some businesses survive the competition, while others do not. In order to find the root of such competitive advantages, I spoke with several Boulder business owners and asked them how they have managed to survive the ever-changing community landscape; in the end, one things was clear: detail matters. While many businesses can decrease their costs by changing their financial or operating models, decreasing these costs alone will not be enough to stay open; what owners need is... Read More

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Seeking a Sustainable Profit

May 1st, 2016

Businesses are frequently forced to make the difficult choice between practicing environmentally friendly behavior and the pursuit of profit; conflict between being sustainable and being profitable means that one of the two will often be ignored. However, recently, it seems that businesses’ interests in profit and planet are becoming more compatible and less of a trade-off. Here are five reasons why businesses have not just the environmental, but also the economic incentive to go green: Solving for Scarcity Earth is a finite planet, and there are mathematically a finite number of natural resources... Read More

For the Record: Vinyl Isn’t Going Anywhere

April 24th, 2016

In a world where developments in technology, legislation, and culture have entirely altered the way human beings consume media, it is surprising that that even after decades of use, the vinyl record player is still many music lovers outlet of choice. As the world spins, and changes, the vinyl record does too, keeping time, and telling a story. Perhaps it is the joy of being able to tangibly hold a piece of music; perhaps it is the friendly crackle that greets the listener as the needle embraces the vinyl; perhaps it is the escape from the commercialization, digitizing, and monitoring of music online;... Read More

Five Benefits of Buying Locally

April 17th, 2016

  Throughout Colorado and the United States, there has been an ongoing economic movement away from corporate channels of distribution, and towards local businesses; as a result, the small, locally owned business is experiencing a sort of 21st Century renaissance. By operating on economies of scale, corporations are able to offer lower prices, but in a city such as Boulder, where household income is well above the national average, the benefits of buying locally vastly outweigh the comparatively minimal price differences. Here are five important benefits of buying locally: Economic Stability            ... Read More

The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: Humans, Tea, and Humanity

April 10th, 2016

Since its permanent settlement in the 1850s, the City of Boulder has been a Western hub of thought, culture, and appreciation for natural beauty. Since the 1980s, Boulder’s uniqueness has allowed it to participate in the international sister cities program, a program whose ongoing success is reflected throughout the city. Boulder shares a bond with seven sister cities all across the globe (in Tajikistan, Nicaragua, China, Mexico, Japan, Cuba, and Kenya); through these bonds, Boulder has experienced an objectively positive exchange of culture. The international sister city movement began in 1947,... Read More