Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cobweb blog

just got reminded by google about this long forgotten account of mine :) and this reminds me of the term "cobweb sites" look it up and find out what it is for yourselves

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Glenn McGrath's wife Jane loses cancer battle

Australia's Glenn McGrath bowls at a team training session in La Sagesse during the World... Enlarge Photo Australia's Glenn McGrath bowls at a team training session in La Sagesse during the World...

Sun, Jun 22 04:10 PM

By Julian Linden

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Jane McGrath, the wife of former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath, died on Sunday aged 42 after a long battle with cancer, Cricket Australia announced.

Jane died peacefully with her husband and their children by her side after her health had deteriorated in the past week following surgery in March.

"It is with deep sadness that the family and friends of Jane McGrath, beloved wife of former Australian cricketer Glenn and loving mother of James and Holly, must announce she passed away at her home this morning," said a statement released by Cricket Australia.

English-born Jane's long battle with cancer has been headline news in Australia for the past decade because of her marriage to McGrath, one of Australia's most successful and popular sportsmen, and their promotion of breast cancer awareness.

The couple started up their own foundation to raise money for research and training nurses and were recognised for their charity work earlier this year when they were appointed as Members of the Order of Australia.


"Jane's courageous struggle touched all Australians," Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement.

"Jane was an inspiration whose legacy will continue to benefit so many others."

Jane was first diagnosed with breast cancer during Australia's Ashes tour of England in 1997 then bone cancer in her hip in 2003 but made a full recovery both times.

She was then diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour in 2006, prompting McGrath to take eight months off cricket to care for her and their two young children while she was undergoing radiotherapy.

He returned to the team later that year to help Australia regain the Ashes from England and win the World Cup for a third time in succession before announcing he was retiring despite still being at the top of his game.

The news of Jane's death was greeted with a deep sense of sadness on Sunday.

Television stations interrupted their normal programmes to announce her passing while thousands of spectators at sporting events across the country observed a minute's silence.

"All of us who met her were charmed by her dignity and good humour as she tackled her battle with her illness for more than 10 years," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

courtesy- yahoo news

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Origin of companies- Bed bath and Beyond

Remember the film "Click" where adam sandler plays the lead role? then you must remember the store "bed bath and beyond" where he goes to and has a sweet nap(and thats where the entire story takes place, though not literally.. )

Being an Indian, i was surprised to find that BB&B is a company that features in the Nasdaq100.
lets look at the history of that company now.

BB&B was founded by Leonard Feinstein and Warren Eisenberg. Both men possessed over a decade of retail experience in 1971 when they formed Bed 'n Bath, a small chain of specialty linen and bath shops in suburban New York. As employees in management positions at Arlan's, a discount chain that fell on hard times during the early 1970s, the two sensed an essential change in retailing trends. "We had witnessed the department store shakeout, and knew that specialty stores were going to be the next wave of retailing," Feinstein told Chain Store Executive in 1993. "It was the beginning of the designer approach to linens and housewares and we saw a real window of opportunity." Bed 'n Bath's first two 2,000-square-foot stores were located in high-traffic strip malls and carried such brand-names as Cannon, Wamsutta, and Fieldcrest, as well as a line of lower&ndash′iced linens and bath towels.

During the 1970s Bed 'n Bath expanded at a healthy but unremarkable pace, and by 1985 the chain had grown to 17 stores located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California. During this time, however, a number of similar bath and bed specialty shops had opened. What had begun as a niche market was growing increasingly competitive as retailers sensed a "cocooning trend" among baby boomers. Specialty chains such as Linens 'n Things, Pacific Linens, and Luxury Linens sprang up to tap into this new market. Feinstein and Eisenberg opened their first superstore in 1985 in an effort to set themselves apart from the sudden wave of competition that had appeared.

The new superstore was revolutionary in a number of ways. Over ten times the size of Bed 'n Bath's original shop, this 20,000-square-foot outlet offered a comprehensive line of home furnishings in addition to Bed 'n Bath's traditional linens and bath products. While most department stores and specialty shops offered only a few select brands, Bed 'n Bath's superstore offered seemingly every possible color, style, and size of each product. Until this time, most independent home textile retailers either copied department store merchandising techniques or followed the mundane merchandising style used by discount retailers. Eisenberg and Feinstein did neither. Bed 'n Bath, along with chains such as Toys "R" Us and Blockbuster Video, became pioneering "category killers": large specialty retail outlets that beat their competition by offering virtually every possible product in their specific category at everyday low prices. Other than semi-annual clearances to reduce inventory, the company never held sales. They claimed that their prices were already lower than other stores' sale prices.

In 1987 Eisenberg and Feinstein changed the name of their organization to Bed Bath & Beyond in order to more accurately reflect their superstore format. By 1991 Bed Bath & Beyond had opened seven new superstores in New Jersey, California, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, and Florida, and expanded two existing stores into the superstore format. Sales reached $134 million that year, generating earnings of $10.4 million. Eisenberg and Feinstein funneled the revenue back into the company.

The company's success was considered unusual for the home products industry. As one analyst said, Bed Bath & Beyond "took a less than strong category and made it important." It did so by making ordinary household products seem exciting, even romantic. Customer service was an essential part of this marketing strategy. The company strove to build word-of-mouth advertising through a unique combination of family atmosphere and attentive customer service. Both management and sales personnel worked the floor, arranging merchandise displays, helping shoppers carry products, and otherwise making themselves useful. According to Fortune, even Feinstein and Eisenberg would gather on the floor on Saturday, to "tidy merchandise and ... pick up bits of litter." Check-out waiting time was reduced by increasing the number of cash registers, and the company developed a policy wherein, if the store was out of a desired product, Bed Bath & Beyond would deliver it to the customer's home, free of charge. Due to this strategy, Bed Bath & Beyond was able to keep paid advertising to a minimum. The company often saturated the market with advertising when a new store opened, then successfully relied on word-of-mouth to keep customers coming in.

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Origin of companies- Baidu

Baidu.com, is the first chinese company that has made it to the Nasdaq 100. here's the origin of their name

"Many people have asked about the meaning of our name. 'Baidu' was inspired by a poem written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The poem compares the search for a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour with the search for one's dream while confronted by life's many obstacles. '...hundreds and thousands of times, for her I searched in chaos, suddenly, I turned by chance, to where the lights were waning, and there she stood.' Baidu, whose literal meaning is hundreds of times, represents persistent search for the ideal."

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Origin Of Companies - Amazon

When you are in doubt and you dunno how to decide, then use "Regret Minimization Framework".
How does it work? think that you are 80. now ask yourself, if you , at 80 would regret not having chosen to undertake a venture? if the answer is yes , then minimize the regret and go ahead. this was exactly how JeFf bezos decided to start Amazon.com..
Named after the largest river(not longest), it was previously called Cadabra.com but it was soon dropped cos it sounded close to cadaver(meaning corpse). A company folklore says that the founder(jeff) wrote the business plan while he and his wife drove from Fort Worth, Texas to Bellevue, Washington, but this is largely denied by early employees
The first book Amazon.com sold was Douglas Hofstadter's Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought

The Business plan funda
Amazon's initial business plan was unusual: the company did not expect a profit for four to five years; the strategy was effective. Amazon grew steadily in the late 1990s while other Internet companies grew blindingly fast. Amazon's "slow" growth provoked stockholder complaints: that the company was not reaching profitability fast enough. When the dot-com bubble burst, and many e-companies went out of business, Amazon persevered, and, finally, turned its first profit in the fourth quarter of 2002: U.S. $5 million, just 1¢ a share, on revenues of more than U.S. $1 billion, but the profit was symbolically important.

The amazon umbrella.
lots of companies come under the amazon umbrella, namely,


Alexa Internet

and few other companies

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

origin of companies - adobe

This is in keeping with my promise of writing about the origin of companies along with a few other trivia.. here's the second of the series. the first u'd remember was the post about RIM research in motion..
Adobe- origins

the company was founded when charles geschke and john warnock left Xerox Parc to develop and sell Postscript page description language. the name of the company Adobe was named after the creek that ran behind the house of one of the company's founders..
a picture of the creek (useful for quiz purposes)

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