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No Accountability

The US justice department says it will not prosecute Goldman Sachs for financial fraud. Five years after the start of the United States’ worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, why is no one being held accountable?

“It’s another milestone in a sad story that we know all too well. We now have enterprises that are so big, so rich, that are so generous with their political contribution to both parties that when they get themselves into trouble, when they drag a whole economy into a fundamental crisis, we not only avoid punishing them for all that they have done, but we bail them out with billions or trillions of dollars to get them back on their feet … it could not be a more graphic description of who in the end controls the political economy of the US and who pretends to on the other side.”

Richard Wolff, the author of Capitalism Hits the Fan: the Global Economic Meltdown and What to do About it

Apple’s Patent Wars

“In 2007, Samsung, HTC, Google and all others in the industry didn’t have a smartphone with the likes of Apple’s iPhone features. They didn’t have the solutions that Apple eloquently brought to market to make a smartphone truly smart. Apple carefully and meticulously crafted a full end-to-end smartphone solution. So when the copycats and their followers whine in public and on blogs that Apple should learn to compete instead of initiate litigation – I bowl over with laughter.”

— Jack Purcher from Patently Apple


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Francine, Ed and Phillip continue to provide mentoring services at Gangplank, though their schedules may change. Please email Katie Charland at Gangplank to schedule a session.KnottyJohn


Entrepreneurship Coaching at Gangplank

I recently attended Entrepreneurship Coaching, at Gangplank, that was underwritten by the not for profit group Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation. I highly recommend visiting the Gangplank and taking the opportunity to attend the various free programs offered there!

Gangplank is located at 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225. I have a standing meeting with a colleague there on Tuesdays and he recommended I attend the coaching sessions with him. The sessions I attended (I began midway through the course) covered pivoting, cash-flow, culture and funding. The material and ensuing discussions gave me valuable information that I put to use immediately! The tools and information are great for a business in the early stages. However, one of the best benefits is the networking opportunity! The willingness of the attendees and the presenters to share resources to help one another to succeed was simply eye opening and amazing!

I plan to continue my Tuesday meetings and attend more programs at Gangplank. Maybe I’ll see you there!KnottyJohn