Steve Burgess

Recent Posts on BCBusiness - Page 3

Mar 15, 2018
Watercooler: What's in a car name?

What’s a Camry? Is there an English translation of Acura? Is Qashqai a New Delhi game show? How many calories are there in Previa? Should I be concerned if my doctor says I have a severe abdominal Lexus? Car brands are...

Feb 1, 2018
Why Vancouver deserved a better shot at hosting Amazon’s HQ2

During the Renaissance, most of what is now the Italian peninsula was divided into city states. They fought wars, sometimes against foreign powers, sometimes against each other. When the skirmish was over and one city had triumphed, it would claim...

Dec 20, 2017
How not to get shot by an ex-employee—and how Paul Dragan survived

It is Tuesday morning, June 10, 2014. At the False Creek end of Vancouver’s Davie Street, grocery shoppers come and go at Urban Fare, and a woman pushes a baby carriage up the street toward Pacific Boulevard. A thick-set man...

Dec 13, 2017
Who are “influencers”? And why do we care about them?

Influencer marketing—as millennial buzzwords go, it may be as hot as the phrase “millennial buzzwords.” The marketing game has changed. Once upon a time, Chicago Blackhawks superstar Bobby Hull told you to buy a certain brand of motor oil and...

Nov 28, 2017
Watercooler: Nowhere to hide

It may be time for a modern update of that classic scene from old gangster flicks. It’s the one where the gang is holed up at the hideout. “Somebody at dis table,” the boss says, looking around, “is a rat.”The...

Nov 2, 2017
Why self-driving cars threaten our romance with the road

The January 1958 issue of the Radio Corp. of America’s Electronic Age magazine was hit-and-miss in its predictions. The widespread availability of colour television worked out as forecast. But “Radio via Meteor Trails?” This was a story claiming scientists were bouncing...

Oct 24, 2017
How to give a proper handshake

There are a couple of time-honoured strategies for dealing with business partners, clients and the public. One is to treat others with respect, expecting to be treated the same way in return. Another is to establish your authority via displays...

Jul 31, 2017
Should governments subsidize businesses?

The year 1972 was big for the political left in Canada. In B.C., Dave Barrett led the provincial New Democratic Party to a stunning victory over W.A.C. Bennett and the Social Credit Party. And in the federal election campaign of...

Jul 5, 2017
Why your business should rethink its relationship with plastic

Whole foods? Great in theory, but in real life inconvenient and annoying. Much better to cut them up and enclose them in plastic. Presumably that’s why the Whole Foods Market Inc. supermarket chain briefly tried marketing pre-peeled oranges in plastic...

May 25, 2017
Is it appropriate for businesses to talk politics?

Unless you peddle buttons, cardboard signs or television airtime, or you own a hot-dog stand near a polling place, this month’s provincial election is unlikely to influence what products you sell. And yet as politics becomes more polarized, not every...

Apr 24, 2017
Shortchanged junior hockey players look to even the score

“Someone hit the big score / They figured it out,” goes the Gillian Welch song “Everything Is Free.” “That we’re gonna do it anyway / Even if it doesn’t pay.”Welch is referring to musicians and the curse of free downloads...

Feb 16, 2017
Watercooler: What the Airbnb controversy tells us about people young and older

Airbnb—does it contribute to the economic well-being of society? Or does it make our cities less livable? A recent Mustel Group poll of Vancouver citizens commissioned by BCBusiness offers one perspective. Does Adam Smith offer another? Smith—perhaps you’ve heard of him—suggested...

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