Fairfax, Trade Me, BHPB

Three clients this year have all come in with record profits. It’s a symptom of what they are – excellent companies. BHPB made record EBITDA of US$20.1 Billion, and profits of $13.7 billion. Thats on the back of some stellar commodity prices and solid volume increases. Records in Aluminium and Stainless Steel Materials helped things …

Fairfax fires star blogger – the dark implications

A Star Blogger is fired by Fairfax… no not me….(I’m still doing a little work for Fairfax) (oh yeah – and am not a star)…. …or Juha, who has recently moved is job, and blog, (where he is a star) to Fairfax NZ. (Welcome aboard!) No – Fairfax Australia, clearly a corporation run by foreigners*, …

The Australian on AFR.com.au

A good article in the Australian about the debacle that is AFR.com.au. Killer quote from Cheief Executve Michael Gill: “We are not aware of any other product like that, which is why it has been an unusually complex project.” and the response from Mark Day, the journalist: “Unusually complex? Therein lies the problem.  The technical …

MISAustralia.com – lousy launch

Good: launching a new site Stupendously Bad: Using AFR.com technology I don’t know where to sart – such a frustrating experience from a new site.. The articles are displayed in flash. You can’t copy, highlight with a mouse as you read, change the size of the reading window or scroll using the mouse button. In …

How to hire the best people you’ve ever worked with..

Actually that’s a title of an entry of Marc Andreessen‘s new blog. He’s the sort of guy that gets 48,562 pageviews in his first 4.5 days of blogging. I imagine Sam Morgan would get a similar (NZ scaled) response if he started blogging. I agree with Marc’s criteria for hiring good people – (Intelligence,) Drive, …