Episode 150: The Technology Behind Package Shipping
Russ and John present a unique show that is rapidly becoming the niche to follow. But, hey, if WE don't teach it, who will?! Includes: BusinessMakers Quote of the Week - inspiration from author and visionary Sir Arthur C. Clarke; This Week in Business History presents several interesting items; Navigating Business Jargon - cutting-edge buzzwords and technospeak you should be careful with; and Dumbest Moments in Business History - the United Nations Gone Wild.
Russ reports from an on-the-road interview in Memphis, TN with visionary Fred Smith, the founder, chairman & CEO of FedEx Corp.; and Rob Carter, chief information officer of FedEx. Smith founded his transportation/technology company in 1971 at a time when mainframe computers were becoming more popular and logistics potential was poised to explode. Carter says he has the "dream job in the CIO world," citing corporate culture, available technology and growing the company to a global powerhouse. Today, they continue to focus this customer-centric company on "absolute zero" failure during this time of exponential growth.
Russ flashes back to segments from three previous BusinessMaker interviews with established leaders who offer advice to new BusinessMakers. Dennis Murphree of venture capital firm Murphree Venture Partners describes qualities important to VC firms; Laura Capper of Cap Resources shares key characteristics of successful leaders of startups; and John Moore of Brand Autopsy offers branding strategy advice from working with Starbuck's Coffee and Whole Foods.
Could your company withstand a devastating weather event? Greg Price recommends that every company have a disaster-preparedness plan.