Affairs

Quinnology.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Pat Quinn knows the score. “It’s a profession where people lose their jobs on a regular basis. I’ve been very fortunate to be asked to do something new each time it happened to me.” He never seems to lose sight of this, with his assistants, with his players, with himself.

Rethinking the dividing line between mankind and machine.

The first time you see Google Glass in real life, sitting astride some stranger’s nose, it’s hard not to be taken aback by the idea that the future—some form of it, at least—has indeed arrived.

Ancient Alberta.

In the not-too-distant future, a new museum in Northern Alberta has big plans to fully immerse its visitors in the very distant past. The long-awaited Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum finally broke ground last year and is slated to open this December.

Crisis? What crisis?

Remember the meltdown of 2008? You know—the one where America’s housing market fell down a deep, dark hole, the world’s banks teetered on the edge of insolvency, stock markets did a face plant, and stockbrokers from here to Timbuktu considered (however briefly) defenestration as their next career move? Sure you do.

Market analysis.

Economist Nouriel Roubini is known for predicting the oil shock, the crash of the United States housing market, and the recession in 2008—somber forecasts that earned him the nickname “Dr. Doom”. His critical views have been widely cited, and he sat down with NUVO to discuss the Canadian economy and emerging markets.

Annus horribilis redux.

No matter how it finishes, a bad year holds one consolation: eventually, it ends. Except when it doesn’t. Can “brand-as-business” overcome basic executionary missteps? Can the idea of a product (or an entire company, for that matter) overcome the reality?

Celebrating our 15th anniversary.

Whether retracing moments of glory in product development or divulging the traits and strategies that allow their companies, products, and personas to shine, these business and media personalities have been candid about their approaches to success.

Nothing gold can stay.

You’d figure it’d be a pretty easy business. Find a hole with some gold in it, then dig; whatever comes out is essentially money. In reality, the business of gold mining is one of the most dangerous there is.

Potash problems.

In normal times, the business of fertilizer is only slightly more interesting than the soil one spreads it on: one of those super-simple, steady-Eddie, boring-but-profitable businesses every investor loves.