Old Is the New New

The Idea Engine has launched a new product. It’s catching on. And it’s led to a lot of work for our fearless Idea Engineers, which is good for business, but bad for their Happy Hour attendance patterns. On the 10th floor of 1050 Connecticut Ave., the Idea Engineers alternate between huddling over their computers and…

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Not So Great Gatsbys

The old summer place across the street could use some work. Having been owned by two generations of New York Stock Exchange specialists, including one former president of the Exchange, it—like many of the manses in resorts up and down the Atlantic Coast—housed the Eastern Establishment that dominated American finance for much of the 20th…

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“Ford Tough”

Forget about its best-selling F-150 pickup trucks. A strong sense of history, in this case family history, is the most important factor in the relative strength of Ford Motor Company, compared to General Motors and Chrysler. A recent New York Times article notes that the descendents of Henry Ford who hold a controlling interest in…

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