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The Business Page

Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Monday Must Reads

Starting the week with a look at some of the more interesting business reads:
  • Normally when you're introducing a new product and it's riddled with bugs, it doesn't bode well for the future. The software industry is probably different, since the software has to learn how to interact with thousands of disparate devices. Still, the magnitude of the debugging the new version of Windows makes for an interesting tale. (NY Times.)
  • Probably no surprise here: Rochester did not place on the GQ Magazine's list of the 100 top clothing stores for men in the United States. Here's the list. (Boston Globe.)
  • Xerox Corp. has once again placed two executives on the list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business, the annual list compiled by Fortune Magazine. They are Ursula Burns and Anne Mulcahy, who ranks at No. 2. The most powerful woman is Indira Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo. (Fortune Magazine.)
  • Just when greater Rochester seemed to be getting its act together on the venture capital front comes this news: There may be an "innovation drought." (Business Week.)
  • Speaking of bugs: apparently studio executives are struggling with a movie project that has a soaring budget and may end up as the most expensive comedy of all time. (L.A. Times.)


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