Playmaker’s Blog


Brand Awareness

October 25, 2005


Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) make the guts of everything from car engines to microprocessors. They are the unsung heroes of all that is integrated, packaged, and sold by brand name manufacturers. Their lot in life is to make Six Sigma-perfect components for imperfect margins. One quiet OEM, a $5 billion Taiwanese company called BenQ, maker of LCD monitors, mobile-phone handsets, digital cameras and notebook computers, wants to change all that.

Chip Shot

October 18, 2005


Advanced Micro Devices, or AMD, makes microprocessors and flash memory and continues to grow its niche of high volume, low-priced chips. They have long followed in the wake of market leader Intel, taking incremental market share from the chip giant. Not content to Crowd Intel, AMD wants to Draft and overtake them. In September 2005, for the first time, AMD sold more microprocessor units than Intel.

Razor Burn

October 11, 2005


Gillette Co. recently unveiled its newest shaving system, a five-bladed razor called Fusion with a trimmer on the back of the cartridge aimed at the 50 percent of men who have mustaches and beards. The Fusion has one more blade than the Quattro sold by rival Schick, and will come in both traditional and battery-powered versions.

Fundamental Mistake

August 31, 2005

Pat Robertson

What motivates the fiery Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is not always clear, but his recent and provocative predictions that the U.S. is plotting his assassination bears the marks of a skilled playmaker, capable of thinking more than a few moves ahead. As to his startling prediction, one wonders if Chavez might have been running a Call Out .

Bad Shot

August 30, 2005

Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr

In 1804, former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr grew furious over the chiding remarks of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father who spurred Federalists to turn back Burr in the upcoming New York Gubernatorial race, a campaign Burr eventually lost. Anxious for revenge and looking to resurrect his failing career, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel. Hamilton accepted, reluctantly. On the morning of July 11, 1804, the two met on the dueling grounds at Weehawken, New Jersey. They marched 10 paces, turned and fired their single shots. Burr was unscathed.