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Where IS the beef?

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Oct 19, 2011

Wendy’s hamburger chain is trying to revive its classic ad campaign, and it poses The inquiry we need to be making of our leaders.

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Posted by CDSI Research
a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Dear Tom,

Our global economy invites USAmerica to innovate and commercialize technologies emerging from our universities and national laboratories using global venture funds distributed in our region by private equity, strategic capital, venture capital and business banking groups. We have the components of such innovation and commercialization in our corporations but not the will to pursue new technology ventures. We have skilled professionals among our unemployed and underemployed that can manage, engineer and market commercialized innovations but lack the "gathering of resources" leadership needed to make new corporations. We have PROOF of the ease of such commercialization in Apple who does more product packaging/marketing than technology innovation. We have PROOF failure of innovative commercialization in H-P's focus on logistics volume in their sales of near-obsolete products.

What we lack, especially in our bay area, is the ability to come together in "hockey-stick ramps" of new low-to-high tech companies. Global funds are available to build USAmerica's new corporations, professional management and staff are available, and technologies are waiting for commercialization as "results-product."

Our governments, national to local, lack any real skills to foster such innovation and commercialization with most economic development focused on real estate development. Our governments foster failure because they lack timely ability to innovate environments that foster successful new companies at the scale needed in our economy.

Immediate timely steps for our economy are 1) gather our new technologies, 2) accept global investment and participation, 3) gather our human resources capable of commercialization, and execute results-products in global markets using "silicon valley (as a verb)" to ramp new products in 5-7 months.

It is what the world expects from us.


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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Oct 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Manufacturing is the key to restoring middle class jobs. The largest cost variable for manufacturing is energy. Coal is the cheapest form of energy at $0.04 per kwh, compared to other energy sources like solar at $0.22 per kwh. America has nearly an inexhaustible supply of coal, by far the largest coal reserves of any country in the world, nearly double the reserves of China. China is building a new coal power plant every 7 days, on average, in order to meet their energy demands. If we were willing to destroy our environment like the Chinese, we could greatly expand the use of coal and drive down the cost of energy to a point where many Chinese goods were no longer cost competitive compared to U.S. made goods. This plan is flawed, of course, as we prefer that pollution occurs elsewhere so we don’t have to see it and be reminded that all the cheap goods we buy were made at great environmental cost. If we don’t see pollution, then we can congratulate ourselves that our environmental laws are working.

Your Wendy’s hamburger analogy is brilliant, although perhaps not in the way you intended. Everyone knows hamburgers are bad for you. Wendy’s is trying to repackage their product so you’ll forget they’re unhealthy. Maybe Wendy’s should instead focus their efforts on a better product. And if Wendy’s can’t adapt, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if Wendy’s went bankrupt and a healthier restaurant became all the rage. Similarly, is it really so bad that we’ve lost all these middle class manufacturing jobs? Our air and water is so much cleaner now than it used to be.

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