Category: Peter’s voice

Greed, one of the 7 deadly sins…..

By Peter, October 16, 2009 21:16

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Is there a lottery where everybody can win and will win? No of course not! Do chances go along with risks? Yes of course! But why do we not want to believe it? Why don’t we act this way? Why are we putting out money at Icesave or DSB Bank?

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Will Internet Shopping outrun the classic store?

By Peter, October 13, 2009 23:54

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vrouwlaptopWhy do I spend a lot of money to fly to the other part of the world just to shop (till I drop?) and why don’t I just use to the Internet? I am the one who is telling everybody, that Internet shopping is more convenient from your couch instead of walking in the rain and having to spend a lot of time and energy to find all the goods you need. Is something wrong with me? Did my ISP (Internet Service Provider) cut me off from the outside world? Or am I as human as all of my friends? Or is off line shopping more fun?

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What about Hong Kong?

By Peter, October 10, 2009 00:36

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It is perhaps not the right sequence, but after first looking at my agenda when I could have some time off, I then began to think what to do with this ‘earned’ free time. First I thought it could be a good idea to visit Austria, to read some books (on my new Sony E-reader of course), play some golf and be pampered in one of the most luxurious hotels in Tyrol: Stanglwirt in Going am Wilden Kaiser. But after being there this summer already I got a better idea.

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The complete madness on E-books

By Peter, October 9, 2009 20:58

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A few weeks ago I already explained the immature market of electronic newspapers, magazines and books. And especially books. But now it seems that there is a breakthrough as one of the biggest on line book resellers in the Netherlands has started to sell e-books and the matching reader. But what to do if you already had bought in the past a few e-books here and there? Let me tell you.

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I have a new friend: Drobo.

By Peter, August 25, 2009 23:39

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Drobo Super HeroDrobo is my new friend. He (or she?) lives on my desktop. Just next to my Apple iMac. And although I had a lot of peripherals in my network, this is something I have seen and never heard before, until a friend told me about the Drobo last week. Drobo is not only a very safe backup system, but it is also giving my old hard drives a new life.

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My first Etam Groep Impressions. I have the virus!!

By Peter, August 19, 2009 23:57

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After almost three weeks at EtamGroep in Zoetermeer everyone is probably wondering how I am doing there. Being a CFO in fashion. Being a man in a company where 90% of the employees are women. Working with a female CEO. Questions that were asked already a few months ago, but could not be answered then. I will try to give some first impressions.

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CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility (part 2)

By Peter, July 23, 2009 17:53

It looks like the week of the part 2 stories. But this one is a post with a great thank you! Thanks to all the people that visited my farewell party on July 9th. I asked everyone not to bring any wines or liquors but to spend a small amount to the KNGF. Click on the Image below to see the result.

Thank you all !!!

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The Power of Media (part 2)

By Peter, July 21, 2009 01:07

That my Blog post with the same name would have such an impact, I could not foresee, but the media want to write juicy stories (especially when it’s about media).  It’s just like stories going around: it starts with a fly and it ends with an elephant. And of course people only read, what they want to read, making their own assumptions.

There was one thing that I wanted to make clear: my transfer from Audax to Etamgroep did not have anything to do with the dismissal of Carel Bikkers. And I also wanted to make clear that there was (and is) no crisis at Audax. With all the publicity my weblog had, I succeeded in spreading that news. And the 2008 results,  that Audax has published last week, underlined my statement.

But all the media – after reading my weblog – concluded that I stated that Carel Bikkers wants to harm Audax. I did not, but readers who want to read such things, thought they find enough evidence between the lines to draw this conclusion. I had a telephone call with Carel earlier today and he stressed that he did not have anything to do with the two articles in De Telegraaf and he was not happy with these publications either. These articles were not only harming Audax but also harming his own case against Audax as well. And that is true!

Carel has stated in the press that he is going to court to challenge his dismissal. I do not want to be a part of that discussion and I also do not want to influence – not in any way – the course of justice. As far as I am concerned, this will be my last post on the Audax-Bikkers case. No further comments!

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Watch out! Bloggers are watching you….

By Peter, July 20, 2009 14:23

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After having so many readers in the past week, due to links from Quote, Boekblad and VillaMedia (thank you Jan Dijkgraaf), I remembered a speech from Jacques de Leeuw, founder of Audax. It was approximately 11 years ago. It was a New Year speech or a speech at the Tilburg University, do not remember exactly. At that time he already spoke about the changing world in the publishing industry.

r189528_710916He said that everyone was more or less a publisher these days (1998). The word BLog was not invented yet, but more and more people were placing articles on the Internet. It is interesting to see that on one hand he was so right and maybe was far ahead of his time, but on the other hand no one expected it too take so long. At the end of the 20th century most of the people in publishing believed that newspapers did not have any right to exist. Within 10 years they would have been disappeared and moved to the Internet. And this is not the case as we know now. Continue reading 'Watch out! Bloggers are watching you….'»

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The Power of Media.

By Peter, July 15, 2009 23:00

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Of course we all know that if one controls the media he can control the history. It was George Orwell with his book 1984 that taught us that you can control the past if you would be able to replace all the information that you did not like by the information that suits you right. He could not foresee the influence of the mass media in later years.

When a CFO and a CEO leave a media company at the same time, it is no rocket science that all the media want to know what is going on. Of course the fact that both left the company is true and also that they did that short after each other. But that does not mean that is has anything to do with the company, its Supervisory Board or Shareholders.
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