Articles by Andrew Martin

Local business accelerator promotes entrepreneurship

What started out as an old Zalud Oldsmobile dealership is now home to nearly 40 portfolio companies. LaunchHouse is a lean business accelerator that fosters entrepreneurial success and the creation of jobs. Their mission according to their website is to “create a hub of entrepreneurial innovation for promising startups and to help transform ideas into…

SXSW marketing goes back to the basics

Poster, after poster, after poster. This is exactly what you see when walking up and down the hallways of John Carroll. How effective are the posters? Do they leave a lasting impression? At the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival that took place last week, companies were restoring to old school marketing strategies and using posters…

OurView: Who are you?

Last weekend, I saw The Who play at Value City Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University. I know what you’re thinking: It’s not exactly The Who without drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle. Half the band has already passed away. That being said, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend sound just as…

JCU’s Hillel sponsors Purim Gras

Upbeat music and the smells of southern comfort food alerted the senses on Saturday night in the atrium of the D.J. Lombardo Student Center at John Carroll University. The occasion was the first Purim Gras celebration at Carroll. Purim Gras is a celebration of the fusion of the Jewish holiday of Purim and Mardi Gras.…

Money Mart: Obama proposes plan to increase minimum wage

In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama brought up plans to increase the minimum wage. This increase of $1.75, reported by Business Insider, may not sound like much, but the reality is it could have widespread effects for the rest of the economy. Business Insider proposed that this increase in…

Money Mart: The return of BlackBerry

If you were to poll students at John Carroll about which smartphones they own, it would largely be dominated by iPhones, Droids and Samsung products. Just a few years ago, BlackBerry dominated the smartphone game, and after being dominated in the marketshare for smartphones, has returned with a product that just might challenge the current…

Money Mart: Interview prep should last four years, not four days

No matter what your major is, finding that first job out of college is difficult. Add the stresses of taking classes, having an internship during the semester, or any other student activities to the job search and interview preparation, and all of a sudden you’ve been up all night with work. Throughout the interviews I…

Money Mart: Hurricane may damage portfolios as well as homes

As you walk to class wondering why you ever even got up in the first place, think of how the weather affects you on a macro level. Not only are you cold, wet and miserable, but oil prices are climbing due to this weather. In addition to the oil prices, the stock market is taking…

Former General Electric CEO stirs up controversy

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric Co., terminated his writing position with Thomson Reuters Corp and Fortune magazine after an inappropriate Twitter post concerning the Obama administration. His Twitter post read, “President Barack Obama’s administration manipulated employment data for political gain.” As the CEO of General Electric, Welch earned the nickname “Neutron Jack,” after…

Investors seek safer long-term investments

Concerns were raised from investors recently due to a slowed global economy and a continuous European debt crisis. One implication of this is that investors have been seeking safer investments, specifically long-term bonds from investment-grade companies. The Wall Street Journal reports that investment-grade companies, such as United Parcel Service, General Electric Co. and Comcast Corp.…

Money Mart: NHL Lockout: How to split the revenue

It may seem to many sports fans across the country that the owners and players can never agree on anything. Just in the past few years, the National Basketball Association, National Football League and, now, the National Hockey League have dealt with lockouts as well as revenue-sharing disagreements. The NFL and NBA had their widely…

Eurozone continues to disappoint

According to Bloomberg.com, the European Central Bank (ECB) should keep interest rates low for the foreseeable future and may need to cut them further given the risk of deflation. European inflation will slow to 1.6 percent in 2013. “The probability of falling prices is unusually high, reaching almost 25 percent. This projection gives the ECB…

OurView: The Champions of Europe are top of the league

The English Premier League season is in its infant stages, but it is never too early to make predictions. The 2012 Champions League winner, Chelsea FC, sits atop the league table at 13 points, just one ahead of Manchester United. West Brom and Everton round out the third and fourth places, respectively; however, no one…

Barnes & Noble stock surges due to Microsoft’s investment

In a world where iPads, Kindles and all kinds of different e-readers are becoming more prevalent, Microsoft has decided to boost the likes of Barnes & Noble’s Nook product. Microsoft is investing $605 million into the product in hopes of becoming a more competitive player in the market. In return for their capital, Microsoft is…

The Wall Street Journal: Market volatility hurting hedge funds

There are many different financial instruments that are available for accredited investors to utilize in the hopes of gaining returns.  One of these alternative investments is called a hedge fund. These actively managed funds have many different strategies, including “taking advantage of events” and “negating the impact and risk of general market movements.” However, The…

GE looks to the ‘land down under’

As General Electric continues to grow, the company is finding that China may not be the treasure chest they once assumed it would be. Recently, the company has turned its attention to Australia. When you look at the growth the company has made in the “outback” it is clear why. Australia, a country with a…

Business Corner: Obama goes East

According to The New York Times, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak experienced a failure to communicate last Thursday in Seoul. Obama was on a 10-day diplomatic trip to Asia and had high hopes of signing a free-trade agreement with South Korea which would send American cars and beef to the Far…