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October 27, 2014

Another Election. What Better Time for a Joke?

My father loved to tell an awful old joke. Given the fact that both Romania and the US are about to hold elections worthy of an […]
September 15, 2014

Welcome to Lugera. Ahead to Passport Control.

(Originally published in the Summer issue of Esquire magazine.) It’s not often that a business displays wisdom sufficiently profound that it actually provides an example of […]
August 24, 2014

The Silence in the Words of Children

For any of you who have ever stopped and marveled at the purity and simplicity with which children speak their many first words – and especially […]
July 13, 2014

Confessions of a Former Current Ex-Banker

(Originally published in the Spring issue of Esquire magazine.) I am a banker. No, hold it. I mean, I was a banker.  Or rather, I worked […]
April 18, 2014

Oh Yeah? Standardize This!

In case you missed it last week, the European Commission announced it wants to make it easier for companies with single shareholders (meaning small and medium-sized […]
April 7, 2014

The Missing Loyalty in Loyalty Programs

(Originally published March 31, 2014, in Capital, here.) If you buy anything in Romania, then you already have – or at least have been offered – […]
March 14, 2014

Next Flight From New York: Santa

[Update Jan. 14, 2015:  A recent example from one retail sector HERE) (Originally published in the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Esquire magazine.) Even if all your […]
March 12, 2014

The Slow Glass of Online Discounters

(Originally published February 24, 2014, in Capital.) If you want to see how some companies here seem blind to reality, take a look at the discounting business.  […]