Archive for 2012

TEDxBroadway 2013 Officially Announced

By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

I’m happy to say that we are officially underway with TEDxBroadway 2013 and once again asking the question, “What is the Best that Broadway Can Be?” And we ask this question in the broadest way possible.  Broadway, after all, is not a metaphor for a theatre-producing community (well, it is that, but it’s not only […]

Share and Enjoy

    Read More

    Nice Piece on Goldstar

    By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

    I thought I’d share a nice profile written by Randy Lewis in the Company Town feature of the L.A. Times today.  Here’s a quick snippet: “On the wall in the Pasadena headquarters of the Goldstar ticket service is a concert poster from a decade ago, framed with the will call list showing the names of […]

    Share and Enjoy

      Read More

      More about TEDxBroadway

      By Jim McCarthy 1 comment

      With a nudge from our friends at TED, I want to say a couple things about what “Broadway” means to us, the organizers of TEDxBroadway. Sometimes people use a word metaphorically.  “Hollywood” is a great example of that.  People say it’s a “Hollywood movie” even when it was filmed in Canada and edited in the […]

      Share and Enjoy

        Read More

        TEDxBroadway 2013!

        By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

        Earlier this week, we announced to last year’s attendees that TEDxBroadway 2013 will be taking place on January 28th at the New World Stages in New York! The purpose of TEDxBroadway is to ask a simple, but demanding question: What’s the Best Broadway Can Be? The reason we think this is an important question to […]

        Share and Enjoy

          Read More

          Advice from an Online Retailer to Offline Retailers

          By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

          People love buying things, and they really love buying things when the experience is interesting and fun in and of itself.  I know this from years of experience, working in e-commerce for practically the entire history of the business and before that, working in offline commerce (which then was just called commerce, I suppose.) So […]

          Share and Enjoy

            Read More

            Radioactive Tomatoes in Your Basket

            By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

            A few weeks ago, I asked what for me has become a question in which I have an ongoing interest: when you buy a ticket to live entertainment, what are you really getting? In fact, I can’t say much, but I can tell you that Goldstar Laboratories is working on digging into the answer to […]

            Share and Enjoy

              Read More

              Innovation, Recessions and More Stuff

              By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

              I don’t think I shared this link already on the site, so I’ll pass it along now.  Here’s a little preview of my musings: “Innovation is really only innovation if it serves a need that customers have or gives them something they want. Our job is not to find buyers for our tickets, it’s to […]

              Share and Enjoy

                Read More

                Bankruptcy: The Killer Cure

                By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

                Thomas Cott used the subject line of his daily email today to ask the question “Is bankruptcy the answer for arts money woes?” His collection of stories in today’s email are, as always, fascinating and diverse. But since none of them is a direct answer to the question, I thought I’d take it on.  I’m […]

                Share and Enjoy

                  Read More

                  Beck is a Crazy Genius

                  By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

                  As a further demonstration of the ascendance of live entertainment, Beck’s next “album” will be made available only in sheet music form. This is an incredibly cool idea.  Here’s what his website says about it: “In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only […]

                  Share and Enjoy

                    Read More

                    Don’t Buy the Refrigerator!

                    By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

                    Have you ever heard of FailCon?  Just like it sounds, it’s a conference about failure, or to be more precise “for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.”  I love it! Anyway, in addition to the conference, they have a blog and they asked me […]

                    Share and Enjoy

                      Read More