Author Archives: Michael Katz

To Xfinity And Beyond

The first concert I ever attended was on June 3, 1978 at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Unfortunately, the performer was Bruce Springsteen. I say unfortunately, because as any number of rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasts will tell you, Bruce Springsteen just may be the best live performer on Earth. And so after experiencing his speaker-climbing, story-telling, crowd-surfing, three-plus-hour extravaganza, I simply assumed this was the norm for live concerts. Listen To This Post That was a big mistake. Seeing Springsteen […] Click to read more…

 

Cover Of The Rolling Stone

I subscribe to just two print magazines: Inc., because it helps me build my business. Rolling Stone, because it helps me appear cool in front of my children (although I’m pretty sure I lost that battle at “print magazines”). Rolling Stone covers music, of course. But there is also, usually, an article about somebody otherwise famous. Listen To This Post Last month’s featured famous person was comedian Chris Rock. There’s something about stand-up comedy that I find endlessly fascinating. In […] Click to read more…

 

What LeBron James Can’t Teach You

This time of year, in this part of the world, it’s pretty hard not to hear about LeBron James. For those unaware, LeBron James is considered by many to be the best basketball player on the face of the Earth. (As someone who is not even considered the best basketball player in his immediate family, I find this quite impressive.) And so with the NBA playoffs in full swing – and with LeBron and his teammates headed to the finals […] Click to read more…

 

The Heart Of The Matter

“In the factory we make cosmetics; in the drugstore we sell hope.” Charles Revson Five years ago this month, I had emergency heart surgery. It was totally unexpected. (That was the emergency part.) I’d been having chest tightness for a few years whenever I exercised, but none of the medical professionals I consulted seemed to think it was anything serious. But then one morning, I got back from a run and had a very strong urge to go to sleep. […] Click to read more…

 

How Ample Is Your Sample?

Well this is certainly embarrassing. It all began with my office chair – I’ve had the same one since the day I started my company in 2000. And it’s been great. It’s one of those fake leather, cushy office chairs on wheels with a couple of arm rests. But lately, it’s been sending me warning signals… It squeaks so much that when I’m recording something I have to stay perfectly still. Listen To This Post The arm rests are all […] Click to read more…