Business History Podcast and Video

Business History Podcast and Video

Friends of Business History, I have been doing a lot of podcasts and interviews recently.  I always make plenty of historical references.  But when they are primarily about the present and future, I put them up on my other website, https://hooversworld.com/ and...
Student Essay Contest $3,000 First Prize

Student Essay Contest $3,000 First Prize

The American Business History Center is proud to introduce our first annual Business History Essay Contest for High School Students. This is a chance for students to learn about businesses and how they are built, that they are human ventures and have human stories and...
Upcoming Event on Sun March 7 at 9 PM EST

Upcoming Event on Sun March 7 at 9 PM EST

Tune in to the History Channel on Sunday, March 7, at 9 PM Eastern time, to see my appearance in their series The Food That Made America in an episode about “the Cola Wars.” I will see it at the same time you do, so I make no predictions about how nice I will look or...
What Became of My Stockbroker?

What Became of My Stockbroker?

Few industries have seen as many acquisitions, mergers, and name changes as the American stock brokerage and investment banking industries.  Perhaps only the equally old railroad industry has seen more such activity.  These firms have been called wire houses...
Venture Capital: A History

Venture Capital: A History

This post was originally published by Advisor Perspectives, http://www.advisorperspectives.com, under the title, “The History and Future of Venture Capital Investing,” on July 8, 2019. Is venture capital a good investment? For long periods in the past, the best VC...
Student Essay Contest $3,000 First Prize

Help Us Engage Young People!

It has never been a more important time to engage young people in the free enterprise system, for them to learn about businesses and how they are built, that they are human ventures and have human stories and attributes.  Big businesses grow from small seeds.  Even...
Three Fun Books on Business History

Three Fun Books on Business History

Some of us still have too much time alone and at home, so it is a good time to get some reading in.  In a prior newsletter, we recommended Alfred Chandler’s Visible Hand as the single most important book to read on business history.  Anyone who is literate about...
What Became of My Bank?

What Became of My Bank?

No industry has seen more name changes and mergers and acquisitions than America’s banking industry.  Many people don’t realize that BankAmerica, Chase Manhattan, JP Morgan, and Wells Fargo – all among the ten largest banks thirty years ago – were each absorbed...
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