October 28, 2012 |
When Andrew Conru founded a dating website called FriendFinder, he soon became frustrated by users uploading explicit videos. Conru spent many hours deleting clips of home pornography before realizing he had stumbled by chance on a profitable niche. He renamed the site Adult FriendFinder and later sold it for a reported $500 million. The role of simple luck in success is a fashionable topic. Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, concluded recently that there was little to learn from profiles of companies and chief executives, because their triumphs were more a case of serendipity than good judgment.
February 26, 2004 |
In basketball, free throws can make the difference in a game. In hockey, the power play provides the perfect chance for a team to attack an opponent's goal. Similarly, the water polo teams that take advantage of their six-on-five opportunities tend to enjoy the most success. Consider Chino Hills Ayala, which recently beat La Canada, 11-1, in a girls' playoff game. The Bulldogs scored six times in eight man-advantage chances and limited their opponent to one goal in 13 similar situations.
February 2, 2013 |
One is the reigning Major League Soccer most valuable player and the other should have won the award a year earlier. One leads the league in scoring over the last three seasons while the other leads the league in assists. But accolades and gaudy numbers aren't the only things Chris Wondolowski and Brad Davis share. Because despite their offensive prowess, neither has gotten much of a look from a U.S. national team that has often had trouble scoring. Wondolowski, 30, invited to his second consecutive winter training camp this year, played only sparingly in three friendlies for the U.S. in 2012.
March 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski was expected to announce his resignation Friday after nearly four years on the job, and one public-interest group isn't sad to see him go. Public Knowledge, which has pushed for more protections for consumers against large telecommunications companies, said Genachowski's tenure "can best be described as one of missed opportunities. " "The chairman had the opportunity, but declined, to take several important steps that would have promoted more robust competition in the wireline and wireless broadband markets," the group said.
March 3, 2011 |
Tom Bernard of Beverly Hills had been recently laid off from his engineering job when he received an e-mail in 2009 offering seminars to help him start a Web-based business. He had some misgivings, but the need to find a new job trumped them, and Bernard signed up. Several weeks later, the business was not turning a profit, but his credit card had sprouted a $12,000 charge from Ivy Capital Inc., which offered the seminars. On Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission said it had filed suit against Ivy Capital in Las Vegas, National Sales Group in Santa Barbara, Business Recovery Services in Mesa, Ariz.
September 7, 1991
Larry Smith is a nice man, but I wish he wouldn't give his coaching friends any more of these opportunities at my expense. JOE REGAN Los Angeles