Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Best Ads We Ever Made at Chrysler


The Best Jeep Ads We made

Here are several of the Jeep ads of which I am most proud:



"Jenny 2" or "Parking Space"

"Seal Pup"

"Muddy Faces"

"Polar Bear"

Grand Cherokee SRT8

And here are two that we did not make, but inspired us, and indeed led us to hire back Gary Topolewski.

"Snow Covered"
"Hand of God"

Monday, March 21, 2016

Why I oppose Light Rail through Kirkland in ST3

First, Kirkland is unlike other parts of the transit plan.  It contains 10+ Natural Growth Protection Environments (Wetlands) that will be permanently altered and potentially destroyed by the Sound Transit plan.  I'm shocked by the intellectual hypocrisy of those promoting transit in the name of global warming and the ignorance of or cavalier attitude towards this environmental disaster.  Moreover, this section of the former BNSF rail is narrow with precarious curves.  The amount of construction required to place rail with overhead electric wires, with or without bike and walking paths, will exceed the $1.5 billion dollars -- and remember, the system will move 5,000 people per day (and if you doubt that, ride the train to SEATAC....alone).  Second, whether the citizens of Kirkland successfully oppose having other parts of King County impose something upon them or not, it is the right of the people to be heard.  ST3 may well pass with light rail through Kirkland, but that does not mean it is best for Kirkland.  Calling people names -- wealthy NIMBYs -- is divisive, and the first sign of  tyranny.   The brown shirts in Germany or the early Bolsheviks in Russia also used name-calling to separate out their targeted enemy.  Class warfare is against property rights and freedom of speech.  Those that oppose hate crimes need to stop and recognize what the emotional and intellectual origins of class warfare really are.  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, our great nation and each citizen therein, must maintain a steadfast connection between authority and accountability. It is easy to "spend other people's money."  It is easy to benefit from another's loss.  But with rights come obligations -- that is the foundation of contractual law, and the Constitution, both federal and state, is a social contract.  Beginning with the belief that you "know the heart and intent" of another is both folly and dangerous.  Listening and respecting other opinions is the best means to grow personally and to begin to forge a positive, and mutually agreeable outcome.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

The Gig Economy

There is more and more conversation around three big trends -- the sharing economy, the gig economy and disruptive business models. I have previously written here about the first trend (, and now wish to turn my attention to the 2nd.

As I previously argued, the sharing economy is based upon underutilized assets.  EBay, Craigslist and Amazon created markets to sell "old stuff you don't want anymore." Uber and AirBnB extended this trend by adding the abiltiy to rent underutilized assets; namely cars and apartments.  So what is the "gig economy" and how does it relate?

I had an epiphany this week, but now it seems self-evident.  The "gig economy" is the "sharing economy" where underutilized physical assets or capital are replaced in the model with underutilized human capital.

When you think about, you see a bunch of creative people earning money moonlighting outside their day jobs.  Looking further still across other skills, Etsy let's arts and crafts hobbyist monetize their wares.  Don't have a skill?  TaskRabbit simply offers people with free time and a strong back the chance to earn some extra money.  The interesting overlap between sharing and gig economies is when the automobile is involved. Uber and Lyft (taxis), Caviar (food delivery), Instacart (groceries), and Postmates (courier) all take idle labor and match it with a car to create value.

This fundamental understanding is important as policy makers consider what is an independent contractor (or 1099 status).  The sharing economy is about utilizing assets more efficiently through expanded markets and marketplaces.  The gig economy is about liberating talent and labor to be applied more productively for both the provider and the consumer.

Monday, June 15, 2015

CEOs in Focus - Jeff Bell - LegalShield

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014: Let's Remember 1863

I want to wish everyone the happiest of Thanksgiving holidays.  

As the United States faces both challenges and opportunities, especially in light of the recent events, I wanted to remind everyone of this origin of this national celebration.  It came from President Abraham Lincoln, in the midst of the Civil War, and he asked that we give thanks "with one heart and one voice" for the "gracious gifts of the Most High God."  I share his words below.

Let us give thanks for our families, our friends, our communities and our country; but let us also embrace the challenges we face as a nation and know that at LegalShield, what we do will make a difference -- "To provide equal access to the Liberty, Equality, Opportunity and Justice that every North American deserve and expect."

May God bless and keep you, Jeff


A Proclamation: October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and provoke their aggressions, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stated States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
Abraham Lincoln