viernes, marzo 07, 2008


T. J. Rodgers es uno de los emprendedores mas visionarios del mundo.

Tambien es el autor de una defensa magistral de la economia de libre mercado. Todo fue a raiz de la carta que recibio de una monja, Doris Gormley, la cual le pidio que incluyera mas mujeres y miembros de minorias en la junta directiva de sus empresa, Cypress Superconductor.

La respuesta es MAGISTRAL y aqui hay algunos extractos:

The semiconductor business is a tough one with significant competition from the Japanese, Taiwanese, and Koreans. There have been more corporate casualties than survivors. For that reason, our Board of Directors is not a ceremonial watchdog, but a critical management function. The essential criteria for Cypress board membership are as follows:
  • Experience as a CEO of an important technology company.
  • Direct expertise in the semiconductor business based on education and management experience.
  • Direct experience in the management of a company that buys from the semiconductor industry.

A search based on these criteria usually yields a male who is 50-plus years old, has a Masters degree in an engineering science, and has moved up the managerial ladder to the top spot in one or more corporations. Unfortunately, there are currently few minorities and almost no women who chose to be engineering graduate students 30 years ago. (That picture will be dramatically different in 10 years, due to the greater diversification of graduate students in the '80s.) Bluntly stated, a "woman's view" on how to run our semiconductor company does not help us, unless that woman has an advanced technical degree and experience as a CEO. I do realize there are other industries in which the last statement does not hold true. We would quickly embrace the opportunity to include any woman or minority person who could help us as a director, because we pursue talent -- and we don't care in what package that talent comes.


I presume you believe your organization does good work and that the people who spend their careers in its service deserve to retire with the necessities of life assured. If your investment in Cypress is intended for that purpose, I can tell you that each of the retired Sisters of St. Francis would suffer if I were forced to run Cypress on anything but a profit-making basis. The retirement plans of thousands of other people also depend on Cypress stock -- $1.2 billion worth of stock -- owned directly by investors or through mutual funds, pension funds, 401k programs, and insurance companies. Recently, a fellow 1970 Dartmouth classmate wrote to say that his son's college fund ("Dartmouth, Class of 2014," he writes) owns Cypress stock. Any choice I would make to jeopardize retirees and other investors from achieving their lifetime goals would be fundamentally wrong.

  • Consider charitable donations. When the U.S. economy shrinks, the dollars available to charity shrink faster, including those dollars earmarked for the Sisters of St. Francis. If all companies in the U.S. were forced to operate according to some arbitrary social agenda, rather than for profit, all American companies would operate at a disadvantage to their foreign competitors, all Americans would become less well off (some laid off), and charitable giving would decline precipitously. Making Americans poorer and reducing charitable giving in order to force companies to follow an arbitrary social agenda is fundamentally wrong.
  • A final point with which you will undoubtedly disagree: Electing people to corporate boards based on racial preferences is demeaning to the very board members placed under such conditions, and unfair to people who are qualified. A prominent friend of mine hired a partner who is a brilliant, black Ph.D. from Berkeley. The woman is constantly insulted by being asked if she got her job because of preferences; the system that creates that institutionalized insult is fundamentally wrong.


En su dia la Generalitat Valenciana creo el Hospital de la Ribera, gestionado por una entidad privada. Los progres papanatas de siempre se quejaron.

Ahora ya no tanto.

El Hospital de la Ribera es elegido mejor centro general de España por quinta vez

Se ha valorado, entre otros aspectos, la reducción de la estancia

El Hospital de la Ribera ha conseguido, por quinta vez en siete años desde su apertura, ser calificado como el mejor Gran Hospital General”. La consultora internacional encargada del estudio ha valorado, entre otros aspectos, el hecho de que el centro de la Ribera haya logrado una estancia media inferior de 4,71 días.


Buenas noticias sobre Irak...en EL PAIS. Cagate lorito.

Mas sobre las chorradas de Naomi Klein y su ultimo libro

Ms. Klein's rhetoric is ridiculous. For instance, she attaches import to the fact that the word "tank" appears in the label "think tank." In her book, free market advocates are tarred with the brush of torture, because free market advocates often support unpopular policies, and torture also often supports unpopular policies. Clearly, by her tactic of freewheeling association, free market advocates must support torture. Often Ms. Klein's proffered connections are so impressionistic and so reliant on a smarmy wink to the knowing that it is impossible to present them, much less critique them, in the short space of a book review.

Rarely are the simplest facts, many of which complicate Ms. Klein's presentation, given their proper due. First, the reach of government has been growing in virtually every developed nation in the world, including in America, and it hardly seems that a far-reaching free market conspiracy controls much of anything in the wealthy nations. Second, Friedman and most other free market economists have consistently called for limits on state power, including the power to torture. Third, the reach of government has been shrinking in India and China, to the indisputable benefit of billions. Fourth, it is the New Deal — the greatest restriction on capitalism in 20th century America and presumably beloved by Ms. Klein — that was imposed in a time of crisis. Fifth, many of the crises of the 20th century resulted from anti-capitalistic policies, rather than from capitalism: China was falling apart because of the murderous and tyrannical policies of Chairman Mao, which then led to bottom-up demands for capitalistic reforms; New Zealand and Chile abandoned socialistic policies for freer markets because the former weren't working well and induced economic crises.


Algunos tienen madera de profetas, mirad lo que decia la SGAE en 2004:

La SGAE dice que Internet desaparecerá si no se respeta la Propiedad Intelectual porque carecerá de contenidos

El responsable de la Oficina de Defensa de la Propiedad Intelectual de la Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE), Pedro Farré, ha advertido que "si los derechos de Propiedad Intelectual no se protegen, la red de redes desaparecerá porque no tendrá contenidos".

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Blogger Smart Customer said...

Muy grande lo de Mr. Rodgers

9:51 a. m.  

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