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Mark Stevens Honored to Judge “Stevie” Awards

Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Tommy Jay

What better authority on what makes a business great? MSCO founder and CEO Mark Stevens will be on hand to judge the 12th annual American Business Awards, also known as the “Stevies.”
Coincidentally not named after Mark, the Stevie Awards recognize the best in business from around the country. Entrants are judged in many categories, including [...]

What’s the Buzz on Carl Icahn? Ask Mark Stevens

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 by Tommy Jay

Twenty-billion dollar man Carl Icahn has been in the news a lot recently. Whether it be about Oshkosh or Dell or Apple, the man knows how to work the Market.
Buzzfeed journalist Mariah Summers did just that in her latest article about Icahn, which goes into what happens to companies that don’t take Carl’s advice. MSCO [...]

Eyes Wide Open Into The Great Unknown

Thursday, May 12th, 2011 by Mark Stevens

In business today, everyone wants metrics. Prove to me with mathematical precision that the initiative you want to undertake will work. Will generate high ROI. From day one.

Sorry to rain on the fairy tale, but there is no such thing. Not if you want to grow, to innovate, to build an enterprise that takes the world by surprise, by storm, while everyone else is playing around with cookie cutter, paint by numbers, spreadsheet business strategies.

A Nation Of Cowards?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by Mark Stevens

America is the oldest enduring republic in the world. And the finest. By a mile and a half.

Its greatness has been driven by many, sung and unsung, rich and poor, black and white, men and women. But by none more so than by its soldiers of war and its army of entrepreneurs.

My Day With Hugh Hefner

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 by Mark Stevens

I remember the sleek black limo gliding through the wrought iron gates of the Bel Air mansion known to the Hollywood crowd as Playboy West.

I was arriving to spend a day talking business with Hugh Hefner. It turned out to be a far more complex and darkly intriguing experience than I expected it to be.

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