Dave Meyer http://www.kplu.org en What New CEO Satya Nadella's Microsoft Might Look Like http://www.kplu.org/post/what-new-ceo-satya-nadellas-microsoft-might-look <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When </span><a href="http://www.stratnews.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Strategic News Service</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> publisher Mark Anderson made his </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/exciting-new-year-technology" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">predictions for 2014</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he included a “new Microsoft that no one expected.”</span></p><p>With the promotion of Satya Nadella to CEO and Bill Gates as technology advisor, Mark says his prediction is about halfway to fruition.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 13479 at http://www.kplu.org What New CEO Satya Nadella's Microsoft Might Look Like Parting Words of Wisdom from Financial Commentator Greg Heberlein http://www.kplu.org/post/parting-words-wisdom-financial-commentator-greg-heberlein <p></p><p>When Money Matters first aired on KPLU&nbsp;some 7 years ago, we were speculating about whether the housing bubble was going to burst, and wondering if we were heading into a recession. It's certainly been a wild ride since then.</p><p>All good things must come to an end, and it's time to bid farewell to financial commentator Greg Heberlein. For our final show, we leave you with some advice to keep in mind going forward.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 12534 at http://www.kplu.org Parting Words of Wisdom from Financial Commentator Greg Heberlein Resolve To Manage Your Money Better In 2014 http://www.kplu.org/post/resolve-manage-your-money-better-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No matter how financially savvy you are, there’s always room for improvement.</span></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 11957 at http://www.kplu.org Resolve To Manage Your Money Better In 2014 An Exciting New Year For Technology http://www.kplu.org/post/exciting-new-year-technology <p>A new and improved Microsoft.</p><p>Lower prices for smartphones and tablets.</p><p>A big emphasis on data encryption.</p><p>These are just a few of the developments <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/">Strategic News Service</a> publisher Mark Anderson sees happening in 2014.</p><p>Mark shared 3 of his 10 predictions on the air with&nbsp;KPLU's Dave Meyer. With his permission, we present the entire list below:</p><p><strong>Siris into silos.&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 12032 at http://www.kplu.org An Exciting New Year For Technology The Stock Market Thrives On Uncertainty http://www.kplu.org/post/stock-market-thrives-uncertainty <p>It is said the stock market climbs a wall of worry. Well, it was a really, really, big wall this year. &nbsp;</p><p>Financial commentator Greg Heberlein groups the worries into three categories: Economic, Political and Market.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 11705 at http://www.kplu.org The Stock Market Thrives On Uncertainty Crunching the Numbers Surrounding Bitcoin Fever http://www.kplu.org/post/crunching-numbers-surrounding-bitcoin-fever <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Have you been swept up in </span>bitcoin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> mania?</span></p><p>Bitcoins purchased at the beginning of this year were valued at $13.50. As of Dec. 9, they were trading at close to $900. That’s a rise of more than 6000 percent!</p><p>Many folks are eyeing the virtual currency as an easy way to make huge profits. But KPLU financial commentator Greg Heberlein urges caution. Bitcoin prices may very well continue their march into the stratosphere. Or the bubble could burst.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 11529 at http://www.kplu.org Crunching the Numbers Surrounding Bitcoin Fever Pads Trump Smartphones This Holiday Season http://www.kplu.org/post/pads-trump-smartphones-holiday-season <p></p><p>T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he holiday season will be great for pads and tablets, but not so great for smartphones, says&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.stratnews.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Strategic News Service</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;publisher Mark Anderson.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:09:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 11235 at http://www.kplu.org Pads Trump Smartphones This Holiday Season Tableau Software is one of Seattle's Fastest Growing Companies http://www.kplu.org/post/tableau-software-one-seattles-fastest-growing-companies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the Center of the Universe, Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, stands </span><a href="http://www.tableausoftware.com/trial/tableau-software?cid=701600000005cS4&amp;ls=Paid%20Search&amp;lsd=Google%20AdWords%20-%20Tableau%20-%20Free%20Trial&amp;adgroup=Tableau%20-%20Software%20Exact&amp;kw=tableau%20software&amp;adused=21156972255&amp;distribution=search&amp;gclid=CKD-37Ct77oCFQpBQgodxCEA6g" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Tableau Software</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tableau is 10 years old and has been a publicly owned company for just six months. It’s growing fast.&nbsp;In just the past three years, employment has gone from fewer than 200 to more than 1,000.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Financial commentator Greg Heberlein&nbsp;says Tableau is a company that local investors should keep their eyes on.</span></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 11133 at http://www.kplu.org Tableau Software is one of Seattle's Fastest Growing Companies Microsoft Board Member Faces Scrutiny http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-board-member-faces-scrutiny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Microsoft holds its annual meeting Nov. 19, shareholders will finish voting for the company’s&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/exec/bod.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">board of directors</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Usually it’s a straightforward affair, but this time, the candidacy of </span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/bod/thompson/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">John W. Thompson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be closely examined.</span></p><p>Recently, a company that advises major shareholders on corporate governance urged shareholders to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/29/us-microsoft-board-idUSBRE99R12U20131029" target="_blank">vote against Thompson</a>.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10982 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft Board Member Faces Scrutiny Where Do Bright Ideas Come From? http://www.kplu.org/post/where-do-bright-ideas-come <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientific breakthroughs and profitable businesses all start the same way: someone comes up with a bright idea.</span></p><p>Our education system teaches people what to do with that idea. Scientists will test it with experiments. Entrepreneurs will develop business plans.</p><p>Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson says what’s missing is teaching people how to come up with the right ideas in the first place.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 10635 at http://www.kplu.org Where Do Bright Ideas Come From? Don’t Throw Away That Old Stock Certificate! http://www.kplu.org/post/don-t-throw-away-old-stock-certificate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not uncommon for heirs to stumble across old stock certificates when disposing of an estate. What should you do with them?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If the stock is for a recognized company that’s still in business, your task is relatively easy. If there’s no </span>cancellation<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stamp on the certificate, any brokerage can cash it in for you (but you’ll need to provide the necessary paperwork proving you inherited it).</span></p><p>If you don’t recognize the company name and can’t find it online, then you have some work to do. We’ll help you get started.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10531 at http://www.kplu.org Don’t Throw Away That Old Stock Certificate! Could You Fall for a Ponzi Scheme? http://www.kplu.org/post/could-you-fall-ponzi-scheme <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If a financial adviser offers you a quick way to double your money, should you go for it?</span></p><p>Hold on to your wallet! The bigger the promised return, the more skeptical you should be.</p><p>On this week&rsquo;s Money Matters, Greg Heberlein looks at Ponzi schemes and how to avoid them.</p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10457 at http://www.kplu.org Could You Fall for a Ponzi Scheme? Why Buy U.S. Savings Bonds? http://www.kplu.org/post/why-buy-us-savings-bonds <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Are U.S. savings bonds still a worthwhile investment?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KPLU financial commentator Greg </span>Heberlein<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> thinks so.</span></p><p>Even with all the government shutdown shenanigans in Washington, D.C., Greg says savings bonds are still one of the safest investments you can buy.</p><p>In addition to safety, savings bonds are ideal for savers of modest means who need to sock a few dollars away each month. You can buy a savings bond for as little as $25.</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10316 at http://www.kplu.org Why Buy U.S. Savings Bonds? Microsoft at a Crossroads http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-crossroads <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Microsoft CEO Steve </span>Ballmer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/aug13/08-23announcementpr.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">will retire</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sometime in the next 12 months, and there’s plenty of speculation about who will succeed him.</span></p><p>But <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/" target="_blank">Strategic News Service </a>publisher and KPLU technology commentator Mark Anderson says there are more important issues at stake.</p><p>Before making that new hire, Mark says Microsoft needs to do two things: refocus its brand, and restructure its top level of management.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 10088 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft at a Crossroads Death and IRAs http://www.kplu.org/post/death-and-iras <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You've worked hard to fund your golden years with an Individual Retirement Account (</span><a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Publication-590,-Individual-Retirement-Arrangements-(IRAs)" style="line-height: 1.5;">IRA</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">). But what happens to that money when you die?</span></p><p>Well, since you won't be around, maybe you're not worried about it. But financial commentator Greg Heberlein says a little planning now can make things easier on your loved ones down the road.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Greg Heberlein 10025 at http://www.kplu.org Death and IRAs