Returning to his biz, Bloomberg gets into the nitty grittyHe had struggled to find the paper towel dispensers, artfully hidden behind the mirrors in the company bathrooms, so he had them labeled with arrows. Emails between staff members are marked with the time the employee entered the office, a measure that has been reinstated since Mr. Bloomberg returned and that some suspect is intended to encourage employees to arrive earlier (or to shame them for arriving late). In a memo, he asked his staff members to make sure their security cards do not cover their name badges so that he can identify them more easily.
Bloomberg's new siteBut the only unifying quality to Bloomberg Business worth mentioning is the name Bloomberg, and that isn’t enough to lure me back. The site reminds me of a modern version of the mid-1990s Pathfinder portal, built by Time Warner to aggregate all of its magazine journalism. The site failed miserably because, like this iteration of Bloomberg Business, it was too wide and too deep of a river to swim.
Wall Street firms led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc are close to buying a stake in chat and instant messaging startup Perzo Inc in pursuit of an alternative to a similar application from Bloomberg LP, sources familiar with Goldman's plans said. Banks are trying to cut costs as sluggish trading volumes and higher regulation weigh on revenues. Bloomberg has dominated messaging on Wall Street for years, but its application is part of a data, trading and news terminal that costs about $20,000 a year. The Perzo applications are free.