February 07, 2005
Personality Types
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by Jack Horgan - Contributing Editor
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The plaintiffs pointed to clashes with other top executives, elitist behavior at company retreats, extravagant expenses such as $2 million office renovation and attempts to obtain a position with Sony Entertainment during his employment as legitimate reasons why he should not have been entitled to the severance package. They also produced internal memos written by Eisner that said "He (Ovitz) is a psychopath. Doesn't know right from wrong. Cannot tell the truth." Ovitz countered that he was not given sufficient support by Eisner and that the position was not as described. The Disney company and directors seem to be saying that while there were insufficient reasons to fire Ovitz “for cause”, the $140 million was well spent to get rid of him.

This case could have major repercussions on future liability for members of boards regarding executive compensation and severance packages. In the context of this article, it is clear that Michael Ovitz was not a good fit for Eisner and Disney, an expensive lesson for the company.

Testing personality types can also be used for match mating services. E-harmony is a firm that goes beyond the online dating services. E-harmony's proprietary matching model finds people who are compatible with clients taking into consideration 29 Dimensions that determine long-term success. These dimensions are broken down into the following 4 major categories Character & Constitution, Personality Emotional Makeup & Skills and Family & Values. Clients fill out a Relationship Questionnaire (~500 questions) and receive a free Personality Profile that shows how they are seen by others and highlights relationship strengths and weaknesses. The profile helps client learn more about themselves and their ideal partner and allowing the firm to match them with highly compatible singles. E-harmony places compatible persons in contact with one another, initially anonymously. The company charges $50 the first month and discounts for multiple month agreements.

The company began in April 2000. Today around 5 million have registered and there are probably 1 million active clients. On December 20th E-Harmony announced that it had raised $110 million in VC funding, more than enough to make an EDA startup jealous.



Do you feel richer?

According to the Commerce Department personnel income rose by 3.6% in December. This increase was due principally to a $32 billion dividend from Microsoft. This amount rivaled the $38 billion in federal tax rebate mailed out in 2001. This distribution of cash is not expected to result in any significant increase in consumer spending. The Commerce Department estimates that a quarter of the money will be distributed to businesses, state and local governments and foreign residents. Not everyone is a beneficiary. There are some very wealthy people among the stockholders of record. For example, Bill Gates is slated to receive about $3 billion. He has said that he intends to donate this to his charitable foundation.



Weekly Highlights

EDA News

CIMdata Praised Cimmetry's AutoVue For Enterprise-Wide Product Visualization AutoVue Enables Global Product Development

Synopsys Announces Support for SUSE LINUX With Galaxy Design and Discovery Verification Platforms

Mentor Graphics CEO to Speak at Merrill Lynch Conference

Chipidea Licenses Synopsys' Galaxy Design and Discovery Verification Platforms

Discretix Broadens its Mobile and Flash Security Solutions with Virage Logic's NOVeA(R) Embedded Memory

Synopsys and Altera Collaborate to Deliver ASIC-Strength Flow Supporting Altera's Stratix II FPGAs and HardCopy II Structured ASICs

SynaptiCAD and Actel Upgrade Libero IDE With Reactive Test Bench Generation

IP & SoC News

LSI Logic Launches ZSP(R) Foundry Program; Broadens Access to DSP Technology for Fabless Semiconductor Companies

LSI Logic Now Offering MPEG-4 aacPlus on ZSP(R) DSP Cores

Pericom Semiconductor Reports Fiscal Second Quarter Results

MagnaChip Semiconductor Introduces Source Driver ICs and Timing Controllers for Large LCD TVs

CEVA Announces Record Fourth Quarter Revenue and Earnings

TSMC 90 Nanometer Libraries Support Nexsys 90nm Production; Advanced Libraries Drive Faster Time to Volume, Better Yields

NVIDIA Announces Preliminary Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended January 30, 2005

Atmel Reports Financial Results for 2004 and the Fourth Quarter

Actel Announces Fourth Quarter 2004 Financial Results

Falanx' Single 2D/3D Graphics and Video Core Lowers Cost for Mobile Multimedia SoC Design

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Freescale Semiconductor Delivers Postage Stamp-Sized, Revolutionary Technology

WJ Communications Completes Acquisition of Telenexus, Inc.; Fourth Quarter Financial Results Now to be Released on February 17 After the Market Close

Atmel Announces First Fully-Configurable Single-Chip Smart Battery Solution

Analog Devices Expands Low-G MEMS Portfolio with 3-Axis Accelerometer Technology for Portable Applications

Global Semiconductor Sales Hit Record $213 Billion in 2004; Fourth-Quarter Sales Meet Expectations

Skyworks Integrates StarCore's Processor Technology; Digital Signal Processor a Key Building Block for New Wireless Products

Agere Systems Announces Network Processor Double Play That Can Save Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Millions of Dollars

LSI Logic Offers Industry's Fastest 440 MHz Synthesized MIPS32(R) 24Kf(TM) Processor Core With Reference Design

National Semiconductor Introduces World's First LVDS SerDes Chipset for Very High Temperature Analog Interface Applications

ElectriPHY Appoints Seasoned Semiconductor Executive to Top Leadership Post; Ray Farnham Named Chief Executive Officer

TSMC Reports 95% Increase in Record Year Profit Quarterly Net Income Reached NT$22 Billion

Conexant Meets Revised First Fiscal Quarter 2005 Performance Expectations; Company Records $141 Million in Revenues and Reduces Channel Inventory by Approximately $50 Million

Zarlink Semiconductor Releases Third Quarter Fiscal 2005 Results

LSI Logic Reports Double-Digit Top-Line Growth


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