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Living in glass houses can be a good thing

Bill Coffin | March 21, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Bloomberg Tower, the corporate headquarters for the Bloomberg financial media empire. It was an impressive place, to say the least. When you enter, the main area for greeting visitors kind of looks like the world’s nicest airport waiting lounge, if we actually lived in a world where airports were fundamentally designed to be places of comfort and elegance. As soon as you enter, you are greeted by a huge open-air pantry where visitors and employees alike are encouraged to take whatever they want to eat or drink. Anthropologists say that we take each other out on dates because a fundamental aspect of building relationships is through the sharing of food. Bloomberg understands this.

As I went through the building, I got to see a pretty cool exhibit that displayed every generation of the famous Bloomberg terminals on which Michael Bloomberg built his empire. I remember when I first worked with one of these terminals in the early 1990s...

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