NEW YORK – While private equity continues its long-running obsession with the high-tech sector—pumping cash into start-ups with zero history and names like Jive, Aerohive and Hadoop—one category has been woefully neglected and fully ripe for profit making today: a low-tech sector with more familiar monikers like Hai Karate, Modess,MORE HERE

We get so obsessed with technology in advertising that we forget that it is still advertising. So it is great to see it when a simple advertising concept arrives. One such concept is Sarasota’s I Pedal Ads, a bicycle-powered billboard. In most areas, zoning and sign restrictions have become soMORE HERE

PHILADELPHIA – The ad agency Gyro Worldwide is now Quaker City Mercantile. They have a bold goal, namely to “recapture Philadelphia’s mighty industrial past and weave a new version of this greatness into its future.” The company will still do advertising, but will also begin making products, hence the”Mercantile” name.MORE HERE

Wiley, Start With the Answer: And other Wisdom for Aspiring Leaders, by Bob Seelert, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken. $24.95 CEO autobiographies and the like are often out of touch, filled with overly obvious advice that would only be useful if you are the CEO. After reading one, you justMORE HERE

Who sees the future of brands on the Internet the best? Frankly, nobody can be sure. But I have two favorites that I have come across in the last few months, namely David Payne, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Short Tail Media, and Yves Darbouze, CEO & Creative Director ofMORE HERE

Want a crazy inflatable? Contact Inflatable Images, the company that makes all manner of inflatable things. From NASA rockets to monsters to dinosaurs, if you can imagine it as an inflatable, they will create it. The company has a big market in college sports, as well as consumer products. ButMORE HERE

Bob Seelert, the author of Start with the Answer: And Other Wisdom for Aspiring Leaders gives some advice to BrandlandUSA readers with an excerpt from his new book. We are glad to reprint it, as there is some good stuff there and  they were gracious enough to let us haveMORE HERE

NEW YORK – The branding firm Graj + Gustavsen said that Founding Partner Simon Graj has been named to Intellectual Asset Management magazine’s inaugural list of the World’s 250 Leading Intellectual Property Strategists. The IAM 250 – A Guide to the World’s Leading IP Strategists debuted in the publication’s AprilMORE HERE

Great ads have one thing in common. They sell things. Things like products, services, ideas or lifestyles. If they don’t do this directly, they are memorable enough to influence a consumer at the time he or she makes a purchase.Bad ads are brand poison. If you go public with aMORE HERE