7 billion lives

7 Billion ActionsIf there’s one thing that can be said about this highly connected world that we – as members of the “developed countries” – live in it is that technology has afforded us the ability to “shrink” the planet.  As recently as 20 years ago a comparatively small number of people had email addresses or used the Internet and the Web as we know it was non-existent.  If you wanted knowledge you went to a library and if you were in search of news you could pick up a newspaper or watch your local newscast.  Today there are seemingly limitless options for understanding what is going on in far flung places like Tuvalu, Malta, or Palau.  Additionally, we have a higher degree of exposure to the terrible plights that face many people in the “developing countries” such as civil war, drought, famine, and disease. Continue reading

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Most popular “ideas worth spreading”

PostRank, the recent Google acquisition in the real-time social-networking data analytics space, recently compiled a list of the most popular TED presentations.  The experiment aims to see which speakers are most popular by topic (i.e., technology, entertainment, business, etc.) and network (i.e., Twitter, Delicious, Facebook, Reddit, etc.).  There are a few surprises but I don’t think it stunned anyone to see that Pranav Mistry’s talk on Sixth Sense was first in the Technology and Design categories (I was pretty impressed when I saw him at Cognizant Community 2011) or that Julian Assange was strongly favored in Global Issues. Continue reading

Marketing is about values

Above is a great video of Steve Jobs about the role of values and passion in marketing when he returned to Apple in 1997 following the management upset and ouster of Gil Amelio. Continue reading

Qwikster, D.O.A.

Following two tumultuous months of bad press, customer cancellations, and investor ire today Netflix decided to cancel plans to spin off the DVD home delivery business.  Last month CEO Reed Hastings upset customers by forcing customers to swallow a (relatively) large monthly price-hike or choose between home delivery or streaming.  This move triggered a customer exodus (over 1 million subscribers have left the service) and sent Netflix shares into a tailspin.  In a move that some analysts called the “dumbest” they had ever seen a company make, Netflix then announced that they were splitting the businesses entirely and Qwikster was born. Continue reading

The age of robotic warfare

Wired for WarA military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself.

P. W. Singer’s previous two books foretold the rise of private military contractors and the advent of child soldiers – predictions that proved all too accurate. Now, he explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb – the advent of robotic warfare. Continue reading

LinkedIn InMaps

I’m a sucker for elegant data visualization tools so when I saw LinkedIn InMaps in January it was love at first sight. InMaps is a LinkedIn Labs visualization experiment that allows users to view their entire network in a consolidated, color-coded map. For example, below you will find my entire LinkedIn network (1,090 contacts as of October 7, 2011). Continue reading

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011As many will attest, I am the furthest thing from an Apple “fanboy” (i.e., a rabid disciple of Apple’s goods and services) but one cannot deny the transformative genius that was Steve Jobs.  His list of contributions to technology and innovation are almost too long to list: revolutionizing the personal computer, creating the first mainstream portable digital audio player, delivering on the promise of online digital media, shattering the boundaries of the smart phone paradigm, and finally “cracking the code” of the tablet computer. Continue reading

Apple’s age of entanglement

“Entanglement” is one of the proverbial holy grails to which businesses aspire in their customer interactions.  Essentially it is simply a snappy way of describing a deeply integrated relationship that makes it difficult for customers of a given business to leave for a competitor.  In the business-to-consumer world tens of billions of dollars are spent annually to attract customers and the trick then becomes retaining them. Continue reading

Watch the Apple iPhone event – live!

Watch the Apple iPhone event – live! || “Apple iPhone 4S / 5 event live blog LIVE” http://ow.ly/6NdKH

In a two-hour event this morning at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters many people had expected the tech giant to unveil a completely new version of its adored iPhone.  The company spent the first 55 minutes recapping their overwhelming success over the past several months and years, as well as unveiling several new features that will be in the new version of their mobile operating system (iOS).  Critics and fans alike halfheartedly clapped their way through these announcements as most of them had been unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.  When the moment had finally arrived to unveil the new iPhone it was not the iPhone 5 but rather a 4S that was revealed. Continue reading