Sunday, December 26, 2010

People come into your life for a reason

Music: Native Spirit by Tomiko

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

— Unknown

Saturday, December 25, 2010

NLP- Modalities and Sub modalities

David Shephard explains two techniques to deal with self talk and zooming.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Howard Martin v. p. at the Heart Math Institute in N. Ca. discussing with Red Ice Creations Radio show host Henrik Palmgren talking about some of the philosophy and scientific discoveries made over the years at Heart Math.. Including how heart waves go out from ourselves possibly a great distance, but surely several feet , and has effects on others around us. 12-22-09 (for total interview visit Red Ice website(s) ! )

Kurt Wallander

Henning Mankell on Kurt Wallander, the famous Swedish inspector.

The Science of Miracles

Gregg Braden talks about the power of prayer, the holographic universe,thoughts, emotions, feelings, belief and how we each have the capacity to change the world around us giving us scientific experiments to support some of the things he talks about.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Intrinsic Value

Intrinsic value is not a target but more like a range depending on the following factors :

1. Assets

2. Cash

3. Dividends

4. Earnings

5. Prospects

Charlie Munger

Easiest way to get what you want is to deliver what you want. Getting deserved trust. Deliver what you want to buy.

There's no love that so right as admiration based love. Don't be in a diseased based love as in Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage.

Aquisition of wisdom is a duty. You must be a learning machine. Go to bed wiser than in the morning.

Alfred North Whitehead referred to rapid growth in civilisation due to invention. Only when you learn the method of learning can you progress. Half the time Warren Buffet spends reading and the other half talking with very talented individuals whom he trusts.

Values like the pathologist on bone tumour who took a sabbatical to work on his book 17 hours a day for a year to publish his 2000 copies of his book in all the cancer centres in the world.

Multi-disciplinary approach

Learn all the big ideas in all the big disciplines. Went through life practising this multi disciplinary approach, but keep your light under your bushel so that you don't cause offence to those who does know a lot but less than you. Cicero is famous for saying that the man who doesn't know what happened before he was born, is foolish. In addition to history, you need to know the big ideas in the other disciplines, but learn them in a way so that they are in your mental lattice and you are constantly using them. If you don't then you will live in the middle ranks or shadows.

Inversion will help you solve problems. What will really fail in life. Sloth and unreliability. Avoid sloth and unreliability. If you are unreliable it doesn't matter what your virtues are. Doing what you are faithfully engaged to do should be a part of your conduct.

Self pity is a disastrous mode of thought. This can drift into paranoia.

You should appeal to individual interest. Perverse incentives (quota of billable hours per year) or perverse associations ( working under people you do not admire) should be avoided.

Objectivity maintenance . Checklist routines avoid a lot of errors.

Non egality. John Wooden said to the bottom five that if you don't get to play , you spar. The top seven got to play and they did the more learning. The game of life is getting a lot of practice into the hands of those who tend to be learning machine. Get the power into the right people.

Max Planck went around Germany giving talks on Quantum mechanics. His chauffeur travelled with him and asked Planck if he could deliver the lecture this time ( he had memorised it).

The chauffeur of Max Planck gave the lecture.

'I am surprised that in an advanced city like Munich can ask such an elementary question. I will let my chauffeur answer that question.'

Planck knowledge - the person who does know it, they have paid the dues.

Chauffeur knowledge , learnt to prattle the talk. 'I have described all the politicians in the USA.'

Job is to to get the responsibilty into the hands of the Planck knowledge.

Intense interest in the subject is indispensable.

Have a lot of ass a do it. A two partnership rule:

Whenever we are behind in our committments to other people we will work 14 hours a day until we catch up.

Life will have horrible blows but it doesn't matter. The attitude of Epicetus was :

Every mischance in life was an opportunity to behave well., learn something and utilise the terrible blow and not to submit to self pity. Epicetus.

The thoughts of others..poem by Houseman. Like Houseman went through life anticipating troubles.

A seamless web of deserved trust

Proof is in the Proceeds

Proof is not in the pudding but in the proceeds. Donald Van de Mark explains.

Reality recognition tips include don't make snap judgements, resist categorisation ( root of -isms eg racism), pay attention to the pollster ie if a third person calls you an ass you are an ass. Argue using data, don't argue with the date .Always do your own analysis, Wall street has its own motivation, seek reality checks from those you admire.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Carl Jung on Death

Carl Gustav Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, influential thinker, and founder of analytical psychology. Here he speaks about Death and the Human Psyche.

The Black Swan

Who wants to live in a world of 90% probability

"Imagine a speck of dust next to a planet a billion times the size of earth. The speck of dust represents the odds in favour of your being born; the huge planet would be the odds against it. So stop sweating the small stuff. Don't be like the ingrate who got a castle as a present and worried about the mildew in the bathroom. Stop looking the gift horse in the mouth - remember you are a Black Swan.

Skills is essential ( from zero to upper middle class) but to go to billionaire , luck is essential to add to the skills.

Before the discovery of Australia swans were thought to be white. You cannot rule black swan because you haven't seen it.

His black swan is an event, the impact of the highly improbable. Perpectively unpredictable and retrospectively predictable.

The computer is a black swan, the rise of religion is a black swan, Harry Potter is a black swan

Illusion of control

Mother nature doesn't like leverage, mother nature doesn't like 'too big to fail'. Mother nature doesn't like debt.Debts versus spare parts. We all have two lungs, if economists had thier way it would be optimum allocation and we will have one lung. Mother nature doesn't like the ricardo concept.

Milkaholic - Great E trade advert from Grey, NY

Friday, December 03, 2010

Whats in a name?

Coca cola or Pepsi?

Blackberry or Palm?

Alliteration and rhyming is the key according to Eben Pagan.

The importance of the phonological loop as it bounces around for longer than the average couple of seconds and is addictive like a song that you cant get out of your mind.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Keith Rosen - Setting Expectations

Junoon Razi Imam

The powerful force of top achievers. A state of obsession, the inner energy that keeps us in a state of positive obsession that will give us maximum happiness.

1. Pure Inspiration

2. Sixth Sight

3. Fanatic Focus

4. Metaphysical Energy

5. Social Junoon

Monday, November 22, 2010

Walt Disney

1. Find something you love

2. Keep pushing the boundaries

3. Stay top of mind

Entrepreneurial Traits

Living with risk. Operating without a net. Entrepreneurism is a mindset not necessarily the founder.

Two types of entrepreneurs.

1. going to change the world, nobody has done it before

2. i recognise that enough people doing this, recognise its a crowded space, but i'm gonna copy them exactly and catch up with them by executing better and then i am going to innovate. Myspace copied Friendster and Facebook copied Myspace. 45:00

What is personal for you and what is it that you want to change in your life? 1:00:00

Mobile Apps Strategy and Marketing

May 27, 2010) Joe Hayashi covers mobile app product strategy and marketing from a business perspective.

Douglas Crockford

JavaScript Architect Douglas Crockford provides a comprehensive introduction to the JavaScript Programming Language in this four-part video. This is the first section of the four-part video.

Web Vision for Mobile

Palm executives including VP, Directors, and Senior Product Managers lead a course on mobile application development on the WebOS. Students have the unique opportunity to attain the technical knowledge needed to create their own apps, get insider information about the application submission process at companies like Apple and Palm, and network with various members of Palm's executive team.

Ben Galbraith then gives an overview of web application development.

Disruptive Innovation

Legendary innovation expert Clayton Christensen explains the reason why some people are more innovative than others.

Francis Ford Coppola on Risk

Five-time academy award director Francis Ford Coppola shares his views on life in this candid interview. He explains how he perceives risk taking to be a key element of living a truly fulfilling life.

Mark Zuckerberg at web 2.0 Summit

1. Move fast
2. Be Bold
3. Take risks

and how this is not a zero sum game.

Mary Meeker on Internet Trends at Web 2.0 Summit

Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley talks about internet trends, disruptive innovation and how Steve Jobs has the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist.

HTML5 or Native (SDK) Apps

Reto Meier and Michael Mahemoff

Best Practice for Building Android Applications

Stefan Sagmeister

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

Ogilvy Noor

Ogilvy Noor on Islamic Branding

Friday, November 19, 2010

Paul Mounsey & W B Yeats


by: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

BELOVED, gaze in thine own heart,
The holy tree is growing there;
From joy the holy branches start,
And all the trembling flowers they bear.
The changing colours of its fruit
Have dowered the stars with merry light;
The surety of its hidden root
Has planted quiet in the night;
The shaking of its leafy head
Has given the waves their melody,
And made my lips and music wed,
Murmuring a wizard song for thee.
There the Loves a circle go,
The flaming circle of our days,
Gyring, spiring to and fro
In those great ignorant leafy ways;
Remembering all that shaken hair
And how the wing├Ęd sandals dart,
Thine eyes grow full of tender care:
Beloved, gaze in thine own heart.

Gaze no more in the bitter glass
The demons, with their subtle guile,
Lift up before us when they pass,
Or only gaze a little while;
For there a fatal image grows
That the stormy night receives,
Roots half hidden under snows,
Broken boughs and blackened leaves.
For all things turn to barrenness
In the dim glass the demons hold,
The glass of outer weariness,
Made when God slept in times of old.
There, through the broken branches, go
The ravens of unresting thought;
Flying, crying, to and fro,
Cruel claw and hungry throat,
Or else they stand and sniff the wind,
And shake their ragged wings; alas!
Thy tender eyes grow all unkind:
Gaze no more in the bitter glass.

South African Digital Landscape

Why is Advertising Important?

Some senior people in advertising discusses the importance of advertising.

Projection Advertising

Emerald City Design, Sydney

Hyper Island, Sweden

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Peter Dixon Futurist Institutional blindness thinking outside the box, radical innovation or just benchmarking against competitors. Reducing risk and issues in the credit crunch / sub-prime crisis. Convergence v divergence. Business strategy development and leadership insight. How to bring fresh perspectives into the organisation. Secrets of successful business and winning competitive advantage. Finding new approaches in marketing, banking and financial services. Innovative teams and new products, processes and services. Change management new structures and ways of seeing things. by Futurist conference keynote speaker Patrick Dixon.

Trend hunter

Innovation keynote speaker Jeremy Gutsche is an innovation expert, futurist, trends expert, founder of and "one of North America's most requested keynote speakers." In this innovation keynote speech, Jeremy is speaking for 3,000 Meetings Professional International members sampling his: strategy, marketing and innovation keynote speech, Exploiting Chaos.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Babs Rangaiah

Babs' team works with all Unilever's Global Brands and their Agencies to infuse Media Strategy and Channel thinking into the creative development process. He shares his insights into what it takes to digitise a global organisation.

Broadcasting the fight on radio in the 20s was reframing the thinking. It was pioneering but he stayed with the idea.

80% of the guys used the mobile as an alarm clock and made an application to pick the girl of your choice and make her to wake you up.

Smile recognition software, and you get a free ice cream. ( Sapient)

Flora application- how old is your heart?

Babs Rangaiah

Babs' team works with all Unilever's Global Brands and their Agencies to infuse Media Strategy and Channel thinking into the creative development process. He shares his insights into what it takes to digitise a global organisation.

Natalie Massnet

There is No Answer

Being the one with the smart questions rather than answers. Tools like Facebook are great for asking questions.

Global Strategy

Case Study in Real Time Marketing

Say something conversational, say something interesting.

Turn advertising space into a game space. Launched a dozen sites linking them.

Think Marketing

interesting tension between traditional media and social media, bad advertising is dead.

All paving roads together, no set model, big ideas don't butcher them, keep searching.

Just do it don't wait until you completely making your mind up, or someone else will be eating your lunch. JFDI

Collaboration, opening your business up, clients working from the agency's offices energises the organisation and breeds business on both sides.

exhausting, interesting, engaging and inspiring.

How many have books, or digital or electrcity or marketing in their title? Before electricity used to be in title but so important that it has been dropped.

Google insight for example can see the poularity for example of 'maxi dress'.

What are people searching for? Look at google zeitgeist. For example if it is cholesterol, Flora brand can go there and give information. Or start a conversation, make the advertising space into a gaming space. Office Max suppliers tried elfyourself link where you an your family can put your photo on dancing elves.

A Business in Perpetual Beta

Jon Williams, Chief Digital Officer of Grey Digital gives his talk at Think Marketing.

Cannot use a cookie cutter approach.

Creative Director is more a mentoring rule. Empowering the teams to get on with the work with the quality assurance and quality control,

Open Teams- Client is at the heart. Brief, planner , creatives, word of mouth specialists, coders- creates collisions and serendipidity.

The idea is the constant thread.

Tinder=News=Potential Flame

Tinder is so entertaining or so useful that people want to get involved.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Personality not Included

Unique, authentic, talkable ( word of mouth element, want to tell somebody else about it)

The back story- the story of your brand.

Rohit's blog: Influential Marketing Blog:

David Lynch on Meditation

Seek the kingdom of heaven within?

Lynch gives some background on how he got involved in transcendental meditation and how it informs his consciousness and creativity.

When you are making something and this knowingness is flowing you just know.

You have to feel good to create something.

Its money in the bank for me- this meditation.

Ideas are like Fish

we are fishermen , we need patience and we need bait. Desire is the first bait, desire is on the hook and lower into the water. How deep it goes depends on your consciousness. If you catch one fish you will have more bait, and form a story in time, one fish at a time.

If we practice a technique that infuses the base of matter and mind to expand that consciousness we can go deeper.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Women IT Entrepreneurs

Working with the support of Microsoft, Trestle Group Foundation's Empowering Women IT Entrepreneurs Partnership Program supports Luna Shamsuddoha of Dohatec New Media -- a woman-led software company in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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Disney Tron Legacy Plus CokeZero

Livecycle mobile application to download. First location based mobile game.

Web application for Pilot

Enabling people to create their own digital handwriting.

Oglivy Fiesta Ad

Music by Pluxus, Transient

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Parle Lite Bon Bons

Dancing Sumos in great advert!

Aitel Ad Boat and the Girl

Airtel's new ad featuring a small school girl playing with a paper boat and her 5 Special Friends Rescues Her Boat

Moon River

Sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys

Moon River, wider than a mile,

I'm crossing you in style some day.

Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,

wherever you're going I'm going your way.

Two drifters off to see the world.

There's such a lot of world to see.

We're after the same rainbow's end--

waiting 'round the bend,

my huckleberry friend,

Moon River and me.

Leo Burnett group Predictions

Trend Predictions Report 2009 by Leo Burnett Group.

New Realism

Economic conditions will profoundly affect our cultural context moving forward. As our creative content becomes more tangible and honest in reflection, we will be forced to be more realistic about everything over the coming years. The human story will be one of value reflection and reassessment, as both our priorities and purchases are examined in light of what is truly meaningful to us. As the language of hopes and dreams is replaced by one of pragmatism and prudence, new value systems will emerge. We will be more open to expressions that are confident, secure, uplifting, connected, honest and progressive.

Hyper Reality

Major developments are now happening at lightning speed and changing status quos are revealed in real time with very real consequences. Governments will be judged by how they manage change and, ironically, by how much they bring about change itself has become the mantra of modern politics. Businesses will face major challenges to keep up with and evolve to meet peoples rapidly changing needs. As economies, societies and cultures are recast, the need to know whats next has never been greater.

The Trust Economy

Trust is set to become a critical success factor for brands in 2009. Where we place our trust is changing dramatically. In turbulent times we look to organisations that share our concerns, manage anxiety and take the lead. With the trust spectrum up for grabs, organisations that show they are going the extra mile for people will prosper. Supermarkets in particular have positioned themselves as consumer champions for some time and look set to benefit in this new era.

Eco Austerity

Being green was once costly, time consuming and a matter of conscience. A major juncture is about to be reached in the future of the planet as austerity turns the environmental case into an economic one. Energy efficiency saves money as well as the planet, and the uptake of this critical message is about to define our future development. The recession will hijack the green argument, turning it from a moral argument to an economic one.

While no media has ever replaced another, TV has been trapped in a corner for some time. In 2009 we will reach the tipping point for broadcast quality Internet Television. Yes, people have been watching TV online for some time, but watching TV on YouTube is not the most satisfying experience a bit like watching YouTube clips on TV. This year such painful experiences will become a thing of the past as media neutral TV finally goes mainstream.

Thread Marketing

In the future content will need to be free from central control and tradable in the new networks - tomorrows Facebook or Bebo. The aim will be not to drive people to a home page but to scatter diverse pieces of content in multiple contexts and thread them back to the brand. In this emerging era unifying ideas, brand logos or simple short codes will form the threads that link content together. As many adverts already carry URLs, in the future we will see bus ads linking to desktop widgets, on-pack promos leading to corporate-led films, and so on ad infinitum.

Generation Game

Video games used to be the preserve of disenchanted adolescents, but as gaming becomes a truly mass pursuit, soon we will all be part of Generation Game. With economic pressures set to encourage us homewards, the cultural clout of gaming will be further accelerated. The future of the medium is unlimited as the educational potential and social networking possibilities of games platforms are further explored. Gaming will be a fulcrum for future innovation across multiple areas.

The End of Fact

Perceived wisdom now changes on a daily basis and we should expect more contradictory opinions and diverse solutions being presented as definitive. Fact checking is becoming a thing of the past as online opinions blur the line between truth and hearsay. Authority will increasingly become a key communication metric and for media organisations editorial oversight will be a key differentiator. In a time when truth is more contested than ever, objectivity and impartiality will become rarefied and more in demand.

Brands as Vehicles

Brands are landing points; we follow our needs and invariably end up at a brand. This is all set to change. The brands of the future will be vehicles and not just destinations. The success stories of the last decade were built on this principle; Google and YouTube being the two most prominent human gateways. Our journey does not finish with Google and YouTube, thats where it starts. The days of the static brand are increasingly numbered, as they become a means and not an end. This is not just a new economy dynamic; all brands must take heed of this.

Credits: Ben Hourahine, Dan Bevis, Giles Hedger, Ian Robinson and Michael Jackson.

How Television Affects Brain Chemistry


In keeping with one of our trends for 2010—Visual Fluency, referring to the growing preference (and need) for a graphic synthesis of information vs. an avalanche of reading material—we've created an animation that encapsulates our 32-page report in less than two minutes.
To read more about our 10 Trends for 2010 or to purchase the report, visit

The Power of Simplicity

PSFK presents a series of how-to videos that explore the world of exceptional account planners. Through a series of interviews with top planners, they highlight the key skills planners need, and provide a clear picture of how these "rockstars" work.

In the second episode, the importance of storytelling and clear, inspiring communication is discussed.

Planners and Strategists

waht key skills a great planner needs today?

Rigour,good ideas, storytelling, communicate the idea and thers buy into it and raise their hands and say they want to be part of it.

Partners not only creative teams but come from all different areas

Great planners seem able to find threads in seemingly disconnected ideas and weave those ideas to add value.

Great planners are able to find what the clients customers wants and needs and crystallise it in a way that is useful for the client.

Simplify and able to make people feel through simplicity.Cut to the chase and cut through simplicity.

Ability to seduce people into the idea, get people excited. Articulate it in a seductive way.

One of the greatest qualities is humility and belief in giving ideas away, the ability to have a lightness of touch.

Articulate the salient points.Make it succint but relevant, dense and pithy.

The problem, the answer, the insight that led to the answer and the strategy used but in a clear succint manner ( how you solve problems, how you put ideas together) Short and sweet.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Rocky Story

The end scene encapsulated it all.

At the end of our lives if we can say that we took all the blows and lived our life with integrity and still prevailed. No man is an island and together you are invincible. When you have the right components in your life,the love of a woman and friends, the right people that gel with you then you are invincible, you can take whatever life has to dish out.

He wanted to make movies to inspire people.It wasn't working so he changed his approach. If I burnt all my bridges , then I would still have that hunger. He went to the library and found a book of poems by Edgar Allan Poe, which made him get out of himself. He wrote a script called Paradise Alley which he sold for $100.

He then watched a fight with Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wagner and wrote for twenty hours solid. He tried to sell it but no one would buy it and then finally he meets a pair who wants to offer $125,000. The final offer was $325,000. But he refused and he agreed to $35,000 with shares in the picture so that he could play the part.

He tried to buy his dog back, but the man refused to pay. He knew the outcome and so kept changing his approach. He paid the guy $15,000 to buy the dog back and put him in the movie.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Hot or Not Founder talks about his venture

Dating web site HotOrNot has been sold to Canadian company Avid Life Media, "a network of targeted niche brands with highly engaged users", for around $20M in June 2007.

Inspite being $60,000 in debts, then students Hong and co-founder Jim Young made a barter deal with IT hosting company Rackspace: "publicity" for a server and bandwith. And I guess the rest is history... with a nice happy ending... even though some find the amount offered too low for such a profitable start-up!

'Creativity is what happens when you take a zero off the budget'.

Have fun, come up with products that you would like.

Eat the ramen ( baked beans?) instead of going to Silicon Valley

Differentiate yourself and your customers

Focus on your users

Leonard Brody

Be in the trenches everyday. Pick the battles you want to fight. Smart is a commodity. Focus on the next 365 days. Think bull (big), because the same energy is expended in running one dry cleaning store and three hundred dry cleaning stores.

In being an entrepreneur tenacity is more important than being smart. If you are punched in the stomach ten times you must have the energy to get up for the eleventh punch.

Failure is the route. If the money doesn't flow it doesn't matter, you would still do it.

Monday, November 01, 2010

J K Rowling

A Year in the life of J K Rowling

When were you the happiest?

In hospital at the birth of my three children and when I was in Venice with my husband last year.

What is your biggest regret?

That I didn't keep my mother long enough on the telephone the last time I spoke to her.

What do you want to still achieve?

I want to get better.

Do you ever feel a fraud?

Less as I get older but I have done.

Do you ever you just got lucky?

Having the idea was lucky.

What keeps you going?

I'm a born trier.

Why do you still write?

Because I love it and I need it.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who did her best with the talent she had.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What We can Learn From Emerging Markets

Nirmalaya Kumar of London Business School shares his view on the emerging markets.

Taking Off

An apt metaphor for business start up.

Larry Ellison : I don't know of any place or time that does not create possibilities. Stay informed of your field.

Take risks while you can ( Jawed Karim's decision to move to Palo Alto to join Paypalby dropping out of the second semester.)

Stay flexible.

Don't listen to so called 'experts'. There are no experts.

Taking Off

An apt metaphor for business start up.

Jawed Karim

Youtube co-founder shares his story of a start up from concept to hyper growth.

How did they come up with the idea? Why is it so successful?

If you have a good idea and make a video and upload it , you will have millions of viewers. The dancing video by Mike Garding is a prime example.

Killer Applications, for example like Wikipedia and Flickr, anyone can implement them i a matter of weeks although scaling it could be more complicated.

Livejournal(1999) allowed one to broadcast personalised content. It also showed people are willing to share their personal stories.

Hotornot ( 2000 ) allows you to rate photos. Anyone can upload or download. It was profitable even before google adsense.

Wikipedia - are people really willing to put in their own time to produce content. It was a more like a social experiment.

Friendster ( 2002) was not the first social network. Six degrees came out but relied heavily on email.

Flickr (2004) photosharing plus delicious. There was no concept of tagging with others.

Why is it possible now and not before and what problem does this solve.

If you have a good idea why hasn't it been developed until now. For you tube the enabling technology was around. The broadband was not available in 2000.Macromedia Flash 7 is now taken for granted, first time macromedia included video playing. The video camera also came up with capability. Also cheap hosting had become available.

A couple of hundred thousand to sixty million in five years they managed to scale paypal.

Just because 'experts' reject an idea it doesn't mean its a bad idea.

There are no experts, you are the expert.

The Next Big Thing will exploit newly emerging secondary technologies.

Watch these enabling technologies to see what will be possible.

An excerpt from Jawed's talk about marketing a new website, just send emails to your friends.

Well guys, we just launched this website.

Can you help us spread the word?

Since we just launched we don't have any girls on it ...YET.

Can you guys upload your own videos? Let me know what you think.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Justifying Your Price

One day a woman spotted Pablo Picasso in the market and pulled out a piece of paper. “Mr. Picasso,” she said excitedly, “I’m a big fan. Please, could you do a little drawing for me?”

Picasso happily complied and quickly drew a sketch for her on the paper. As he handed it back, he smiled and told her to “take care of it. That will be worth millions one day.”

The woman looked flustered and said, “But it only took you thirty seconds to do it.”

Picasso laughed, “But it has taken me thirty years to be able to do it in thirty seconds.”

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Always leave it better than you found it

The Boy Scouts have a rule: "Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it." If you find a mess on the ground, you clean it up regardless of who might have made the mess. You intentionally improve the environment for the next group of campers. Actually the original form of that rule, written by Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, the father of scouting, was "Try and leave this world a little better than you found it."

Similarly , in planting trees, you leave behind something for the next generation.

Business Owners and Marketing

here are business owners right now… tonight…, laying in bed, tossing and turning, because they are about to loose their business. Not because they aren’t good at what they do, it’s because not enough people know what they do.

It’s all about MARKETING.

Jim Rohn

”It’s not the wind that will affect you, it’s how you trim your sails..”

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
-Jim Rohn

"in order for “it” to get better, “YOU” must get better"

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

“When you know what you want, and want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.”

“IT is not too expensive. The problem is YOU cannot afford it.”

“Money isn’t everything but it is right up there with Oxygen!”

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”

“It is not about what you get, it’s about what you become.”

We are all Dying

How’s your Mother Johnny?”

“Ahh, Frank, she’s dying….”

“We all are, Johnny. Act accordingly.”

Jack Nicholson - The Departed

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Love is in the Air

London 2012

'If you lack common sense, relax and you can watch it on telly'.


The Lonely Polygamist

'A dysfunctional family is a family with more than one member in it.'

'the best literature does that..extreme comedy and extreme tragedy in the same place'

'not a book about polygamy but a book about family...polygamy is a kind of exaggeration of a regular family and its so exaggerated that it somehow more clearly shows us ourselves.'

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Power of Margins

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Critical Thinking Time

Set aside time for deep thinking, about 4 sessions of 50 minutes per week.

Ask yourself 'What don't I see?' Keith Cunningham

If then strategies, strategic alliances.

Lake Kietele - National Gallery

Aisha Caan

History of the London Underground

London Underground Map

A design classic.

Connection is the Thing

1932-1933 Throw away scale, throw away geography, connection is the thing. Connect with the destination.Harry Beck's mantra as he designed the iconic London underground map . He was rejected many times until the authorities finally gave in and decided to run a limited print of 500 and proved to be an instant hit.What is it you need to throw away, and which connections should you be making?

Your Moment is Waiting

'Beautiful, inviting, mysterious'.

'Opportunity to be tranquil'.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Julie Meyer, Ariadne

Julie Meyer, Ariadne

The Gift Economy

Chris Anderson of Wired explains why the future is Free.

Tippex Advert

Click on shoot the bear or don't shoot the bear and see what happens.

The Story of Orabrush

You Tube enables normal people to take an idea and put it in front of many people.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Living Upside Down

I like this concept of Paloma Faith's living upside down. Full lyrics below:

Angels watching over me with smiles upon their face
Coz I have made it through this far in an unforgiving place

It feels sometimes this is too steep for a girl like me to climb
But I must knock those guards right down I do it in my own time

I don't care (care care)
I'm half way there (nowhere)
On a road that leads me to straight to who knows where

I tell you what (I tell you what)
What I have found (What I have found)
That I'm no fool (That I'm no fool)
I'm just upside down (Just upside down)

Ain't got no pain (Ain't got no pain)
I aint got no rules (Aint got no rules)
I think I like (I think I like)
Living upside down (Living upside down)

Watchin people scurry by rushing to and fro
Oh this world is such a crazy place it's all about the go go go

Sometimes life can taste so sweet When you slow it down
You start to see the world a little differently When you turn it upside down

I don't care (care care)
I'm half way there (nowhere)
And I'm just soaking up the magic in the air

I tell you what (I tell you what)
What I have found (What I have found)
That I'm no fool (That I'm no fool)
I'm just upside down (Just upside down)

Ain't got no pain (Ain't got no pain)
I aint got no rules (Aint got no rules)
I think I like (I think I like)
Living upside down (Living upside down)

(Whoa Whoa Whoa)
You gotta slow it down
(Yeah Yeah Yeah)
But then you pick it up
(Whoa Yeah Whoa)
C'mon and try a little topsy-turvy back-to-front the right way round
Take it slow slow slow (You gotta pick it up)
Yeah Yeah Yeah (See you slow it down)
Yo Yo Yo (Tell me something something)

I tell you what (I tell you what)
What I have found (What I have found)
That I'm no fool (That I'm no fool)
I'm just upside down (Just upside down)

Ain't got no pain (Ain't got no pain)
I aint got no rules (Aint got no rules)
I think I like (I think I like)
Living upside down (Living upside down)

I tell you what (I tell you what)
What I have found (What I have found)
That I'm no fool (That I'm no fool)
I'm just upside down (Just upside down)

Ain't got no pain (Ain't got no pain)
I aint got no rules (Aint got no rules)
I think I like (I think I like)
Living upside down (Living upside down)

Reid Hoffman

'If you are not embarrassed with your first version, you've released too late." - Reid Hoffman, founder LinkedIn

Run Fatboy Run

Great film. Running and Love are the same thing.

How To Have More Energy

The Power of Rituals

Success is having a vision. Success is caring about other people.Cool things you do that no one else does.

Give my all every time.

A ritual to get into peak state.

What sets you apart, Michael? - Tony Robbins

Its my standards, every day I demand more from myself than anybody else can humanly expect. - Michael Jordan

What is an area of your life you want to improve?

Write down what it looks like at the moment?

What are the rituals that put me there?

What do you want, what is your vision?

What are the rituals that will get you there? ( something you do at a specific time consistently)

Raise Your Standards


The nature of the rain is the same , it grows thorns in the marshes and flowers in the garden. Arab proverb

All is Well

Why You Need to Floss

The Brits analysing the data from a Finnish study.

Gingivitis increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes etc.


Dan Buettner on 'How to live upto 100+"

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Find the Joy in Your Life

I was touched by the ending scene in The Bucket List where Morgan Freeman tells Jack Nicholson in a letter to find the jou in your life.Go towards the joy of your life. Don't waste another moment.

Say what you need to say

beautiful song from The Bucket List

Passionately Focused

The Best Possibility

Set yourself up for your best possibility.

John Butcher, founder of Precious Moments (sold in Hallmark stores)shares his story about Lifebook.

The Peaceful Warrior

Blind Painter

Here’s an inspiring story by the Texas Country Reporter:

Call it crazy, call it courageous, call it a case of blind ambition. For john, it’s simple really: epilepsy took away his vision but it didn’t change the fact that this aspiring author has stories to tell. Sight or no sight some dreams die hard.