The Tech Smokescreen Fighting Regulation

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must…

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Darwin, Productivity and Innovation

A, B, C, D, E, F, G…. I need to make a profit for Wall Street to see…. So begins a Ramble for a hot August day…and a thought starter – I hope – to get a discussion going in exploring PRODUCTIVITY and INNOVATION…. Mutually exclusive? Mutually beneficial? Not even related? The hint I gave…

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Not Digital…Not Mobile…People First!

Is there a difference between Disruption and Transformation? Between shaking up a business sector (I’d say “business model,” but that is proving to be less and less true) and transforming society? Between monetizing fabulous enablement and actually changing people’s lives for the good? For example…we talk about Uber disrupting the “Get a Taxi” model –…

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Doot, Doot, Doot

Always learn from the greats… Try and understand the most successful… Emulate, yes…but more…build and innovate on what they do so well by learning what they miss… Kind of simple wisdom that…no? So why then in the digital age…the so-called age of disruption…do we blindly follow and allow innovation to become…what can I monetize on…

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UNPLUG…Full Speed Ahead!

Unplugging does not mean retreating from the world. Unplugging is not a protest against technology. Unplugging is not a sign of Luddite status. In fact I’d argue the contrary… Join the Unplug Movement, today, and you are in the vanguard of the true Digital Revolution. Digital Is Everything…But Not Everything Is Digital… If we can…

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India Can Ignite Your Imagination

India has always been synonymous, to me, with magic and mystery. I must confess that growing up in the West, it was Rudyard Kipling who first ignited my passion and The Jungle Bookand Kim are still go-to reads for me…and before you jump on me – yes, I know that his colonial roots are problematic…but as you knee-jerk…

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How Could Opportunities…

How could Opportunities be insurmountable? Frankly I don’t believe problems and issues are ever insurmountable…but there you have it – if a word like insurmountable exists – it’s because people use it – so while I’d personally like to have it stricken from the human language experience…I don’t think…whoops…I just got caught in the insurmountable…

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The Little Transistor Radio

 The little Transistor Radio crackled to life. It was shaped like a brick, encased in a hard leather shell and was precious to me. I was about 7 years old – and this was my prized possession – given to me by a family friend. Imagine you had the very first iPad and no…

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Thought for the New Year

Listen: For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. Eliot, T. S. Think about that voice. Your family. Significant others. Friends. Clients. The World. Are waiting. Success depends upon it. How do we create that new voice? What helps create it? How do we share it? Make…

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Ever hear this joke?

Ever hear this joke? Three advertising people are sitting in a meeting – a fourth walks in and asks, “Is anything all right?”

Ok – not much of a joke – more ironic I guess – but frankly true to the mark – not just about our business – to be fair – more of a state of the environment today.

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A Minimalist View

A last thought on evolution and the development of ideas – at least for now… Read on.

Where does evolution begin? Forget the theatrics and the theology. (Often hard to tell them apart, n’est pas?) Where does an idea, or a thing, begin?

For example, when it became clear that cars were going to dominate the roads, most of the craftsman who produced whips and halters and such for the horse and buggy crowd went out of business. That is, all except for the really smart few who saw the transition as a next step and started producing car parts. In fact, the famous “Body by Fisher”, a staple component of GM cars for many years, began as a carriage manufacturer before the mechanized age.

Bill Gates has said that Microsoft has failed only when trying to change basic behavior, while attempts to enhance what we do are always successful.

The I-Pod (I love my new Nano…) is a direct descendent of the Walkman, while your mouse and keyboard are the latest in a long line of innovations that go straight back to cave paintings and rock carvings.

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