Category Archive for: Technology

72 versions – that’s the answer to how the IKEA Catalogue cracks “domestic bliss” in different cultures

72 versions – that’s the answer to how the IKEA Catalogue cracks “domestic bliss” in different cultures. Ah yes, it’s that time of the year again – 324-page IKEA catalogue time. The time when the 203 million copy bible-of-all-things-Swedish (that takes up 70% of IKEA’s annual marketing budget) hits the marketplace with some serious oomph! Quartz…

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[FIGHT] Musk and Zuckerberg go head-to-head on #AI

Musk and Zuckerberg go head-to-head on AI. Two of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech titans have taken off the gloves, and are having a verbal sparring match around Artificial Intelligence (AI). Mark Zuckerberg came out and criticized Elon Musk for saying “artificial intelligence is the biggest threat we face in civilization.” The Facebook CEO chastised the Telsa,…

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What is #Blockchain and what is it for?

What is #Blockchain and what is it for? It is true… the Internet is able to send cat videos across the ether at the speed of light, yet many much more important things still move quite slowly. It can take days to send money across borders as an example, and banks must rely on intermediaries to…

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Science Fiction is the Key to Unlocking our World

Science fiction is the key to unlocking our world. If you want to figure out your next business move, leap into the pages of some science fiction my friends. “Why Business Leaders need to read more Science Fiction,” headlines an article in the Harvard Business Review, and there are many more that echo this approach to understanding…

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The Revenge of Analog

The Revenge of Analog. Ok, here’s one to add to your summer reading list and a topic that has sparked much contemplation – David Sax’s The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter. In this book, David tackles the subject of how we have shifted, changed and morphed as humans with our rush to the…

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Does creativity equal business results?

Does creativity equal business results? Since the dawn of advertising, this same question has been asked over and over again. And, with Publicis recently saying they would be withdrawing from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity – the advertising world’s Oscars – the question has once again risen to the surface. There have been many…

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The iPhone is 10 and ooh how it has changed our lives

The iPhone is 10 and ooh how it has changed our lives. June 29, 2007 – Steve Jobs walked on stage and shocked the world. Like most things Apple, the iPhone wasn’t the first of its kind, but it was a quantum leap beyond the competition and spawned the mobile revolution. So much so, that few…

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Amazon + Whole Foods = Retail Whammo!

Amazon + Whole Foods = Retail Whammo! Today we can’t avoid Amazon constantly being in our field of vision. I’ve written about all the ways Amazon innovates, all the arenas they play in, all the ways they disrupt…. but with their acquisition of Whole Foods, this is Retail Armageddon. As the outspoken Gary Vaynerchuk puts…

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4 Unifying Principles could have saved Kodak

4 Unifying Principles could have saved Kodak. Just finished a great book entitled Be Like Amazon: Even a Lemonade Stand Can Do It, and there it was again – the story of Kodak and how they failed to stand by their unifying principles. It still boggles my mind today that a company that dominated our lexicon, was…

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Can Mega-Philanthropy at the hands of Tech Giants make the world a better place?

Can Mega-Philanthropy at the hands of Tech Giants make the world a better place? You hear the promises of a utopic future with a colossal roar. The prevalent players in the tech industry say they want to change the world for the better, and they are not shy about making big claims and promises. Amazon’s Jeff…

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