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apple and judiciary of cool

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It was perceivable that “to Google” became a verb synonymous with “to search;” but it might’ve been difficult to forecast a judiciary ruling on the concept of coolness.

This happened unsurprisingly in a judgment involving Apple, which brought the case alleging Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10 infringed its iPad design. British Judge Birss disagreed saying Apple’s designs weren’t being infringed because Samsung’s product was not as “cool” as the iPad.

This can be watershed in jurisprudence.

Originally, in a 1997 article, Gladwell wrote about the group of people he called coolhunters who scoured American cities to find out what cool kids thought about sneakers.

Written by Hayk

July 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

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peter’s laws

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  1. If anything can go wrong, fix it!
  2. When given a choice – take both!
  3. Multiple projects lead to multiple successes.
  4. Start at the top and work your way up.
  5. Do it by the book…but be the author!
  6. When forced to compromise, ask for more.
  7. If you can’t beat them, join them, and then beat them.
  8. If it’s worth doing, it’s got to be done right now.
  9. If you can’t win, change the rules.
  10. If you can’t change the rules, ignore them.
  11. When faced without a challenge, make one.
  12. “No” simply means begin again at the next highest level.
  13. Don’t walk when you can run.
  14. Bureaucracy is a challenge to be conquered with a righteous attitude, an intolerance for stupidity, and bulldozer when necessary.
  15. When in doubt: THINK!
  16. Patience is a virtue but persistence to the point of success is a blessing.
  17. The squeaky wheel gets replaced.
  18. The faster you move, the slower time passes, the longer you live.

Admittedly, 160 words.

Written by Hayk

October 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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hedge funds and twitter – glimpses of future?

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Since creation of the first hedge fund in 1949, 10.000 funds and $2 trillion past, there is a change under way.

Derwent Capital, with its initial $39 million, is Europe’s first “social media-based hedge fund” founded on findings of this paper, which asserts that Twitter can:

predict daily moves in the Dow Jones … change in emotions expressed online would be followed between two and six days later by a move in the index… predict its movements with 87.6% accuracy.

Still small compared to standard ones, the fund analyzes thousands of tweets for words “happy,” “sad,” “angry,” etc. to determine public sentiment/mood.

Written by Hayk

September 30, 2011 at 6:50 am

best buy micro-innovation and fidel castro

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One manager of a Best Buy store, who resembles Fidel Castro, leveraged this “asset” turning his store into the best performer. How? Revolutionary mode (called his store “La Revolucion,” posted “Declaracion de Revolucion” in the break room, made store supervisors wear army fatigues,…) and encouragement to whistle when employees do good things.

In Cuba, considered “Internet enemy” by Freedom House, Internet has only 14% penetration,  served much like rationned food.

In 2010, Castro admitted he admired Internet and WikiLeaks’ influence on American government and agreed to have a Cuba-Jamaica-Venezuela fiber-optic line, increasing its connectivity 3000 times, but not for ordinary citizens.

Written by Hayk

September 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

what breeds ideas and innovations

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Where good ideas come from claims innovation originates in seven realms:

  1. Adjacent possibilities.Use existing components. Gutenberg used wine press for his printing press.
  2. Liquid networks. 21st-century cities and the Internet make it possible for informal networks to form, enabling idea cross-pollination/inventions.
  3. Slow hunch. It takes years for a hunch to evolve into an invention.
  4. Serendipity. LSDTeflonViagra.
  5. (Unplanned/unexpected) errors. de Forest‘s development of audion diode/triode resulted from erroneous thinking.
  6. ExaptionVacuum tubes were developed for long-distance telephone/radio transmission and later used in computers.
  7. Platforms. Development of TRANSIT, a precursor of GPS by Applied Physics Laboratory.

Written by Hayk

September 11, 2011 at 8:51 am

what physics can teach about marketing

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TED talk by Dan Cobley

Summary:

  1. a=F/m  (Anderson launched Accenture; Hoover is more than vacuum cleaner; why P&G keeps separate brands).
  2. Δx Δh ≥ 1/2 (McDonalds sells millions, while mothers talk about healthy life to their kids).
  3. You cannot prove a hypothesis through observation, you can only disprove it (scientific method) – BP spent millions building environment-friendly image and than one accident ruined it all; Toyota perceived as reliable and one big recall changed that image; Tiger Woods.
  4. Increasing entropy (2nd law of thermodynamics) – your brand is more and more  dispersed; you can’t fight it; embrace it.

Written by Hayk

September 9, 2011 at 7:12 am

life, gamification and emergence

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What is life? Life is a game, emergent on simple rules – humans cannot pretend to know even a tiny part of those rules. But games are the best way to learn about general and specific aspects of life such as business, politics, music

Watched Matrix? Played Matrix Online?

But why do we play games? Fun (easy/hard), different mental/intellectual states and people. In a word: a richer emotional/mental/social set of experiences our lives rarely grant us.

Games reflect complexity aspects of life. No better game than chess for us to learn more about life.

Written by Hayk

August 31, 2011 at 5:33 am