American Express Case: the story of American Express Canada Key Takeaways: Ivey MBA, Howard Grosfield CEO of Amex Canada Article Total Service Experience: replace cards easily over night in the event of a lost card. Recognize me: be valuable; engaged employees = engaged customers. Empower me: to pay the balance […]
Innovation in Retail Asset Management: 1960 to 1980 Launch of Index Funds (Vanguard – 1975) Acceleration of mutual fund sales in the US first true “star manager” in Peter Lynch / Fidelity. 1980 – $8 billion est 1985 -$15 billion est. Sold Not Bought: Role of Salesperson Compensation: Historically: One […]
Marketing Myopia: Levitt’s 1960 HBR article The point of Levitt’s article was that businesses should focus on customer needs rather than business ideas. The illusion that a firm is in a growth industry is a common one. There are no growth industries! Presumptive growth is not guaranteed. They instead need […]
The CFA Institute produces an excellent curriculum that dovetails nicely with a top MBA program and/or undergraduate degrees in finance and accounting. Understanding how finance works to facilitate capital markets is a very useful and a worthwhile endeavor. It helps if you have an interest in how the economy and […]
1968 – A synopsis This chapter begins with the author deliberating about leaving his cushy job at Price Waterhouse to be able to devote more time to Blue Ribbon. However, financially, it wasn’t possible to just work at Blue Ribbon. So he decides to become an assistant professor at Portland […]
It is easy to dislike any entity that puts a price point on your health, seemingly taking advance of your “inelastic demand” ie. absolute need for their product or service. However, the economic reality (the dismal science) is more nuanced than most consumers can imagine……… We should be able recognize […]
Drivers Versus Conductors About 33% of preventative healthcare is concerned with physical activity with the other 66% being food consumption mixed with other choices and genetic predispositions. Workers in most jobs appear to spend most of their time sitting down. Back in the mid-20th century, doctors would say to patients […]
Micro-Blue Hours – This is just a retail footfall driving concept I thought I’d share: If your retail store is having difficulty driving footfall (which drive revenue), it’s worth exploring the K-Marts Blue Light special concept. This marketing gimmick was intended to keep shoppers engaged. Basically, the way the Blue […]
Great Book, Inspiring Author Elizabeth Warren highlights some incredibly important points relating to economic inequality, poverty and beyond. I really love Elizabeth Warren’s passion against poverty and this book centres around that topic extensively. Better than “Nickled and Dimed” which is a 90s classic, This Fight is Our Fight is […]
Stephanie Shirley boarded a train at 6 years of age to escape Nazi Germany in 1939. At the age of 29, an all women IT company was formed by Stephanie “Steve” Shirley as a crusade against the many glass ceilings that exist(ed) against women in tech. Keep in mind that […]
What if you were given a stipend from the government in order to live comfortably and chase that dream of becoming an ice sculptor or writing the next best seller? Would you sit toiling away at your desk? Or why not watch Jeopardy? Is it possible that different people react […]
Niall Ferguson “The Square and the Tower” There is the Square and the Tower; both are networks. The tower is the intellectual elite and the square is the general public in this metaphor. Ferguson’s findings are that there is a continuum of hierarchical structures as well as social networks. History […]
Fahrenheit 451 was a critical novel for me as a teenager. Looking back at the writing, it was definitely a teen novel. What really got me excited was the Francois Truffaut film adaptation. See the first scene to get a flavour for the style. This new version has a lot […]
The Scientific Method in Political Science These notes are a combination of notes from Matt A and Estelle H. Enjoy. Topic One: What is the scientific method? Overview Science as a body of knowledge versus science as a method of obtaining knowledge The defining characteristics of the scientific method The […]
FORECASTING Why forecasting is important: Managers use it for future allocations Analysts make forecast to communicate their view of a firm’s prospects Creditors make forecasts in order to determine whether their debtors can repay Investment bankers use it to determine who to engage in hostile takeovers. Good Forecasts of three […]
Al Franken is Funny: I read his Big Fat Lies and the Liars Who Tell Them after stumbling on it at a retirement community library in South West Florida. Sometimes the jokes fall flat. He’s not hilariously funny. But he’s funny. Knows how to construct a setup and punchline appropriately. […]
It’s the most important work on American democracy and the US in the 1830s. Democracy in America is a very long book 1000 pages though. The truth is that every American and every Political Scientist should read it. Two ways to look at it: It’s a historical artifact: it’s historical. […]
These Welsh Police officers showed real courage, professionalism and calm under true duress. In this video, the assailant refused to put his knives down, after so many requests to obey law enforcement. Follow the law, obey police officers (if you live in an advanced western democracy). The guy didn’t […]
[WARNING BIAS POSSIBLE: David Henderson is part of the Milton Friedman School of Economics.] Who is More Wealthy? | A Royal Dog from the 17th Century OR a Working-Class Dog Today When we talk about inequality we need to understand that economic growth and productivity is driven my commercial transactions […]
Showdown: Iraq, this is pretty interesting…..a very effective walk through documentary. You can read my detailed analysis from undergrad here: the History of the Ba’ath Party.
Challenges of finding a Pure Play: it’s not easy to find a firm that is exactly like the other firms you are comparing. Loblaws & Metro: Outlets like No Frill (Loblaws). But what is days o inventory different at Metro: their days of inventory is shorter. Loblaws Joe Fresh Shoppers […]
Communism, Post-communism & Nationalism The following are in depth research notes on Communism, Nationalism and Russia from the perspective of both Eastern and Western academic thinkers. Politics, history, psychology are complicated. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the territorial maps were redrawn. Many Russian nationals become minority citizens of new countries […]
Reading the Walmart Patent, it seems like this is something that can and should be contested. The diagrams a literally what bees do + bluetooth and UAV prior art. What is the patent really? Seems unfair and worth attacking as a legal expert should (I am not one by the […]
Start A Company In An Emerging Industry You Are Familiar With (Some What) (November 8, 1927 – March 28, 2018) Hungarian-Canadian Peter Munk moved to Canada 1941. He was of Jewish decent and Studied Engineering in the 1950s at UofT. There were no women in engineering in the 1950s….Peter Munk […]
This is an analysis based on Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and other sources of research. Enjoy. Location Really Does Matter For Entrepreneurs: You need to be in the right place at the right time. Being exposed to many ideas, variables, and potential inputs for accidental discoveries is better than […]
Dollarama: Looking at their Industry leadership competing on price cost leadership retailer May 2014 is the first quarter of their 2015 financial year. They changed the useful life of the fixed assets from 10 years to 15 years. The rate of depreciation is spread over a longer life time. Assets […]
[Disclaimer this is a non-partisan publication] And I am no Facebook apologist, but I thought it was worth raising awareness about the following: [Transcript] Hey, I had to talk about this because I noticed, this morning, something really interesting, and I mean, more interesting than your standard cat video while […]
Math is Logic, Math is Beautify, Math is Abuse-able: Math is logic and it should be ported to social discussions. O’Neil worked with Larry Summers and O’Neil says that the trick of the economic downturn in 2008 was that everyone trusted the math nerds who were actually lying and engaging […]
Remember that analogies do not reflect your own reality. There are many types of CEOs out there. Here is one that is hilarious. Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com in 1999. Bezos was always nerdy. You should be a domain expert AND fresh thinking. Jeff Bezos has a Regret Minimization Framework that […]
[David Frum is an ardent ideologue, historian and political scientist. Frum is a Bush era Republican from Canada. The following is in no way supportive of the current US President. Any statement to contrary is intellectually deficient.] Trump’s Business Partnerships: Disassociation between Trump and his commercial interests has not […]
Chainsaw Al & the Sunbeam Case: To unpack this story, first we need to look at the industry; Sunbeam is not particularly profitable in 1996 and they need a new CEO. Sunbeam is a seller of BBQs, dough mixers and other electronics appliances. They are selling discretionary items and counter-balance […]
Murray Edwards Oil an Gas Dry Holes Edwards (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Murray_Edwards) has $100,000 + his savings of $100,000 and started an oil and gas company. He had 10% of a 2 million dollar company (Canadian Natural Resources) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Natural_Resources. When he found no oil in the hole he drilled in Saskatchewan…and found no […]
Local Government is non-ideological, because it is result oriented. Local government is the solution to the federal and provincial governments in the sense that leadership from that level of government aren’t bound by ideological restrictions. This is the first killer point from Newsom’s book Citizenville; How can we connect to […]
Accrual Accounting versus Cash Accounting Accrual basis = immediate recognition. Cash basis = when the case is received. Before we dive into earnings management as a subtopic within business analysis and valuation, it is helpful to understand the difference between Accrual and Cash Accounting. The cash basis is only available […]
Notice: These notes are sometimes verbatim even when not in quotation. All text is therefore George Grant’s; George Grant is the Guest Blogger in this post! Therefore, I don’t agree or disagree, it is what it is. Lament for a Nation: George Grant Chapter 1: LAMENT FOR A NATION • […]
There are a few critical steps to engaging in Business Analysis and Valuation. In this post, we begin with Strategy Analysis by looking at Financial Statements themselves as a means of describing business performance. Step 1 is the Strategy Analysis: What is the core strategy of the firm? How is […]
“This deal keeps get worse all the time!” – is echoed by a subset of marketers called search engine optimizers, almost daily (I imagine because I got out 18 months ago). These struggling folk get paid to help content creators AND/OR/ARE content creators. What do they do? Compete for Google’s […]
Competitive Advantage ||| Michael Porter’s Five Forces; Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Strategy But Were Afraid to Ask
Types of Competitive Advantage You can be a cost leader (the cost leadership approach) or you can be differentiators in either the broad target or narrow targeted dynamic. Regardless, you will need to focus: a) cost focus or b) differentiation focus. The ultimate road to failure is to be “all […]
Preface This presentation style would be invaluable for communicating to the public what is going on with their country, province or town. Imagine if all town’s had to present their annual report in the form of a power point. It would be game changing democratically speaking. Mary Meekers say the […]
Artificial Intelligence Meets Radiology Artificial Narrow Intelligence is becoming a thing of its own with natural language processing also emerging as tools in healthcare. While IBM Watson is largely a marketing property, other healthcare giants are putting a real stake in AI. And coming up with semi-workable technologies. Note that […]
A Defiant Defence of Diefenbaker: The Defense Crisis and Its Implications One of the most tumultuous periods in Canada-U.S. Relations was the Defense Crisis of 1962 and 1963. In order to examine the American presence in Canada during that period, this article will accomplish four objectives. First, it will explain […]
Environmental Policy | New Economics The idea that the economy and environmentalism are a zero sum game is false. Macron argues that the example of fighting macro-trends in Europe as jobs eroded during the manufacturing sector is similar to climate change policy. You have to protect people NOT jobs. You […]
The WeChat App is the one app that rules all interactions in China with Alipay increasingly falling behind. North Americans are afraid of bundled information. Everyone in China is purchasing with their information bundled for commercial interest and as well as the State. What is clear is that China is ahead […]
Slides from Capital in the 21st Century, Thomas Piketty Piketty’s Thesis: Thomas Piketty’s thesis is that the rate of capital returns is greater than the rate of economic growth in developed countries. The message is clear “forget about income/salary inequality, take a look at wealth inequality!” Wealth is getting collected […]
The Misguided Conservative Ideal: R.B. Bennett and the Western Canadian Reaction between 1930-1935. A fair amount of a party’s political success relies on good fortune. Steve Martin the comedian famously that ti……ming….is everything. If this is the case, R.B. Bennett was the most unfortunate Prime Minister in Canadian history. This […]
Marc Lore sold Diapers to Amazon.com and then Jet.com to Wal-mart. Here’s the highlights from his experience. 1) When you get acquired, and you are still passionate about diapers….it’s best to ensure that you are not given your own silo within the acquirer company but rather are allowed to commandeer […]
Oh so that’s how that works! Quiet interesting to see how the chambers work in unison.
Walt Disney: Departmentalize By Perceived Skills (back then gender was a proxy) / Furnish Your Personal Brand
Lesson: Departmentalize Perceived Capabilities By Gender & Exploit Menial Labour? Oh My: Speaking from a place of white privilege (real and imagined), I can say this letter is unacceptable by today’s standards obviously. Disney was only training young men? Taking a step back, the above letter is appalling and […]
Best Question @ 55:55 “We expect our political leaders to be principled and ethical; however to be political effective it appears that politicians must be amoral; can the system be fixed or is this tension inherent in the system” Is politics going to be continually corrupted? Robert Caro says that […]
Accounting Is About Perception: example, MLB calculation of profits and limiting tax liabilities. In this case study, a baseball team, the Montreal Expos has a dispute between players, and the owner about how profitable the club is in actual terms. The argument for the players is that the owners are […]
Contagious Introduction There are a lot of social scientists who believe they understand virality or what causes certain ideas to spread. Opinion leaders were thought to shape public views such that as gatekeepers of ideas, opinion leaders were able to command the masses to follow their preferences and whims. For […]
About Management Consulting: conventional wisdom states that if you start working at a consulting firm as a single person, you will stay single, if you arrived married you will risk ending-up getting divorced. People with families get fired first at a consulting firm. Other consultants talk about the unending meetings, the […]
Peter Drucker is the most often quoted business leadership scientist in America. What about some of his disciples, for example, Frances Hesselbein? A person who, at 102, has to be considered one of the more inspirational and long living leadership is American business. Let the film speak for itself. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Hesselbein […]
Risk and Reward/Predicting Cash-Flow: Investors think as much about risk as they do reward. Most people tie their investments to resources, expecting them to grow, and with it, their own rewards. Where rewards are expressed in percentage growth, risks are harder to characterize. Guessing a company’s future cash-flow involves looking […]
Beta Measures: describes the risk of a stock. A beta of 1 implies that the stock, on average, tracks the market perfectly. If the market goes up 5% so does the stock. Beta 1.5 would mean the stock goes up 7.5% or if the market goes down, the stock goes […]
Leadership and Corporate Accountability Class: Leadership & Corporate Accountability Classes teach MBAs to avoid chasing money down sewers. Ethical moments do not come with labels. M x F = D which means that a court decision (D) is the product of a legal model (M) and the facts (F). Is bluffing […]
What Frank Zappa said about music resonates in other verticals: Imagine public policy is set in a similar manner to musical tastes in the 1960s. The artist in this case is the sponsor/formulator of the policy and the music executive is the facilitator who oversees the process of implementing, distributing […]
Preamble: laws work for the most part. The idea that a law shouldn’t be passed because a highly motivated criminal will break it anyway is totally the wrong way to think about laws. A law creates FRICTION, reducing the likelihood of certain behaviour. Laws are there to increase the barrier […]
Cryptographers has been the middle men in the transaction logic of transactions. But these middle men take a large piece of the action. What if there was an internet of value. Amazing! Bitcoin’s value goes up and down like a currency. Few people are actually using Bitcoin, but we need […]
Agent Orange: Dow AgroSciences as a Partner in the Vietnam War Matt A. Uday A. Juliana C. Devon W. Leah. X Part I: The Facts The spraying of Agent Orange (“AO”), code name Operation Ranch Hand, took place during the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1971. The aim of the […]
Liabilities vs. Assets: the money you give away is a liability, whereas the money they have given you is an asset. Banks have huge short-term liabilities – a.k.a. money in their customers’ accounts which can be withdrawn at anytime. For a bank, a loan is an asset because it is […]
Healthcare in Canada: Jeffrey Simpson says it’s never easy to change a complex institution because there are: a) strong interest groups, b) change is hard and costly, c) there are no dominant decision-making force/fragmented decision making, d) Incremental changes are needed. They can’t really make significant changes in one go, […]
“Hilary Clinton is an Institutionalist” according to NYTimes columnist David Brooks. And the importance of being an institutionalist is a thoughtful point raised. It speaks to the idea that effective politicians have to build coalitions; lead people, engage stakeholders, gain buy-in, adhere to the rules laid out by institutions. Should […]
Where do the Unicorns Play? Where the bulk of high value unicorns based? First of all, what are Unicorns: a) they are startup firms that have revenue of $1 billion dollars or more, b) they are privately held. When we think of startups (in particular unicorns), we in the West […]
• People Will Gather Around Their Leader: Once you have attained high office, you are given tremendous power over society. You have control over the institutions of legal authority. You have control over the public policy of your country. Your cabinet colleagues are all indebted to you for the graft […]
The Emotion Metric The common sneeze slow motion pictures are a case study in a shared human experience. And they tend to go viral. Why? because slow mo sneezing is literally awesome. You can see air disturbances in slow motion and that intrigues people. Mysterious coughs caught on film give people […]
PROPOSAL: A publication ban on the perpetrator of mass murders…. A post-life portrait of the suicidal killer is quite possibly what many mass murder shooters are seeking. The motivations may vary (rage against the self and others or a malfunctioning cerebrum) but the medium of fame is uniform. A mass shooter […]
Returning back from Japan with a 3 year contract of Onitsuka, Knight procrastinated in his communicating to Johnson that Nike needed an eastcoast store. Sometimes procrastination is difficult to avoid, Phil kept procrastinating giving Johnson the news that Johnson had to move to the East Coast. So much so that […]
Phil Knight was anxious about the ending of the one-year contract with Tiger and waiting for an alert to either renew the contract or end it. By the end of 1966, Phil had sealed a three-year contract over the head of a better placed, richer competitor. The journey between how […]
All along, Phil Knight believed that growth was the end to be achieved for Blue Ribbon, his company importing Tiger shoes from Japan. His bank, however, had a different idea. A conservative banking institution, they did not believe in risk and were only concerned with maintaining equity in case of failure. […]
Don’t Fear Changes In Industry & Anticipate Competitive Market Disruption: The digital camera industry was destroyed by cellphones, and Steve Jobs knew that in order to stay ahead of the wave, they would have to cover the cellphone market as well. The iPhone was born out of a concern that […]
The following is an analysis of Nintendo’s strategic position in the marketplace. What we’re looking at here is analyzing how they performed in the past, what are the strategic challenges? What is the challenges of their industries, because they are in several industries actually if you think about it, and […]
Skate Where The Puck’s Going, Not Where It’s Been: “Skate where the pucks going, not where it’s been.” – Wayne Gretzky. Jobs believed that it was his goal to understand what the customer wants before they do. The iMac is about inspiring with a beautiful plastic blue, and it was […]
Growing up equipped Knight to deal with rejection, both in professional and personal life, something that was severely lacking in him before. His mother (Lota Hatfield Knight) is an interesting character, who may, as per first impressions, seem meek, but had many layers to her. She was a confident woman […]
The Internet Is Made For Music: Napster, Limewire, and other music file sharing websites allowed the illegal downloading of music on a massive scale, and a precipitous decline in sales of traditional distribution platforms for music which began dropping by 9% in 1998. The executives at the music companies were […]
Rivalry Of The Ants & Breaking With Disney: Woody Allen’s Antz film was not a huge success but it was used to challenge the Disney production A Bug’s Life. Katzenberg (Dreamworks) wanted to copy Pixar’s Ant movie, and so Hollywood had two Ant movies being made in the same year. […]
Netflix video resolution can sometimes be really pixelated & low quality compared to Hulu so I wanted to find out exactly why. With your big screen TVs in homes everywhere, you might be watching House of Cards season 2 but it may not be as crisp as you had hoped. You might find […]
Steve Jobs Said that Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil Mantra’ Is *Bullshit*: Android’s touch screen features was clearly stolen from the iPhone. They had a grid app list much like the iPhone. The swipe to open, pinch to expand, these were all Apple ideas that Google was implementing. Google was engaged […]
The stock of a corporation is partitioned into shares, the total of which are stated at the time of business formation. Additional shares may subsequently be authorized by the existing shareholders and issued by the company. In some jurisdictions, each share of stock has a certain declared par value, which […]
Renegades weren’t such a problem to Steve Jobs. In fact, he respected those who stood up to him if they knew what they were talking about on the Macintosh team. Often if they disagreed with Jobs, they realized that they could ignore Jobs’ commandments, and in so doing effectively spare Jobs the […]
• Don’t Follow the Rules: Limits to State Autonomy in Federalism: By the time Lincoln was officially president, the Confederacy was a fact. His inauguration in 1860 spoke of the United States Constitution being designed to “form a more perfect union”. Lincoln tried to appeal to the border slave states […]
This production started in 1945 was finally completed in 2003. It was a collaboration between Walt Disney & Salvador Dalí.
Transcript: SUBSCRIBE “All right, so check it. I miss eating at KFC. When I was a kid, Kentucky Fried Chicken was the bomb. My seven-year-old heart would jump with joy whenever my grandparents decided to pull into the KFC in my hometown for lunch. We’d get a big bucket of […]
What’s The Deal With Mecca | Everything Your Wanted To Know About This Holy City But Were Afraid To Ask
Why I Wrote This Article I think it’s important to learn about different cultures, religions and cities because learning has the effect (I believe) of enlightening and strengthening the mind. Understanding the perspectives of others helps you understand who you yourself actually are. Intellectually closed-minded people are quite powerful in society (occum’s razor […]
Phil Knight’s family dynamic has changed upon his return; he finds that something has changed in him – it is not just his scruffy beard and castaway attire that causes his mother to thoughtfully call him ‘worldly’; there is a fundamental change in his spirit. Buddhism had captured him; be […]
Phil Knight, aged 24, traveled across the world to chase his Stanford paper dream of creating a shoe importing business. In the contemporary era, air travel has been accepted as part of pop culture, what with bucket lists, gap years and travel vlogging becoming the norm. But back in the […]
Disney was a creative thinker, engineer, project manager and master storyteller. The real way to get entertainment was to have personalities tell a coherent story. A good Disney film always has personalities dealing with various problems. Disney would always lighten-up when describing his characters. Story boarding the entire films was important […]
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (or, in more recent editions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in England in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major […]
When you have someone who is not confident about what they are doing, the last thing he wants is someone else that is backing him who does know what he is doing. That’s because he will think “if the next person is too effective, I will be replaced by him.” […]
Predictions are useful as they can be used to demonstrate that you have a better filter on reality than those who incorrectly predict outcomes. I don’t fully agree because being able to accurately predict how human beings will act, intermixed with the complex variables that shape outcomes, is not possible […]
What Is Strategy? Michael Porter’s five forces have shaped business strategy since his theory was published in 1980. Five Aspects of Business Strategy: 1) barriers to entry, 2) supplier powers; 3) customer power; 4) substitutes, 5) rivalry. An example of the application of this model would be a London kebab […]
Super Sonic is the past. But if corrections are made, super sonic travel may be the future in some form or another. The truth is that a Super Sonic aircraft is able to deliver passengers more quickly but expensively. The Concorde had its problems but the airlines and the manufacturers […]
The list of threats of substitutes in the grocery store industry will soon be adding automated farming greenhouses. Imagine growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs in your backyard with precision and accuracy. FarmBot is an innovative company that gives its owner that exact ability, the ability to grow produce with […]
Fred Rogers advocated for a national public broadcaster in May of 1969. Looks like it was yesterday….Imagine television funded by people like you and me without the drive for commercial revenue…..TV that wasn’t solely about advertising, that could take risks and create content that would ask the audience to think […]
Most creative speculation about the future is contingent on taking existing ideas and re-engineering them into a new form factor that is plausible. Take the idea of the Rolodex and the Resume; Linkedin is a logical extension of the physical realm. The internet is a reflection of the off-line. The […]
Matt: What is smart beta? Well, a really simple answer is it’s a combination of alpha and beta. It’s a combination of active strategy and passive strategy. What does that actually mean? Let’s boil it down a bit further. You’ve got, on the alpha side, alpha chasers who are fund managers. […]
The above is a cute little cartoon that explains quite a lot. In simplifying how capitalism works, does this video create a misleading picture? What would be the socialist or communist counter arguments? Does this picture of capitalism make sense today? No judgements. Reply in the comments section!
Yes, Chinese Entrepreneurs are Innovative with Space Exporation On The Mind, Too #ChineseInnovations #ElonMuskIsNotSoSmart
The folks used to say Chinese people simply flout copyright laws by stealing western intellectual property, that is still partially true. However, not ALL Chinese entrepreneurs simply copy Western companies and content. Take Ruopeng Liu for example. His company is using helium to get into low levels of space which […]
Written By Guest Academic Writers: Arie Vw, Ralph F, Sam B, Napur D, Adam Y. Introduction Professional football is a thriving business. Each Sunday, millions of fans flock to National Football League stadiums to see their favorite teams play. Millions more watch the games on television, which provides one of […]
Listen, Think and Act…starring Buster Sales. Buster Sales is very frightening to me. Blockbuster should have played up the horror theme in this video just because it is weird. I guess if you want to your employees to pay attention, you might want to shock them with a strange training […]
Fighting, Body Checking & Pucks Ice hockey is the national sport of Canada and it’s very popular in other northerly countries. But, it could be more popular than it currently is. There could be better talent in the sport today but the problem with hockey is the current manner in which […]
Easily the best film adaption of the historical events that led up to and followed the Red Terror. Beautifully produced, impeccable acting, visually stunning. These two films Part 1 and Part 2 are the ulitmate Coles Notes, Sparks Notes for the French Revolution. The best scene is when Robespierre delivers […]
This Is A Cut Out Of The Eiffel Tower Try making this really fun print-able cut out of the Eiffel Tower that kids and creative types will love no matter how young you are. Use a colour ink or jet printer at the highest quality. Print it on an A4 sized […]
I was talking to someone (in the know) about the Mars mission proposed by Elon Musk. And this babyboomer said it was too dangerous; the chances of the rocket not making it to Mars with the 50 – 100 passengers is very very high. Is he right? Musk certainly gets […]
Check out these handy charts which explains the difference between “second cousins” and “cousins once removed.” I’ve always struggled with understanding if my relative William French of Calgary is actually my cousin or my uncle or my nemesis. Just kidding on the nemesis bit:-) You see, William French’s mom and […]
Describing the revolt of the caring classes is David Graeber’s greatest contribution; he called them the “99%.” In this short video, David expands on this theme to suggest there is a quietly brewing problem in western countries; automation is displacing workers and workers have diminishing sense of meaning in their work. […]
“The following are my seminar notes from October 5th, 2011 @ The British Library: Business & IP Centre in London, UK. This seminar is generally relevant globally but particularly if you live in LonDonN. All examples are circa 2011. I used this guide to gain an initial $5,000 USD investment in […]
PRESENTS By Paul Grant & Matt Arnot Original set publish date: December, 2011 Paul Grant started coaching with events on topics like how to raise funding based on his experience as an entrepreneur having founded a London based company through private equity and debt finance. The company offered London-wide catering to […]
From the futurist who brought you Star Trek’s City at the Edge of Tomorrow and the Terminator…….
The above film centres on Kristo Käärmann who co-founded TransferWise. Key Points from Kristo Käärmann | TransferWise: TransferWise makes international transfers super cheap by having reserves in both sides of the transaction rather than doing what institutions do; Banks can’t reduce their rates now in Kristo’s opinion because then those rate […]
This guy’s flying board might be the future of something….Some points; I wouldn’t fly over anything other than water. Would you? I also think that the flying board is very very loud. N.I.M.B.Y not in my back yard please. This flying board could be the basis of sport however. This product […]
Kelly Predicts The Future…Again Kevin Kelly is a founding editor at Wired magazine. As such, he has made some interesting predictions (a thousand true fans, for example) in many fields from technology to cultural and societal change. Of course, Kelly, along with Kurzweil and other futurists, have been wrong. As […]
You need an iframes capable browser to view this content. How large is the US National Debt? Seymour Durst created the physical clock on Sixth Avenue in New York city in order to visually articulate the US governments gross national debt. In the chart below, I have laid out how […]
I daydream, regardless of partisanship, how might the RNC 2016 convention have been saved? In US politics, the core objective of a major party convention is to create four days of propaganda for the nominee. The Republicans were light on policy in 2012 and heavy on the boring with the exception of […]
The Donald Trump / Rosie O’Donnell was probably the most storied tabloid level media story of the 2000s. Trump said he would sue Rosie in her fat ass pockets for mentioning the 4 business bankruptcies in the 1990s. Rosie bit back by flipping her hair in the style of Trump […]
The charcoal smeared faces of generations huddled around communal chimneys has given way to a diligent youth globe trotting with the promise of economic opportunity unparalleled since the expansive growth of the American baby-boomer. The shimmering lights of Shanghai shine outwardly despite a nationalist protectionism that, of course, only the Chinese-themselves can enjoy. It’s […]
MBA = Taking Control: Business school is about gaining control of your financial future. HBS believes that their experience training can also be applied to other spheres- politics, education, health care, the arts. Business culture is pervasive so learn it from within. Case Studies Are A Learning Device: The entire HBS curriculum is built on […]
MBAs Inter-Semester Travel: Go to Brazil, India, China, or Russia, which is now the standard inter-semester trip for MBA students. MBAs have an arrogance to them. Do not go to these places with hand sanitizer in your wallet or purse. These trips are liable to be dominated by booze, clubs, […]
Further Strategy: you need to sound out the cost and willingness to pay with your clients. You will see the source of the competitive advantage if you look at these forces. To understand that cost and willingness to pay you need to breakdown the business into its multiple parts, and […]
Mergers and Acquisitions: Company A announces a merger with Company B, it offers a price x, for Company B which is about Company B’s current stock market valuation. The arbitrageur asks himself, is the likelihood that this deal will actually go through? Will the shareholders of Company B accept it? […]
Lessons from a Masters In Business Administration: With Money Comes Freedom, Entrepreneurs and When Pitching To A VC
With Money Comes Freedom: Business and government can work together. You can come from business, and move into government ie. Mitt Romney, or work in government and transition into business ie. Japanese civil servant system. In order to be successful in business/government ventures, David Rubenstein believes that you should be: a) […]
Juicing Up The Returns: Imagine 2 companies, each has assets worth $1,000,000. The first has funded its assets with $800,000 in borrowed money and $200,000 in equity from investors. The interest rate is 10% on borrowed money and the tax is 50%. Each year the $1,000,000 worth of assets leads […]
Negotiations 101: the fundamentals begin with discussing ethics followed by the basic analytical tools of negotiations. The negotiator often tries to misled his opponent but the risk of unethical negotiations is a bad reputation. Bluffing is fine in negotiations. The sophistication of the parties is also relevant. Selling a complicated […]
For years, Chrysler had been building lousy cars, according to Iacocca, but it is in a company’s interest to catch problems at the factory, it would cost about $20 on hour to fix versus $30 when under warrantee. The designer has to 1) ensure the part is low weight since […]
Lessons from a Masters In Business Administration: Walmart / Proctor and Gamble’s Competitive Advantage
Walmart’s Success: The goal of sustainable competitive advantage is to develop and integrate a consistent set of mutually reinforcing activities. You want to build up a business that cannot fail over time because of the momentum moving in support of it. Walmart is not successful because of its low costs […]
Issues of Scope: What can our business do? What can it own? Where can it operate? General Electric’s approach is to say that its separate businesses should be ranked one or two in whatever sector they operate. If that business isn’t near the top, then GE sells it because they […]
1979 was a War-zone for Chrysler. In business, you need to be like an Army surgeon. You might have 40 injured people, but you only have 3 hours to save them. You need to pick the ones who have the best chance of survival. At Chrysler, there was no time […]
Strategy Is Not Operational Efficiency: You can run the best kebab shop in London, UK but if you are doing something that many people can copy, you are not going to make any money. You need a great strategy, but the first step is picking the right industry. Anyone can become […]
Blame Government: Poor management had a lot to do with Chrysler’s situation in 1980, but government regulation was also used as justification for seeking a government loan guarantee for Chrysler. Government prevented the Big Three from coming together to develop more fuel-efficient cars or improve safety even though the Japanese […]
Lee Iacocca: Don’t Go Quietly, Address Criticism With Strong Responses During the government negotiations over a Chrysler bailout, K&E put ads together to emphasize that Chrysler was in trouble but that America would be worse off if Chrysler no longer existed. The goal was to restore faith in Chrysler directly […]
Re-branding and Marketing Matters: Example, Black & Decker Case Study: the power tools division is declining. The problem is possibly because a) B&D started making toasters and kettles that diminished the brand, and do not have large margins, or b) low-cost competitors in Japan. One solution is to create a new […]
Cash-flow At Microsoft: Investors tend to like to see cash invested on improving the business or returned to them as dividends. Microsoft kept a lot of cash on its books. Many think this is because software is intensely competitive, and so Microsoft needs a cash cushion to carry it through. Microsoft […]
Chrysler Motor Company had traditionally been a heavily leveraged company and borrowed heavily from banks. When heavily leveraged, good times are amazing and bad times are suicidal. To dissuade banks from trying to support a bankruptcy, Jerry Greenwald made it clear that all loans would be tied up for 5 […]
Chrysler had big suppliers knocking on their door with accounts payable at $800 million per month. Chrysler couldn’t just say that they would be slow to pay their suppliers but they had to say they wanted more spend per month. If this starts to come undone, the suppliers get nervous […]
Cash-Flow Management: Butler Lumber is a small business with a problem. It is mismanaging its cash. In order to grow, BL was buying more wood from its suppliers, and then storing it in a warehouse, and then giving customers 30 days to pay for it. Meanwhile BL had to pay […]
By the mid 1980s, Chrysler was in a strong position thanks in part to the build up of credibility that Iacocca had earned through his leadership. It also helps if you appear in TV commercials to get your message out. Iacocca did not want to do the ads at first […]
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: is based on Carl Jung’s psychological theory, and looks at possible psychological types, and consequences. People’s minds are always perceiving, taking in information, judging, and processing information. There are two different ways of perceiving: Sensation, and Intuition. Sensing is practical, intuition is imaginative, and Judging is about thinking, […]
In 1970, GM employees went on strike for 67 days in the US and 95 days in Canada, the 400,000 workers lost $760 million in wages,and GM failed to produce 1.5 million vehicles resulting in a loss of $5 billion in profits. When Chrysler had a 104-day strike in 1950, […]
Leadership & Organizational Behaviour: you will have to learn about this subject. Example, you might have a CEO who has a misogynistic head engineer, or staff who are envious of the salaries of others. When shareholders visit, the CEO might screw up by allowing those visitors to roam around the company […]
Ranking Industries: in your MBA program, you might be expected to look at a list of twelve industries, from a basic chemical company and a grocery chain to an airline and a retail bank, and then compare it with a list of unlabeled balance sheet percentages and ratios. The assignments then […]
A Clean Factory Is Insanely Great But The Product Has To Sell: Freemont, California was the location of Apples new automated factory overlooking the Ford manufacturing facility. Apple was more profitable in its early years of existence relative to Ford. Apple was indeed a miraculous company. Jobs spent time going over the machines […]
Play dumb when you have to: In December of 1960, McNamara pressured Henry Ford to promote Iacocca to head of the Ford Division, Lee was told to play it cool when being taken to Henry Ford’s office and when offered the position. The reason was that Ford II wanted to […]
The last 100 years saw the migration of millions of people into urban centres and then some of those people moved out to suburbs. As the technology in agriculture improved, the economics of extensive land ownership made less sense every incrimental season. However, the standard of living improved incrementally generally and unlike […]
Super Sonic speeds are rather remarkable. Notice that the water is being disrupted. I’m sure I would need to cover my ears in this situation. Can speed compensate for cost?
From the creator of Going Clear, Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine is about the now infamous career flaws of one of the most successfull entrepreneurs in American history. It looks like a good rehashing of memories from 2012 when everyone you knew + your grandma read the Isaacson’s […]
This presentation is quite interesting from a variety of perspectives. Most controversial on China versus US governments, Bill Gates basically described an experimental-led model for western democracy over the existing adversarial model of western democracy….testing in business should be applied to government…kind of obvious but I don’t see the political […]
Richie Davidson’s talk at Google is rather boring but his findings are important. Meditation is not some weakling activity. It is critical for top performance and for brain workouts. Since the brain is plastic or maliable, we need to approach improving ourselves through neoroscience. In the future, we will treat […]
Is the science behind this game more of a marketing angle rather then something original. If the math is kind in the fractal pattern? The game doesn’t appear allow for the evolution of mathematical formulas….
1) Don’t let the vision behind the idea cloud the utility of the product: users will make a decision of your idea in less then 1 second so it better be really useful upfront. 2) Recognise & embrace your constaints: build a simple matrix to explain your ideas. Then Groupon […]
Reading time: approxiamately 55 minutes. Introduction | Becoming a Willpower Scientist Have you ever set a goal but then failed to follow through on what was required to achieve it? This article is about re-crafting your mind to get things done. Our journey through the foothills of the mind starts with […]
Tangential relevance is here to stay. I’m guessing there are some cunning aliens in Shopify’s marketing department. Nice video.
John Cleese On Humour: Humour is much more subjective. The rules of film comedy have changed because the market for films is completely shaped by the target audience NOT by the vision. The internal logic must be maintained in any given sketch or else it doesn’t work….these are the kinds […]
Perhaps the best way to learn is when you are happy &/or in a state of play. The Bank of England has created some engaging interactive content that is rather shareworthy. If only they would make easy to do so…..click or tap below to learn more.
don’t think a story, be emotional, the best story telling is emotional.
John Cleese on Creativity; What creativity isn’t; The close mode; The open mode; Getting into the open mode; Time; Avoiding rushed solutions; Confidence; Humour. John Cleese on Creativity: You need to study creativity in order to become creative. It isn’t innate, it’s learned. Studying creativity is quite fascinating. The sort […]
I didn’t know that Daft Punk lifted all of their best hooks from artists prominent in the 1970s. The new songs are largely most successful then their proginator. I’m guessing most people do not know that is the case however. I only recently discovered this heavy borrowing tactic myself. I […]
Box Office versus XBox The real story is the future revenue for Star War Battlefront. Dice Games has produced what appears to be a first person game that combines topnotch graphics and spectacular but violent game play with a global brand that’s about to release a highly anticipated film in 2015. We […]
Well, this will add some spice to the Republican leadership race for sure. We know Hilary Clinton has next to no opposition. but the Republicans have over a dozen applicants for the top job. Enter Donald Trump who decides to run for President of the United States. I used to […]
Foundation: You need to build a fountation for yourself. University is a great foundation for personal development: Bring your best mental self to everything you do. Potential: Potential is a dirty word if you do not do anything with it. You need maximise your potential. You need to embrace life […]
Excercising shapes the body and mind. Schwarzenegger believed in conquering the world, he has done that pretty well. It wasn’t luck, it was willpower (self-discipline). Although, he’s made some mistakes in life, he was driven by strong principles. He created goals for himself and then did what he could to […]
Kung Fury is a visual feast for the eyes. Built by Swedish based Laser Unicorns, the 30 minute feature is quite possibly the most entertaining action satire since Kill Bill. It’s impressive what can be done with the right post-production effects….This film proves that good visual effects are now within […]
How the war was lost & won. Although, he lumps the colonies with Britain & leads with his local audience, this presentation is quite impressive. It’s is obvious that this form of visualisation is powerful, useful and likely to scale as more designers become familiar with the technology.
There are so many things that can be learned from playing SimFarm. The value of money, planning etc. The game is not dogmatic either, it doesn’t tell the player how to best go about planning out a farm. But I wonder if that freedom allows those kids to discover how […]
Timber Timbre’s style is iconoclastic, retro-rock; this band is probably one of the most commercially underrated group from north of Niagra Falls to catch my attention in the last few years. This live show is quite different from their Hot Dreams album but it’s still an excellent set…..enjoy!
How might gamification be integrated into your everyday life? Well, probably not in the format suggested here. If you’ve ever seen old technology videos that try to predict modern day iterations, then you know that these types of predictions are wildly off. Still some food for thought.
Origins of Multiculturalism: An Analysis of the Historical Emergence of the Canadian Multiculturalism Policy of 1971. Official multiculturalism was a watershed in Canadian identity that originated as a consequence of the changes of the 1960s. In order to appreciate the historic shift towards multiculturalism policy, this article will achieve the following […]
Steve Wozniak explains his success with Apple!!!!!!!!
This film is called Wanderes. Quite an impressive visual story. Features a skyhook / spacelift / space elevator.
Conclusion of Contagious Vietnamese people coming to America after the Vietnam War had no English skills. Tippy Heddron from the film the Birds went to visit these ladies in their refugee camp in California and introduced them to nail saloons as a business opportunity that they could sink their teeth […]
Make sure you have a tangible outcome from your work. Disneyland opened in 1955 and served to solidify Disney influence. Walt Disney was building a physical park. Disney wanted to make a clean amusement park. Violi Theme Park was very clean and popcorn lights. The movies were central to the […]
The Story Metric Trojan Horses are symbolic of all good stories. Greeks destroyed the town by offering their enemy a gift horse and then soldiers popped out in the night etc. We don’t really remember the details but we do remember the general point, which is that you should not […]
Practical Value Some dude named Ken wanted to show his daughter how to hawk corn quickly and easily. You pop the corn into the microwave for a minute then remove the leaves. Awesomely useful videos do tend to get shared. Vacuum Cleaner are debated issues: useful =brand rising. Pay it […]
Disneyland was finished in 1955 in Anaheim California but it had a limited size and the value of the land around Disneyland was astronomical once the business model was proven to be highly successful. Hotels, restaurants were built around Disneyland which made expansion difficult. As a result of the difficulties […]
The Public Metric When Steve Jobs launched the MacBook he realised that the customer experience should be compromised so that other people would know that the computer being used was indeed a Mac when it was opened facing the wrong way. He made sure that the logo opened outwards so […]
“It’s not so much about doing as it is about Non-Doing.”
The Trigger Metric Most conversations are about things that are mundane. We frequently talk about what is on the top of our mind however. Ziploc bags may be boring but they are frequently thought of because they are useful at lunch times and lunch time is at least once a […]
Disney lost revenue due to the 2nd World War which meant that roughly 40% of the companies revenue was cut. After the success of Snow White, Disney had invested in a major Pinocchio and Fantasia, which were not able to replicate the 8million dollars of revenue that Snow White delivered. […]
The Social Currency Metric There is a hot dog restaurant in New York that bills itself as exclusive. Social currency is about making yourself look bigger and better than you already are. One of the channels most used for self-enhancing social currency is Facebook. Bryan Shippard’s Hot Dog biz Crif […]
Introduction | The Competitive Advantage by Michael Porter Michael Porter has created a methodology for thinking about business. The approach will open your eyes and mind to how successful businesses thrive. From the Kebab shop on the corner to Walmart, every successful business seems to slot nicely in this generalizable […]
Here’s some preliminary advice about Exam preparation for UK Universities: Written exams are tough because they are timed, and force students to organise their answers in a clear, and concise fashion. You might notice that the prompts used for the weekly modules are frequently used in the actual past exams, […]
Star Trek’s Universal Translator is on its way to be being marketed to the masses. There are huge companies with immense resources working on solving on of the most difficult problem. Also note how the US audience is skeptical of the German lady. London does have amazing Indian cuisine. But you […]
This Is A Cut Out Of Big Ben Here is a really fun print-able cut out of Big Ben that kids will love as well as creative people of all ages. It’s a compact version but with a colour ink or jet printer at the highest quality, an A4 sized piece of paper, some […]
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Business Most of the value is in the cheese, the bread and the accompanying tomato soup. Mmm, that all tastes toooooo good. And when customers taste the food, they think “that was a great sandwich” and very rarely think “some Chef made that.” We rarely see the […]
US states are being played off of one another in a competition for Japanese auto factories in the US. Iacocca believed in 1984 that the Japanese were outcompeting the US because of the close ties between management and government officials in Japan. Like China today, Japan according to Iacocca in […]
This video has a bunch of mistakes in it. Like the Apple III was a huge success. No it was certainly not. If you look at the revenue figures, the Apple II carried Apple through the rough waters of the series of R&D blunders under Steve Jobs. Also IBM was […]
The Best Monty Python Sketches You really should play all these sketches below at the same time ;-P The following are the best Monty Python of all time….Curated by a team of monkeys we found behind the Apple Store at Regents Street, London. What makes these sketches so special? Well, they […]
Synopsis Of Discussion In 1998 Warren Buffett Points: Career Advice: Don’t do a job that you don’t enjoy. Waiting for a good time to have fun at your job is like saving up for sex for your old age. Get right into what you enjoy instead of doing something you […]
This is a really impressive explanation of the Moz evolution. I am now a serious fan of his marketing objectives as SEO continues to shift into a more dynamic element in the inbound marketing agenda. From 2010….
I’m trying to include you in the discussion: the uptalk is very common in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Certain Londonders frequently uptalk. Watch the video above to learn more about this interesting speech pattern.
Checkout a detailed history of the Troubles below:
This is an interest presentation on Big Macs the staple of the fast food diet.
Much like Myst circa the 90s, Monument Valley takes your through puzzles in a whimsical journey through a kind of visual forest. It’s kinda of relaxing but also challenges your brain to solve problems in a logical process. All of which is overlayed with a visually stunning interface. The music […]
This is a really fun gamification project. Who knew stairs could be this fun!!!!
This game is hilarious; not a bad idea really. It’s rather interesting concept where you complete tasks in order to win the game. I suspect more games of this nature are going to emerge. Who can forget all the fun associated with the classic sesame street characters!!!
An excellent short film that is the inspiration for 24’s multi-dynamic image screening. The film was commissioned for the ’67 Expo’s Ontario pavilion.This isn’t the city in California but the province in Canada.
Walt Disney incorporated Laugh-O-Gram films at age 20. But Disney was completely incompetent as an artist and couldn’t draw Mickey if asked. Disney was the visionary instead. But by the late 1920s, Laugh-O-Gram had failed as a viable business with Walt doing (unfortunately) a good portion of the drawings for […]
By 1983, the operating profit of Chrysler was $925 million, which was the best performance in Chrysler history. A new stock offering of 12.5 million shares was made. Within the first hour, 26 million shares were sold with a market value of $432 million. Since any new issue of equity […]
According to Thomas Cronin at the University of Maryland, animals see things rather differently from human beings. Not really a surprise but it’s worth your time to see what that actually looks like as a human being. Cronin studies visual physiology. Through his research, it has been determined that certain […]
Chris Hadfield has popularised space exploration using social media and in the process marketed the objectives of NASA better than any living or past astronaut. The photos he took of us while on the International Space Station were pretty killer, my friends. Despite his somewhat inflamed ego, Hardfield continues to inspire […]
Getting things done is about being organised which can often start with your email inbox. Applying this method will truly enhance your performance at work. Start now in order to develop the habit of getting things done more effectively. Here are some notes on how to apply the Inbox Zero method […]
There are over 30,000 photographs of Paris in this slow motion visual photo shoot conducted by Mayeul Akpovi. The video is only 2 minutes long so that makes sense. Probably took a lot of patience as well. Is Paris the most beautiful city in the world? The detail on this video […]
Steve: What I find most interesting about illustration is the direct relationship that you have with your audience. Molly: I have always used my work to explore places and people that I wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Sean: A lot of people sort of look down on comics and art, […]
Technology and Operations Management: the Benihana chain in Japan deconstructed the mechanics for a restaurant chain focused on unique customer experiences. Benihana’s innovation was a highly profitable one. Chefs prepare the food at the table, which allows the company to save on kitchen space, while customers were rotated in and […]
The audacity of this scam is disturbing. The bigger the lie the more people will believe it. Phishing continues to work for criminals as a tactic. In fact, there is a massive decline in crime in the developed world in the last decade; possibly because the crimes aren’t reported online […]
Imagine the Oscars Best Picture in 2025 is a film-like video game that grows and evolves over a 2 hour period based on the desires of the collective desires of the audience….over the past 15 days, we’re a closer to that interactivity of group creation with Twitch which allow many […]
Walt Disney was not that great as an animator but he was at the forefront of what logically should happen, but no idea can be realised without finance. He knew how to make gambles on game-changing ideas so much so that he was willing to mortgage his house to create […]
Hal Sperlich and Lee Iacocca had initiated the K-car series in 1977 with the intention of bringing these four cylinder, 25 miles per gallon vehicles into market. The Aries and the Reliant were genuine sellers for Chrysler. All new cars were derived from the K-car platform including the LeBaron, Chrysler […]
Aside from some biased views about cultures etc, this video does give a healthy overview of the European Debt crisis. It’s a good refresher at least. Explained by the guy who did this: Fiscal Crisis Explained. At this rate, we can expect another one of these visualisations in 2017.
Having bad things dealt your way is part of being human but the truly awesome always bounce back from adversity. to highlight that point, here’s a compilation of wipe outs & redemptions from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Um, just press play & scroll…… ______ Hoping you feel better in […]
We are all advertisers. There is a mis-aligned incentive. Facebook has restricted the organic reach of posts in order to force us to pay more to reach the people we care about. Veritasium is an amazing channel, check it out!
“Contagious Metrics”: (based on Jonah Berger’s system from “Contagious”) I consider 6 factors when determining what makes content viral. My content marketing grading system (1 low value – 4 high value) is shamelessly borrowed from Jonah Berger, and is used when looking at each idea with that frame in mind […]
Walt Disney’s early entrepreneurial experience took him to Kansas City to start a company called Laugh-O-Gram. The two Disney brothers learned early that owning the character and controlling intellectual property was essential. In 1926, the Alice Adventure cartoons (mixed live and animation) were put to rest as they weren’t gaining […]
PL Travers “Did Not Enjoy The Film!”
Jeremy Paxman (aka Paxo) grills the Edmontonian in this BBC Newsnight interview but Carney is un-phased for the whole affair. The big question is “what is going to happen to productivity in the UK”. There has been an increase in employment but value generation in Britain is yet to truly be […]
Summary of Trebor Scholtz’ Talk The talk is an overview of online crowdsourcing which is wiping away 100 years of progress in labour rights according to Trebor Scholz. Digital labour is now allowing for a return to child labour, 8 hour work day, unethical business practices ALL through distance based employment. […]
Animators in the 1920s were taking live action and adding cartoons to them. Walt Disney with (Kansas City-based) Laugh-O-Gram reversed this idea and had cartoons with one live action character in his Alice Adventures series. Ub Iwerks was the actual artists, Walt Disney was the visionary and Roy Disney was […]
Kurt Vonnegut talks about writing every day, depression experience, US anti-scientific minds. Good advice that matters. The First Gulf War is one of the topics Kurt Vonnegut discusses on set with Michael Atwood in this interview from 1991. This is the second of four sections of the interview. This interview originally […]
This is an excellent video about posture, sitting and ergonomic well being from a furniture store in the US. I was particularly impressed with the quality of the video and the scientific argument presented. It could be fun to do some more research into this topic!
When the Shah fell in January 16th, 1979, the price of gas doubled. Gas guzzlers like RVs were the first to stop selling. The myth that the Big Three could have anticipated the spike in gas prices is foolish according for Iacocca. Until 1979, the customers wanted big V8 engines […]
What does the domination of the consumer marketplace by these 10 conglomerates mean for innovators, entrepreneurs and new entrants? How can new products overcome the dominant brands already present? Surely, there is a constant state of flux…Is the challenge going to increasingly be made through e-Commerce led distribution of goods […]
In the early 1980s, Iacocca removed BBDO from Chrysler and brought on Kenyon & Eckhardt instead which had developed the “Ford has a better idea” campaign. K&E had also helped with the Lincoln-Mercury division with the sign of the cat. Iacocca made sure that K&E was brought in on the […]
At issue in the taped conversation discussion below is a “stolen” confidential U.S. memo Kennedy left in a waste basket in during his 1961 visit to Ottawa. In the memo were scribbled notes that could be seen as condescending toward Canadian foreign policy positions. The degree to which Diefenbaker hyperbolised […]
PokeTheBox An interesting idea from Seth Godin, whom I respecfully disagree with on a variety of fronts.
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If you want to be successful in business, you cannot have any self-doubts. If you are weak kneed then you could not hack it at Chrysler in the early 1980s. Like a political campaign where the candidate has mean problems, you cannot be disloyal by questioning him, you had to […]
Please include attribution to Quib.ly with this graphic. This is a very interesting look into the development of Graphene, a material that is extremely strong and thus has many potential uses in manufacturing. Our great grandchildren may use a graphene-based elevator in order to travel outside of earth’s orbit, for […]
This is some nifty face art, stop-motion work from Emma Allan, a London-based artist, animator and body painter Emma Allen who depicts the cycle of reincarnation using face paint. Allen made the 75-second piece over a period of five days by painting and photographing her own face.
This is a fascinating film from RadioCanada.ca regarding Apple.
This is an amazing set of bags and other products from Brooklyn based Owen&Fred. I really like this company’s website. I might be biased on this but Owen and Fred has a great team. They design and sell gear, and goods for men, and most of it is made in the U.S.A. […]
An excellent explanation of how Google search works.
Learn the history of the Highrise from Rome to present day. From the New York Times and the National film Board (of Canada).
Converge Old Devices Into 1 New Device: Is there room for something in the middle of the iPhone and PC, Jobs asked in 2010? The iPad allows people to bring technologies together. The iPad was not sold as well as the iPhone. The name iPad was ridiculed as a women’s […]
Make Peace With Your Old Enemies: Microsoft had stolen the interface developed by Apple with multiple clip windows etc. IN 1997 Jobs announced that the only way forward was to make a deal with Bill Gates and Microsoft. In 2007, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs got together to talk about […]
When Jobs was diagnosed with cancer, he did not rush to have surgery to remove the tumour found in his pancreas. Instead, he tried to see if other treatments would work. Why was he hesitant? Partly because he had difficulty with the idea of opening up his body.