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Working in Silicon Valley for nearly two decades, I’m frequently exposed to the concept of innovation.  Sometimes even overexposed to the point of hype.  But what I’ve learned over the years is that innovation isn’t limited to technology companies, driven by a secret algorithm or framework yielding the next game changing software or hardware product.    Rather, innovation is all around us, perhaps equally generated by accident, or by trial and error, as it is from an organized innovation initiative.   It’s evident in all aspects of my daily life, from cooking, to music, to travel, and theater as well as technology and is globally true.    What I’ve observed though is that the universal factors in the entrepreneurial attitude that creates such innovation are curiosity and perseverance.     Curiosity to investigate multiple options and approaches and the perseverance to keep going when those initial options keep failing and conventional wisdom all around you is saying it won’t work.

As I reflect in my own diverse and seemingly unrelated interests just in the last two months, such innovative spirit is very evident.    Two examples in particular reinforced this to me. (more…)

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After one of their best seasons in recent history which culminated in a surprising NBA playoff run and Western Conference semi-final appearance, the exciting times just keep on rolling for the Golden State Warriors, the San Francisco Bay Area’s NBA team.   (more…)

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Recently, I made a trip to Europe and had business meetings in a small town outside of Cologne, Germany called Euskirchen.    Arriving on a Sunday afternoon for all day meetings on Monday and Tuesday, I had a few hours where I could stroll through the city center and observe the city sites and local residents.    I was fortunate enough to stumble into a community concert/show, where children were singing and dancing a variety of songs.    A fortunate chance to see a slice of the local culture.   This was my favorite one. (more…)

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JWT Intelligence has put together a fascinating list of 100 Things to Watch in 2011.   Spanning technology, fashion, pop culture, sports, film, environment, it is a pretty comprehensive list, but slanted towards technology related trends.     Slide 9 in the Slideshare presentation below lists all 100 items and each subsequent slide provides specific commentary on each individual item. (more…)

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This past week, my wife and I watched the musical In the Heights in San Francisco.   A Broadway production, In the Heights, won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical.    A very enjoyable performance—it made me think where it stacked up amongst the various theatre performances I’ve seen over the years around the world.   Here’s my ranking of the 7 major theatre shows I’ve seen in different cities.

1. Wonderful Town– New York (more…)

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Recently, I watched the much talked about Bollywood movie 3 Idiots, starring Aamir Khan.   This movie has been getting so much acclaim and buzz, that it was showing in one of the AMC Mercado 20 screens mainstream theater in Santa Clara, right next to the mega hit Avatar.   Of course, in the Bay Area, California, it’s not that difficult to attract a large Indian crowd for an Indian hit movie, but it is still very rare that a main stream theater will show a Bollywood movie and that movie would be generating most of their audience for those particular days. (more…)

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Since my wife joined the Peninsula Symphony in the Bay Area this past year as a violinist, I’ve had the good fortune to attend several of their performances.    They really put on some fantastic performances, here’s their schedule for 2010 which includes performances with Taylor Eigsti playing Gershwin, a performance with the legendary Red Violin (yes- that one from the Academy Award winning film) and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 5th.   They are led by conductor and music director Mitchell Sardou Klein, who is renowned for service and excellence in his field in the Bay Area. (more…)

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