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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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The other night, I was walking in downtown San Francisco after a work event near two other pedestrians, two men probably in their mid twenty’s.   I could overhear parts of their conversation when one of them said, “I hate technology.  I forwarded the email to her, and then she posted it on …….”.   It seemed to be a discussion about singles, dating, and technology and the first thing I thought about was, of course, Aziz Ansari!

On September 7, 2013, I attended a comedy show of acclaimed comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari at the Victoria Theater in Dayton, Ohio.   The evening started out with a funny bit where Ansari allows the audience to take a picture of him on stage, a practice that had just previously been announced as prohibited.   Ansari wondered why fans were so eager for a picture that would inevitably be blurry and sure enough here’s my requisite blurred photo. (more…)

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In the last 3 and half months, we’ve all had what I call Twitter days.   Glorious Twitter days.   Real life events that spur a frenzy of Twitter activity which just draws and sucks you in for sometimes good and sometimes bad reasons.   Times where you are constantly hitting the refresh button on Twitter to: (more…)

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This weekend I made it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in beautiful Monterey, California.   Having living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 13 years, I would have thought I would have made it there, but life I suppose has conspired against me.   Regardless, I finally made it and thoroughly enjoyed the majesty of the sea life housed in the aquarium.   Penguins, sharks, fish, jellyfish, seahorses, colorful fish, dull fish, birds, squid, turtles, eel, worms, camouflaged animals, bright animals- the aquarium has it all.   Overall though, I’d have to say the jellyfish stole the show! (more…)

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This week, I found myself in New York city, traveling to my company’s Mid-town Manhattan office near Times Square.  Of course, this was just one week after the devastating Hurricane Sandy which tragically took lives and disrupted the lives of millions in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut along with other states up and down the Atlantic coast.  And of course, outside of the US, the damage and devastation in Caribbean countries was equally dramatic.    Of course, the cover photo from New York Magazine captured the reality of the city’s power distribution very powerfully. (more…)

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Usain Bolt’s Olympic achievements feel simply inconceivable.  His dominance continued with mind blowing victories this week in the London 2012 Olympics in the 100 meter and 200 meter races.   How astonishing were his victories?  The New York Times created a visual graphic of Bolt’s 100 meter feat in this digital interactive (titled One Race, Every Medalist Ever) comparing his result with all other medalists in the 100 meter race in the history of the Olympics.   It’s a 2:45 video- absolutely worth the time to watch. (more…)

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Iconic Images: What’s the most epic photo ever taken? 75 answers on Quora

What’s the most epic photo ever taken?

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