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On a recent trip to Thailand, I noticed this pay phone booth on a street near the famed Grand Palace of Bangkok.   If you look closely, you’ll see that the actual pay phone itself is missing.

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A colleague recently shared this creative presentation on what motivates knowledge professionals at the workplace.  Very thought provoking.

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On September 11, 2010, I added to my blog a post titled The 31 Most Innovative Startups- World Economic Forum’s 2011 Technology Pioneer winners.

Per their website, the Technology Pioneers programme is the World Economic Forum’s way of identifying those companies – normally in a start-up phase or in their first rounds of financing – from around the world that are involved in the most innovative design and development of new technologies. (more…)

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Recently, Silicon Valley has been a buzz about Google losing key employees to Twitter, Zynga, and Facebook and the massive retention bonuses that Google has given to keep key executives.  Now, in the Valley, employee turnover every few years is commonplace so I wonder, is this type of turnover any different than the typical Silicon Valley career path?   I believe it is and to understand why, let’s first consider a blue print High-Tech career path. (more…)

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Recently, there has been a lot of discussion around whether a new “bubble” has hit Silicon Valley and the Internet world. Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Twitter, and Linkedin all have substantial multiple billion dollar valuations which is often cited as evidence of this bubble. The recent $41 million funding round for social based startup Color before the launch of their product has generated even more debate about this bubble. Google’s Eric Schmidt, noted entrepreneur Steve Blank, and the New York Times all have recently commented with views supporting the concept of this bubble. (more…)

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On March 11 2:46 PM local Japan time, the tragic and devastating earthquake hit Japan followed by the even more damaging tsunami about an hour later.   Eight hours later, the fast moving tsunami (Tsunamis travel about 500 miles per hour under water) led to warnings up and down the Northern California coast, including the Bay Area where I live.

In San Francisco, the Japan earthquake hit at 10:46 PM local time on March 10 (sixteen hour time zone difference).   That night, I read about it online via my Twitter feed and also watched some coverage on CNN.   I soon went to sleep as usual with the next morning being a typical work day.  (more…)

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I’ve spent the last 10 years working in operations finance roles for companies in the Silicon Valley, ranging from large billion dollar companies with hundred thousand employees to startups with less than 30 employees.     Here are some of the lessons and philosophies I’ve picked up over the years about the Finance role in the Silicon Valley. (more…)

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Guy Kawasaki has had a remarkable career, gaining notoriety first as Chief Evangelist at Apple followed by successful stints as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Given his background as a product visionary, when I had the chance to read his new book Enchantment (subtitled The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions), I suspected it would yield the key to creating enchanting products.   To my delight, it was so much more than that- it was in fact, more of a blueprint to a lead better life, and first and foremost, offer ways to positively change your own heart, mind, and actions. (more…)

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In June 2009, I wrote a post titled The Evolution of Internet ADD which chronicled the primary sources of my near Internet addiction.  Now, nearly 2 years later, it’s a good time to see how consumption patterns are changing.    As you’ll see, the theme now for me is most certainly mobile.

Below, here’s how I rate the primary drivers of my internet usage in March 2011, using a qualitative scale of 1-10, with 10 representing heaviest use. (more…)

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Recently, I heard a presentation from Miami University Professors Peg Faimon and Glenn Platt about the details of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS) planned digital innovation campus to be opened in the San Francisco Bay Area.   As an alum of Miami University, a public university in Oxford, Ohio, working in the Bay Area, this is an exciting development and makes me ask the question if this is the model of digital innovation education at undergraduate programs across the US. (more…)

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