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Richard Branson Is Asking You …

Posted in Animation, blog, ideas, inspiration, quality by aldorf on January 18, 2012

What do you think about this video? “Incentivising senior employees very differently. Saw this incredibly interesting video recently. Was impressed not only by its surprising conclusions, but by its original way of presenting information. It’s certainly intriguing. I suspect that my senior people at Virgin will hope I don’t watch this video too often! What do you think about it? (via his blog)

It is a pretty cool video on management. And I agree that this original way of presenting information by RSA is very convincing. There are many more animated videos on their website or youtube channel. Great content and intriguing to watch. Thanks Richard for posting and thanks RSA for being a powerful and inspiring platform.

 

 

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Booktwo – Investigate The Future Of Literature And The Publishing Industry

Posted in art, blog, Media by aldorf on December 1, 2011

The book is dead. Long live the book.

Founded in September 2006 by James Bridle, booktwo.org exists to investigate, analyse, catalogue and debate the future of literature and the publishing industry.

Booktwo.org was founded out of a frustration with the failure of trade publishing to engage with new media and technology, a frustration reflected in the first essay: Birth Pangs of a new Literature. Over time, the industry has started to change, but booktwo.org continues to champion and challenge new literary forms and new publishing models.

James Bridle worked in a number of roles within and outside the publishing industry, from publicity and marketing to editorial, and from online strategy to web application development and production. His personal site can be found at shorttermmemoryloss.com.

Paid Apps vs. Free Apps – Intriguing Insights by Marco Arment (Instapaper)

Posted in blog, Media, quality by aldorf on April 29, 2011

First of all, kudos to Marco for creating with Instapaper a useful and one of my favorite tools out there. This is a great blog post about an experiment he started last fall.

Last fall, I conducted an experiment: I quietly removed Instapaper Free from the App Store for three days, leaving only the full, $4.99 Instapaper app. Not only did sales increase incrementally, but nobody seemed to notice.

On March 12, knowing I was heading into very strong sales from the iPad 2’s launch, I pulled Free again, this time for a month. Again, nobody noticed, and sales increased (although it’s hard to say which portion of the increase, if any, is attributable to Free’s absence, since most of it is from the iPad 2’s launch).

This break went so well that I pushed the return date back by another month. I may keep it out indefinitely, effectively discontinuing Instapaper Free.

Here’s why: …read full blog post (recommended)

A couple of his insights

Customer reviews: Instapaper Free always had worse reviews in iTunes than the paid app. Part of this is that the paid app was better, of course, but a lot of the Free reviews were completely unreasonable…

Product design: If you have a free version of your app, that will be the only version many people will ever see. So, for the Free users, that app — that extremely limited app that lacks almost all of Instapaper’s best features — is what they think Instapaper is.…

Demand: Maybe you think there aren’t enough people willing to pay $5 for an app with no free version. I used to think that, too. But I was wrong.

A Visual Life – Beautiful Short About “The Sartorialist”

Posted in blog, fashion, film, Media by aldorf on April 26, 2011

Thanks Tyler Manson (Director) and Intel (Visual Life Series) for this shortfilm about a man visually articulating his vision of style and photography. Enjoyed it very much!

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Forbes – Great Insights – Interviews of 15 Top Business Leaders in China

Posted in ideas, inspiration by aldorf on January 29, 2011

Forbes blogger Cheng Zhu gets privileged insight into the minds of Chinese CEOs by interviewing 15 top business leaders in China. He finds three “perspective-taking practices” that help lead change. Here’s just one:

First, reframe. The two-character Chinese word for business, sheng yi, literally means “create new meanings.” Business, according to the Chinese CEOs I interviewed, starts with seeing what is and what it can be. They constantly present themselves, in effect, with the framing question “What image do I see in my mirror?” and the reframing questions “How might I see it differently?” and “What am I blind to?” Those questions help them continually reframe and reinterpret what lies before them, behind them and within them. They clarify their passions, redefine their strengths and reinvent their business approaches. Full story at Forbes.com. (via Alltop)

“The Internet of Things = The Internet of Hype” on The Economist

Posted in blog, ideas, your take on... by aldorf on January 7, 2011

“Is it worth it? Many of the problems that the internet of things is supposed to solve actually have simple, non-technological solutions. Google likes to boast that your smartphone can tell you the ratio of men and women in any given bar. But there is actually a much simpler solution: you can look through the window! …

Read full article on The Economist blog

GM vs. Zip Car: Video Lessons On Innovation

Posted in blog, ideas by aldorf on July 10, 2010

One of my favorite ways to learn about innovation is to observe real world cases of business transformation.  A great comparative case study can be found in the auto-industry, one of the big industrial objects of innovation desire.

read my post on hubbleinnovations.com

Digital natives. They are here.

Posted in blog, ideas by aldorf on July 10, 2010

“Dad, where was the internet before the computer was invented?”

read my post on hubbleinnovations.com

Gary Vaynerchuk, Wine Library TV

Posted in blog, food by aldorf on December 22, 2009

This guy is a character, Gary Vaynerchuk, the famous wine blogger. In his newest episode of wine library tv he recommends a special champagne for the upcoming fine dining season. And Gary tastes the finished product of the Vayniac Cab.

corkd.com” a good way to review, share and discuss wine is

Vodpod videos no longer available.

1x.com

Posted in blog, photography by aldorf on December 22, 2009

(Photo by Clyde Beamer) Onexposure is an artsproject and a photo community with a difference. Take the most talented photobloggers of the web and other famous photographers as well as many serious amateurs, select their best work and put it all in one place – there you have Onexposure.

See also: One Photo a Day from FWA.

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