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Mobile Web Growing 8x Faster Than Web

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on March 6, 2012

The mobile web is growing 8 times faster than the web grew in adoption. Companies like Amazon, eBay, PayPal, and Google were all products of the initial web explosion.  They disrupted countless established business – some of which never recovered. Today, 3 times more smartphones are activated every minute than there are babies born. Read more…

Check out my “Future of Mobile Internet” presentation.

Cool Sh*t: New Directions In Advertising

Posted in blog, ideas, inspiration, Media by aldorf on August 19, 2011

(via CR Blog) Stunts, installations, neat tech ideas and UGC – advertising has been experimenting with all manner of new methods of engagement. Discovery Networks Europe’s Federico Gaggio and Patrick Burgoyne CR editor brought together some of the most significant of these ideas in a presentation for the Promax Conference. Here’s their overview of adland’s new directions

“Cool Shit” started as a presentation at the Promax Conference in LA in 2010 by Federico Gaggio, Executive Creative Director at Discovery Networks Europe, and CR editor Patrick Burgoyne (the title was the organisers’ by the way). It was designed to be an inspirational session, rounding up content showing new and interesting ways brands and advertisers had been using the power of digital and social media to establish deeper and more meaningful relationships with their audiences. Since then, updated versions have been presented in London, Berlin and New York. There have also been many requests from audience members for an online version of the presentation. As a general overview of some of the key developing themes in advertising, we thought it would be worth sharing here on the CR Blog. What follows is a transcript of the talk as written up by Gaggio. Read more



The 25 Most Powerful Asian Executives by Forbes

Posted in innovation, quality by aldorf on May 4, 2011


The Fortune list of Asia’s most powerful people in business has many unfamiliar names. The list highlights the power shift in Asia, from Japan to China, India, and beyond. Toyota’s Akio Toyoda tops the list of 25 most powerful people in the business world. Six top executives from India also make it to the Fortune list.

1. Akio Toyoda

One of the most influential businessmen in the world, Akio Toyoda is the president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation. Grandson of Toyota founder Kiichiro, Toyoda joined the company in 1984. He joined Toyoto’s board of directors in 2000. Toyoda has played a key role in boosting sales and promoting the brand image of the company.

2. Ratan Tata

Chairman of the Tata Group, Ratan Tata is one of the most powerful business leaders in India. In 1981, JRD Tata stepped down as Tata Industries chairman, nominating Ratan as his successor. Ratan Tata is also the chairman of the major Tata companies, including Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Power, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Chemicals, Indian Hotels and Tata Teleservices. Under his leadership, the group’s revenues have grown nearly 12-fold, totalling $67.4 billion in 2009-10.

3. Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, is an ace dealmaker. He has acquired assets in telecom, petrochemicals to expand $45-billion-a-year empire, says Fortune. He initiated Reliance’s backward integration journey from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining and going up-stream into oil and gas exploration and production. He created several new world class manufacturing facilities that have raised Reliance’s petrochemicals manufacturing capacities

4. Kun-Hee Lee

Son of Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chull, Kun-Hee Lee is the chairman of Samsung Electronics. In 1996, Lee also became a member of the International Olympic Committee. With an estimated net worth of $7.4 billion, Kun-Hee Lee and family rank among the Forbesrichest people in the world.

5. Ren Zhengfei

Ren Zhengfei is the president of Huawei Technologies. With private assets worth $124 million, Ren is among the richest people in China. Ren founded Huawei Technologies Co in 1988 to specialise in the development, production, and sales of telecom equipment. Time magazine included Ren Zhengfei in its list of 100 most influential people in 2005.

6. Terry Gou, 60, chairman and CEO of Foxconn Technology Group, Taiwan

7. Gao Xiqing, 57, president and CIO of China Investment Corp, China

8. Wang Xiaochu, 53, chairman and CEO of China Telecom Corp, China

9. Jiang Jiemin, 55, chairman of PetroChina Co, China

10. Chung Mong-koo, 73, chairman and CEO of Hyundai Motor, Korea

Read more …

Citizenpower – “Take Me To…” A Social Happening in Peterborough

Posted in architecture, ideas by aldorf on December 3, 2010

Take Me To…

December 2, 2010 by Jocelyn Cunningham
Filed under: ArtsCitizenshipCommunity


So what is it that brings total strangers together, against all the odds, to meet and share very personal perspectives on their own lives and where they live?

Over the last week in Peterborough, residents have been braving the freezing weather to take part in ‘Take Me To’, the first commission of Arts and Social Change and delivered by the artist team from Encounters and Nicolas Henninger from EXYZT. It was astonishing to see how people were prepared to sit on a mini bus all day with strangers on such a cold weekend and go for extended walks in each others’ communities. This was a group that included young children in push chairs and elders with walking sticks – all of us out there, on the ice, listening to stories. On my bus there was Lionel and Helen, a retired couple who live in Yaxley, facing the fens, Hilary, who lives in the heart of the most ethnically diverse part of Peterborough and Mixey, the young rapper and Poet Laureate of the city in his childhood home of Werrington.

The stories were moving, thought provoking and enlightening for our own lives. We also had the privilege of being invited to the home of Jack, an elder on a travellers’ site and had fantastic soup made from the produce of the Green Backyard. But it was the opportunity to both share something very personal about one’s own place and hear about someone else’s, in particular, someone very different to yourself that clearly drew everyone in. Lionel said that never in a million years would he have visited Werrington without this and yet now, everything about the city has changed for him. We stood in Hilary’s front room listening to a recording of the Call to Prayer after listening to her stories of living within a Muslim community but not being religious at all and the impact of this on her own life.

Last night, everyone met again at Peterborough Cathedral, bringing their own food to share. Mr Bandali brought a feast of samosas with him. Both our lead artists Ruth Ben Tovim and Nicolas Henninger had talked about the notions of invitation and exchange as the two core ideas of the work and clearly these two dynamics were in action last night as people excitedly volunteered their contact details to each other, making promises to visit each other again.  This group of strangers had taken the idea on themselves – it was not only a view of what Big Society might mean but perhaps more importantly, a creative and caring society. We will post photos and more stories on


Wolfram|Alpha, The Next Level Search Engine

Posted in blog, ideas, web by aldorf on January 6, 2010

Amazing stuff here. Stephen Wolfram, math genius, with an Introduction of his ambitious, longterm project Wolfram|Alpha. This is an engine for answers. Instead of a list of results like in Google, you get a mini dossier and nails the exact thing you want to know in realtime. Probably not fully developed but this is going to be the future for sure and will change the online search dramatically . Back in the days Sergey Brin of Google was one of his interns at Wolfram Research. Another intersting source is Wolfram’s blog.

And if you want Wolfram|Alpha for your iphone…there is an app for that.

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Skateboarding in Kabul

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 15, 2009

Watch Skateistan Trailer here.


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