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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

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Mad Presentation Skills – Epic Google Docs Animation

Posted in Animation, design, ideas, inspiration, Media by aldorf on December 20, 2010

See the presentation (and wait for it to load – the file is heavy!): | 3 animators. 3 days (sort of). 3 Locations. 1 Google Doc.

Rovio Wi-Fi Robot by WowWee

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 22, 2010

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Learn more about Rovio Robots at WowWee website.

More products by WowWee here.

——- Check out the AR.Drone. A quadricopter that you control with your iPhone, or iPad. A flying video game using augmented reality.

Restaurant Service Robot – Recognizing Users’ Intention

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 22, 2010

In the near future, the service robots will come into human society such as home, office, and restaurant. In order to make the service robots sociable for better service, the robots should have to interact with humans. We aim to develop emotionally interactive service robot in the restaurant service area using emotional human-robot interaction technologies which have been researched in our group. This movie clip shows our emotionally interactive restaurant service robot scenario.

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The practical interactive service robot have to integrate many robot technologies. We are focusing on these research objectives below, and integrate the technologies to implement the practical restaurant service robot system.

  1. Mobile robot platform with robust stability and high mobility in the service area.
  2. Path recognition and planning via points in the service area
  3. Restaurant service integrated software system from registering guests to controlling robot
  4. Restaurant service by robot such as menu ordering and beverage service
  5. Human recognition, tracking, and human’s intention recognition for situation assessment

More about this project here.

Human Robot Interaction Center at KAIST – Learn Which Companies Are Responsible

Posted in ideas, web by aldorf on August 19, 2010

Goodness 500 is a resource that will measure the degree of responsibility and social engagement of the biggest companies in the world for you. The site carries out a detailed analysis that takes into account the data that is available on the websites of companies as well as government databases and the reports of non-profit companies. All this data is then processed employing a proprietary algorithm, and a score that reflects corporate goodness is displayed.

Naturally, the site includes a ranking that details these companies that are leading the race. That ranking includes information on the market sector that the company operates in along with the contributions that it has done to charity, how equalitarian it is and the way in which its operations have affected the environment. That final aspect is measured by looking at the degree of toxicity that the company has produced, and how much it has actually released.

To me, the main asset of the site is how it educates the general public in a way that is free from unnecessary jargon and which also empowers people to make their own corrections and suggestions to the results that are provided. in their own words

“Goodness500 is a social enterprise that helps people assess the social responsibility of the companies with the most power to change the world.” gives you an instant understanding of which companies it is at when it comes to social responsibility and commitment.

Relevant question: Do the top spot holders change places frequently?

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