Excerpt: "“How did it go?” I asked a young Frenchman when he’d finally retrieved something akin to a normal breath after the 7.2kilometer individual time trial at the recent Tour of Friendship race in Thailand."
Excerpt: "Douglas Rushkoff, a media theorist, author, and documentarian. The ideas in this piece are built on the arguments of his new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. We've seen digital technology disintermediate everything from record companies to university curriculum."
Excerpt: "Late one Friday morning, Rajat Gupta was rushing through security at Philadelphia International Airport, carry-on in tow, when his cellphone rang. When Gupta heard from Goldman Sachs, on whose board he sat, it was often from its chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein."
Sogou is a company that is best known for its software that
helps people use a standard QWERTY keyboard to type Chinese characters.
They recently integrated search results into their typing software
interface and a Tech in Asia blogger writes that, "I think this move has the potential to change the way Chinese users
search, and maybe even the way they interact with their computers on a
more fundamental level."
He says further that:
"Sogou’s current implementation of input method search is limited to
specific kinds of searches, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. In
fact, it doesn’t have to stay search-oriented at all. Imagine simply
typing the name of a brand’s product and then purchase that product
directly from the desktop in the input method GUI. Or typing the name of
a friend from inside any program to bring up a video chat with them, or
even share your screen with them. The possibilities are virtually
endless, and in moving into input method search, Sogou may have taken us
one step closer to a world where users interact much more quickly with
the web by not using a browser at all."
the need for a browser is one of the things apps do. Still, he is right
that Sogou's method makes the process of interacting with one's device
even easier. For one thing, you don't need to search for, download and
use a dedicated app -- that just replaces the browser with an app.
I'd like to see whether some Western company picks up
this idea and runs with it. Imagine seeing search results while you were
writing an email in Outlook or composing a blog post. Yes, it sounds
messy and reminiscent of Microsoft's "Smart Tags",
but done right, I think it could be quite a useful addition to all
computers. All you'd need to interact with your computer or phone would
be one simple empty text box into which you typed in commands, friends'
names, things to shop for, places to search for, whatever, and it would
pull up the appropriate application, search result, map, video-calling
service... No more folders, icons or browser tabs to open.
I certainly wouldn't have appreciated why this Sogou
development was important if not for taking Chinese language lessons
What should CEOs of young businesses do every week? Here's a great list. Not only for tech companies.
Excerpt: "As a first time CEO, there were times when I would sit at my desk and think, “What should I be doing today?” This feeling was especially strong after every financing round closed. After our seed round, we had defined the product and the engineers were coding it. I didn’t code."
Excerpt: The first real-world demo of Google Glass’s user interface made me laugh out loud. Forget the tiny touchpad on your temples you’ll be fussing with, or the constant “OK Glass” utterances-to-nobody: the supposedly subtle “gestural” interaction they came up with–snapping your chin upwards to activate the glasses, in a kind of twitchy, tech-augmented version of the “bro nod”–made the guy look like he was operating his own body like a crude marionette. The most “intuitive” thing we know how to do–move our own bodies–reduced to an awkward, device-mediated pantomime: this is “getting technology out of the way”?
Excerpt: "As logistics continues to be a challenge to major ecommerce players, a tiny startup in Bangalore is promising intra city delivery in 3 hours. Zopnow, the grocery retailer has managed the feat. The online store, facilitates delivery of almost 95% orders within three hours!"
"There are always at least two ways to accomplish any task: properly and improperly. Drinking beer from a glass, not the bottle; carrying a full umbrella instead of a miniature fold-up; stirring your gin martinis, not shaking them; wearing french cuffs with a suit, not button cuffs."
Excerpt: "In 1995, sales of pagers were booming among Japan’s teenagers, and NTT Docomo’s decision to add the heart symbol to its Pocket Bell devices let high school kids across the country inject a new level of sentiment (and cuteness) into the millions of messages they were keying
into telephones every day. Docomo was thriving, with a bona fide
must-have gadget on its hands and market share in the neighborhood of 40
percent. But when new versions of the Pocket Bell abandoned the heart
symbol in favor of more business-friendly features like kanji and Latin
alphabet support, the teenagers that made up Docomo’s core customer base
had no problem leaving for upstart competitor Tokyo Telemessage. By the
time Docomo realized it had misjudged the demand for business-focused
pagers, it was badly in need of a new killer app. What it came up with
Excerpt: "There are great startup ideas lying around unexploited right under our noses. One reason we don't see them is a phenomenon I call schlep blindness. Schlep was originally a Yiddish word but has passed into general use in the US. It means a tedious, unpleasant task."
Excerpt: "We’re all familiar with the major social networks in the U.S. (FB, Twitter, etc.) as well as which ones are up and coming (Vine, Snapchat, Kik, WhatsApp). But what are not talked about a lot, are the social networks out in Asia that are growing insanely fast — like WeChat, KakaoTalk, and LINE."
Excerpt: "The government of India, home to many of the world's leading software outsourcing companies, wants to replicate that success by creating a homegrown industry for computer hardware. But unlike software, which requires little infrastructure, building electronics is a far more demanding business."
Third rule: make sure ownership, possession and control are aligned. "Bonuses and cash salaries produce opportunities for misalignment. Salary caps are very important. A categorical rule of thumb that Founders Fund has developed is that no CEO should be paid more than $150,000 per year."
Excerpt: "As life has evolved, its complexity has increased exponentially,
just like Moore’s law. Now geneticists have extrapolated this trend
backwards and found that by this measure, life is older than the Earth
My common-sense copyright notice: All original content on this site is copyrighted by the site owner. If you would like to use this anywhere, please credit this site as Greek Complexity at http://www.murli.net/. Please seek permission to use any of this content for commercial purposes. If possible, please also drop me an email at "blogfeedback [at] murli [dot] net" letting me know where I have been quoted (or send me a TrackBack). Thank you.