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  • Great read - love that is smashes the rampant ageism and myth of youth ... Alan Patricof: An Ageless VC Makes a Spl… ,
  • Some of the best music you'll ever listen too... stacked-up and ready to stream ,
  • Warm up for the Sydney to Hobart. ,
  • The power of brand influencers - interesting read. Interested in views on their methodology - might work for US mar… ,
  • Very clever... A Microsoft Excel Artist ,
  • While the problem underlying M&A integration is big, Material Information Platforms implemented pre-transaction wil… ,
  • Wow... t/sheets acquired by Intuit ,
  • Way to start the morning. Beautiful Balmoral.. Balmoral Sailing Club ,
  • Bank inquiry puts global investment at risk: Westpac's David Lindberg.. spot on ,
  • Why are taxi apps so appalling. Slow, lousy interface, freeze... hopeless attempt to satisfy customers and so easily fixed,
  • should give us the option of only accepting drivers who aren’t on a job. Stop “forcing” drivers to take a job while on a job. ,
  • National looks more desperate every day. NZ is lucky to have a leader with this much experience. ,
  • Dennis clearly doesn’t understand that a BYO challenge for the last AC was well past 200m. Unless you sailed Oracle… ,
  • And that’s the point - Amazon is a boost to SMBs and entrepreneurs locked out by big retail. And so much for big br… ,
  • Little evidence in here of impact in meetings but suspect the same applies. Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lec… ,

Archive for October, 2010

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Marketing Pranks

Pretty funny… so is this from NetSuite…

 

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What Technology Wants

I’m really enjoying Kevin Kelly’s new book – What Technology Wants. Here are some of the tenets. Available from Amazon

  • Technology is the most powerful force on the planet.
  • Technology is an extension of evolutionary life, best thought of as the 7th kingdom of life.
  • Humanity is our first technology; We are tools.
  • Technology is selfish; as a system it exhibits its own urges and tendencies.
  • Technologies cannot be banned, and none go extinct.
  • The progression of technologies is inevitable.
  • Because technologies are inevitable we can prepare to optimize their benefits.
  • Technology is not neutral but serves as an overwhelming positive force in human culture.
  • We have a moral obligation to increase technology because it increases opportunities.
  • The origins of technology lie in the Big Bang.
  • Technology preceded humans and will continue beyond us.
  • Among the things technology wants are increased diversity, complexity, and beauty.
  • Technology may be as much a reflection of the divine as nature is.
  • Technology is an infinite game, a grand story we can align ourselves with for greater meaning.
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Free is Never Free

Interesting to see Microsoft going after OpenOffice. But do they validate it in the process? While a nicely done video – and it makes very real points – surely OpenOffice can’t be getting enough momentum to warrant their attention?

One of the key questions any message needs to answer before it is delivered is “by delivering this message, do I draw attention to exactly what I don’t want attention drawn to?”.

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On Brand, Off Brand, Or, Just Funny

Not sure what to make of these new Air New Zealand Ads – apparently for Internet release only. Did elicit a chuckle though.

It’s also amusing that marketers somehow draw a line between the Internet and traditional media. As if though doing something on the web gives them a remit to be a little more risqué. That boundary departed a long time ago. If you are going to push the brand, push it everywhere.

Either way, gotta love the new Premium Economy seats. Looking forward to a trip in those soon!

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Can You Sell Something for $3.26m on eBay?

As it turns out, you can, if it is a gorgeous 1959 Ferrari GT.

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