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Reid Hoffman (Founder of LinkedIn) on how to Network effectively

Many people are turned off by the topic of networking. They think it’s slimy, inauthentic. Picture the consummate networker: a high-energy fast talker who collects as many business cards as he can and attends mixers sporting slicked-back hair. Or the overambitious college kid who frantically e-mails alumni, schmoozes with the board of trustees, and adds … Continue reading

How to write like Murakami…

“When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do both), then I read a bit, and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 p.m. … Continue reading

Is China starting to innovate?

China is innovating. Some of its achievements are visible: a doubling of the global percentage of patents granted to Chinese inventors since 2005, for example, and the growing role of Chinese companies in the wind- and solar-power industries. Other developments—such as advances by local companies in domestically oriented consumer electronics, instant messaging, and online gaming—may well … Continue reading

Michael Chiu (McKinsey Global Institute) on “Big Data”

Sources of “big data”: Transactional databases (e.g. financial, travel, energy, etc.) Social media Sales & logistics Audio/Video Internet of Things (M2M) Opportunities presented by Big Data: Radical transparency (data is widely available to divisions, customers and stakeholders alike) Test decisions: experiment with alternative strategies Create widespread customization: even personalization (A different product for each customer) … Continue reading

What causes people to Retweet?

The link between affect, defined as the capacity for sentimental arousal on the part of a message, and virality, defined as the probability that it be sent along, is of significant theoretical and practical importance, e.g. for viral marketing. The basic measure of virality in Twitter is the probability of retweet and we are interested in … Continue reading

Curry: A Tale of Cooks & Conquerors – Lizzie Collingham

An informative, witty and fast moving culinary history of the South Asian subcontinent, Lizzie Collingham’s meticulously researched description of the cuisine of the region is a sumptuous and easily digested delight. Moving sprightly between Persia, Afghanistan, Portugal, the New World, East Africa and India, she teases out truth from fiction on the origin and evolution … Continue reading

Book Review: EM Forster – A Passage to India

Today EM Forster’s classic may seem quaint and even naive when compared with more contemporary tomes such as Mistry’s “A Fine Balance”, Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children” or even Smith’s “White Teeth”, but I couldn’t help but be impressed with the timelessness of his considered prose and insightful dialog. Earnestly striving for fairness and balance, Forster’s tale … Continue reading

George Clooney’s top 100 films from the 60s-70s

I think I’ve seen every one of these, and except for the made-for-TV-movies, they are a pretty damn good selection! http://www.slashfilm.com/george-clooneys-top-100-films/ Didn’t see “Clockwork Orange” or “Soldier Blue” but who am I to quibble…

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