Archive for 2008

  • Global economy gone mad(off)

    December 12, 2008

    While I don’t have access to the Oracle of Omaha, the next best thing happens to pass through our offices from time to time.  I had the honor to catch up with Joseph Leddet, analyst extraordinaire and overall wise sage.  Here’s a transcript of his recent carknowledge in which he offers some perspective on the […]

  • The t-shirt economy

    December 6, 2008

    Clive Thompson offers an inspiring explanation on how creative types are harnessing what he’s refers to as “the T-shirt economy” — paying for bits by selling atoms: How T-Shirts Keep Online Content Free

  • Dancehall off the shelf

    November 9, 2008

    The business of packaging reggae dancehall stars into the ‘next big thing’ internationally surges every few years, usually in response to a notable bombastic breakthrough exception (respect to Shaggy), or an upcoming young talent who decides to infiltrate the hip-hop scene (big up, Sean Paul). While the currents ranks are literally soaking with potential new […]

  • Silicon Valley, RIP

    October 9, 2008

    Sequoia Capital, arguably the smartest venture capital investor in business, is sounding the alarm and asking its portfolio companies to buckle down for what could be the worst economic downturn of their relatively short lives. Read more from GigaOm

  • How green was the valley

    October 5, 2008

    This weekend’s NY Times Magazine provides an interesting article on Kleiner Perkins and their move into Green Technology investments.   It offers an insightful view into the world’s tier 1 VC firms, their vision, and their ability to identify the next big trend.

  • Innovation for the rickshaw pullers

    September 20, 2008

    This month’s IBEF newsletter highlights a low-budget innovation that could fundamentally improve the lives of millions: Manoj Mondal is the inventor of the crank pedal – he successfully tweaked the pedal of a bicycle to an extent that it generates almost double the torque (force multiplied by the distance from the centre) than in normal […]

  • Signs of the apocalypse

    September 17, 2008

    Events from this past Sunday suggest the apocalypse may be upon us. Carlos Zambrano, the ace of the Chicago Cubs’ pitching staff, threw a no-hitter against the Houston Astros, a first for a Chicago Cub pitcher since 1972. On the same day, Lehman Brothers, a bedrock of Wall Street since 1850 announced that it would […]

  • Prince Lincoln

    July 29, 2008

    It’s hard to imagine a stronger virtually unknown reggae roots artist than Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses.  This singer has recorded some of the nicest roots music in the late 1970s. With his sweet falsetto voice that is Junior Murvin-esque at times, Prince Lincoln started his career as Tartans in the 60s with local […]

  • Millenials

    July 17, 2008

    Today, Millenials is the fastest-growing segment of the workforce, expanding from 14% of the workforce in 2004 to 21% today, or nearly 32 million workers. Applicant pools are larger today than ever before as more people pursue higher levels of education and are therefore better qualified for professional careers. However, due to technological advances, notably […]

  • Triathlon du Mans

    July 6, 2008

    Photos from this weekend’s triathlon in Le Mans.  Kudos to the outstanding organizers of this race ! . . . . . . . .

  • The next big sound

    June 27, 2008

    The old industry equation is broken.  Success in the music industry is now based on direct engagement with fans, not pushing acts through radio and traditional media. The purchase decisions of a critical mass of consumers has moved online. Their interactions can be accurately measured, reported, and used to make better decisions. Enter, The Next […]

  • Triathlon de Troyes

    June 1, 2008

    Recovering from this weekend’s triathlon in Troyes.  Cold, rainy weather rendered motivation level low, but the outstanding course organization created a very enjoyable race.

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