Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Here Comes Another Bubble

I just can't stop watching this video... hilarious!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

New Line of Apple iPod

This week Apple has launched a full new line of iPods, including a touch screen model with wireless capabilities.

The new touch-screen iPod has many of the features of the iPhone including Internet connectivity using wi-fi technology. Moreover, Apple said iTunes will let iPhone users turn songs into ring tones and sell songs wirelessly to the iPhone and touch-screen iPod.

iPod new line

In addition, Apple has radically reduced the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399. As expected, the cut in price disappointed early adopter customers who bought the iPhone two months ago for $200 more. However, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, made a good move on time by offering these customers a $100 voucher to compensate for the inconvenience.

The price cut positions Apple’s iPhone closer to other smartphones including Palm’s Treo and Motorola’s Razr2, although it has less impact on firms like Nokia (the market leader), Samsung, or LG, because they have a wider range of phones than Palm.

Apple projected 1 million units sold by the end of September and 10 million by the end of 2008. Will it reach its expectations? Stay tuned.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Yahoo Kickstart Social Network

Yahoo is building a new social network site that targets college students looking for employment. The service, called Yahoo Kickstart, will connect college students with alumni at the companies they would like to work for.

Similar to LinkedIn, users will have profile pages in resume style, as opposed to a multimedia Facebook or MySpace profile. However, the system will be based on Facebook’s company networks, where companies will have groups that college students will be able to join. Yahoo intends to expand Yahoo Kickstart on a viral invitation basis: in order to join a group, users will need an invite via a former student who works at that company.

The question is whether or not Yahoo will succeed at competing in the social network arena (particularly in the college student sector) with current well-established social network Facebook and professional networking site LinkedIn.

Over a year ago Yahoo offered $1 billion to acquire Facebook, which the firm rejected right away… Not surprisingly, now Yahoo is trying to make a serious move to take advantage of social networks’ potential. The concept sounds good and Yahoo has the resources to actually kickstart its new project. Stay tuned for more on this subject!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Simpsons Movie Marketing Campaign

simpsons movieThe 20th Century FOX is doing a great job at promoting its new Simpson's movie coming out in theaters next Friday, July 27.

kwik-e-mart 7-elevenAs part of a very creative marketing campaign, FOX partnered with convenience store chain 7-Eleven and turned a dozen stores into Kwik-E-Marts (the Simpsons' fictional convenience store run by Apu).

miguel's simpsons avatarThe more than 6,000 remaining 7-Elevens across United States will still sell Simpsons-related food and drink, including Buzz Cola and KrustyO's cereal, which have previously only been seen on the TV show.

Moreover, FOX's official Simpsons' Movie website allows users not only to watch the movie trailer, or taking a virtual tour around Springfield, but also playing games online and even creating your own personalized Simpsons' avatar.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Determination

moving mountain

is a virtue characterized by firmness of purpose and resoluteness.

Determination is not just the Word of this week; it’s one of my favorite words, my inspiration, and the main reason why I chose it as the name for my new personal domain.


Without challenge there is no achievement


  • “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” - Gail Devers
  • “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” - Albert Einstein
  • “We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” - Sonia Johnson
  • “You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction.” - George Lorimer
  • “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” - Og Mandino
  • “Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” - Leonardo da Vinci
  • “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.” - Tommy Lasorda
  • “The miracle, or the power, that elevates the few is to be found in their perseverance under the promptings of a brave, determined spirit.” - Mark Twain
  • “People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.” - George Allen
  • “Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.” - H. H. Swami Tejomayananda

Moving to a new domain

Hi everyone!

I know it's been a while since the last time I posted on this blog but there is always a reasonable explanation for everything. As some of you probably already noticed, this blog has moved to a new domain: Determination.es

The reason is simply because I believe a new owned domain will provide a better experience, primarily for you, my loyal readers.

So now you know, I hope you continue to enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them. Don't forget to bookmark the new site and subscribe to the RSS feed!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Apple iPhone service plans

at&t logoApple iPhoneApple has unveiled today the AT&T service plans for the new Apple iPhone. All plans include unlimited data (Email/Web), Visual Voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, roll-over minutes and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling. Users will be able to choose between 6 different plans (depending on the number of minutes desired) when they activate the iPhone using iTunes.

The individuals plans range from $59.99 a month (for 450 minutes) to $219.99 per month (for 6,000 minutes). However, if you are an existing AT&T customer and want to keep your current voice plan, you can just add an iPhone Data Plan with unlimited data (Email and Web) and Visual Voicemail for only $20 per month.

Monthly Price

$59.99

$79.99

$99.99

$119.99

$169.99

$219.99

Minutes

450

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Unlimited

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Visual Voicemail

Unlimited

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SMS Text Messages

200

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Nights & Weekends

5000

Unlimited

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Rollover® Minutes

Unlimited

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Mobile to Mobile

Unlimited

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iPhone goes on sale at 6:00 p.m. (pacific time) on Friday, June 29th and will be sold in the US through Apple’s retail and online stores and AT&T retail stores.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Courage

lion courage

…also known as fortitude, is the ability to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation.


  • “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.” - William Shakespeare
  • “Life rewards the risk-takers.” - Clint Borgen
  • “Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.” - Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld
  • “If you want success you better get comfortable with rejection. The most successful people in life are also the world's most biggest failures.” - Clint Borgen
  • “Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.” - Florence Scovel Shinn
  • “Love makes us human, courage makes us extraordinary.” - Faryal Khan Kharal
  • “Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it.” - Mark Twain
  • “I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “What worries you, masters you.” - Haddon W. Robinson
  • “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” - Vincent Van Gogh
  • “What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do.” - Anonymous
  • “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” - Aristotle

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Webware 100 Awards 2007

Webware 100 awards 2007Webware.com has unveiled the winners of its first user-generated Web 2.0 awards. During 20 days in May and June, the users of Webware.com community voted for their favorite Web applications.

The top 100 Web apps were selected from 5,000 initial nominations and were broken into 10 different categories as follow:

  • Browsing: Web browsers, extensions, widgets, and security
  • Communications: e-mail, chat, VOIP
  • Community: social networks, groups
  • Data: search, storage, backup, sharing, and sync
  • Entertainment: Games and contests
  • Media: audio, video, photo
  • Mobile: portable utilities and apps
  • Productivity: apps, business tools, commerce
  • Publishing: blogging, web content, design tools
  • Reference: Mapping, reference works, and education
Congratulations to all winners!

Webware 100 awards 2007

Monday, June 18, 2007

New YouTube Remixer, online editing video tool

YouTube has launched YouTube Remixer, a new service that allows users to edit videos online within YouTube’s site.

The new Remix interface is powered by Adobe Premiere Express and supports insertion of text, graphics and audio as well as in-video transitions. It is quite similar to Photobucket’s Remix tool, which was also developed by Adobe. It is very easy to use and works in a drag-and-drop timeline.

YouTube remixer

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Zentation, synchronization of Video with PowerPoint

Zentation has created an online service that integrates video with PowerPoint. The technology, still in beta version, is free and easy to use. Once registered, you can add a new PowerPoint presentation and synchronize it with any video previously uploaded to Google Video. The result shows both the speaker and the current slide running simultaneously.

Check out this sample of great Guy Kawasaki’s Art of Innovation speech at the 2007 Event Marketer Conference.


Friday, June 15, 2007

Innov8, new IBM video game for businesses

IBM has developed a new video game for businesses. The video game is a 3-D educational simulator called Innov8, and was designed to help tech managers better understand the roles of businesspeople in an organization. Players go into a virtual business unit to test their skills at ventures such as redesigning a call center, opening a brokerage account, or processing an insurance claim.

innov8 IBM business gameThe game will be also available for free to universities around the world and will run online or on standalone PCs.

So, why is IBM encouraging businesses to play video games? According to IBM, the skills acquired playing multiplayer games such as World of Warcraft can be useful when managing modern multinationals.

Market researcher Gartner (IT) stated that, by 2012, half of all U.S. companies will have digital offices or “networked virtual environments.” The online game world will become an important place to hold meetings, orient new hires, and communicate across the globe.

innov8 business video gameIn fact IBM is not the only one experimenting with business games; top consulting firm McKinsey & Co. is using video games to test recruits for leadership potential and assess their team-building style. Royal Philips Electronics and Johnson & Johnson, meanwhile, are using multiplayer games to improve collaboration between divisions, as well as between managers and their overseas underlings.

How effective could video games be for measuring and developing leadership?

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

New flexible display technology

First it was the plasma display panel, then the LCD (Liquid crystal) display. What’s next?

This Japanese video shows an amazing razor-thin display developed by Sony that bends like paper while showing full-color video. The display is only 0.3 millimeters, or 0.01 inch thick!


The new flexible screen combines two technologies: Sony’s organic thin film transistor, which is required to make flexible displays, and organic electroluminescent display.

Sony said it has yet to decide on commercial products using this technology but I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing electronic books or even newspapers and magazines using this new “electronic paper” technology in the near the future.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Rafael Nadal beats Federer in French Open final

Rafael Nadal has established himself as one of the all time greatest clay court tennis players after defeating Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win a third consecutive Roland Garros (The French Open) title in Paris. The Spaniard Rafael Nadal is only 21 years old and has already joined Bjorn Borg as the only players to win three straight Roland Garros titles.

Rafael NadalNadal improved his perfect Roland Garros record to 21-0 and his career record in best-of-five-set format matches on clay to 34-0.

For the second consecutive year, the ATP World Number 1 Roger Federer was denied a career Grand Slam by Nadal in a four-set Roland Garros final. Federer was disputing his eighth consecutive Grand Slam final, and trying to chase his 11th title from the past 16 Grand Slam tournaments.

Nadal achieved his third Grand Slam title in just his 13th Grand Slam tournament. Only Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe (12 majors) claimed their third Grand Slam tournament from fewer Grand Slam outings.

During his Roland Garros dominance over the past three years, Nadal has won 63 of 70 sets. He did not drop a set this year en route to the final.

Nadal’s record in finals improved to a stunning 22-4 and his career clay court record moved to 128-13.

Nadal, you’re the man… Vamos Rafa!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

New relaunched Ask.com

ask.com search engine logoAsk.com, the fourth most used internet search engine in the US has recently made a move to differentiate itself from big competitors Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. The new service, called Ask3D, aims to make it easier for users to find what they are looking for. Instead of showing only website links, the results page is split into three tabs that also display a list of related searches and results from blogs, videos, photo, news and shopping sites. The feature is very similar to the recently-launched Universal Search by Google, which integrates videos, photo, news and other content into conventional search results.

The new layout is significantly less cluttered than the previous one, and integrates a feature that allows users to choose between 10 different skins to change the “look” of the page.

Ask executives have stated that even if it does not take market share away from Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, the redesign can still succeed if the company just slightly increases the number of times its existing users visit the site.

The company is currently running a $100 million marketing effort, involving both online and offline creative, to advertise the new search engine.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Apple iPhone TV Ads

It’s official! Apple will be launching the iPhone on June 29 (Friday). The news came in a series of three TV commercials that aired on Sunday night. You can see the three Apple iPhone TV ads here:

1) Never Been an iPod


2) How To


3) Calamari


As stated on “A new era for the cell phone market,” the Apple iPhone will cost $499 with a two-year contract for the 4GB model and $599 for the 8GB model (also with a two-year contract).

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Dreams

road, success, dream, goal


…a condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration to achieve a strongly desired goal or purpose.




  • “Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas
  • “If you don't have a dream... Then you'll never have a dream come true” – Anonymous
  • “It takes a lot of courage to show your dream to someone else.” – Erma Bombeck
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  • “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus
  • “Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” – James Dean
  • “You see things; and you say, why? But I dream things that never were; and I say, why not?” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers
  • “Dreams are like stars...you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.” – Anonymous
  • “Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
  • “Don't ever let somebody tell you that you can't do something... if you got a dream, you got to protect it. If you want something, go get it Period.” – The Pursuit of Happiness

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Google Maps Street View

Google has launched a new feature for Google Maps, Google Maps Street View, which allows users to explore cities by viewing and navigating within 360-degree scenes of street-level imagery.

I’ve been playing with it and it’s really cool!

Initially, Google Maps Street View is only available in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Miami and Denver, but additional cities will be covered in the future.

How did Google create Google Maps Street View?
Well, actually Amazon’s A9.com pioneered the use of street images in its local search service back in January 2005. The company spent eight months compiling a database of 35 million images in 22 cities by sending drivers around the streets of major cities in vehicles equipped with GPS devices, computers, and sophisticated 11-lens cameras (Dodece 2360) to capture 360 degree photos. Interestingly, former A9.com CEO Udi Manber now works at Google as a VP of Engineering.

Immersive media dodece2360 camera Street Views

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Trip to Arizona

There is no better reward for several months of non-stop hard work than doing some traveling during a long awaited 3-day weekend; destination chosen: Tucson, Arizona. What a great relaxing holiday this has been! I took full advantage of Tucson’s awesome weather to play some golf, sun bathe a little bit, visiting around and eating, eating and more eating. The experience has been great and my energy recharged. I can’t wait to find time to travel again.

These are some of the pictures taken during the trip:


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Joost beta in review

Joost banner logoI finally had some time to download and play around with the new Joost software and I must say my first impressions are pretty good. Joost is still in beta version, which means that in order to download the software you will need an invitation from a friend; the good news is that it is completely free so if you are interested, I will be glad to send you one (just contact me via email).

Joost was created by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom (founders of Kazaa and Skype) with the goal of merging the best of TV with the best of the Net. The system distributes TV shows and other forms of video over the web using peer-to-peer technology.

Joost is a new way of watching TV on the internet. With Joost, you get all the things you love about TV, including a high-quality full-screen picture, hundreds of full-length shows and easy channel-flipping.

Created in 2006 and based in Luxembourg, the company currently has over 100 employees and has already developed its business model based on targeted advertising. The ads pop up from time to time and are generally placed on the lower-right corner.

Joost advertisementThe beta version also incorporates extra features, such as search and instant messaging, built into the program, and allows sharing playlists of your favorite shows with friends or chatting with them online while watching the same program. The image quality is pretty good and the content too (about 150 channels). In contrast to YouTube, which specializes in short user-generated video, Joost offers whole TV shows from established producers and professional video makers. As a matter of fact, CBS and Viacom have recently agreed to provide content to the service, and will be offering programs from MTV, BET, Nickelodeon, Paramount and Comedy Central as well as CBS’s CSI, Evening News or Survivor.

Joost list of channelsMarketed as “TV anywhere, anytime…” it is growing through word-of-mouth (reason why it relies on an invitation only basis) and it is rapidly creating quite a buzz.

Stay tuned for more on this subject.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Motivation

Motivation stairs

…refers to the initiation, direction, intensity and persistence of behavior.

Motivation, a temporal and dynamic state, consists of the desire and willingness to achieve goals.



  • “Motivation is a battle for the heart, not just an appeal to the mind. Passion is always an expression of the soul.” - Patrick Dixon
  • “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” - Jim Ryun
  • “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” - Napoleon Hill
  • “Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” - Abraham Lincoln
  • “You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered.” - Wayne W. Dyer
  • “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – Anonymous
  • “Really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain
  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams
  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill
  • “People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” - Andrew Carnegie

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Online Search Battle Continues

MSN vs GoogleNot being able to convince Yahoo about creating a partnership to compete against Google’s dominance in the online advertising field, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of giant digital advertising firm aQuantive for $6 billion.

Apparently, Microsoft has finally realized the growth potential of the online advertising business (expected to reach $40 billion and growing at an annual 20% rate), and is now making some serious move into the business. Microsoft’s last acquisition of aQuantive is actually the largest deal in its history. Sounds like a huge deal, doesn’t it? But the question would be: isn’t this too little, and most importantly, too late?

Let’s not forget that Microsoft launched AdCenter, its own advertising network, only one year ago; on the other hand, Google, the market leader, with its superior search technology, has relied on a business model based on online advertising since its creation over 8 years ago. In fact, Google’s spectacular revenue growth comes almost entirely from paid search advertising. Moreover, as referenced on my previous post Search Engine Market Share, Google accounted for 65% of all searches in April 2007, while Microsoft’s MSN was left with 9%. Clearly, this is an area where the aQuantive acquisition will not help Microsoft. And if Microsoft’s plan is to concentrate on selling ads on publisher’s websites, rather than paid keywords on search results, Google has that covered too with its recent acquisition of DoubleClick for $3.1 billion earlier this month.

Is there anything Microsoft and the rest of Google’s competitors can still do to stop the bleeding? One thing is for sure true, Microsoft won’t give up and this battle is getting very interesting. More to come, stay tuned!

*Update: Check out this article published in BestEzines.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Best Cingular Commercials

Have you heard of Cingular's (now AT&T) new campaign?

"Cingular, the network with the fewest dropped calls" is one of my favorite TV advertising campaigns of the moment. If you are in the US, I bet you have already seen them thousands of times. For those of you who aren't, now you have the chance of checking them out!

Here is a collection of my top 3 commercials:





Sunday, May 13, 2007

Optimism

Piece of a Puzzle

the opposite of pessimism, represents a life view where one looks upon the world as a positive place. Optimists believe that people and events are inherently good. They have a “positive” outlook on life, believing that things will work out in the end.


  • “Always look on the bright side of life.” - Monty Python
  • “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” - Helen Keller
  • “Optimism is true moral courage.” - Ernest Shackleton
  • “Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.” - Edgar Allan Poe
  • “If you can imagine it you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” - William Arthur Ward
  • “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” - Martin Luther King
  • “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” - Elbert Hubbard
  • “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean

  • All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible. - Orison Swett Marden
  • “Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” - Nicholas Murray Butler
  • “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” - Maria Robinson
  • “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” - Winston Churchill

Friday, May 11, 2007

Search Engine Market Share

Google the kingGoogle’s share of online searches continues to grow. According to Hitwise, an internet monitor which collects data directly from ISP networks, Google accounted for 65.2% of all U.S. search queries for the month of April. Yahoo, MSN and Ask.com received 20.7%, 8.5% and 3.7%, respectively. Check out the chart I created to make it more visual:search engine market shareAmong the top 4 search engines, Google is the only one to increase its share of searches (by 11%) from a year earlier, when it accounted for 58.6% of all U.S. searches.

With such a dramatic dominance, it is not surprising that industry giants Microsoft and Yahoo are considering a possible merger in order to take on Google. Moreover, Google’s recent acquisition of DoubleClick for $3 billion, positions the search giant not only as the world’s most used search engine, but also as the online advertising king.

Will Microsoft-Yahoo talks end up in a real deal? More on this topic coming soon… Stay tuned! feed of the world according to me

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Technorati

Being crawled by Technorati's spiders...

Technorati Profile

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Top MBA Employers

fortune logoIf you are considering taking an MBA this may be interesting to you. Each year, Fortune publishes a list of the most desired companies to work for by MBA candidates. Not surprisingly, almighty Google leads the list for 2007. Here’s the Top 25:


Fortune also provides starting salary forecasts for prospective MBAs. The expected average starting salary for 2007 is $89,654, and the predicted salary for 5 years after graduation is $169,849.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

MeebO

I found out about another startup, MeebO, which goal is to let users manage multiple instant-messaging services from one site. MeebO supports the main IM services, including Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, etc. The advantage of the application is that it allows users to use a single login to integrate multiple services. It is especially useful for those users who are away from their personal computer or at work where they cannot install an IM program.

MeebO
It also offers a widget making it possible to embed a version of MeebO on personal blogs or websites. Check out how it looks like at the bottom of this post.

  • Funding: $12.5 million (Draper Fisher, Jurvetson, Sequoia Capital)
  • Founders: Sandy Jen, Seth Sternberg (CEO), Elaine Wherry
  • Employees: 12
  • Business model: Advertising

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

StumbleUpon

StumbleuponStumbleUpon is a web browser plugin that allows its users to discover and rate webpages, photos, videos, and news articles. These webpages are typically presented when the user clicks the Stumble button on the browser's toolbar. StumbleUpon chooses which new webpage to display based on the user's ratings of previous pages, ratings by his/her friends, and by the ratings of users with similar interests. i.e. it is a recommendation system which uses peer and social networking principles. There is also one-click blogging built in as well. Users can rate, or choose not to rate, any webpage with a thumbs up or thumbs down, and clicking the Stumble button resembles “channel-surfing” the web. Toolbar versions exist for Firefox, Mozilla Application Suite and Internet Explorer.

Launched in 2002 by three 20-somethings in a Calgary, Alberta, apartment, StumbleUpon now has 2 million registered users drawn by its knack for finding websites that match their interests and those of others with similar tastes as they “stumble” around the Net.

Co-founder Garrett Camp came up with the idea as he was working on a master's in software engineering.

In the same way that it matches users with like-minded websites, StumbleUpon's technology also pairs online ads with targeted demographics and interests. Now StumbleUpon is attempting to do the same for online video and video advertising. In December the startup launched StumbleVideo, a service that offers the closest thing to channelsurfing that you'll find on the Web.

  • Funding: $1.5 million (Ron Conway, Mitch Kapor, Josh Kopelman, Brad O'Neill, Ram Shriram)
  • Headquarters: San Francisco
  • Employees: 12
  • Founded: 2001
  • Business model: Advertising, subscriptions
  • Next up: New features like content controls and mobile video recommendations

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Persistence

Rubik's cube…is the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior;

To continue with it in spite of resistance, difficulty, discouragement, etc.


  • “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.” – Conrad Hilton
  • “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” – Thomas Edison
  • “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Arriving at one point is the starting point to another.” – John Dewey
  • Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams
  • “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” - Napoleon Hill
  • “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.” – Louis Pasteur
  • “You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” – Marian Wright Edelman
  • “The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” – James Whitcomb Riley
  • “Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.” – Lord Chesterfield
  • “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” - Calvin Coolidge
  • “It is hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
  • “I do not think there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” – John D. Rockefeller
  • "Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent." - Marilyn Savant

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Lou Dobbs on H-1B Random Selection

More polemic about H-1B visas... Check out this video from CNN´s Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Power of Creativity

Surfing YouTube I found this amazing video collection of the latest and most stunning communication, advertising and marketing initiatives from all over the world.

It's just awesome, Enjoy!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

H-1B Final Selection Process

CHANGE IN H-1B PROCEDURES TRIMS WEEKS OFF FINAL SELECTION PROCESS
USCIS Clarifies Status of Receipt Notices Dated Before April 12, 2007


H-1B visaWASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 12 that it completed the computer-generated random selection process to determine which H-1B petitions subject to the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2008 (FY 2008) would be accepted for processing. On April 3, USCIS announced that it had received enough petitions to meet the cap for FY 2008 and that it would conduct a computer-generated random selection of cap-subject petitions filed on Monday, April 2, and Tuesday, April 3. As a result of the high volume of petitions subject to the computer-generated random selection process, USCIS did not conduct data-entry of all cap-subject filings. Rather, it developed new procedures that enabled the agency to efficiently process cap-subject petitions.

In accordance with 8 CFR 103.1(a)(7) and standard USCIS procedure, FY 2008 cap-subject H-1B petitions were stamped to reflect the time and date of actual receipt.

On Wednesday April 4, 2007, USCIS began assigning unique numerical identifiers to all cap-subject H-1B petitions received on April 2 and 3. USCIS assigned a unique numerical identification number to the 123,480 properly filed H-1B petitions and, on April 12, conducted the computer-generated random selection process to determine which petitions would be accepted for processing. In accordance with 8 CFR 214.2(h)(8)(ii), those petitions not randomly selected, as well as any cap-subject petitions received after April 3, will be rejected.

USCIS did not issue receipt notices for all 123,480 petitions received on April 2 and 3. However, it did conduct data-entry and generate (and in some cases actually issue) receipt notices for a portion of cap-subject petitions prior to conducting the computer-generated random selection process. The issuance of receipt notices prior to conducting the computer-generated random selection process had no impact whatsoever on whether a petition has been randomly selected for processing.

USCIS appreciates that this process has caused some confusion regarding whether petitions have actually been selected for processing and offers a detailed explanation of its procedures below:

  • Some cap-subject petitions were data-entered on April 2 and 3. As a result, fees were deposited in connection with these petitions and receipt notices on Form I-797 were issued. USCIS cannot invalidate these receipt notices because the fees have been deposited. Petitioners who received receipt notices dated prior to April 12, 2007 cannot assume that their H-1B petitions have been accepted for processing. For cases that fall into this group, those that were not randomly chosen will be returned to petitioners and the filing fee will be subsequently refunded. Those that were accepted for processing will be processed under the original receipt notice.
  • Some cap-subject H-1B petitions were data-entered on Wednesday, April 4 and receipt notices on Form I-797 were generated, but never issued to petitioners. As USCIS did not deposit any of the fees submitted with these filings, these receipt notices have been voided. For cases that fall into this group, those that were not chosen will be returned to petitioners with the filing fees and those that were accepted for processing will be issued official receipt notices dated on or after April 12, 2007.
  • Finally, a small number of cap-subject H-1B petitions, filed under premium processing, were also data-entered on April 4. In accordance with USCIS procedure, e-mail notification acknowledging receipt of these petitions was issued to petitioners. Official receipt notices on Form I-797 were generated, but never issued, and USCIS did not deposit any of the fees submitted with these filings. Thus, all generated receipt notices have been voided. For cases that fall into this group, those that were not chosen will be returned to petitioners with the filing fees and those that were accepted for processing will be sent a second e-mail confirmation of receipt and will be issued new receipt notices on Form I-797 dated on or after April 12, 2007.

USCIS will return all petitions not randomly selected for processing, with the fee(s) to the petitioner or their authorized representative. Final notification of those petitions is expected to occur in May 2007.

USCIS continues to accept new FY 2008 cap-exempt H-1B petitions filed on behalf of aliens with U.S.-earned masters’ or higher degrees. USCIS will make a future announcement regarding the “final receipt date” for these petitions.

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