Tuesday, March 27, 2007

YouTube awards

YouTube Awards logoA week after announcing the YouTube Video Awards, YouTube has posted the winners of its inaugural awards. The YouTube community selected these seven videos as the champions:

  • Most Creative: OK Go. The Chicago-born band's four members danced over eight moving treadmills to the song "Here It Goes Again." More than 13 million people watched it.


  • Most Inspirational: Free Hugs. Australian Juan Mann won after setting out to brighten strangers' lives in Sydney by offering hugging them.


  • Best Series: Ask a Ninja. Created by Los Angeles comedians Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, it featured a black-clad ninja answering e-mails in unique ninja lingo with his signature sign-off, "I look forward to killing you soon."


  • Best Comedy: Smosh. Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, aka Smosh, have the No. 2 most-subscribed channel on YouTube. The college students have nearly 70,000 fans who watch their every move, whether it's music videos or comedy sketches.


  • Best Music: Terranaomi. Los Angeles-based Terra Naomi went from struggling singer-songwriter to being signed to Island Records due to exposure on YouTube.


  • Best Commentary: The Winekone. The Canadian offers a random, rambling monologue on a range of topics.


  • Most Adorable Video: Kiwi. This short film by Dony Permedi is about a flightless kiwi bird who spends his life trying to achieve his dream of flying.




Congratulations to all the winners!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Commitment

Commitment hands
To commit is to pledge yourself to a certain purpose or line of conduct. It also means practicing your beliefs consistently.


  • “You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” – Marian Wright Edelman
  • “The probability that we may fail in struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” Abraham Lincoln
  • “The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vincent Lombardi
  • “The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don't like to do. They don't like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose.” E. M. Gray
  • “Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power.” Martin Luther King
  • “The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.” Mack R. Douglas
  • “A successful life doesn't require that we've done the best, but that we've done our best.” H. Jackson Brown
  • “You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” Jimmy Carter
  • “What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.” Margaret Meade
  • “What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists... and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know exactly what you want... and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.” Alexander Graham Bell
  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Dale Carnegie

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Stanford Graduate School of Business Report on Job-Hunting

Stanford Graduate School of BusinessBased on responses to the employment survey, we estimate that at least 65 percent of the second-year class has an offer, is starting a company, or has accepted a full-time job. For those of you who are in job search mode, be confident-the employment market is very healthy this year.

Here are some tips on how to get a job this Spring Quarter.

1. Clearly define your goal. One of the primary reasons a job search fails is that the goal is not crystal clear. Define your job search goal by naming the location (e.g. San Francisco area, Manhattan), the function (e.g. marketing or consulting), and the field or industry (e.g. real estate development or internet consumer services).

It's acceptable to have 2-3 alternative job search goals, but I highly recommend that you focus on only one location. Multiple locations greatly complicate the job search process and dilute your networking potential. It can be done, but it makes the search exponentially more difficult.

2. Validate your pitch. The " pitch " is a short explanation for why you want a job and why you're the best person for the job. Test your pitch with one of the following people: a) a classmate who worked in the industry or obtained a job in it this year, b) a young alum who works in the industry now (but would not be evaluating you for a job opening), c) an advisor at the CMC. As much as a good friend can be helpful, s/he may not have the knowledge required to give you honest feedback. Plus, it can be difficult to give candid, personal feedback to good friends.

Job searches can be frustrating when you experience many interviews, but are not able to get beyond the first round. To get a home-run response from your interviewers, you have to make the right pitch.

3. Share your goal broadly. People like to help other people. It's just the way we are wired. The only way others can help you is if you tell them what you're specifically looking for.

Make a list of 30 people with whom you'd like to share your goal. Consider your parents, your friends from college or elsewhere, your current classmates, your professors, your former work colleagues, GSB alumni, college alumni, folks in the CMC Contacts Database. Go to an industry conference and share your goal with everyone you meet.

I highly recommend that you tell a CMC advisor or your CMC point person. Organizations and alumni regularly contact us looking for candidates. The folks in the PMP, GMP, and CES are also very connected and knowledgeable. If we know your goals, we can pass on relevant opportunities to you.

Stanford UniversityWhen you share your goal, you may feel like you are imposing on others. It's up to them to decide to help you. Don't worry; you'll get your chance to help someone else sometime in the future.

4. Search for and apply for job openings. Once you know your goal, it's easier to start searching for jobs at organizations that fit your requirements. If you want to use the GSB's powerful databases to identify contacts and organizations, talk to Rebecca Chopra, a CMC advisor, or see the folks at Jackson Library. Tap into their vast knowledge and experience.

There are many sources for job opportunities that you should check at least once per week: the GSB Job Board, the CMC Job Leads bulletin, and your target organization's website.

Apply to any jobs that interest you and write an outstanding cover letter that communicates your pitch. Don't wait for a reply, as you probably won't get one. Find someone who can help you get an interview with the hiring manager. The more creative, resourceful, and bold you are, the more likely you will stand out from the crowd and get the interview.

Desire and attitude impress employers much more than skills and experiences on a resume. Employers really want to see your excitement and enthusiasm for the job and organization.

5. Create a job. There are many employers who may not be in hiring mode at this time. This is a good time to go create a job.

One way to create a job is to meet with a top executive and discuss the strategic priorities of the company. Identify where there are gaps in the allocation of resources. Really understand the issues.

Submit a proposal (verbal or written) describing how you could make immediate impact on these issues, quantifying the potential deliverables with metrics that matter most to the executive.

Often, executives are so focused on daily business needs that they miss potential opportunities and innovative solutions. This is your opportunity to show them the possibilities.

Stanford CampusThe most appealing aspect of creating a job is that you get to play a major role in what your job will be. Also, you won't be competing with anyone else. If you want lifelong job security, learn this approach.

Several of your classmates created their jobs. It's not as unusual as you might think.

6. Keep the faith. Believe in yourself and the process. The job search process can be frustrating and uncertain. As you ride the turbulent waves, you learn about yourself and about different organizations and career paths. You also solidify your foundation for handling adversity and challenges.

After the process, many students tell me that they are a stronger person (and often have the right job) for having gone through it.

If you need encouragement, moral support, or a new perspective, please see a CMC advisor. At this time of year, we are " Hope Dispensers. " We'll help you stay on the road to success.

By Andy Chan, CMC Director

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Change

Change sign
…a situation in which someone starts doing something completely new or different that will make a situation better.


  • "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." - Tolstoy
  • "If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic." - Hazel Henderson
  • "Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed." - Irene Peter
  • “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” - W. Edwards Deming
  • “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” - Victor Frankl
  • "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.” - Mignon McLaughlin
  • "The only thing that doesn't change, is change." - Anonymous
  • “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin
  • "To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly." - Henri Louis Bergeson
  • “What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.” - Mignon McLaughlin

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Wikipedia founder challenges Google, Yahoo

Wikia logoJimmy Wales, the founder of the popular Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, said last Thursday that is planning to build a search engine to rival those of Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc.,

Wikia Inc., the commercial counterpart to the non-profit Wikipedia, is aiming to take as much as 5% of the lucrative Internet search market, Jimmy Wales said at a news conference in Tokyo.

"The idea that Google has some edge because they've got super-duper rocket scientists may be a little antiquated now," he said.

Describing the two Internet firms as "black boxes" that won't disclose how they rank search results, Wales said collaborative search technology could transform the power structure of the Internet.

Wales, a former futures trader who has become an evangelist for the free sharing of technology, said users could work together to improve search engines, just as Wikipedia users had tweaked and rewritten articles on the sprawling encyclopedia.

Wikipedia sphereThe process of constant improvement would also make search technology less susceptible to spam, he said.

Founded in 2004 and now employing a staff of more than 30, Wikia hosts group publishing sites on a wide range of topics from psychology to the Muppets.

While Wikia gives away its tools free to users, the company requires that sites built with its resources link to Wikia.com, which makes money through advertising.

Using the same root software as Wikipedia, Wikia is likely eventually to carry more articles than its counterpart, Wales said.

Wikipedia currently has nearly 1.7 million articles in English alone, according to its Internet site.

While Wales declined to give any earnings targets, he said the company had received a $4 million investment from "angel investors" as well as a "very large investment" from Amazon Inc..

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Happiness

happy smiley... is an emotional or affective state that is characterized by feelings of enjoyment and satisfaction. As a state and a subject, it has been pursued and commented on extensively throughout world history. This reflects the universal importance that humans place on happiness.


  • "Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know." - Richard Bach
  • "Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities." - Aristotle in Politics
  • "Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another." - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
  • "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." - Helen Keller The Simplest Way to be Happy (1933)
  • "Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values." - Ayn Rand
  • "Happiness is wanting what you have." - Anonymous
  • "Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it." - Nathaniel Hawthorne in The American Notebooks (1851)
  • "You need a reason to be sad. You don't need a reason to be happy." - Louis Sachar, Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  • "To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness." - Bertrand Russell
  • "Happiness does not depend on the size or content of a goal, but on the strength of the desire to have it." - Simon Soloveychik, Parenting for Everyone (1989)