In Experts we Trust

3 Sep

“There is not the slightest possibility of such journeys.” -American astronomer F.R. Moulston on humans going to the moon (1935).

“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.” – Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society of London (1895).

“The [atomic] bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.” -U.S. Admiral William D. Leahy to President Truman (1945).

“There is no reason for any individuals to have a computer in their home,” -Ken Olsen, founder of DEC computer company (1977).

Good motivation for entrepreneurs who get a lot of doors slammed in their face ūüôā



The Internet of Things

21 Apr

All you need to know about the IoT;


‚ÄúThe most amazing thing about IoT is you take common day things and you plug them¬†in to become part of this bigger network. It changes the object from a thing, to a service,‚ÄĚ Mohammed says. The important thing in this change becomes not what can you link up, but what utility you can provide.” ¬†Jahangir Mohammed.¬†

Jahangir Mohammed remembers his first pitch for¬†Jasper Wireless¬†in 2004 to¬†investors at Sequoia and Benchmark¬†going something like this: ‚ÄúAll people are getting connected, all things are going to be connected, inevitably a platform is needed to do this.‚ÄĚ



The Power of Habit

15 Nov

Enjoying my latest book, The Power of Habit- why we do what we do in life and business. Claude Hopkins is mentioned early on and is best known for a series of rules he created on how to initiate new habits in consumers. He found that in order to induce consumption of a new product you needed a cue, or trigger, that would induce the particular behavior, and lead to a reward. Take Pepsodent- the first successful toothpaste, which a friend of Claude’s convinced him to help market. Claude read up on dental hygiene, which was a foreign concept to most americans at the beginning of the early 20th century. He found a reference to the natural build up of mucin plaques on teeth, which he dubbed “the film”. The toothpaste would be advertised as a creator of beauty by removing this cloudy film. ¬† Simply ¬†run your tongue across your teeth, was the trigger that drilled home the necessity of brushing one’s teeth. The reward was beautiful teeth. Simple and brilliant!

Cue —- Routine —- Reward

This is the Habit Loop. Cue (run your tongue over your teeth), Routine (brush your teeth, with Pepsodent of course) and Reward (beautiful teeth).


I highly recommend this book.

Malcolm Gladwell @UB

14 Nov

Last night I had the pleasure of ¬†listening to¬†Malcolm Gladwell’s talk as part of the University of Buffalo’s Distinguished Speakers Series. Malcolm is no doubt a gifted and entertaining speaker. If you get a chance, I recommend you read his latest book, David and Goliath. The book deals with underdog success stories and shows you how to overcome stacked odds. The interesting part of the story is that David type victories happen more than we think. They happen when the underdog chooses to fight unconventionally. If David fought Goliath with a sword he would have been killed instantly, instead he fought with a sling that was quite powerful against the immobile Goliath. Gladwell cites research from Toft, a political scientist who tallied up all the wars over the last 200 years between large and small countries (where large means 10x population and 10x military might). He found small countries, who fought unconventionally (Guerilla warfare) won 60% of the time. ¬†This is really intriguing and to put it in perspective, if The US fought Canada (US has roughly 10x the population of Canada), and Canada fought unconventionally…history would suggest you put your money on Canada. Sounds nuts, I know, but think about how the Vietcong defeated us….


Malcolm Gladwell UB

University of Buffalo

University of Buffalo

iCaddy, do you?

13 Nov

David Grieshaber, the inventor behind iCaddy,  has a truly unparalleled vision for golf. His app for google glass is going to make golfers around the world rejoice. A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this vein, check out what your view from Glass would entail while running the iCaddy app;

iCaddy View

Not only will you get the yardage in the convenience of your glasses, but the system will recommend a club for you too! The app will have a tournament mode to comply with the USGA, and will feature video capabilities. Can you imagine watching golf at home on your TV, live from Tiger’s point of view? This is going to change the way we watch golf, and all sports for that matter.

Check out the promo video here to see more neat features ;

His website can be found here-

Cloud Organization…not Computing

11 Nov

Quick post to help you efficiently organize your thoughts into a coherent argument, speech, presentation, etc.

3 step process;

1) brainstorm ideas without regard to organization

2) write good ideas into one of three clouds drawn around a central issue

3) convert your cloud map into an outline Cloud Idea

“Clear writing and clear speaking are a result of clear thinking.”

Look for logical segues between clouds and create a 5-part outline.

In summary the 3 step cloud process to create a 5 part outline is as follows;

1) brainstorm

2) cloud up your ideas

3) outline your speech

4) edit and revise the outline

5) rehearse and perform your well organized speech/presentation

For a more detailed analysis please visit (Joe Cook)

Cloud Map

Design Thinking

3 Apr

Did the designer understand the problem, frame it in a way that exploration
could potentially lead to a good solution, find such a solution within the solution space, and
deliver an artifact* consistent with the plan?

4 Stages of Design

*Artifact to be used in the broad and atypical sense to describe any product of intentional creation, including physical goods, services, software, graphics, buildings, landscapes, organizations, and processes. These artifacts can be categorized into domains, within which specialization of design methods can be useful. KARL T. ULRICH