Well said..often misunderstood

3 Apr



Warren Buffett

“When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.” Warren Buffett



14 Mar


Your business may depend on it!


14 Mar

I’m fascinated by all of the novel uses of smart phones these days. The field of mHealth-mobile phones used for diagnostics is particularly attractive, lucrative and growing. I envision a day where the phone can perform all the tests you need to go see a doctor for. Our generation will demand it and engineers will make it possible, because capitalists will see the payout.


In an interesting excerpt from the times article linked above;

Aydogan Ozcan, who runs an electrical engineering lab at U.C.L.A., has developed small attachments to cellphones that can serve as a sophisticated microscope, diagnose common diseases, detect pathogens such as E. coli and sniff out allergens.  The phone can also send reports to a Google Map server to plot the spread of disease (it’s only meaningful, of course, if enough people use the system).   Perhaps most intriguing, his lab has developed an online game in which players undergo a brief training, then examine slides of cells to guess if they are infected with malaria.  Dr. Ozcan found that a group of nonexperts came within 1.25 percent of the accuracy of an expert, opening the possibility that a crowd of amateurs could perform remote diagnoses when experts are scarce.

Crowdsourcing diagnostics…wow!

I take issue with the authors claim that, “Success should mean better health outcomes.” I’m not against better health outcomes, I just feel their is a convenience aspect to the devices. The outcome’s might be the same if you had gone to a doctor, but the mobile device saved you a trip. This line of reasoning may be more applicable to rich countries than developing ones, where people don’t have access to a doctor. In which case I would hope the applications provide better health outcomes.

Your Brain Is Hooked on Being Right

1 Mar

“That’s partly due to another neurochemical process. When you argue and win, your brain floods with different hormones: adrenaline and dopamine, which makes you feel good, dominant, even invincible. It’s a the feeling any of us would want to replicate. So the next time we’re in a tense situation, we fight again. We get addicted to being right.

I’ve coached dozens of incredibly successful leaders who suffer from this addiction. They are extremely good at fighting for their point of view (which is indeed often right) yet they are completely unaware of the dampening impact that behavior has on the people around them. If one person is getting high off his or her dominance, others are being drummed into submission, experiencing the fight, flight, freeze or appease response I described before, which diminishes their collaborative impulses.”



The Courage to Create

27 Feb

Excerpt from the book “The Courage to Create,” by Rollo May;

“I would walk twenty miles to listen to my worst enemy if I could learn something.” Leibnitz

TED x Buffalo

21 Feb

Excited to be a part of the team organizing the 2013 TEDxBuffalo event. If you know of anyone who would make a great speaker- email me at steve@tedxbuffalo.com

Past events see here- http://www.tedxbuffalo.com/

More info to follow


TED Fellow – Ed Ou

17 Jan




Excerpt from TED Fellow interview;

Even when you photograph harrowing subject matter, your images are visually very artistic. How do you balance aesthetics and narrative when you’re reporting on a story?

The perfect photo has the ability to take a singular moment and make viewers connect with the people in the frame. We live in a world where we are inundated by imagery, but strong photography balances aesthetics with storytelling value, which gives us information but draws us in to ask more questions. While we may come from different cultures, speak different languages and practice different religions, at end of the day, we are all human. So wherever I make photographs, I try to find moments that show not what makes us different, but universal moments that anybody can relate to, regardless of background. In my storytelling, I try to spend time building intimacy with subjects so the essence of their characters, their hopes, dreams, or flaws and insecurities come out — so they become the ones who are telling their own stories.
For an interesting exercise…replace the word’s photo /photography with product/s in the above quote and re-read.