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How to pick startup ideas
Slava Akhmechet: cofounder of RethinkDB — an open-source distributed database designed to help developers and operations teams work with unstructured data to build real-time applications.

How to pick startup ideas

25 Feb 2015
ideas  howto  self-deception  storytelling  unstructured_data  competitive_advantage  competition  entrepreneur  start_ups 
november 2015
Wearable tech proves business value hands-free and in field
wearable technology presents challenges.

For one thing, most devices do not come integrated with each other or with enterprise systems, so organisations either need to do that themselves or hire third parties to help. SAP has teamed with Vuzix, for instance, to create augmented reality glasses aimed at manufacturers, logistics companies and service technicians.
LBMA  wearables  location_based_services 
november 2015
It’s time for a ‘ministry of cities’ - The Globe and Mail
RICHARD FLORIDA
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Nov. 09, 2015

“What is required is much more strategic investment in denser, transit-served, more connected cities and suburbs.”
Richard_Florida  cities  Justin_Trudeau  transit 
november 2015
What Scented Candles Say to an Economist - The New York Times
By DIANE COYLE NOV. 7, 2015

We need a wider variety of indicators to help us take a more accurate reading of the economy. Some of these might seem frivolous, but paying close attention to worldly detail could make forecasting more reliable.
(1) height of hemlines
(2) the number of cranes visible on the skyline
(3) Spending on luxury items is another example. During a boom, sales of fast cars, expensive paintings, prime real estate and diamond necklaces all soar, as do their prices.

Less obvious are trends in retailing. When the good times roll, people decide that their great idea for a specialty store is viable. Thus booms bring all those boutiques selling just one type of good: socks or scented candles or freshly squeezed juices. But like flowers that display the behavior known as nyctinasty — opening to the sun’s light and warmth — they close as soon as the skies darken and things start to cool.

(4) how easy, or otherwise, it is to get restaurant reservations or tickets for shows.
(5) how many “help wanted” signs appear in the windows of stores and restaurants.

....G.D.P. almost certainly fails to capture newer areas of economic activity, such as today’s digital innovation — so other sources of information are needed to fill the gap....economic policy makers usually scrutinize tens, or even hundreds, of indicators, covering different industries and assets, different parts of the country, different groups of people. They monitor jobs reports, advertising rates, wage settlements, the cost of shipping freight, asset prices, sales of consumer durables and much, much more.
economics  economists  forecasting  non-obvious  GDP  indicators  trends  retailers  boutiques  detail_oriented  economic_data  information_sources  policymakers  policymaking 
november 2015
A Seismic Shift in How People Eat - The New York Times
By HANS TAPARIA and PAMELA KOCHNOV. 6, 2015

....Consumers are walking away from America’s most iconic food brands. Big food manufacturers are reacting by cleaning up their ingredient labels, acquiring healthier brands and coming out with a prodigious array of new products. ....Food companies can’t merely tinker. Nor will acquisition-driven strategies prove sufficient, because most acquisitions are too small to shift fortunes quickly. ....For legacy food companies to have any hope of survival, they will have to make bold changes in their core product offerings. Companies will have to drastically cut sugar; process less; go local and organic; use more fruits, vegetables and other whole foods; and develop fresh offerings. General Mills needs to do more than just drop the artificial ingredients from Trix. It needs to drop the sugar substantially, move to 100 percent whole grains, and increase ingredient diversity by expanding to other grains besides corn....a complete overhaul of their supply chains, major organizational restructuring and billions of dollars of investment, but these corporations have the resources.
abandonment  food  foodservice  brands  supply_chains  innovation  shifting_tastes  Nestlé  Perdue  Tyson  antibiotics  trends  Kraft  supermarkets  fresh_produce  OPMA  consumer_behavior  General_Mills  iconic  consumers  McDonald's  ingredient_diversity  seismic_shifts  new_products  Big_Food 
november 2015
The fuss over wearables: The Economist explains
Mar 11, 2015 |The Economist (Online)
ON MARCH 9th Apple, probably the most successful technology company in history, held an event to launch its smartwatch, which will go on sale next month. In addition to keeping track of time, the watc...
location_based_services  wearables  Apple  magazines 
november 2015
SXSW exclusive: First-timer reflections
MARCH 12, 2014 | RetailingToday.com| BY ANNE MARIE STEPHEN AND DEBORAH WEINSWIG

The keynote speaker at this event was legendary retailer, Richard Marcus. Marcus says tech should have a purpose in impacting the retail customer experience. He says two things matter in retailing, “take care of customers and they come back, take care of merchandise and they don’t.”

The CIO of TGIF Friday’s, Trip Sessions, shared his goal to create a more sticky experience using technology with the aim of creating a 1-1 personalized experience. They use foursquare as a tool allowing waitstaff the ability to connect directly with guests in-store.

We keep hearing that the pace of change is accelerating from retailers and industry experts alike. This conference really epitomized that theme. From CES to NRF to SXSW, the themes have been fairly consistent. Retailers need to increasingly focus on tech and the time is now. There are many tools and resources available, but they can’t afford to wait.
SXSW  LBMA  location_based_services  one-on-one  personalization  retailers  conferences  Austin  restaurants  customer_experience  stickiness  in-store 
november 2015
Dear MPs not picked for cabinet: Get over it - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 04, 2015 | The Globe and Mail | BARRY CAMPBELL.

The political arena is not for the meek. There is much to learn and some of that is hard: how to create distance between brain and mouth so you are not the subject of an unfortunate headline and a nasty call from the Prime Minister’s Office; how to make everyone still like you even when you couldn’t do much to help; and how to be patient knowing that you can’t fix everything. Victories may be few and small, but still worth it.

You will learn from your caucus colleagues (each of whom thinks he or she is as smart and deserving as you) and learn how to give credit when it is due and when to keep your own counsel. Learn how to live to fight another day, how to speak at caucus meetings and be noticed (humour helps) and how to be a partisan loyalist and a relentless self-promoter without losing your soul and the still be the person who came to Ottawa to serve their country.

My advice is this: Your power will come through how well you develop and manage relationships – with the cabinet, your colleagues, Hill staff, civil servants and even the opposition. Your lack of an official portfolio means that you can be more objective and provide cabinet ministers with an unvarnished perspective they’ll appreciate (mostly).

Pick both your battles and causes carefully. Most important, pick an issue and be its voice. Make it yours. (or...use your political_capital wisely)
advice  appointments  Justin_Trudeau  politics  politicians  serving_others  political_capital  wisdom  humility  self-promotion  self-starters  House_of_Commons  influence  PMO  relationships  speaking_up  the_Cabinet 
november 2015
Liberal Party needs to rethink its tired response to Canada’s innovation woes - The Globe and Mail
SEAN SILCOFF
Liberal Party needs to rethink its tired response to Canada’s innovation woes
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OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 03, 2015
Liberals  innovation  Canadian  SR&ED  venture_capital  Jim_Balsillie 
november 2015
Where Value Lives in a Networked World
Mohanbir SawhneyDeval Parikh
FROM THE JANUARY 2001 ISSUE

In recent years, it seems as though the only constant in business has been upheaval...Business has become so complex that trying to predict what lies ahead is futile. Plotting strategy is a fool’s game. The best you can do is become as flexible and hope you’ll be able to ride out the disruption.
There’s some truth in that view…..We have studied the upheavals and concluded that many of them have a common root--the nature of intelligence in networks. The digitization of information, combined with advances in computing and communications, has fundamentally changed how all networks operate, human as well as technological, and that change is having profound consequences for the way work is done and value is created throughout the economy. Network intelligence is the Rosetta Stone. Being able to decipher it will shape the future of business.

Four Strategies for Profiting from Intelligence Migration

Arbitrage.
Because intelligence can be located anywhere on a network, there are often opportunities for moving particular types of intelligence to new regions or countries where the cost of maintaining the intelligence is lower. Such an arbitrage strategy is particularly useful for people-intensive services that can be delivered over a network, because labor costs tend to vary dramatically across geographies.

Aggregation.
As intelligence decouples, companies have the opportunity to combine formerly isolated pools of dedicated infrastructure intelligence into a large pool of shared infrastructure that can be provided over a network.

Rewiring.
The mobilization of intelligence allows organizations to more tightly coordinate processes with many participants. In essence, this strategy involves creating an information network that all participants connect to and establishing an information exchange standard that allows them to communicate.

Reassembly.
Another new kind of intermediary creates value by aggregating, reorganizing, and configuring disparate pieces of intelligence into coherent, personalized packages for customers.
arbitrage  centralization  collective_intelligence  decentralization  digitalization  disruption  flexibility  HBR  networks  network_power  resilience  taxonomy  turbulence  turmoil  uncertainty  value_creation 
november 2015
First lesson, Liberals: You can’t do everything at once - The Globe and Mail
JEFFREY SIMPSON
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Donald Savoie’s latest book, What Is Government Good At? Arguably Canada’s pre-eminent scholar of public administration, the University of Moncton professor says governments often fall down in “implementation.” They conceptualize policies and introduce them, but then implementation falters.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Liberals  books  priorities  advice  implementation 
november 2015
What my Goldman Sachs training taught me about entrepreneurship - FT.com
March 31, 2015 2:17 pm
What my Goldman Sachs training taught me about entrepreneurship
Jason Gissing
United_Kingdom  alumni  Goldman_Sachs  London  entrepreneur  traders 
november 2015
Jeffrey Simpson: Want to be a world player, Canada? Get ready to spend - The Globe and Mail
JEFFREY SIMPSON
Want to be a world player, Canada? Get ready to spend
SUBSCRIBERS ONLY
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Jeffrey_Simpson  foreign_policy  Liberals 
october 2015
The new game | The Economist
Oct 17th 2015 |

America still has resources other powers lack. Foremost is its web of alliances, including NATO. Whereas Mr Obama sometimes behaves as if alliances are transactional, they need solid foundations. America’s military power is unmatched, but it is hindered by pork-barrel politics and automatic cuts mandated by Congress. These spring from the biggest brake on American leadership: dysfunctional politics in Washington. That is not just a poor advertisement for democracy; it also stymies America’s interest. In the new game it is something that the United States—and the world—can ill afford.
Asia_Pacific  China  gridlocked_politics  indispensable  influence  international_system  NATO  networks  network_density  network_power  political_power  Obama  Russia  South_China_Sea  strategic_alliances  superpowers  Syria  transactional_relationships  U.S.foreign_policy  politics  Vladimir_Putin 
october 2015
Why Canada’s shift to conservatism isn’t dead - The Globe and Mail
DARRELL BRICKER AND JOHN IBBITSON
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
conservatism  Canada  Canadian  Federal_Election_2015  politics  John_Ibbitson 
october 2015
Jeffrey Simpson: For Tories, a long list of difficult questions - The Globe and Mail
JEFFREY SIMPSON

The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Having recently been centre stage, the Conservatives might be tempted to figure out quickly how best to return there. Nothing could be more counterproductive.

They should use their prolonged period of being marginal players to figure out what they should say when centre stage truly beckons again, because for now, and for the foreseeable future, the vast majority of Canadians don’t want to hear from or about Conservatives, so bitter is their memory of the Harper years....Leadership puts the proverbial cart before the horse. What the Conservatives need – this is the cart – is to ask themselves at length and in depth: Where did we go wrong? Was it just that we overstayed our welcome and “time for a change” defeated us?

Or was there something deeper about who we were, what we stood for, how we made decisions, how we communicated them to Canadians, how we related to other Canadian institutions such as provinces, the business community, aboriginals, the news media, officers of Parliament, the civil service, non-governmental groups?

Why were we at daggers drawn with scientists, civil servants, “experts,” journalists, the cultural community, even part of the business community (telecommunications, railroads)? Is that where we want to be as Conservatives?

How did we manage to fritter away about a fifth of the support we had secured in the 2011 election by voting day 2015? Why are we by far the least-favoured second-choice party, with the fewest number of people who would consider voting for us? Is it the correct strategy to try for a maximum of 40 per cent of the electors?
Stephen_Harper  Federal_Election_2015  Conservative_Party  introspection  Jeffrey_Simpson  politics  leadership  soul-searching 
october 2015
Cory Wells, Singer With Three Dog Night, Dies at 74 - The New York Times
By 1969, the band was playing the Fillmore East in New York, and was reviewed ecstatically by Ed Ochs of Billboard magazine:

“Cory Wells, who croaks the raw soul so familiar to today’s top white blues bands, led the group’s complete commercial synthesis of rock and pop,” he wrote, adding, “Despite the slight distortions of ego and excess, Three Dog Night’s tight, dramatic explosions of song should keep the group blazing an exciting new middle-road long after hard rockers have blown themselves out.”
obituaries  '70s  music  blues  pop 
october 2015
Why are young feminists so clueless about sex? - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
feminism  sex  Margaret_Wente 
october 2015
A brief history of seven killings : James, Marlon, 1970- : Book, Regular Print Book : Toronto Public Library
by James, Marlon, 1970-
Year/Format: 2014, Book , 560 pages.

Marlon James won against stiff competition. His book was up against a short-list that included a veteran American author, Anne Tyler, and the bookmaker’s favourite, US author Hanya Yanagihara’s “A Little Life”. It is reported that each of the five judges independently chose James’ book as their preferred winner.
books  Jamaica  TPL  fiction  assassinations  reggae  Caribbean  Bob_Marley  Marlon_James  Man_Booker  prizes 
october 2015
Maybe Guyana will forever defy the foundations of scientific life : Kaieteur News
OCTOBER 26, 2015 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER FEATURES / COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON 
Guyana 
october 2015
Software development kit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A software development kit (SDK or "devkit") is typically a set of software development tools that allows the creation of applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system, or similar development platform. To create applications you have to download this software development kit. For example, if you want to create an Android app you require an SDK with java programming, for iOS apps you require an iOS SDK with swift language, and to develop MS Windows apps you require the .net language. There are also SDKs that are installed in apps to provide analytics and data about activity. Prominent examples include Google and Facebook.
Wikipedia  definitions  software  tools  software_development  proprietary 
october 2015
The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black
Yang Congtou Beijing 1 hour ago
'The officer found a small amount of marijuana and several grams of cocaine and arrested her.'

Ok, keep in mind God helps those who help themselves.
1) Don't drive...
advice  letters_to_the_editor  race  African-Americans  disproportionality  personal_risk  racial_disparities 
october 2015
The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black - The New York Times
By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ANDREW W. LEHRENOCT. 24, 2015

Documenting racial profiling in police work is devilishly difficult, because a multitude of factors — including elevated violent crime rates in many black neighborhoods — makes it hard to tease out evidence of bias from other influences. But an analysis by The New York Times of tens of thousands of traffic stops and years of arrest data in this racially mixed city of 280,000 uncovered wide racial differences in measure after measure of police conduct.

Those same disparities were found across North Carolina, the state that collects the most detailed data on traffic stops. And at least some of them showed up in the six other states that collect comprehensive traffic-stop statistics.

Here in North Carolina’s third-largest city, officers pulled over African-American drivers for traffic violations at a rate far out of proportion with their share of the local driving population. They used their discretion to search black drivers or their cars more than twice as often as white motorists — even though they found drugs and weapons significantly more often when the driver was white.

Officers were more likely to stop black drivers for no discernible reason. And they were more likely to use force if the driver was black, even when they did not encounter physical resistance.....National surveys show that blacks and whites use marijuana at virtually the same rate, but black residents here are charged with the sole offense of possession of minor amounts of marijuana five times as often as white residents are.

And more than four times as many blacks as whites are arrested on the sole charge of resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, an offense so borderline that some North Carolina police chiefs discourage its use unless more serious crimes are also involved.
racial_disparities  policing  African-Americans  police_misconduct  disproportionality  police_abuse  police_brutality  police_reform  trustworthiness  legitimacy  violent_crime 
october 2015
Opinion: Why Aren’t There More Black Scientists?
Remember when Justice Sandra Day O’Connor predicted in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) that universities would no longer need race-preferential admissions policies in 25 years? By the end of this…
affirmative_action  African-Americans  Sandra_Day_O'connor  scientists  under-representation 
october 2015
Ontario paid total of $2.5-million to teachers’ unions
The Ontario government secretly paid $1-million to a second teachers’ union to buy labour peace, The Globe and Mail has learned. The province agreed to give the Ontario English Catholic…
Teachers  education  privatization  negotiations  unions 
october 2015
Calgary MP Michelle Rempel weighs Conservative leadership bid
Toronto businessman Mark Mulroney says he won’t run for the Conservative leadership – at least not for now. Calgary MP Michelle Rempel, on the other hand, is openly musing about a…
conservatism  Calgary  politics 
october 2015
Back to the future, with the kid - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

So what will Prime Minister Trudeau do with all that horsepower? His policy proposals (which many voters are only dimly aware of) are also a blast from the past. Expand the government. Tax breaks for the usual suspects, especially the sacred middle class (on top of the tax breaks they’ve been showered with for the past 10 years). Soak the rich some more and pretend it makes a difference. Deficit spending, whether or not we need it, on infrastructure projects that may or may not help the economy. But no idea of how to get our landlocked oil to markets, or any comprehensive plan to spur innovation and economic growth.

Mr. Trudeau’s foreign policy ideas are naive and nostalgic. They hark back to the golden age of peacekeeping and multilateralism, as if blue berets and good intentions could defeat Islamic State. Those ideas resonate with voters, because they like to think of Canada as a force for good in the world. Unfortunately, the world is a nastier, messier place than it used to be, and niceness does not go very far.
Margaret_Wente  Justin_Trudeau  Federal_Election_2015  Liberals  Brian_Mulroney  golden_age  good_intentions 
october 2015
Canadian right gets set for healthy debate - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
conservatism 
october 2015
Six ideas for commercializing innovation in Canada - The Globe and Mail
MIKE BROWN
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
innovation  commercialization  ideas  Canada 
october 2015
Canada must develop people with the skills the modern job market requires - The Globe and Mail
DON DRUMMOND, ROSS FINNIE AND HARVEY WEINGARTEN
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015
Don_Drummond 
october 2015
The Republicans’ Incompetence Caucus - The New York Times
OCT. 13, 2015 | NYT | David Brooks.

The Republican Party’s capacity for effective self-governance degraded slowly, over the course of a long chain of rhetorical excesses, mental corruptions and philosophical betrayals. Basically, the party abandoned traditional conservatism for right-wing radicalism. Republicans came to see themselves as insurgents and revolutionaries, and every revolution tends toward anarchy and ends up devouring its own.
By traditional definitions, conservatism stands for intellectual humility, a belief in steady, incremental change, a preference for reform rather than revolution, a respect for hierarchy, precedence, balance and order, and a tone of voice that is prudent, measured and responsible. Conservatives of this disposition can be dull, but they know how to nurture and run institutions....Over the past 30 years, or at least since Rush Limbaugh came on the scene, the Republican rhetorical tone has grown ever more bombastic, hyperbolic and imbalanced....Politics is the process of making decisions amid diverse opinions. It involves conversation, calm deliberation, self-discipline, the capacity to listen to other points of view and balance valid but competing ideas and interests.

But this new Republican faction regards the messy business of politics as soiled and impure. Compromise is corruption. Inconvenient facts are ignored. Countrymen with different views are regarded as aliens. Political identity became a sort of ethnic identity, and any compromise was regarded as a blood betrayal.
right-wing  David_Brooks  GOP  conservatism  Tea_Party  dysfunction  root_cause  Rush_Limbaugh  radicalization  mindsets  messiness  politics  compromise  rhetoric  listening  self-discipline  conversations  partisanship  political_polarization  partisan_warfare 
october 2015
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