Who controls the world economy?

Who controls the world economy? Short answer: A shockingly  small number of individuals and companies. In the fascinating TED Talk below, James Glattfelder uses complexity   theory to study how control  flows through the interconnected globa

8 Reasons Why Google+ Could Beat Facebook in the Long Term

googleplus It has now been a little over a month since Google's brand new social networking website - Google+ was launched in a limited field trial.  During this time, over 25 million+ people have already joined Google+ making it  the fastest growing social

Why iPads, Google Plus, and the Next Big Thing Escape Market Research

googleplus1The initial reaction to Google+ has been extremely positive.  Not even three weeks old, and it already has 10 million+ users - making it the fastest growing social network in history - beating even Facebook, Twitter and MySpace in terms of growth r

Circles – Google’s Big Idea (and Mine too)!

googleplusGoogle's Big Idea: Google  launched their brand new Social Network  Google+ a couple of  weeks back.  I was lucky enough to get an early invite on the very first day it launched. I immediately  signed in with my Google (gmail) account.   As

Why a Startup is Like a Science Experiment

pasteurs_experimentThere are many similarities between a startup and a science experiment.  A science experiment starts with a hypothesis - or a theory of how the world works. The experiment is designed to test that hypothesis.   The hypothesis is based on certain as

Watson’s Triumph in Jeopardy: A Loss for Humans, A Win For Humanity!

neural-networksLike millions of others, I watched  as  humanity's best players were  trounced on the  US TV quiz show Jeopardy! last night by a computer system named Watson built by IBM.    I was fascinated by Watson  - as  it rekindled my interest in Artif

Computer Languages: In Search Of The Perfect Rapid Application Development (RAD) Language/ Tool

800px-Programming_language_textbooksI have always been fascinated by computer  languages and programming.  I have also enjoyed learning and programming in a wide spectrum of languages.  One of my first jobs fresh out of graduate school in Computer Science was developing   system le

Purple Cows and Free Prizes – Seth Godin’s Marketing Insights

seth-godin-free-prize-inside-bookA few years back I stumbled across a wonderful little book called Free Prize Inside by Seth Godin.   The book introduced me to Seth Godin and his unique insights into the art and science of marketing and of spreading ideas.    That in turn lead m

MindRank: Are You in the Top Ten Results in the Minds of Your Customers?

pagerank-picToday everyone knows that to be found online you have to be in the top ten search results in Google - the venerable first page  -  for any search terms related to your product or service.  Why?  A very small fraction of users go past the first pa

A Tale of Two Discoveries, E.T., the Drake Equation & the Fermi Paradox

A supergiant elliptical galaxy Two recent discoveries this week have overturned some of science's most basic assumptions about life on earth  and   the probability of  extra-terrestrial life elsewhere in the universe. The first one was announced by NASA in a news confere

Is Facebook Unstoppable?

facebook-smallThere is an aticle today on TechCrunch that asks the 35  billion-dollar question : "Can Anything Stop The Facebook Juggernaut?" The statistics about Facebook's dominance are staggering indeed : 500 Million users, $35 billion in valuation, $836 m

Are You Making “Milkshake Mistakes”?

milkshake Among  the many great ideas and insights in Clay Shirky's book  "Cognitive Surplus",   I came across one that was particularly interesting.  It has some valuable lessons for anyone involved in  product development, market research or strateg

From The Network Computer to Cloud Computing – The Long and Winding Road

Cloud Computing"Everything old is new again", is a popular expression that usually applies to trends and fashion. Surprisingly, it can also be an apt way to describe many current trends in computing. In particular, the emergence of cloud computing, is a classic e

The Evolution of Paid Search and Why Google Won & Yahoo/Microsoft Lost

google-smallGoogle's exponential growth and emergence as a technology juggernaut has been driven by one simple but incredibly successful business model : paid search or pay per click (PPC) advertising.  Google  appears invincible today because it dominates on

Left Brain vs Right Brain: The Kindle vs the iPad

brainThe Apple iPad vs the Amazon Kindle debate rages on in the media and the blogosphere - with no end in sight.   The iPad fans proclaim that the Kindle is dead : it is no match for the rich, interactive, tactile interface of the iPad  - a superior, a

Could this be iPad’s Killer Application ?

ipad-medIn an earlier post earlier post I countered the view held by many  that the iPad will kill the Kindle. I believe these two devices target different and  overlapping market segments and can coexist. However, I also believe that the iPad is  a so

Top 10 Reasons Why the iPad will NOT Kill the Kindle

There is a post on TechCrunch today about the Top 10 Reasons The Apple iPad Will Put Amazon’s Kindle Out of Business Certainly the iPad will give some competition to the  Kindle - especially the $489 model - but put it out of business ?  High

Apple Introduces the iPad – Revolutionary or Evolutionary ?

The last time there was so much hype about a tablet, was possibly when Moses came down the mountain with one made of stone !   Steve Jobs - who has almost attained the same legendary status in the tech world  - officially announced  the much-antic

Education and Public Schools in America – What The US Can Learn From India

A Primary School in "open airIt is now widely acknowledged that America's  public school education system  is broken and needs fixing. Numerous studies rank US school children well below other countries in  science and math tests: "The average science score of U.S. students

15 Facts You May Not Know About the Google China Incident

After reviewing articles from many sources in the media, I have compiled a list of certain  facts and figures regarding   the recent cyber attacks  from China and the subsequent stunning announcement from Google.   Some  of these are surprisingl

Google’s Stance Is Also a Warning about China

Google's bombshell  announcement yesterday about its "new approach" to China is still reverberating across the media and the blogosphere.    Everyone is trying  to put this in perspective, assessing its impact and figuring out  Google's true  m

Google’s Brave New Stand Against China After Unprecedented Chinese Cyber Attack

In what will surely be remembered as a pivotal and defining moment in Internet history, Google today took a brave stand against China which has so  far dictated how Google  conducts business in that country. In a post on their blog titled "A Ne

Twitter Changes Its Question – Finally (many months after I suggested it !)

Twitter Should Change their tagline from "What are you doing"..

“Isn’t is time Twitter changed their tagline “What are you doing? ” to something that reflects what most tweets are about ?”

How Would You Explain Twitter to Your Grandmother ?

By now thousands of articles and blog posts have analyzed the reasons  for the appeal of Twitter.  They have sliced and diced it neatly into its various components - simplicity, brevity, openness, immediacy,  transparency etc. But if you have ever

“Computers in the future may have 1000 vaccum tubes…”

"Computers in the future may have only 1,000 vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh only 1.5 tons" - Popular Mechanics article, March 1949 The above quote amply demonstrates the problems with predicting the future. This is because the future does not al