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

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

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

Technological Progress and Innovation

“Any study of the history of technological development reveals that technological progress comes from doing things differently in an unpredictable way. Pocket calculators are not built with vacuum tubes. Supersonic flight is not achieved with prope