Fascinating Map of Warwick Entrepreneurship

October 9th, 2013 by samir

Here is a map trying to link all the Entrepreneurship activities at Warwick. It is not a complete picture as I am not sure whether the Medical School is involved in here but at least it is a good start for new people (and perhaps those already involved!).


Data Driven Decisions at Google

October 4th, 2013 by samir

Kathryn Dekas  Google People Analytics

This is a great, pragmatic presentation by Kathryn Dekas about how Google are using Data to drive decisions across the whole company – including HR.



Pixar Story Telling Advice

October 3rd, 2013 by samir

Some nice ideas here from Pixar on story telling. Many transferable thoughts.


Twitter founder discusses secret to internet

October 1st, 2013 by samir

Well that is the headline but in fact this is a story about how the internet has really matured. It distills the essence of why the internet is popular and the value it delivers – from a mass market perspective at least.

In summary these are:

1- The internet delivers answers faster (often instantly).

2- The internet reduces the need for people to think.

If you can reduce the steps people take to achieve something they want to achieve by using the internet then you’re onto a winner – apparently!

Full article here.

Apples iPhone 5s’s new significant hidden feature

September 30th, 2013 by samir

This might not seem significant but multi-path TCP is important because it can open up more possibilities of a device staying connected and/or connected to the best possible option available. Currently you have to manually switch between say Wifi and 3G, with multi-path TCP the phone will sort out the best option for you. If you’re looking to stream data in patchy connectivity situations this has the potential to be pretty significant to improve the success and user experience of your applications.

Full article here.

Words of wisdom perhaps?

September 30th, 2013 by samir

Some words of wisdom on how to get a long with people. Simple and thoughtful:


How to structure your organisation?

September 27th, 2013 by samir

Working at Valve.Respect to these guys for trying this. Lessons for others perhaps? Can understand why Hiring is there most important job as there are few people who’d fully be able to do this. No mention of share options!

The Valve company / new hire handbook.

Thoughts in Marketing

September 27th, 2013 by samir

Good read:

Why is a Good Insight Like a Refrigerator? – Jeremy Bullmore on the value of high potency insights in marketing planning and research


Knowledge management research

July 10th, 2013 by samir

I have recently started some joint mentoring with a friend of mine who is just starting out as an independent consultant, after years as a successful practisioner in a large corporate company.

Her area of specialism is knowledge management.

For me this initially seemed a somewhat wide ranging topic area, and it is. However there are several interesting aspects of it and I am enjoying the learning, through osmosis I guess (although I am sure she’d be able to tell me better!), about this subject that appears to have a profound effect on our ability to communicate and improve performance (all definitions of …)

Here is an interesting slide deck on group dynamics, their effectiveness and some counter initiative research results – such as speech is best for conversations but not presentations (monologues) etc.

I found this whilst reading the Gurteen website – something of a mecca for knowledge management types and a seemingly well respected online resource.

Here are some more thoughts on the same … As with everything in research there are question marks over the validity of the findings but it is fascinating that people are asking these questions and publishing ideas and findings that may actually be useful.

Interesting stuff and something I am looking forward to learning more about.

Elevator pitch template

June 25th, 2013 by samir

For those thinking about their elevator pitch, I found this template to be sucinct and useful.

Hope you do too.