What is News Worthy

  • Malone's Magic shines on Pandora!
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  • Can MSNBC shake the Liberal media under Comcast and take over?
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  • Not another investigation!
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  • Did May deal a good hand to Merkel?
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  • Bill Gross: without German Umbrella just another Economist trying to get attention?
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  • Qatar and $12B in orders after Saudi Mega deals in Defense Spend: A new business Model?

Re-inventing America!

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Silicon Valley Vibes!

  • Elon Musk Line: Car mover underground in Hollywood!
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  • Would you allow Siri to drive you around?
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  • Google Ventures : the hidden gold mine? From curing death to scissoring and splicing genes?
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  • GS Warriors : Is Oakland ready to be part of High Tech bubble?
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  • Did Ford Make a big mistake by changing their tradional CEO?
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  • Killing Uber Management: Is it a Mistake which will burst the bubble?

FANG News:

  • What ever happened to House of Cards: Its not even 7 seasons
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  • Mother of all AI? Lets Fix SIRI before leaping too high!
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  • Under steady Republican policies - will American Advertising spend go down?
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  • If Waymo is $70 Billion should Uber be $200B?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Letterman Indicator makes Romney the Next President!

Talkshow host Mr David Letterman has been covering politics and feeds its audience a very innovative and laughable/hilarious segment during the election. Unknowingly he is leaving a trail which predicts the winner way ahead of the polls and pundits could. Dating back to Mr Clinton - Mr Letterman has picked one of the candidates and focused on their traits and policies for his segment on the Preseidential segment. And the winner has always been the one he has chosen as a centerpiece of his humor. And this time based on his early picks on Mr Romney - it is very likely that Mr Romney could be the next President!

Is Apple headed to $380?

Seven Reasons Why Apple will head South! - Product Upgrade cycle is reaching marginal at best - Usability based devices are yet to scale functionality - Data plans are sky rocketting - iTV , if there is one , could never compete in the mass market TV - New generation - kids entering teen are yet to fall for its Magic - global purchasing power is shrinking - Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wake-Up Mr. Nice Guy!

It is a shame that the whole World is blaming Nasdaq & their allies for the FB flop!

 Or is Mr Z too smart like his drop out Harvard Alma Mater Mr G and salvaging what he could to keep all his Friends?

Either way it is time for Nasdaq and Mr Greifeld to wake up and go Offensive.

Please Mr Greifeld don't be Nice & Friendly - everyone knows that FB was doomed even before the roadshow and dont fall for this blame game!

Don't Try This @Home!

The thought had crossed my mind more than once! I had even thought about what I should and will do if it ever happened.

And it did!

I could see myself plunge my hand and grab it quickly- when i did!

And didn't hesitate even a second to wash it immediately and grab the hand towel to wipe it!

Wipe it? Yes - that I did carefully & hurriedly! 

My heart racing while I carefully turned it around and looked for cracks and crevices to clean and wipe- with my hand towel.

And then I tried to hold it carefully and touched the button while my heart racing even faster.

It lighted my heart while I was gasping and danced my fingers around the surface gently at first and then impatiently! And as HE said it was Magical!

My heart slowing and my breathing a bit normal I  let out a sigh of relief and finally settled down to pursue what I originally intended to do before it happened and stole my Full two minutes away in a hurry!

Now with all my faculty working back at normal mode I started replaying what had just happened- I couldn't believe what HAD just happened.

Then I justified my action with that famous 3 second law of life - which I will get to in a second! If that wasn't enough my mind reminded me that In the whole process I hadn't quite taken care of my hand that plunged and did the wonderful speedy job- not to mention the fate of the hand towel. And I was really happy that this whole shenanigan happened before and YES BEFORE I did what I came into do in the first place!

And now my brain was wondering if I should share this experience with my family & friends- my heart reminded me that they might not take it in a humane way so I decided to save it for a future date.

Having accomplished what I had originally planned I walked out with the towel staring at my back sadly!

Oh Well I was still quite satisfied with the happy ending after all this mess!

And yes - about that 3 second law....well I learned long back from a wise friend of mine when I was in KG- its ok to pick up the candy within 3 seconds from the moment it leaves your mouth....and sure I was really impressed with my spontaneity in repurposing beyond its original intention!

And its more than a week now and having learned my lesson and everything working fine - I just am a bit more careful when I use my iPhone in the toilet after that! 

And I know you all are snickering at this as you probably knew it was bound to happen given my past experience with iSomethings!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

DLS - A case for $1000 FB share Price!

Rev     Mult      CAP     Price      How: Zynga Moment
$4B      26        $100B     $40       30% of Zynga revenue added in 1 meeting 

Rev.     Cons   Cons.  Bull.  Bull.  cons.  bull.   ZYNGA
.......     Multi   Cap.   Mult   Cap.  price.  price   Moment
$8B       20.    160B   24.    192B   64.     76    %Bing
$16B     15     240B   20     320B   96.    128   %Retail
$32B     10     320B   16     512B   128   204  %Income
$64B      7      448B   12     768B   179   307  %Consmp
$128B    4      512B   10     128T   204   512  %GDP

And of course we would want FB to grow like Apple's last 5 year's rate give or take a few and the following assumptions are in tact for the next few years!

- Wall street does not find another ZuckerBUG
- MBAs are still taught to use Spreadsheets and are attracted to Wall street
- Z still wears a Hoodie to work
- Z will have atleast one Zynga moment a year
- FB bucks are not pegged to Gold
- Z will not have a Buddha moment in the next 6 years
- Euro is not replaced by FB bucks and Ben does not start printing FB bucks!

Are you wondering where is the case for $1000? Still reading and looking??? And that my FRIEND is the Build...Go ahead and indulge with a couple of FB pie!
Slowing to Smell....!

After going through several blogs I came to the conclusion that it is very difficult to write about your day to day life!

Fascinating to see how creative people are and how so many people around the world are able to choose a variety of topic and pour their heart out and paint something so wonderful- full of life and color!

Need Humor! Need Depth and more than anything need perspective! I found it is easy to write about something substantial in which a person is well versed in. It made me think - I went around the last few days looking around and paying attention to everything from nature to relationships!

Now curiosity started posing a question - what is more important to writing? Chosing a topic or having the patience to research and articulate about the impressions that every day events brings to a person?

I thought I will try this every day! For 30 Days!

Impulsive and spontaneous
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No research - just type as the feelings flow and as the words can portray! Thanks to the Blackberry - now I can try doing that the moment the urge happens without waiting!

As I was deciding on this I found myself in a shop - decided to pull my Blackberry and type what I saw around me...so begins my first piece.

PS. Since Blog has major restricitons on how many posting and what kind of flexibility one can have using the standard template I will try to find a work around using a couple of gadgets to display a couple of days posting at any given time till I figure out a way to display the history!

To avoid dilution of this site I have moved the experiment to another blog under

http://dailylifesigns.blogspot.com

The following is a sample on content with no photos- the Daily Life Signs posting will be more of a pictorial experience!






Walking around a woman's shop!

Looking at the colors in a woman's shop is like peeking into a kaleidoscope. However, one doesn't have to change to feel the vibrant mood.

Amazing styles and fascinating fashion! Trying to coordinate gives the several option that is needed to meet the day to day lifestyles of varying moods and differing ages.

Age appropriate colors! Shades for fading moods!

Bold red!

Sober red!

Flashy red!

Bland red!

Blood Red!

Romantic Red!

Decisions! Decisions! and Decisions!

Deciding the color at the time of shopping gives the option to choose and refine to the various rainbow moods that a person possibly can go through in a fast paced connected world!

Sizes and fits to match every form and need.

Having a choice helps in refinement!

And helps!

In Decisions! Decisions and Decisions!

Startup Wisdom!

May be there is a reason they want a Money Man to run the venture- but the following tip will save a buck or two! This will list a couple of grey hairs to keep!

  • Success is contageous- start it immediately!
  • Share the Vision but not Leadership!
  • Smart money is great - but Lucky Money is even better. Get some!
  • Being passionate is essential - but only after motivation to make money.
  • Establish the TRUE Pecking Order!
  • Let Sales be part of your core strategy- everything else can be bought!
  • If you havent done Selling START DOING IT NOW!

Building your 2nd Million!

Skip the first million and go straight to the second- as the first one is the most difficult one to bring home! The second one can be as tough as the first one but is never tougher than the first one! You can make money - working - investing in stocks/etc - real-estate - starting a business - others Choose your area of interest first as this will help you identify the opportunity and make you easily motivated to work on the 2nd million!

Not in any particular Order!

  • First lets know the facts: 1) Your work life is 40 something years (even at conservative estimate) so lets make sure we plan that Properly
  • 2) Lets identify opportunity to make money with out too much effort- living for Today is Good but lets not lose today's free money in the process like - benefits, tax breaks, sale,coupons,etc
  • 3) Lets not try to make ALL THE MONEY in the same way! Lets break the objective into smaller chunks and assign different ways to make them individually
  • 4) Put the 1st Million in Auto-pilot and set a 10 Years plus Time table
  • Convince yourself that you need the Money
  • Set a time line to achieve the goal.

Relationships - Learning to enjoy them!

Do we retain relationships? Expectations out of frienships vary from society to society & age group to age group. How long do we carry them? Some of them bring fond memories- and some not so pleasant! Here you can expect to see nuggets from my experiences and analysis!

Family & Friends: We spend less time with family than with friends- yet we feel more comfortable with family than friends- Why? Is it because we dont have expectations with family members but we have some on friends?

Allowing the other person to finish their train of thought builds a very long lasting relationship - as it makes you understand the other persons point of view fully & also to respond being aware making even an opposing point of view reasonable.


  • Cherry Pick your arguments - Left or Right Brained!
  • Make every encounter a transaction - this will make leaving baggages behind easy!
  • Qualify the type of relationship - however strange it might be
  • Chasing friendship is not always helpful as it leads to compromise.
  • Family circles - define it and accept it whether you like it or not!
  • Its ok to do different activities with different people!
Prof Dr Peik A Monie's Corner

  • if being number two is not enough go to a lower market
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  • proceeds from a street dog dont bark
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  • shooting the papparazi dont break cameras

DIGITAL IRIS - An inexcusable view of the photograpic world!

Let me see if I can add a few lines every week highlighting my 2 cents on photography- my experiences and desires

Things that make good photos -

- excellent and expensive set of lenses; in this digital era spend less on the body and keep investing in the high end lenses as the lenses will not lose value and the body is still under construction!

- accessories and the right tripod; never underestimate your advantage with a tripod

- plan & choose the subject and the location

- know your subject well!

- look and follow the calendars; simple things like a night with a Full moon- we dont realise that it does not happen every day - if you narrow it to the summer when the sky is still blue - I guess it becomes a couple of times a year- and if you factor n the location and your availability at that location and time...so Knowing the calendar and season helps for a good but not so common picture

- Take some luck with you!

  • Print and Enlarge Some Too
  • Delete Bad Pictures from Storage
  • Isolate Subject's color
  • Assess various profile
  • Add a subject to the frame
  • Take Nature after rain - they look better
  • Transparent Objects like flowers have creative effect with light behind them
  • If you want to enjoy the trip - leave the camera behind!
  • Define the subject for the shoot out trip
  • Take a survey trip before the real shoot out
  • Learn & Buy the Best Tripod
  • Always take a handy utility camera
  • Use Multiple exposure & shots in action oriented moments- this will help you pick the ideal snap - as even a fraction of a second makes a HUGE difference in photos.
  • Know your camers settings!
  • Understand Shutter Lag
  • Understand the camera shakes

AfterMarket Pulse- The boring Services Industry!

Keeping it inefficient is good for every one- A success story and why it will be restricted to a handful in the services Industry- A serious look at the Service Industry and my views on improving them. As a society we have accepted that everything breaks down and needs periodic maintenance. We are willing to pay both money and time to accomodate such services. What we have not done is define what is the service level that is needed for every such incident. From household appliances to industrial equipments we are forced to accept the cost and quality that the market offers. In such a sellers market room for mediocracy is enormous- giving way for opportunities. Yes predicatability is not always easy when it comes to failure or repair - or for that matter to identify what is wrong once the item is broke as it is not always possible to run the equipment ot see what is going wrong! And there are companies that can afford stupidity & those that cannot- if you want to change choose wisely!

  • Three steps: 1) Localize Failure 2) Response to Events 3) Time to Life
  • Inter-dependency at a higer level accelerates return
  • Resposiveness is rewarding - even if it is just to show on site of event!
  • Failure Prevention is difficult - yet possible
  • Know your Industry problems: Inventory, Turn time, Forecasting Failure, Estimating Cost, Finding Talent, Automation tools
  • Know your industry Practices- Swapping parts, using refurbished items, penalty
  • Define Quality of service
  • Attract talent - as service industry does not attract fresh talents
  • Innovote service packages

About Me

Seen me go through cycles driven by Age, Money, Deception, Affection, Success, Failure, Fear- etc. The current cycle puts me in a middle aged bucket with sculpted bitterness trying to tame it to embrace the sweet crime of success and affection.