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Steve Jobs, CEO Apple: “Stay hungry! Stay foolish! Don’t settle!”

“Truth be told, I’ve never graduated from college and this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation…”

This is the beginning of an incredible speech I’ve thought to re-post: it’s a story about mad passion, stubbornness and connecting the dots. And that was quite a pathetic smattering of applause when you realize this speech was legendary. (:

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innovation here, innovation there.

Innovation and ImplementationMany people nowadays are talking about innovation, especially innovation in media. That’s a nice concept but you need to question what is innovation, in fact. Do they even know what they are talking about?

Innovation is more that acquiring the future. Acquiring the future can be a very expensive and risky enterprise. For it to succeed, if the new acquisition is to reinvigorate the old, the acquirer has to be prepared to embrace the new.

Also, innovation is more than brilliant ideas. To be a market leader – even in media – you need to be more than clever. You need to be able to consistently deliver on both your promise and your potential. It is also about your ability to implement or execute those ideas brilliantly, and brilliant execution is all about how effectively you manage your resources so you can deliver on the promise. This means putting Smart People, Smart Process and Smart Technology together to ”Do More With Less” while at the same time getting the market excited about doing business with you.

In this post I thought to give you a link to a very interesting and well-written post that  explores how the world’s most innovative companies can help the newspapers and how can the Newspaper Industry “take away” from adopting their “recipes”; it’s mainly about what we can learn from Apple (not only recognized as the world leader in product innovation but also recognized as the world leader in Supply Chain Management).

In short, what this text is about? Here are some excerpts:

“How easy would it be for the New York Times or News Corp. to become the next Apple? Actually, as experience has proven, the technology barriers to entry are negligible. The real barrier for the newspaper industry is cultural. The challenge then is for the newspaper industry to re-imagine who and what it wants to be in the future.

At the heart of No Logo was the simple message that Corporate America was no longer in the business of making things. It was now in the business of Brand Management. So it is somewhat ironic that the mass media industry completely missed Naomi Klein’s message. While the rest of the American Economy appears to have exchanged making things for the Global Branding rights America’s Media Moguls still think they are in the business of making newspapers, magazines, TV and Radio content.

Yet all too often we discover the old simply feeds on the new. For many global acquirers innovative start-ups are little more than corporate fast food. You could say that they satisfy the urge but they don’t feed the profit engine because all too often the Mergers and Acquisitions equation looks more like 1+1=½ than the much touted 1+1=3.

The barriers to success are cultural and that’s why MBA programs would probably be better off teaching the impact of Game Theory and the mathematics of social interaction than presenting endless case studies on Global Merger and Acquisitions programs. Clearly, if newspapers are to evolve, they will have to do it internally. They will have to rediscover the Corporate Innovation DNA that is buried deep within their culture and that will be very hard.

In the 1960’s you could profile a potential customer by the Newspaper they read or the TV program they watched. Today it is the mobile phone they carry and that’s why Apple is winning, and the newspapers are losing, the race to own the future of the MobCon.” (

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cloud computing: how google killed the hard drive.

Google a omorat hard disk-ul permanent

Una dintre cele mai mari griji ale detinatorilor de PC-uri este starea hard disk-ului si momentul in care acesta se va invarti pentru ultima oara. Utilizatorii nu ar trebui sa isi mai faca griji in aceasta privinta: Google a omorat hard drive-ul permanent. 

Noul sistem de operare de la Google, botezat simplu Chrome OS, precum si zvonurile care vin din directia gigantilor Apple si Microsoft ofera o imagine de ansamblu asupra PC-ului de maine.

Computerul viitorului nu va mai avea nevoie “inima”: hard disk-ul vechi de 25 de ani va disparea.

Chrome OS va veni instalat pe laptopurile ce urmeaza sa fie lansate de Samsung si Acer, la jumatatea anului 2011.

Platforma Google va stoca toate informatiile pe servere online, in “nor”, astfel ca aceste laptopuri nu vor mai avea nevoie de spatii proprii de retinere a datelor. In alte cuvinte, laptopurile Chrome OS nu vor avea hard disk.

Si alti producatori de hardware au vazut viitorul. E-reader-ele de la Amazon si Barnes&Noble nu au hard drive-uri.

Nici iPad-ul nu are acest hardware si nici cel mai nou model MacBook Air. Toate acestea se bazeaza pe chip-uri de memorie flash.

Pentru prima data in ultimii 35 de ani, intrebarea “cat spatiu liber mai ai pe hard ?” isi pierde sensul.

Toata lumea va avea cat spatiu va avea nevoie, pentru ca documentele, filmele, fisierle audio si foto vor fi toate depozitate in “nor”.

Primele aplicatii care au dat tonul cloud computing-ului au fost cele de e-mail dezvoltate de Yahoo si Google.

Chrome OS a continuat pe acelasi traseu, plecand de la ideea ca punctul de acces cel mai folosit de un utilizator este browserul web.

Paginile de Internet, e-mail-urile, documentele de pe Google Docs, pozele de pe Flickr, streamingul audio pe Pandora, toate sunt mediate de browser.

“Sistemele de operare de astazi au aparut intr-o perioada in care nu exista Internetul. Google Chrome este facut pentru utilizatorii care isi petrec cel mai mult timp pe Internet. Este o incercare de a regandi conceptul de sistem de operare”, a declarat un purtator de cuvant al Google.

Efectele Chrome OS pe piata sistemelor de operare

Desi Apple nu a anuntat oficial ca lucreaza la un sistem de operare cloud-based, exista un indiciu important ca si-a indreptat privirile in aceasta directie.

Cel mai recent model al laptopului ultra-subtire MacBook Air nu are niciun fel de hard drive.

Steve Jobs a argumentat alegerea de a inlocui hard disk-ul cu memoria flash prin faptul ca astfel laptopul va deveni cu 80% mai mic, de doua ori mai rapid si mult mai sigur.

“Credem ca norul este viitoarea sursa de venituri si profit pentru noi. Tot ce ofera Microsoft poate fi livrat prin cloud computing”, a afirmat un reprezentant al Microsoft, pentru Fox News.

Cu toate acestea, oficialul Microsoft nu vede disparitia hard disk-ului, in viitorul apropiat. “Streaming-ul are dezavantajele sale: cere o conexiune foarte buna la Internet si consuma bateria laptopurilor extrem de rapid.”

“In plus, informatiile din nor sunt stocate tot pe hard drive-uri”, a incheiat reprezentantul Microsoft.

Articol preluat de aici.

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Steve Jobs, CEO Apple/Pixar: “Stay hungry! Stay foolish! Don’t settle!”

“You forget everything…”

Mr. Steve Jobs on connecting the dots, on being fatally in love with what you do, on never give up. I don’t have the time to write what this video is all about, so (for the time being) I’m going to say just that it’s the most incredible speech I’ve ever heard. Promise I’ll write a short story as soon as I can. I’m aware of the fact that maybe you don’t have 15 min., but it’s so… great.

Connect the dots. You can connect the dots only looking backwards. If you love smth with all of your heart, don’t give up, even if it takes you to unworn paths, even if it hits you with a brick in the head. All that will make sense someday. Start again when it’s over. Being over is the best thing it can happen to you. Cause you can have a brand new start. Stay hungry! Stay foolish! Don’t settle!

Thank you, Mr. Jobs. It’s 3 o’clock in the morning and you’ve just b-slapped me in the face. You’ve just reminded me that I miss writing so bad. You’ve just woke me up from amnesia. You’ve just reminded me that I’m a stubborn bastard. You’ve just reminded me that I must connect the dots. You’ve just helped me make the most difficult decision ever made: leaving.

“… except the butterflies.”

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