Seth Godin & Backwards – A wisdom video

Seth_GodinI recently watched a talk by Seth Godin who talks about finding your audience and breaking out of the mundane routines. My wife who runs the popular blog LifeInSketch went to the talk and recommended it to me. Hosted by Creative Mornings at the New School in Manhattan the speaker that morning was the ever green Seth Godin. I had read Godin’s book “Permission Marketing” way back in 2000. Ever since, I had stopped following the author. However, when I came across this video by Creative Mornings,  I had to share.
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Cloud, Sofas & Economies of Scale

gotcouchAdobe recently announced its moving all its “boxed” software to the cloud under a subscription service. Some analysts claim that this is due to changing customer tastes. However, there is a stronger underlying reason. It’s to exploit economies of scale via the cloud, reduce costs and increase direct margins from product delivery. The decision might seem risky but it makes absolute sense. The only other facet of concern might be when reporting revenues. GAAP rules mean that Adobe will have to change from transaction based revenue – i.e. one time revenues need to be booked gradually. This deference in revenues will mean depressed earnings when the switchover happens.
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Facebook Home & Mobile Advertising

facebook-home-via-cnetThe battle for mobile advertising is heating up. While Google has a sustained business model for mobile advertising, Facebook is still testing the waters. Google’s mobile ad revenues are 4 times that of Facebook’s. Furthermore, ad metrics comparison between GOOG & FB is not necessarily straightforward. There is a simple underlying distinction – Google indexes the web and FB indexes relationships. Using that perspective its apparent how mobile ad revenues can balloon on either side – depending on the exponential growth rates of relationships or simply the future expanse of the “web universe”.
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Forget Generation Y

Generation_CI was recently reading a book about Fundamental Analysis. As I read through the e-book which was published sometime in 2009, I realized how outdated it was. The book was not outdated in terms of the actual methodology or academic content but the references to websites and resources were. Having worked in an industry that has been slow to embrace social media in general, I realized that information consumption as reflected in popular e-books were also outdated. This got me thinking about my own behavior and I realized I had to re-classify myself. I don’t know when it happened – but I’m no longer generation Y. I’m generation C. Coined by Nielsen, it is the generation that is constantly ‘Connected’.
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Judo Business Strategy

judoI’ve been exposed to various business strategies employed by big businesses. They range from head-on battles like price wars to buy outs and hiring the competitors’ management teams. While these strategies might work for incumbents, a new player entering an established market cannot opt for any of the battles mentioned above – quite simply they just don’t have the financial clout to do so. However, there is a way the smaller players can make a dent and create market share for themselves – by employing the Judo strategy.

What is the Judo strategy? In a nutshell it uses the incumbents’ size and position against itself to carve out a niche for itself. This can be done by creating a new value curve, finding a blue ocean all while being nimble and agile.  By operating “under the radar” you can quite easily go unnoticed, lap up market share before the behemoths of the industry realize what happened. So how does it work?
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