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MindBullet: Apple files for Bankruptcy (21 December 2014)

MindBullets are a fantastic series of content from the FutureWorld group, a collection of "future practitioners and strategists" that I'm becoming more and more involved with. Essentially, MindBullets are news articles written from the future, showing us examples of just how quickly our world is changing, and where it might take us. Explore further MindBullets here or read more about the FutureWorld Group.

This week, we see Apple file for bankruptcy in 2014!


Now, it'd be very easy to dismiss this scenario out of hand. Apple is the biggest technology company on the planet at the moment, and more importantly, has built an ecosystem (apps, iTunes and devices that require both) that makes it hard to leave. Anyway, with an ecosystem and product set as smooth and user friendly as Apple's - who would want to leave?

Let's not forget what the iPod did to the MP3 industry and the Walkman. Destroyed it, disrupted it and owned it in less than 2 years. With a technology l…

TED Tuesdays: Deb Roy - The birth of a word...

One of the most rewarding cultures (well, for me at the very least!) that I started at FNB was Tech Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, we'd force ourselves to give up 2 hours in the calendar to watch new TED videos and debate their relevance to the world of business. I miss that culture... and will attempt to carry it on here.

I've fallen behind (as might be expected) with the TED Tuesday posts. Isn't it crazy how HARD it is to just set aside 1 hour of a week to NOT check email, reply to tweets and dash our client documentation. Anyhow... back in the saddle.

This is a truly "wow" TED talk. It deals mainly with an MIT Professor who recorded 3 years of his family and first child's life - and then analysed the data. Asides from some profound and fascinating insights into how language is learned - there is a much bigger question that the video posits. What happens when everything is recorded and analysed? What might we find out about ourselves and the human race in general…

MindBullet: New York Stock Exchange Closes (15 March 2016)

MindBullets are a fantastic series of content from the FutureWorld group. Essentially they're news articles written from the future, showing us examples of just how quickly our world is changing, and where it might take us. Explore further MindBullets here or read more about the FutureWorld Group.


This week, the New York Stock Exchange closes down, overtaken by cloud computing and app culture.

Are we returning to a Mom and Pop business culture?

Reading an extra of Gary Vaynerchuk's new book, The Thank You Economy. You can grab the same extract here. First thoughts, it looks a lot better written than the first. More mature. Excited.

Here's a paragraph:

At its core, social media requires that business leaders start thinking like small-town shop owners. They’re going to have to take the long view and stop using short-term benchmarks to gauge their progress. They’re going to have to allow the personality, heart, and soul of the people who run all levels of the busi... (extract ends here, so have to assume he says something like "shine through / be available to customers".



Aw man. I love social media. It's so "revolutionary". It's so "us against them". It's so "change or die". My exuberance is temepered with the last round of "change or die" that we saw on the web - remember when people ran around telling you that if you didn't have a website, and if that we…

ZA Tech Show Episode 151 - Don't Shoot the Messenger

Arthur Goldstuck makes his debut on the show this week, joining Andy Hadfield and Simon Dingle to discuss;

The latest Facebook valuation.Social networking and revolution.The launch of iPad 2.Nintendo 3DS hitting the market.Near field communications (NFC).Google’s ecosystem play.Online outsourcing.The consumer protection act and its impact on cellular operators.Our technology picks and pick-ons this week;
Andy Hadfield – Picks-on: Twitter’s #quickbar and the ESPNcricinfo app.
Arthur Goldstuck – Picks: Elance.com.
Simon Dingle – Picks: South Africa’s new CPA.


Click through to The ZA Tech Show to listen/download the audio or video version...

TED Tuesdays: Bill Stone - Exploring caves, exploring space...

One of the most rewarding cultures (well, for me at the very least!) that I started at FNB was Tech Tuesdays. Every Tuesday, we'd force ourselves to give up 2 hours in the calendar to watch new TED videos and debate their relevance to the world of business. I miss that culture... and will attempt to carry it on here.

This week's TED Tuesday isn't as related to Internet technology, as it is to gadgets and exploration philosophy. I'd be remiss if I drew to many parallels to the Internet here - and that is one of the great things about TED, forcing you out of your bubble.

Bill Stone talks about exploring and the gadgets required to do it. From the deepest caves into his space exploration dream. He makes a bold statement that he plans to lead a mission (now in 4 years time or so) to build the first gas station on the moon. I've emailed him to see how that's going. Lofty and noble goals should be supported!




If there's any parallel into business and the Internet,…