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2015-10-05 04:19:47 (16 comments; 33 reshares; 65 +1s)Open 

Best Global Brands: 2015. Who are you surprised by?

My first surprise is that tech companies seem to dominate. 15/14. Think of all the brands we touch every day. It is crazy these break-through. The other one, car companies. Almost all in the top forty! (Except, GM.)

It is also interesting that Pampers and UPS are there. FedEx is 86! I would have guessed exactly the opposite between UPS and FedEx.

Are you surprised at who showed up, and who did not?

What is your theory on the tech brands ranking so high?

Here are the bottom five, from 95-100, need to get them some recognition: Kleenex, Boss, Paypal, Mini, Moet & Chandon, Lenovo.

Full list: http://goo.gl/IA6UEI

Most reshares: 36

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2016-02-10 13:21:55 (2 comments; 36 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

My latest blog post covers a topic that is very near and dear to my heart: "Rock Analytics More: Obsess About Goals And Goal Values!" http://goo.gl/Lqmo2K

We all obsess about bounce rates and visits and conversion rates and clicks, of course clicks. But, none of those metrics highlight the impact of your marketing and digital existence on your bottom-line!

This upsets me greatly. Especially because the solution is not all that difficult. In the post, I share five goals that I believe are mandatory for every type of website, and the six distinct benefits, types of analysis, you can do to get deeper insights.

Before you check out​ the post, get your proposal for a salary increase ready because once you implement these ideas, you are definitely getting one. : )

"Rock Analytics More: Obsess About Goals And Goal Values!" http://goo.gl/Lqmo2Kmore »

Most plusones: 71

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2015-11-20 18:36:45 (4 comments; 12 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 


Food for thought...

The narrowness of the intelligence being expressed the words and actions by folks is profoundly heartbreaking.

If you are curious about one more angle on this topic: The Economics of Syrian Refugees: http://goo.gl/uTvmGT

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2016-02-10 13:21:55 (2 comments; 36 reshares; 50 +1s)Open 

My latest blog post covers a topic that is very near and dear to my heart: "Rock Analytics More: Obsess About Goals And Goal Values!" http://goo.gl/Lqmo2K

We all obsess about bounce rates and visits and conversion rates and clicks, of course clicks. But, none of those metrics highlight the impact of your marketing and digital existence on your bottom-line!

This upsets me greatly. Especially because the solution is not all that difficult. In the post, I share five goals that I believe are mandatory for every type of website, and the six distinct benefits, types of analysis, you can do to get deeper insights.

Before you check out​ the post, get your proposal for a salary increase ready because once you implement these ideas, you are definitely getting one. : )

"Rock Analytics More: Obsess About Goals And Goal Values!" http://goo.gl/Lqmo2Kmore »

My latest blog post covers a topic that is very near and dear to my heart: "Rock Analytics More: Obsess About Goals And Goal Values!" http://goo.gl/Lqmo2K

We all obsess about bounce rates and visits and conversion rates and clicks, of course clicks. But, none of those metrics highlight the impact of your marketing and digital existence on your bottom-line!

This upsets me greatly. Especially because the solution is not all that difficult. In the post, I share five goals that I believe are mandatory for every type of website, and the six distinct benefits, types of analysis, you can do to get deeper insights.

Before you check out​ the post, get your proposal for a salary increase ready because once you implement these ideas, you are definitely getting one. : )

"Rock Analytics More: Obsess About Goals And Goal Values!" http://goo.gl/Lqmo2K

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2016-02-08 17:10:26 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

The lameness of the US presidential candidates.

If you listen to them on stage debating, everyone seems to overtly imply that they are god's gift to humanity. Their pride in their accomplishments, "I have carpet bombed Putin!", is remarkable.

Yet. It is impressive how little they have actually managed to do. The simple graph below shows the number​ of bills introduced by five candidates, and the number​ that became law.

Yes. You read that right. Three. Three laws enacted were introduced by Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Rubio and Mr. Cruz, one each (though to be fair, they are new). The most impressive of the bunch is Mr. Kasich.

What is even more galling are the laws actually enacted. Three three laws in the image are by Mrs. Clinton (two are for road naming, post office naming). Mr. Cruz's one successful bill is to stop people whocom... more »

The lameness of the US presidential candidates.

If you listen to them on stage debating, everyone seems to overtly imply that they are god's gift to humanity. Their pride in their accomplishments, "I have carpet bombed Putin!", is remarkable.

Yet. It is impressive how little they have actually managed to do. The simple graph below shows the number​ of bills introduced by five candidates, and the number​ that became law.

Yes. You read that right. Three. Three laws enacted were introduced by Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Rubio and Mr. Cruz, one each (though to be fair, they are new). The most impressive of the bunch is Mr. Kasich.

What is even more galling are the laws actually enacted. Three three laws in the image are by Mrs. Clinton (two are for road naming, post office naming). Mr. Cruz's one successful bill is to stop people who committed terrorism against US from entering the UN (#omg). Mr. Rubio's declares, but does not do anything to make it happen, countries should​ have birth registries​ for girls. Mr. Sanders renamed two post-offices, one law was material as it tied veteran's benefits to CoLA.

The only one of the bunch that was decent is Mr. Kasich. Welfare reform in 1996, tax reform in 1997, and the balanced budget act in 1997.

Next time you see them on stage, hopefully this frames your fav candidate in a new and interesting light.

Sometimes I wonder how our great country actually functions.

Graph source: John Keltz: http://goo.gl/muFPv9___

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2016-02-05 21:31:37 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Injuries most likely to land you in an emergency room, super insightful. (Many thanks to my BFF +Thomas Baekdal for sharing this link with me!)

First graph is overall injury rate as we get older. The second and third are reasons why you should always segment data! http://goo.gl/TSocPF

It turns out Men tend to visit the emergency room a lot less as they get older, and it is exactly the opposite for women! I wonder what is up with that.

The big increase you see with time is in Contusions.

Why don't home builders use this data to make hopes that can reduce these things? Laceration, Sprain, Fracture, Contusions are all things that can be addressed with a good amount of home safety.

There are a few more drill downs you can do in this data, and more slices as well. Check it out here: http://goo.gl/GQbbLE


Injuries most likely to land you in an emergency room, super insightful. (Many thanks to my BFF +Thomas Baekdal for sharing this link with me!)

First graph is overall injury rate as we get older. The second and third are reasons why you should always segment data! http://goo.gl/TSocPF

It turns out Men tend to visit the emergency room a lot less as they get older, and it is exactly the opposite for women! I wonder what is up with that.

The big increase you see with time is in Contusions.

Why don't home builders use this data to make hopes that can reduce these things? Laceration, Sprain, Fracture, Contusions are all things that can be addressed with a good amount of home safety.

There are a few more drill downs you can do in this data, and more slices as well. Check it out here: http://goo.gl/GQbbLE
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2016-02-02 00:30:50 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

I think most people don't realize how big a billion is. It has Nine Zeros!!

We are so used to a billion, we never stop and appreciate the glory of when Whatsapp reaches that milestone. We should.

It was really great to see Google's financial results. It is very, very hard to grow 24% on a revenue base that insanely big. Congratulations to the team.

For me, beyond the above, what was really impressive was the announcement that GMail now has One Billion Monthly Active Users. Who said email is dead! :)

This makes it seven the number of products Google has announced with more than one bil MAUs. Pretty impressive. 

I think most people don't realize how big a billion is. It has Nine Zeros!!

We are so used to a billion, we never stop and appreciate the glory of when Whatsapp reaches that milestone. We should.

It was really great to see Google's financial results. It is very, very hard to grow 24% on a revenue base that insanely big. Congratulations to the team.

For me, beyond the above, what was really impressive was the announcement that GMail now has One Billion Monthly Active Users. Who said email is dead! :)

This makes it seven the number of products Google has announced with more than one bil MAUs. Pretty impressive. ___

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2016-01-28 17:23:53 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Quite scary change in adult obesity in America. In just 20 years. Purple is 35%+ (!). Green is 10-15%.

In essentially one generation, we have altered what the human body has to deal with. And, our doctors, services, our families.

We have many issues impacting us, but this one seems to be on with very long term consequences. It is also one that we don't seem to be talking about. Imagine the passion of the gun debate, but on the topic of helping our peer citizens be healthy - so that they can live longer, more physically comfortably, and enjoy this precious time on earth.

We also tend to jump to eating as a cause too quickly (though whole grain plant based have been proven to be immensely fantastic for humans http://goo.gl/uVRbTk). Obesity has numerous causes, we need to look at the complete picture.

So, what causes weight gain and obesity. According to the... more »

Quite scary change in adult obesity in America. In just 20 years. Purple is 35%+ (!). Green is 10-15%.

In essentially one generation, we have altered what the human body has to deal with. And, our doctors, services, our families.

We have many issues impacting us, but this one seems to be on with very long term consequences. It is also one that we don't seem to be talking about. Imagine the passion of the gun debate, but on the topic of helping our peer citizens be healthy - so that they can live longer, more physically comfortably, and enjoy this precious time on earth.

We also tend to jump to eating as a cause too quickly (though whole grain plant based have been proven to be immensely fantastic for humans http://goo.gl/uVRbTk). Obesity has numerous causes, we need to look at the complete picture.

So, what causes weight gain and obesity. According to the National Institutes of Health (http://goo.gl/JVnfq4):

An Inactive Lifestyle
Environment
Genes and Family History
Health Conditions
Medicines
Emotional Factors
Smoking
Age
Pregnancy
Lack of Sleep

Great visual below, via https://goo.gl/0NtGIm. Food for thought.___

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2016-01-25 20:22:15 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

The cost of raising one child? $350k!!! When everyone advises you to be careful about intimate relations, they are not kidding.

Using this delightful calculator, http://goo.gl/2XjF, you can see a distribution of the costs until the child is 18.

What is amazing is the impact of small changes. For example, if your child is born into a household where income is greater than $105k, the costs to you balloon from $350k to $523k! For the same variable, if you don't live in CA and move to Texas, they drop to $474k (consider all that you'll lose, though!).

Costs change if you live in the rural areas (go down). They massively go up if you are a single parent. Also, go up if you pay for the child to go to private collage.

Now, if $350k (for someone living in the Western US, between $61k and $105k annual income, not a single parent, pay for public schooling), does... more »

The cost of raising one child? $350k!!! When everyone advises you to be careful about intimate relations, they are not kidding.

Using this delightful calculator, http://goo.gl/2XjF, you can see a distribution of the costs until the child is 18.

What is amazing is the impact of small changes. For example, if your child is born into a household where income is greater than $105k, the costs to you balloon from $350k to $523k! For the same variable, if you don't live in CA and move to Texas, they drop to $474k (consider all that you'll lose, though!).

Costs change if you live in the rural areas (go down). They massively go up if you are a single parent. Also, go up if you pay for the child to go to private collage.

Now, if $350k (for someone living in the Western US, between $61k and $105k annual income, not a single parent, pay for public schooling), does not seem like a lot consider the fact that that is post-tax income. You would need to make around 40% more than that (income taxes, social security, 401k, sales taxes on goods, etc.).

They say the love of a child is the best love of all in the world. True (I have two!). It is also expensive. :)

Bonus: This might surprise you but the USDA, yes, the people with their stamp on the beef you are eating right now, also put out a detailed projection of raising a child. Data: http://goo.gl/gVtx1C Infographic: http://goo.gl/9h03GF___

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2016-01-08 17:21:39 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

It is ironic that I'm three weeks late with this video, but better late than never.

It is absolutely fantastic. Just two mins. It will leave you inspired and likely, like me, in tears.

Humans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7o7R5BgWDY

It is ironic that I'm three weeks late with this video, but better late than never.

It is absolutely fantastic. Just two mins. It will leave you inspired and likely, like me, in tears.

Humans.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7o7R5BgWDY___

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2016-01-06 18:29:39 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

If possible, try not to die. It is expensive! Should you fail to cheat death, bummer, plan last rites well in advance.

Did you know that an "immediate Burial" or "Direct Cremation" will cost you $2000? With no ceremony or casket or anything else.

Crazy.

What's galling is the range of prices. See the table below. The Max - Min range in NY for Cremation is $10k to $550! In other cities, the ranges average of at least $3k.

It, literally, pays to shop before you die.

The issue is that the FTC, yes the all legit Federal Trade Commission, allows funeral homes to keep their rates hidden until someone actually writes to calls them. The US government does a lot of good things, but empowering the fleecing of family members when they are at their most vulnerable, is disheartening.

The cool thing is that states like California... more »

If possible, try not to die. It is expensive! Should you fail to cheat death, bummer, plan last rites well in advance.

Did you know that an "immediate Burial" or "Direct Cremation" will cost you $2000? With no ceremony or casket or anything else.

Crazy.

What's galling is the range of prices. See the table below. The Max - Min range in NY for Cremation is $10k to $550! In other cities, the ranges average of at least $3k.

It, literally, pays to shop before you die.

The issue is that the FTC, yes the all legit Federal Trade Commission, allows funeral homes to keep their rates hidden until someone actually writes to calls them. The US government does a lot of good things, but empowering the fleecing of family members when they are at their most vulnerable, is disheartening.

The cool thing is that states like California have taken it upon themselves to force transparency by funeral homes. If they have a website (and who does not now!), they have to post prices.

If you are curious what the expense is to die in the Silicon Valley (and all the add-ons you can get, yippee!), here's our local funeral home: PDF: http://goo.gl/ZprDZG

In case you don't click on that link, a rough estimate on the high side is: $17,035.

The Parting Blog has a fantastic article about all this. It is worth reading the whole thing here: http://goo.gl/64MQEA___

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2016-01-04 17:20:27 (5 comments; 30 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Two main reasons we don't make smarter decisions based on data: 1. We obsess about "one night stands", rather than longer term relationships and 2. We never get to metrics that really matter, like Profit, and deep UX implications, like Product Views Per Transaction.

My latest post addresses both these concerns and gives you specific strategies to get your 2016 off with a Bang!

Excellent Analytics Tip #27: Chase Smart Calculated Metrics: http://goo.gl/XzwluD

You can download lots of wisdom in the post to influence, in fundamental ways, the culture inside your company, and five calculated metrics in Google Analytics to see your digital performance in a new light.

I invite you to share your favourite metrics in the blog's comment section, and/or continue the conversation.

Go, think different: http://goo.gl/XzwluD

Two main reasons we don't make smarter decisions based on data: 1. We obsess about "one night stands", rather than longer term relationships and 2. We never get to metrics that really matter, like Profit, and deep UX implications, like Product Views Per Transaction.

My latest post addresses both these concerns and gives you specific strategies to get your 2016 off with a Bang!

Excellent Analytics Tip #27: Chase Smart Calculated Metrics: http://goo.gl/XzwluD

You can download lots of wisdom in the post to influence, in fundamental ways, the culture inside your company, and five calculated metrics in Google Analytics to see your digital performance in a new light.

I invite you to share your favourite metrics in the blog's comment section, and/or continue the conversation.

Go, think different: http://goo.gl/XzwluD___

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2016-01-01 20:45:43 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Let us kick off the new year with the best news you could possibly get: People where you live are getting wiser!

Older, I mean older. : ) Nonetheless, it is pretty fascinating how our beloved country getting older is happening at a different pace in different regions.

New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) rides the top with the median age of 41, and the West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas) the youngest at 35. We, in the Pacific are close to the bottom (hurray!), at 36.

At play here also seems to be race, more diverse areas having lower median age. This in turn opens doors to dive deeper into income, education, religion and so much more. Good data always raises more questions.

If you had a choice, would you choose to live in an area with a lower median age or a higher one? I'd love to... more »

Let us kick off the new year with the best news you could possibly get: People where you live are getting wiser!

Older, I mean older. : ) Nonetheless, it is pretty fascinating how our beloved country getting older is happening at a different pace in different regions.

New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) rides the top with the median age of 41, and the West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas) the youngest at 35. We, in the Pacific are close to the bottom (hurray!), at 36.

At play here also seems to be race, more diverse areas having lower median age. This in turn opens doors to dive deeper into income, education, religion and so much more. Good data always raises more questions.

If you had a choice, would you choose to live in an area with a lower median age or a higher one? I'd love to know.

Data source: http://goo.gl/qCe1DN
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2015-12-31 21:58:38 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

2015, for me, in four iconic pictures.

Video recordings shone a light on an obscured problem (Black lives matter), two men who do obsess about the underprivileged, the heartbreaking disaster in Nepal, and (finally) equality in the eyes of the law.

Good, bad, hope, despair. May 2016 bring blessings and joy to our planet and its citizens.

2015, for me, in four iconic pictures.

Video recordings shone a light on an obscured problem (Black lives matter), two men who do obsess about the underprivileged, the heartbreaking disaster in Nepal, and (finally) equality in the eyes of the law.

Good, bad, hope, despair. May 2016 bring blessings and joy to our planet and its citizens.___

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2015-12-29 17:16:50 (3 comments; 17 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

The typical American lives only 18 miles from mom!

Crazy, right? Makes you lean-in and want to know more. The thing we seek as a team constantly, on behalf of our clients.

If you are anything like me (the curse of data analysis is strong!), it raises more questions, good questions. The "perceived wisdom" is that American's are not known for a close-knit extended family structures, where is this data from? Is there a difference by gender? How about geography? Income? Age of parents?

All those questions, with some insights that might surprise you and influence where you decide to stay in the future (not because you need them but more that they need you), is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/24/upshot/24up-family.html

PS: While this is not mentioned, I believe a big contributing factor to the results is the reality in one of my... more »

The typical American lives only 18 miles from mom!

Crazy, right? Makes you lean-in and want to know more. The thing we seek as a team constantly, on behalf of our clients.

If you are anything like me (the curse of data analysis is strong!), it raises more questions, good questions. The "perceived wisdom" is that American's are not known for a close-knit extended family structures, where is this data from? Is there a difference by gender? How about geography? Income? Age of parents?

All those questions, with some insights that might surprise you and influence where you decide to stay in the future (not because you need them but more that they need you), is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/24/upshot/24up-family.html

PS: While this is not mentioned, I believe a big contributing factor to the results is the reality in one of my favorite pictures of the US: https://goo.gl/SmyKUG___

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2015-12-22 16:45:35 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Your year in review, in an incredible graphic...

Data suggests that 80% or more of social content consumption is on mobile phones. The problem for me is that you cannot appreciate this graphic on a phone. Sadness.

But, if you pinch and zoom and move it around, you'll discover immense delight at recognizing each event/person and love the creativity of the artist.

You're likely headed off to be with your families for (secular or religious) Christmas. May you have a peaceful time, and the force be with you and yours.

Your year in review, in an incredible graphic...

Data suggests that 80% or more of social content consumption is on mobile phones. The problem for me is that you cannot appreciate this graphic on a phone. Sadness.

But, if you pinch and zoom and move it around, you'll discover immense delight at recognizing each event/person and love the creativity of the artist.

You're likely headed off to be with your families for (secular or religious) Christmas. May you have a peaceful time, and the force be with you and yours.___

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2015-12-21 17:58:02 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Something lighter and a little more fun today: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards!

We see animals in a different context most of the time, these made me smile. In an odd way, it also made the connection more human. Perhaps that was the objective of Judges.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, share them with your kids, family. More on the awards (and more pics) here: http://goo.gl/k5SeO3

Something lighter and a little more fun today: The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards!

We see animals in a different context most of the time, these made me smile. In an odd way, it also made the connection more human. Perhaps that was the objective of Judges.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, share them with your kids, family. More on the awards (and more pics) here: http://goo.gl/k5SeO3___

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2015-12-15 17:37:11 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

If you are a student of business, like myself, this is a devastating, and fascinating presentation to read: https://goo.gl/233ChD

It was created by SpringOwl, for the Yahoo! Board (though they did not ask for it). Through numbers and accomplishments, SpringOwl makes a case for its recommendation for what Yahoo! should do. For example: Trim from 13,000 to 2,900 employees.

While you can clearly see their slant on things, it is an undeniable cataloging of the Mayer years. The mishaps, the missteps (just the $2.5 bil loss on stock buybacks is killer), the acquisitions that went nowhere and more.

What is also fascinating for someone such as yourself and myself (assuming you are a low level business player such as myself!), is how much the CEO of a company can do whatever they want with such little accountability even when structures and processes exist to drive good governance. ... more »

If you are a student of business, like myself, this is a devastating, and fascinating presentation to read: https://goo.gl/233ChD

It was created by SpringOwl, for the Yahoo! Board (though they did not ask for it). Through numbers and accomplishments, SpringOwl makes a case for its recommendation for what Yahoo! should do. For example: Trim from 13,000 to 2,900 employees.

While you can clearly see their slant on things, it is an undeniable cataloging of the Mayer years. The mishaps, the missteps (just the $2.5 bil loss on stock buybacks is killer), the acquisitions that went nowhere and more.

What is also fascinating for someone such as yourself and myself (assuming you are a low level business player such as myself!), is how much the CEO of a company can do whatever they want with such little accountability even when structures and processes exist to drive good governance. You'll see it in the presentation applied to decisions to acquire companies, spend millions on parties, hire/fire people, etc.

All in all, for all students of business, an incredibly valuable collection of insights even after accounting for the SpringOwl bias.

Here's the whole thing: https://goo.gl/233ChD___

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2015-12-04 18:01:44 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Trend in Gun Shootings in the US | 2013 - 2015.

Social Media is ill-suited for discussions on policy (I know, ironic, right?), so let's just keep it to data. Thank you.

Brad Wheeler has created a wonderful visualization of gun deaths over the last few years. It is interesting to note that while the overall impression is that we are having many more mass shootings, the 2015 trend is just slightly above 2013. 2015 YTD: 462. 2013: 502.

The visualization is interactive, you can play with it here (hover over each little box that makes the bar, it humanizes the data): https://goo.gl/Zzz1MN

This does bring up a more interesting (data) question. What is a mass-shooting? There does not seem to be a standard definition for it. Hence, it is so much easier for people with all kinds of agenda to slice the data and make their own perverted case for their point of view.... more »

Trend in Gun Shootings in the US | 2013 - 2015.

Social Media is ill-suited for discussions on policy (I know, ironic, right?), so let's just keep it to data. Thank you.

Brad Wheeler has created a wonderful visualization of gun deaths over the last few years. It is interesting to note that while the overall impression is that we are having many more mass shootings, the 2015 trend is just slightly above 2013. 2015 YTD: 462. 2013: 502.

The visualization is interactive, you can play with it here (hover over each little box that makes the bar, it humanizes the data): https://goo.gl/Zzz1MN

This does bring up a more interesting (data) question. What is a mass-shooting? There does not seem to be a standard definition for it. Hence, it is so much easier for people with all kinds of agenda to slice the data and make their own perverted case for their point of view.

That made me wonder, why is there no standard definition? Why is there no standard way to track?

After all, we the US has Fatality Analysis Reporting System for cars (number of deaths, type of car, weather conditions, speed, seat belt use, age, seating position, drug use by each occupant - over 100 variables). The FARS is the backbone of car safety standards (driving a 27% reduction in car deaths since 1975!).

Then I read this article, and then cried, cried, and cried some more: http://goo.gl/6Dce24

While others think about policy (and please don't debate that in this post, we've done it before, it is an exercise in futility), why don't we make the case for data collection so that analysts at the Republican and Democratic parties, Senators, NRA, Lay Citizens, University Students, can make data, actual real data, to inform better outcomes for our country?

Can data be the thing we are missing in the drive to sanity?

I think it is. What do you think? ___

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2015-12-03 16:48:17 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Deaths by terrorism, 2001-2014 | Two challenging views.

Treemaps are wonderful visualizations, for certain uses. The first graph, for example, is a really great way to realize where terrorism has had very sad, and huge, outcomes. We hear about France, we feel very worried in the US, Syria is also so much in the news.

But, it is disappointing to see that the nations that are actually suffering hugely are the two that we in the United States touched: Iraq and Afghanistan.

They are not in the news as well, I wonder that makes it easier for us to forget our sense of responsibility.

Nigeria and Pakistan are not in the news as much, neither is India, in this context, but they form the top cluster who is hurt by terrorism.

What Treemaps are not good at is showing trends over time. I've added that to the graphic above. If you reflect on that, you'll... more »

Deaths by terrorism, 2001-2014 | Two challenging views.

Treemaps are wonderful visualizations, for certain uses. The first graph, for example, is a really great way to realize where terrorism has had very sad, and huge, outcomes. We hear about France, we feel very worried in the US, Syria is also so much in the news.

But, it is disappointing to see that the nations that are actually suffering hugely are the two that we in the United States touched: Iraq and Afghanistan.

They are not in the news as well, I wonder that makes it easier for us to forget our sense of responsibility.

Nigeria and Pakistan are not in the news as much, neither is India, in this context, but they form the top cluster who is hurt by terrorism.

What Treemaps are not good at is showing trends over time. I've added that to the graphic above. If you reflect on that, you'll see that while we in the US show up big in the treemap, the trended graph shows that was the terrible attack on the US in 2001. Since then, blessedly, we have not suffered.

The trends show the profound worsening in both Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years. Nigeria is extremely alarming. The very thin blue line is India.

If you look at the press stories, though over the last year, these are not the countries getting most of the ink in the context of terrorism. Quite sad.

Each visual serves a purpose, but it is looking across both that helps arrive at stronger insights. You can also play with the data, it is interactive, drill down by specific country or terrorist group at The Oregonian: http://goo.gl/hN2pJI___

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2015-12-01 21:34:25 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

There are many pictures of Rosa Parks, the first image below is my favorite. She looks defiant, and so full of conviction in her beliefs.

She was not the first one to be arrested for sitting in the front section of the bus. Irene Morgan was one, she took her case all the way to the Supreme Court, and won! Alabama and the deep south ignored the US Supreme Court. (Fantastic one min video here: http://goo.gl/i0CBVZ).

There were other brave women. Dollree Mapp, a black woman who stood up to the white police and made history: https://goo.gl/DMU1St

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat 60 years ago today. Many others fought before her and with her. Others still continue the necessary fight today. We still have a long way to go.

#weshallovercome

There are many pictures of Rosa Parks, the first image below is my favorite. She looks defiant, and so full of conviction in her beliefs.

She was not the first one to be arrested for sitting in the front section of the bus. Irene Morgan was one, she took her case all the way to the Supreme Court, and won! Alabama and the deep south ignored the US Supreme Court. (Fantastic one min video here: http://goo.gl/i0CBVZ).

There were other brave women. Dollree Mapp, a black woman who stood up to the white police and made history: https://goo.gl/DMU1St

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat 60 years ago today. Many others fought before her and with her. Others still continue the necessary fight today. We still have a long way to go.

#weshallovercome___

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2015-11-28 19:06:37 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Postcards from North Lake Tahoe....

Hope you are having a great holiday weekend with your family and loved ones!

#californialiving   #laketahoe   #firstsnowoftheseason  

Postcards from North Lake Tahoe....

Hope you are having a great holiday weekend with your family and loved ones!

#californialiving   #laketahoe   #firstsnowoftheseason  ___

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2015-11-24 16:48:43 (1 comments; 20 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Maps that blow your mind...

The area colored red in South Asia shows where 5% of the world live. The area colored in blue shows where another 5% live.

The white areas show where the rest of the 90% live.

That is pretty amazing when you think about the world's resources, equality or lack thereof, opportunity, and so much more.

If nothing else, it shows that we can cram a lot more of us into this planet. :)

In case we don't speak before then, and you are in the US, my family and I wish you a pleasant and memory filled long weekend with your loved ones.

Map source, and raw data: http://goo.gl/5c2Llo

Maps that blow your mind...

The area colored red in South Asia shows where 5% of the world live. The area colored in blue shows where another 5% live.

The white areas show where the rest of the 90% live.

That is pretty amazing when you think about the world's resources, equality or lack thereof, opportunity, and so much more.

If nothing else, it shows that we can cram a lot more of us into this planet. :)

In case we don't speak before then, and you are in the US, my family and I wish you a pleasant and memory filled long weekend with your loved ones.

Map source, and raw data: http://goo.gl/5c2Llo___

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2015-11-23 18:19:58 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Leave the name up. Teach the man's complete life/views.

Guess who this refers to: Raised in the South, he wrote of “a great Ku Klux Klan” that rose up to rid whites of “the intolerable burden of governments sustained by the votes of ignorant Negroes.”

President of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson.

Did you know that about him?

How about this: "During Wilson’s tenure as president of Princeton, no blacks were admitted — “The whole temper and tradition of the place are such that no Negro has ever applied,” he wrote — though Harvard and Yale had admitted blacks decades earlier. Princeton admitted its first black student in the 1940s."

Pretty amazing, right?

Students at Princeton, an incredibly impressive university, lead by the Black Justice League, a student group, want to strike President Wilson'sname from buildin... more »

Leave the name up. Teach the man's complete life/views.

Guess who this refers to: Raised in the South, he wrote of “a great Ku Klux Klan” that rose up to rid whites of “the intolerable burden of governments sustained by the votes of ignorant Negroes.”

President of the United States of America, Woodrow Wilson.

Did you know that about him?

How about this: "During Wilson’s tenure as president of Princeton, no blacks were admitted — “The whole temper and tradition of the place are such that no Negro has ever applied,” he wrote — though Harvard and Yale had admitted blacks decades earlier. Princeton admitted its first black student in the 1940s."

Pretty amazing, right?

Students at Princeton, an incredibly impressive university, lead by the Black Justice League, a student group, want to strike President Wilson's name from buildings, schools, etc. He is a grand presence at Princeton.

It is a little stunning that this lasted so long, that Princeton and its administrators were forced into having the discussion via student protests this month! There is no visible, dare I say, strong attempt to paint the full picture of the man.

So... Here's a thought. Leave the man, his murals, his statues, buildings, and rotating quotes on TV (not kidding) in the dining rooms in place. Add context that helps everyone understand the full man. Add plaques, add small handouts people can take with them after they visit his memorial, if they attend Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs give them a 30 min session on the full man.

That's it. Don't take away his murals, statues, buildings and rotating quotes on TV in the dining room. People at the other end of it are smart. Give them the full context. Let them see the good with the disappointing. Let them make up their own minds.

Sounds reasonable?

Both quotes above from this in-depth article: http://goo.gl/MtA1hQ There is a lot more detail there. Please check it out.

#weshallovercome #donthateonhistorylearnfromit #princeton #whatareyouteaching___

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2015-11-20 18:36:45 (4 comments; 12 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 


Food for thought...

The narrowness of the intelligence being expressed the words and actions by folks is profoundly heartbreaking.

If you are curious about one more angle on this topic: The Economics of Syrian Refugees: http://goo.gl/uTvmGT


Food for thought...

The narrowness of the intelligence being expressed the words and actions by folks is profoundly heartbreaking.

If you are curious about one more angle on this topic: The Economics of Syrian Refugees: http://goo.gl/uTvmGT___

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2015-11-19 20:44:25 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

It is now both much harder, and much easier than in the past, to be one of the infamous "1%".

Just look at the visualization, you can be a 1%er at annual earnings of just $228k in that state to the right of Texas. The highest number is CT at $678k. Loads of people reach both those numbers.

Yet, loads and loads of people are at the minimum wage in all these states, and a big chunk of them are not even at the living wage.

And, the disparity is growing. Wikipedia: https://goo.gl/stPk7K

Food for thought for all of us.

Data source: The Increasingly Unequal States of America: http://goo.gl/K9KFgE

It is now both much harder, and much easier than in the past, to be one of the infamous "1%".

Just look at the visualization, you can be a 1%er at annual earnings of just $228k in that state to the right of Texas. The highest number is CT at $678k. Loads of people reach both those numbers.

Yet, loads and loads of people are at the minimum wage in all these states, and a big chunk of them are not even at the living wage.

And, the disparity is growing. Wikipedia: https://goo.gl/stPk7K

Food for thought for all of us.

Data source: The Increasingly Unequal States of America: http://goo.gl/K9KFgE___

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2015-11-16 21:16:40 (1 comments; 8 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Are you sure mobile phones are intruding on your life? Do you believe you are consuming too much mobile data?

You ain't seen nothing yet!

Checkout the mobile data usage in Singapore and South Korea. Pretty amazing, right?

The second graph is just mobile data (no wi-fi). Still, pretty amazing.
So, expect a lot more innovation to come. Expect your life to be changed a lot by these little devices we carry with us.

What do you think is going on between the size of data consumption between Android and iPhone? Across the board, more on the iPhone.

More data, and deep dives, at the source: http://goo.gl/DBSK8h

Are you sure mobile phones are intruding on your life? Do you believe you are consuming too much mobile data?

You ain't seen nothing yet!

Checkout the mobile data usage in Singapore and South Korea. Pretty amazing, right?

The second graph is just mobile data (no wi-fi). Still, pretty amazing.
So, expect a lot more innovation to come. Expect your life to be changed a lot by these little devices we carry with us.

What do you think is going on between the size of data consumption between Android and iPhone? Across the board, more on the iPhone.

More data, and deep dives, at the source: http://goo.gl/DBSK8h___

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2015-11-15 19:42:54 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

My son is participating in the Family Giving Tree program at his school. He has to buy a present for a child who is unable to afford one. A really worthy cause, good lesson. 

We went off to Amazon to buy the present and saw this. I was touched. There was nothing to scroll etc. Just the homage to our peers in France. A little surprising for a deeply ecommerce/shopping enterprise.

Well done Amazon. Well done!

#prayforpeace

My son is participating in the Family Giving Tree program at his school. He has to buy a present for a child who is unable to afford one. A really worthy cause, good lesson. 

We went off to Amazon to buy the present and saw this. I was touched. There was nothing to scroll etc. Just the homage to our peers in France. A little surprising for a deeply ecommerce/shopping enterprise.

Well done Amazon. Well done!

#prayforpeace___

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2015-11-14 18:51:43 (5 comments; 6 reshares; 58 +1s)Open 

We are all hurting for our peers in France. In a world that is more connected than ever before, we are all closer, we all feel the pain, instantaneously. 

There is, though, no short-term solution to this terror. When we were barbarically attacked, our country reacted with haste, with a rush, to solve, in hindsight, multiple agendas, and we are still dealing with the consequences as a nation (and I might extrapolate as a world).

Here's just one point of view from The Guardian, from June 3rd, related to how British and US intelligence services incubated what became the IS: http://goo.gl/6SPVVt

Doing root-cause analysis takes time. Addressing the core issues take bold, brave, and sustained action. Let's hope French leaders have learned from our lessons. 

The best revenge is not killing quickly, it is to ensure not giving into the people who are trying toge... more »

We are all hurting for our peers in France. In a world that is more connected than ever before, we are all closer, we all feel the pain, instantaneously. 

There is, though, no short-term solution to this terror. When we were barbarically attacked, our country reacted with haste, with a rush, to solve, in hindsight, multiple agendas, and we are still dealing with the consequences as a nation (and I might extrapolate as a world).

Here's just one point of view from The Guardian, from June 3rd, related to how British and US intelligence services incubated what became the IS: http://goo.gl/6SPVVt

Doing root-cause analysis takes time. Addressing the core issues take bold, brave, and sustained action. Let's hope French leaders have learned from our lessons. 

The best revenge is not killing quickly, it is to ensure not giving into the people who are trying to get us to do what we don't stand. It is to ensure that we eliminate their reason to be. Hasty military action might feel good for five minutes, but remember that my beloved America is still paying the price for that 14 years on.

I pray for calm and peace for my French peers, I wish for joy to return to their lives as quickly as possible. 

Today, we all cry, we all stand together.

#heartbroken #paris #weshallovercome___

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2015-11-13 18:06:41 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Global warming is a hoax. Even if it is not a hoax, it is not human caused. Stupid nature is causing it!  #humansrocksomuch

Here's the data that proves all of the above...

The first line is the land-ocean temperature. Growing.

The second line shows, along with the confidence interval, three causal factors: Solar activity, orbital changes, volcanic activities. (Boogeymen/women highlighted in the debates.)

The third line shows the causal factors related to human factors: Land use (deforestation), ozone, aerosols, greenhouse gases. You can also see the 95% confidence zone.

Bottom-line: Putting the possible natural and human causes of climate change alongside one another makes the dominant role of greenhouse gases even more plainly visible.

The only real question is: What are we going to do about it?

Methodology Context: The... more »

Global warming is a hoax. Even if it is not a hoax, it is not human caused. Stupid nature is causing it!  #humansrocksomuch

Here's the data that proves all of the above...

The first line is the land-ocean temperature. Growing.

The second line shows, along with the confidence interval, three causal factors: Solar activity, orbital changes, volcanic activities. (Boogeymen/women highlighted in the debates.)

The third line shows the causal factors related to human factors: Land use (deforestation), ozone, aerosols, greenhouse gases. You can also see the 95% confidence zone.

Bottom-line: Putting the possible natural and human causes of climate change alongside one another makes the dominant role of greenhouse gases even more plainly visible.

The only real question is: What are we going to do about it?

Methodology Context: The computer model that generated the results for this graphic is called "ModelE2," and was created by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which has been a leader in climate projections for a generation. ModelE2 contains something on the order of 500,000 lines of code, and is run on a supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Source, with loads and loads of context, detail, citations: Bloomberg: http://goo.gl/jN64N8___

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2015-11-12 21:58:23 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Simple answers to complex questions are invariably wrong.

So many people forget this, simple, maxim.  Life is full of nuance, things that need digging into, looking at from multiple angles.

Take this simple question: Who is winning in the Republican race for president?

Most people will jump to: Ben Carson! Current leader in some polls.

Turns out, he is the flavor of the moment. If you pull back and take a much more nuanced view of reality, as the New York Times does, you can see the real complexity, and get to possibly a different answer.

Marco Rubio. For now.

You can see a more complex picture as you look across the five dimensions. You can see the strengths and weaknesses of other candidates. You get a stronger sense of what might actually happen. Because, we bothered to look for something more than a simple answer.

Prediction... more »

Simple answers to complex questions are invariably wrong.

So many people forget this, simple, maxim.  Life is full of nuance, things that need digging into, looking at from multiple angles.

Take this simple question: Who is winning in the Republican race for president?

Most people will jump to: Ben Carson! Current leader in some polls.

Turns out, he is the flavor of the moment. If you pull back and take a much more nuanced view of reality, as the New York Times does, you can see the real complexity, and get to possibly a different answer.

Marco Rubio. For now.

You can see a more complex picture as you look across the five dimensions. You can see the strengths and weaknesses of other candidates. You get a stronger sense of what might actually happen. Because, we bothered to look for something more than a simple answer.

Prediction Markets, where traders bet on an event outcomes, have a much better record of pointing out the eventual nominee than polls. Does this mean insane attention and ink and hot air won't be given to Iowa and NH happenings? No. Of course not. That would be too sane. :)

More details, and nuance (!), here: http://goo.gl/ggX60g___

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2015-11-09 22:40:59 (4 comments; 20 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

This is very clever advice, if I may say so myself! :)

+TrueSocialMetrics does rock, check them out: www.truesocialmetrics.com  I've covered them here most recently: http://goo.gl/2ybtD2

"The golden formula for Social Media success: Entertain me. Inform me. Provide Utility." -  +Avinash Kaushik ___This is very clever advice, if I may say so myself! :)

+TrueSocialMetrics does rock, check them out: www.truesocialmetrics.com  I've covered them here most recently: http://goo.gl/2ybtD2

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2015-11-05 17:28:46 (0 comments; 10 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Here's an amazing movie you should watch (it is free!) by yourself or with your friends or with your family: Codegirl: https://goo.gl/wK7Cp1

The trailer is below.

It is the story of 5,000 girls from 60 countries as they compete in a global coding and entrepreneurship competition. They have three months to develop an app that solves a local problem. It is amazing.

We need diversity of ideas, of approaches, and of people types in all facets of life and work. It is a good thing.

I'm very proud that Made with Code (https://goo.gl/vQqRD5) is supporting this, amongst many other efforts.

You'll enjoy the movie, and you'll be inspired.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRb5iel-3Ck

Here's an amazing movie you should watch (it is free!) by yourself or with your friends or with your family: Codegirl: https://goo.gl/wK7Cp1

The trailer is below.

It is the story of 5,000 girls from 60 countries as they compete in a global coding and entrepreneurship competition. They have three months to develop an app that solves a local problem. It is amazing.

We need diversity of ideas, of approaches, and of people types in all facets of life and work. It is a good thing.

I'm very proud that Made with Code (https://goo.gl/vQqRD5) is supporting this, amongst many other efforts.

You'll enjoy the movie, and you'll be inspired.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRb5iel-3Ck___

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2015-11-03 19:14:32 (3 comments; 9 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Some of the massive social media hype will be tempered soon as messaging comes to dominate how we spend time online AND how we consume media. (This is why the WhatsApp purchase was very smart of Facebook, as was the decision to split Messenger out!)

Most people don't quite understand how dramatic this transformation is. The picture below is a slide from a keynote by Activate that I think does a wonderful job of framing this change. This shift from an open web, to living a lot of our life in a closed ecosystem. (I'm not opining on if this is good, just that it is here and not ignorable.)

What is particularly impressive is that Line is four years old. Just four. See everything they've managed to accomplish in the picture. They are also the dominant app in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia - and here in the Valley all our Asian friends are on it (and love... more »

Some of the massive social media hype will be tempered soon as messaging comes to dominate how we spend time online AND how we consume media. (This is why the WhatsApp purchase was very smart of Facebook, as was the decision to split Messenger out!)

Most people don't quite understand how dramatic this transformation is. The picture below is a slide from a keynote by Activate that I think does a wonderful job of framing this change. This shift from an open web, to living a lot of our life in a closed ecosystem. (I'm not opining on if this is good, just that it is here and not ignorable.)

What is particularly impressive is that Line is four years old. Just four. See everything they've managed to accomplish in the picture. They are also the dominant app in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia - and here in the Valley all our Asian friends are on it (and love it!).

What is not impressive that massive companies in the US (Google, Facebook, Yahoo!) are so stuck in their own view of how the world should work or the US centricity or with their big current products, that they could not build this. Some are not even close to solving what Line is, what Wechat, what Talk are already doing.

[If you would like to review my take on six of the dominant social media channels, you can see it here: http://goo.gl/2ybtD2]

There is lots of good stuff in the Acitvate deck, you can see it all here: http://www.slideshare.net/ActivateInc/activate-tech-and-media-outlook-2016___

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2015-11-02 17:58:17 (8 comments; 21 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

You are on Social Media. You love it. And, you should. It is awesome. But, how about your company? Should it be on Social? I answer this question, comprehensively, in my latest post.

How To Suck At Social Media: An Indispensable Guide For Businesses: http://goo.gl/2ybtD2

The post covers Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, and look at the world from the perspective of B2B and B2C businesses. 

As you might expect, it leverages four specific social media metrics. And, a test you are going to die with delight: MoR test.

Using 30 examples of companies on Social Media, I've made very specific Yes or No recommendations. 

I assure you, you'll be surprised: http://goo.gl/2ybtD2

Share your own perspective and critique via comments on the post itself!

You are on Social Media. You love it. And, you should. It is awesome. But, how about your company? Should it be on Social? I answer this question, comprehensively, in my latest post.

How To Suck At Social Media: An Indispensable Guide For Businesses: http://goo.gl/2ybtD2

The post covers Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, and look at the world from the perspective of B2B and B2C businesses. 

As you might expect, it leverages four specific social media metrics. And, a test you are going to die with delight: MoR test.

Using 30 examples of companies on Social Media, I've made very specific Yes or No recommendations. 

I assure you, you'll be surprised: http://goo.gl/2ybtD2

Share your own perspective and critique via comments on the post itself!___

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2015-10-31 23:18:18 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Our family is swept up in World Series fever (don't worry, the Giants will be there next year!).

Mets have a tough challenge ahead of them, we are rooting for them to win. Thor and team did great yesterday. We need Matz to keep the momentum today.

#gomets #gomatz #youcandoit!

Our family is swept up in World Series fever (don't worry, the Giants will be there next year!).

Mets have a tough challenge ahead of them, we are rooting for them to win. Thor and team did great yesterday. We need Matz to keep the momentum today.

#gomets #gomatz #youcandoit!___

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2015-10-30 16:07:12 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Some recent pictures from my Instagram feed, you can follow along here: https://instagram.com/avinashplusworld

SF-Oakland bay bridge (the cloud cover, water, streaks, so lovely), Stanford (I love capturing symmetry), Boston (what an amazing view to wake up to) and Ice Crystals (on my Boeing 777 window, on the way back from Peru). 

All the pictures with my trusty Nexus 6.

#avinashplusworld #snapshots #naturerocks

Some recent pictures from my Instagram feed, you can follow along here: https://instagram.com/avinashplusworld

SF-Oakland bay bridge (the cloud cover, water, streaks, so lovely), Stanford (I love capturing symmetry), Boston (what an amazing view to wake up to) and Ice Crystals (on my Boeing 777 window, on the way back from Peru). 

All the pictures with my trusty Nexus 6.

#avinashplusworld #snapshots #naturerocks___

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2015-10-29 16:24:57 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

If you present to audiences, large or small, it is likely you use data. If you use data, it is likely, inadvertently, you are using it to bludgeon your audience into submission. Your audience won't tell you they hate you, they are simply too polite. :)

Presenting data simply translates into an openness to your ideas. That in turn translates into action, and glory for both you and your audience.

Here are ten rules to follow, from 18 real world examples, when it comes to presenting data, to ensure your ideas spread quickly: http://goo.gl/2GtFJr

#spreadideasnotdata

If you present to audiences, large or small, it is likely you use data. If you use data, it is likely, inadvertently, you are using it to bludgeon your audience into submission. Your audience won't tell you they hate you, they are simply too polite. :)

Presenting data simply translates into an openness to your ideas. That in turn translates into action, and glory for both you and your audience.

Here are ten rules to follow, from 18 real world examples, when it comes to presenting data, to ensure your ideas spread quickly: http://goo.gl/2GtFJr

#spreadideasnotdata___

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2015-10-28 15:45:39 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Ha, ha! Ha, ha, ha, ha ha! 

Ok, I could have just said LOL. :) 

This is so very, very true. And Matthew Inman manages to wrap so many layers in it. Brilliant.

Image source: http://theoatmeal.com/pl/minor_differences6/shower

Ha, ha! Ha, ha, ha, ha ha! 

Ok, I could have just said LOL. :) 

This is so very, very true. And Matthew Inman manages to wrap so many layers in it. Brilliant.

Image source: http://theoatmeal.com/pl/minor_differences6/shower___

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2015-10-27 17:27:54 (5 comments; 16 reshares; 53 +1s)Open 

How to steal an election: A visual guide!

Regardless of your party affiliation, you'll agree politics is in a terribly polarized state at the moment. Among the big contributors to this sad reality is gerrymandering. The practice of drawing election districts to suite one political party.

The graphic below does a great job of explaining this, simply.

How does this influence elections: In Pennsylvania, in 2012, Democrats won 51 percent of the popular House vote. But the only won 5 out of 18 House seats -- fewer than one third. This was because when Pennsylvania Republicans redrew the state's Congressional districts, they made highly irregular districts.

To be crystal clear, both parties do this. If you want to see a real example of this insanity: Poster child: Illionis: https://goo.gl/KGN6ns

With districts gerrymandered into safe districts or to... more »

How to steal an election: A visual guide!

Regardless of your party affiliation, you'll agree politics is in a terribly polarized state at the moment. Among the big contributors to this sad reality is gerrymandering. The practice of drawing election districts to suite one political party.

The graphic below does a great job of explaining this, simply.

How does this influence elections: In Pennsylvania, in 2012, Democrats won 51 percent of the popular House vote. But the only won 5 out of 18 House seats -- fewer than one third. This was because when Pennsylvania Republicans redrew the state's Congressional districts, they made highly irregular districts.

To be crystal clear, both parties do this. If you want to see a real example of this insanity: Poster child: Illionis: https://goo.gl/KGN6ns

With districts gerrymandered into safe districts or to lean one way or the other, there is less of an incentive to solve for everyone in the district. You solve for your people, screw the other side.

The good news is that in some states, like California, independent commissions are drawing districts. This is great.

The better news is that we should simply take humans out of the equation. There is software now that can do this way, way, better: https://goo.gl/wxiFsp Though, given current political realities, I give that a snowballs chance in hell of happening.

Every voter should have a meaningful vote in every election, and their Political Representatives truly solve for all their constituents. This is not true for America today. 

You might not realize this, but for the Nov 2016 elections 85% of the seats in the US House of Reps are "truly safe" (non-competitive). This is not great for our wonderful democracy.

Let's all care a bit more, let's support www.fairvote.org

Thank you.___

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2015-10-23 16:29:24 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

World's most peaceful and violent countries!

The exclamation is just for the peaceful, not violent. :)

In the middle are the factors that are considered by the  Institute for Economics and Peace. http://goo.gl/c7e4OE  At the two ends are some that you would nod your head and agree, or be surprised by.

One of my hypothesis is that big countries can't be peaceful because they feel an overwhelming need to mess with others (military industrial complex etc.). I'm surprised hence that Canada is in the top ten peaceful. Also in the peaceful list are some countries with terrible past actions on the violent side, so it can be done. People and countries do change.

A bit surprise, for me, was that USA is ranked 94. I welcome your insights as to why.

On the bottom... few surprises. So sad that the two countries we went an messed with as Americans,Ira... more »

World's most peaceful and violent countries!

The exclamation is just for the peaceful, not violent. :)

In the middle are the factors that are considered by the  Institute for Economics and Peace. http://goo.gl/c7e4OE  At the two ends are some that you would nod your head and agree, or be surprised by.

One of my hypothesis is that big countries can't be peaceful because they feel an overwhelming need to mess with others (military industrial complex etc.). I'm surprised hence that Canada is in the top ten peaceful. Also in the peaceful list are some countries with terrible past actions on the violent side, so it can be done. People and countries do change.

A bit surprise, for me, was that USA is ranked 94. I welcome your insights as to why.

On the bottom... few surprises. So sad that the two countries we went an messed with as Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan, are 160 and 161. I was also surprised that Russia is 152. #omg   Israel is a complex challenge, but I would not have expected it to be 148 - just look at all the factors in the index.

Ok, your turn. What do you see? Why might you be surprised?___

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2015-10-22 19:08:47 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s)Open 

Someone just sent this meme out. It is pretty funny. 

But, like most great memes, it makes a really great bigger point. What is Pintrest really for? For people, in the context of all other channels that exist craving our attention. For businesses, in the context of... Well... I don't know.

Per the Pintrest home page: "50 billion plus pins to be explored, 15 seconds to sign up (free!)"

Why?

Let's just focus on the second part. Why should be any business be on Pintrest? I saw a page, for example for Cigna (the insurance company). They pin things. Less than 20 people interact with anything. So. Why should they be there? What is its long-term business value? 

Would be great to hear what you think. Thank you.

Someone just sent this meme out. It is pretty funny. 

But, like most great memes, it makes a really great bigger point. What is Pintrest really for? For people, in the context of all other channels that exist craving our attention. For businesses, in the context of... Well... I don't know.

Per the Pintrest home page: "50 billion plus pins to be explored, 15 seconds to sign up (free!)"

Why?

Let's just focus on the second part. Why should be any business be on Pintrest? I saw a page, for example for Cigna (the insurance company). They pin things. Less than 20 people interact with anything. So. Why should they be there? What is its long-term business value? 

Would be great to hear what you think. Thank you.___

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2015-10-21 21:49:52 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

I had the incredible privilege of delivering the opening keynote at the Marketing Profs. Annual B2B Forum. The artwork below was, by Kelly Kingman, captures beautifully the key messages and my passion points.

Here's an article, by Ashley Zeckman, that also has a brief synopsis of the keynote: http://goo.gl/k0eJ0U

No matter how many times you do it, speaking to a thousand people is not easy. Especially, when you are trying to challenge big chunks of how the industry currently works. What made it much easier is that the audience was so open-minded, welcomed my ideas with a rare warmth, and were so immensely engaged. 

Trying to change the world, :), then becomes much easier!

My deepest thanks to Ann Handley for inviting me, and Marketing Profs for making me feel like a part of the family.

#mpb2b   #thinkintent   #seethinkdocare  

I had the incredible privilege of delivering the opening keynote at the Marketing Profs. Annual B2B Forum. The artwork below was, by Kelly Kingman, captures beautifully the key messages and my passion points.

Here's an article, by Ashley Zeckman, that also has a brief synopsis of the keynote: http://goo.gl/k0eJ0U

No matter how many times you do it, speaking to a thousand people is not easy. Especially, when you are trying to challenge big chunks of how the industry currently works. What made it much easier is that the audience was so open-minded, welcomed my ideas with a rare warmth, and were so immensely engaged. 

Trying to change the world, :), then becomes much easier!

My deepest thanks to Ann Handley for inviting me, and Marketing Profs for making me feel like a part of the family.

#mpb2b   #thinkintent   #seethinkdocare  ___

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2015-10-19 17:07:54 (5 comments; 12 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

When to, and when not to, use buzzwords....

Though, I'm not sure that they are ok even in business presentations!

Explaining things simply has two benefits: 1. People understand complex things faster (and, business is complex). 2. They feel smarter because they understand complexity! Don't underestimate this last bit.

When to, and when not to, use buzzwords....

Though, I'm not sure that they are ok even in business presentations!

Explaining things simply has two benefits: 1. People understand complex things faster (and, business is complex). 2. They feel smarter because they understand complexity! Don't underestimate this last bit.___

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2015-10-16 16:22:26 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

What is red, black, gray and immense fun? 

The lego robots I'm currently working on, and my copy of +Jim Sterne's new wonderful book!

The Devil's Data Dictionary is insanely funny, and it will result in your parents finally understanding what it is that you do at work. Buy it here: http://goo.gl/TAIV0c 

Run to your mailbox and devour it as soon as you get it. Email me your thanks. Then, leave it on your coffee table. It will make for a great conversation starter with people who come visit with you. I promise.

PS: And yes, that box really is in my office. : )

What is red, black, gray and immense fun? 

The lego robots I'm currently working on, and my copy of +Jim Sterne's new wonderful book!

The Devil's Data Dictionary is insanely funny, and it will result in your parents finally understanding what it is that you do at work. Buy it here: http://goo.gl/TAIV0c 

Run to your mailbox and devour it as soon as you get it. Email me your thanks. Then, leave it on your coffee table. It will make for a great conversation starter with people who come visit with you. I promise.

PS: And yes, that box really is in my office. : )___

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2015-10-15 15:57:49 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Who said Engineers don't have a sense of humor?

Checkout the text on the first picture of the Space Shuttle mount. :)

And, because I miss the Shuttle and its awesomeness, the second picture shows the Shuttle mounted and ready to go.

#toinfinityandbeyond

Who said Engineers don't have a sense of humor?

Checkout the text on the first picture of the Space Shuttle mount. :)

And, because I miss the Shuttle and its awesomeness, the second picture shows the Shuttle mounted and ready to go.

#toinfinityandbeyond___

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2015-10-14 15:58:01 (0 comments; 13 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

A herd of cows, a pack of dogs, but what do you call a group or lawyers?

What about a group of ninjas or bankers or pilots?

Check out the graphic.  

You're welcome! : )

‪#‎laughalittle‬ ‪#‎cringealittleatreality‬

A herd of cows, a pack of dogs, but what do you call a group or lawyers?

What about a group of ninjas or bankers or pilots?

Check out the graphic.  

You're welcome! : )

‪#‎laughalittle‬ ‪#‎cringealittleatreality‬___

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2015-10-13 15:56:05 (6 comments; 15 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Lifespans of the Animal Kingdom

I have a particular dislike for long, thin infographics that might be better as a simple table. But. There are always exceptions to the rule! :)

This is a very interesting listing of how long animals live. The "loser" is the Mayfly that only lives a few hours to a week. The "winner" is the, I kid you not, the immortal Jellyfish. Immortal.

The next coolest is the Ocean Quahog Clam, average 410 years. The oldest recorded was 507 years. Think about it. We have Clams older than America floating around the world right now!

Close to us, but older, are the Indian Elephant, Killer Whale and Condor Vulture. Nice collection there. :)

It is interesting to look at the breakdown by Insects, Mammals, Reptiles, Aquatic and Birds to see patterns.

Source: https://goo.gl/ADHzoa

Lifespans of the Animal Kingdom

I have a particular dislike for long, thin infographics that might be better as a simple table. But. There are always exceptions to the rule! :)

This is a very interesting listing of how long animals live. The "loser" is the Mayfly that only lives a few hours to a week. The "winner" is the, I kid you not, the immortal Jellyfish. Immortal.

The next coolest is the Ocean Quahog Clam, average 410 years. The oldest recorded was 507 years. Think about it. We have Clams older than America floating around the world right now!

Close to us, but older, are the Indian Elephant, Killer Whale and Condor Vulture. Nice collection there. :)

It is interesting to look at the breakdown by Insects, Mammals, Reptiles, Aquatic and Birds to see patterns.

Source: https://goo.gl/ADHzoa___

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2015-10-12 15:53:13 (14 comments; 12 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Solving the wrong problem with Marketing by spending loads and loads of money: Case Study: Bose

Bose was founded in 1964, Beats was founded in 2008. Bose revenues: $3.3 bil. Beats: $1.5 bil. Beats pockets 62% of the money spent on premium headphones (with their premium profits). Bose, 22%.  Take all other numbers, social followers, growth in key areas, etc. and Bose is not doing well, or at least has an opportunity to massively improve.

This is especially true for it's Marketing team. Even the most closed-minded Bose employee would see that Beats has them... well... beat there by gigantic proportions.

So, the solutions by the Marketing team at Bose?

Put it's headphones on old, mostly, white men.

? ?

Scroll, checkout the collage I made.

NFL contracts don't come cheap. I'm sure this is costing Bose an arm and a leg... more »

Solving the wrong problem with Marketing by spending loads and loads of money: Case Study: Bose

Bose was founded in 1964, Beats was founded in 2008. Bose revenues: $3.3 bil. Beats: $1.5 bil. Beats pockets 62% of the money spent on premium headphones (with their premium profits). Bose, 22%.  Take all other numbers, social followers, growth in key areas, etc. and Bose is not doing well, or at least has an opportunity to massively improve.

This is especially true for it's Marketing team. Even the most closed-minded Bose employee would see that Beats has them... well... beat there by gigantic proportions.

So, the solutions by the Marketing team at Bose?

Put it's headphones on old, mostly, white men.

? ?

Scroll, checkout the collage I made.

NFL contracts don't come cheap. I'm sure this is costing Bose an arm and a leg and most of the heart and lungs.

Old, mostly, white men. Who are not listening to music. 

Are these the "brand ambassadors" that are supposed to bring glory back to Bose? To help it beat Beats, and other wannabe competitors?

Who are these men connecting with? Is Bill Belichick causing young folks to run out and buy Bose?

Oh, and jump over to Bing, Baidu or Yandex right now, search for non-brand premium headphones, soundbars, iphone accessories, surround sound speakers, and any queries you like. Do you see Bose there? I did that after creating the collage you see in this post. 90% of the time answer for me is no.

So. 

Bose is not solving for when people are proactively looking for music/audio solutions. Yet. It has its logo every Sunday, Monday and the occasional Thursday on the heads of old men.

Problem solved.

Snark aside, old companies have a hard time seeing  reality, and creating solutions that help them get out when they are stuck in quicksand. They rely on the fact that their technology is superior or some other old clunky belief. Everyone in the company buys into it. That is how SGI died, and I was laid off.  Technology is necessary, but rarely sufficient.

It is close to astonishing that Bose does not see the conflict between the problem it faces, and how it is spending money on Marketing. That their Marketing is solving the wrong problem.

Or, that Marketing is the way to re-think their current business strategy and go out and win bigger.  

It would hurt less if this was just some silly corporation losing its way. Bose had incredible innovation and inspiring values. Bose founder, Amar Bose, donated most of his stock to MIT so that profit from Bose could help students. 

Let's hope that this changes. Before it's too late. ___

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2015-10-09 15:52:49 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

One of the best practice in data analysis (and opinion forming) is to get all the context around the data you are using. Here's a great deal of wonderful context on gun violence, set in the broader death picture.

Most people, as you might imagine, just pass away. The bottom row represents deaths we could certainly prevent. (And, yes, some on the top box as well related to illness.)

I stand for sensible gun control in the US. But, not just for the small red box on the bottom right and the long strip on the bottom right. Rather, for the whole red box. Some of the light red we can't prevent (it might just become the light green), I believe we can make that box harder. 

One big take away from this broader context is the two light green and light red boxes. Suicide. We as a country pay so much, periodic attention, to that small red box on the bottom right, when we as a... more »

One of the best practice in data analysis (and opinion forming) is to get all the context around the data you are using. Here's a great deal of wonderful context on gun violence, set in the broader death picture.

Most people, as you might imagine, just pass away. The bottom row represents deaths we could certainly prevent. (And, yes, some on the top box as well related to illness.)

I stand for sensible gun control in the US. But, not just for the small red box on the bottom right and the long strip on the bottom right. Rather, for the whole red box. Some of the light red we can't prevent (it might just become the light green), I believe we can make that box harder. 

One big take away from this broader context is the two light green and light red boxes. Suicide. We as a country pay so much, periodic attention, to that small red box on the bottom right, when we as a nation really need to take a hard look at what is happening with suicide and as a nation what can we do to help more.

The other take away is that we can't get to the Google Self-Driving cars fast enough. 36k by Auto is sad. 

Do you feel we are doing enough with Overdose? I've seen more attention to that, I think we are trying. What do you think?

I'm glad that The Oregonian created this infographic to give us all broader context. More details, story, here: http://goo.gl/5vxqBq

They also link to Mass Shooting Tracker, a crowdsourced effort. I was not aware of them, such an interesting effort to collect data: http://shootingtracker.com/wiki/Mass_Shootings_in_2015___

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2015-10-07 21:07:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 


I know this is hard to accept, but here's a thought for the day for you...

It is amazing how much we value data, and undervalue the underlying challenges that cause companies and people to be great or to suck.

#foodforthought


I know this is hard to accept, but here's a thought for the day for you...

It is amazing how much we value data, and undervalue the underlying challenges that cause companies and people to be great or to suck.

#foodforthought___

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2015-10-06 16:30:14 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

This is a post about presenting data better. But. First, a sidebar.

Slide makes you think, does it not? How is this even possible? Here's the other thought that crossed my mind: There has been a passionate advocacy about how precious conception and life is. And. It is. But. The exact same people are vociferous about not doing anything to stem gun violence. 

People killed by terrorism since 2001: 3,380. Gun Violence: 406,496. (Source: http://goo.gl/uTgggd) Not a small number.

Let's protect the lives of the unborn, let's protect the lives of the already born. It is the right thing to do.

End of sidebar.

This slide has interesting data. It looks hideous and presentation of data is atrocious. The gun shooting the car gets in the way. 

If you are in the data presentation business (or the creator of the slide below), my latestpo... more »

This is a post about presenting data better. But. First, a sidebar.

Slide makes you think, does it not? How is this even possible? Here's the other thought that crossed my mind: There has been a passionate advocacy about how precious conception and life is. And. It is. But. The exact same people are vociferous about not doing anything to stem gun violence. 

People killed by terrorism since 2001: 3,380. Gun Violence: 406,496. (Source: http://goo.gl/uTgggd) Not a small number.

Let's protect the lives of the unborn, let's protect the lives of the already born. It is the right thing to do.

End of sidebar.

This slide has interesting data. It looks hideous and presentation of data is atrocious. The gun shooting the car gets in the way. 

If you are in the data presentation business (or the creator of the slide below), my latest post will be immensely valuable.

My post shares 10 simple rules that you can apply to your data presentation efforts to ensure you are telling stories. You'll learn from 18 actual real world examples (with before and after versions!).

Here's the post: Great Storytelling With Data: Visualize Simply And Focus Obsessively: http://goo.gl/2GtFJr

#clearthinking #trulycaring #communicatingforimpact  ___

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2015-10-05 04:19:47 (16 comments; 33 reshares; 65 +1s)Open 

Best Global Brands: 2015. Who are you surprised by?

My first surprise is that tech companies seem to dominate. 15/14. Think of all the brands we touch every day. It is crazy these break-through. The other one, car companies. Almost all in the top forty! (Except, GM.)

It is also interesting that Pampers and UPS are there. FedEx is 86! I would have guessed exactly the opposite between UPS and FedEx.

Are you surprised at who showed up, and who did not?

What is your theory on the tech brands ranking so high?

Here are the bottom five, from 95-100, need to get them some recognition: Kleenex, Boss, Paypal, Mini, Moet & Chandon, Lenovo.

Full list: http://goo.gl/IA6UEI

Best Global Brands: 2015. Who are you surprised by?

My first surprise is that tech companies seem to dominate. 15/14. Think of all the brands we touch every day. It is crazy these break-through. The other one, car companies. Almost all in the top forty! (Except, GM.)

It is also interesting that Pampers and UPS are there. FedEx is 86! I would have guessed exactly the opposite between UPS and FedEx.

Are you surprised at who showed up, and who did not?

What is your theory on the tech brands ranking so high?

Here are the bottom five, from 95-100, need to get them some recognition: Kleenex, Boss, Paypal, Mini, Moet & Chandon, Lenovo.

Full list: http://goo.gl/IA6UEI___

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