A good talk with Sahil Lavingia who is the founder and CEO of Gumroad.com which aims to be a lightweight sales platform. An interesting stat about how long it takes customers to return to Starbucks if the leave their mobile V wallet.



This is quite an interesting talk from ex-pilot (US AIRWAYS 1549Chesley Sullenberger at Google promoting his new book on leadership. He answers lots of questions about training and the flight which he had to land on the Hudson river. He also talks about his background and his continuing learning.

July 17, 2012 Business, Video

While not technology related i find Maxwell’s presentation, focus on his specialism of which he has only been involved with for 5 years and his people centred business approach are really great. This is his coffee shop and the video is here

June 15, 2012 Business

I found this post over on SwissMiss which is Bing Gordon who is on the board of Amazon and Zynga talking about his experiences and learnings from working the Bezos and Pincus. I have read some other views on Bezos but its good food for thought.

June 3, 2012 Business

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I link this visualisation tool of Linkedin accounts however the colour separation is not really that clear to me:

January 26, 2011 Business, Design


Last week saw an announcement from UK retailer HMV (who sell CD’s, DVD’s, Blu-Ray, Books and other entertainment goodies) that they would be closing 60 stores over the UK. This was amongst profit warnings claiming that sales over christmas were down due to the snow and also competition from online suppliers such as Amazon and iTunes.The Telegraph ran the story which I am quoting from here:

  • Tony Shiret, retail analyst at Credit Suisse, said: “You have got to distinguish between companies who can take this in their stride and those already structurally challenged where it doesn’t take a lot to knock them, especially if they are heavily dependent on Christmas.”
  • It is not the snow that is causing HMV Group to close 60 stores across its HMV and Waterstones chains but heavy competition from online giants such as Amazon and iTunes as well as the supermarkets.

These analysts can talk all they like about competition from Amazon and iTunes however HMV is simply failing as a company, regardless of its market competition. Let me make the case here:Here is a photo of some West Wing DVD’s on sale at HMV. Firstly there is the complete series on DVD for £59 (reduced from £200). Along side this is the 3rd season and the 7th season, both retailing at £60 each.Similarly The Wire DVD collections, firstly the complete series was available for £69 (reduced down from £100) and then season 5 (among others) was available for £53.These werent the only collections with this issue as I saw the same thing with 24, CSI and House and other major US TV shows.Now the final bit of my story is the online story. The West Wing boxset on HMV.com is £94.99 (and £50 instore) but season 3 and 7 on DVD cost only £9.49 (both are £60 in store). It is fine to compare this with Amazon and you will find the complete series for £40.86 but both season 3 and 7 are identical with HMV at £9.49.To conclude, any store that sells an item at 6 times the cost of it elsewhere (including its very own online store) is pretty likely to struggle and it only has itself to blame, and to allow this farcical pricing policy to be exposed to customers who are becoming more and more price sensitive (with VAT increases) almost drives me to the conclusion that HMV want to get out of the physical retail business entirely.

January 9, 2011 Business, Games

Kevin Rose has launched a newsletter called Foundation which aims at conducting interviews of entrepreneurs, product reviews, providing access to beta’s and more. This newsletter is available for $3 per month or alternatively you can see the interviews for free a week later on Revision3, youtube or his own site.The first interview is with Jack Dorsey who invented Twitter. He discusses how he got into the project and his love for maps, cities and dispatching. Well worth a look.

January 4, 2011 Business, Talk

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