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Having Androids Instead of Real People

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 by

So there was this news today of the world’s first android newscaster which was unveiled. They do indeed look pretty real as you can see here:

I was thinking how business wise I don’t think we are ready for this kind of technology. For example, imagine going into a clothing store where we are used to seeing mannequins to model clothing items. Instead, you then see this life-like person that starts to move and talk. I think that would probably scare all the customers away.

Makes you think too where if it was like a grocery aisle in one of those self-checkout lanes would you rather see an android like this greet you or simply nothing at all? I suppose it will only be a matter of time until we see things like robotic taxi drivers and all.

Seeing Someone Bankrupt With Expensive Items

Saturday, May 24th, 2014 by

I had this funny conversation the other day as a result of encountering a person who claimed to be pretty rich and has items like a very expensive car. Of course, my mentality is always if people are truly wealthy they usually don’t try to show it off so bluntly. Sure enough, if you did a little research you could see that this person filed for bankruptcy not too long ago.

I’m sure everyone is probably thinking the same and wondering how the heck can someone who recently went bankrupt afford such luxurious things? Maybe this isn’t fair to say as every case is different, but my first thought would be to stay away from the person as my assumption would be they are a very good talker. It’s almost like the type of person who would purposely try and wrack up debts and loans as they know they are going to file for bankruptcy.

Nowadays, this type of information is so easy to get too. It’s just like if a person is bragging that they own so much property you could easily do a title search on it. Seeing these records aren’t just for people who are interested in things like credit scores. I think for business deals too it’s valuable information to cross check if people are flaunting their wealth to you as a reason to do business with them.

The Backstory of The People You Work With

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by

I was surprised today as I bumped into a podcast that happened to talk about a person whom I’ve worked with before. Basically it went over the struggles and tribulations she had to go through in life which ultimately brought her into the career that she is in. It was indeed surprising as my initial assumption was this was a story on how someone simply took something they were passionate about and went with it.

Would I view the person differently? Probably yes but in a positive way. In some ways it makes you wonder why we aren’t all more open to sharing our personal stories. In many ways it can be a positive thing as even in business it’s about establishing that relationship with people right? What better way to do that than for people to know the trials and tribulations that you have went through to get to where you are?

It’s tricky as that requires showing vulnerability and I know many say that in a business environment you can’t show any sappy sides like that which would make you seem “weak.” I tend to think it’s all about sounding more “real” nowadays. Everyone has a story before they arrived at their destination, so to speak.

Investing Around The Idea And Leadership or Revenue

Friday, April 12th, 2013 by

Today I was reading about venture capitalism in general and the different approaches that some people take when it comes to funding a business or organization. The one interesting point I thought was that the ones who were most successful were the people that focused more in investing into companies they felt had a good idea and leadership as oppose to people who were so caught up in simply the numbers.

I suppose in many ways that does make sense right? It must be a lot harder too though to invest in things mostly based on if you think it will be good later as the risk is extremely high as opposed to someone that already has a good revenue flow. Then again, I guess that explains why those people are more successful in many ways financially as it’s kind of like the saying of more risk more reward. At the same time, if you are basing it on a person’s track record or leadership background then one could argue the risk should be less.

In many ways I suppose it is similar to shows like Dragon’s Den and Shark Tank where every investor seems to have a different philosophy whee it comes to investing. I would say when it comes to getting funding on the Internet with places like Kickstarter it feels like it is more a people’s platform where it seems like it’s all about the idea and the people behind it. I feel that is how it should be and we need more things like that.

Investing In Your Future Phrase

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by

While reading through this e-mail pitch today this one phrase seemed to have stuck on my mind where a person was trying to convince people to buy his service by explicitly using the phrase that you should invest in you future if you are serious about your business. Do you find that phrase works a lot on you?

For myself I tend to be a little sceptical when people use that phrase mainly because I recognize it’s an emotional string of sort to get you to take action. In general it probably is more effective though than say trying to edify your product or service like crazy. I guess at the end of the day this emphasizes that in any literature it should be more about what your product or service can do for people as oppose to how good it is.