Cadillac Marketing Chief Uwe Ellinghaus ‘Not Afraid’ Of Tesla | GM Authority

Cadillac Marketing Chief Uwe Ellinghaus ‘Not Afraid’ Of Tesla; Sam McEachern; In GM Authority; 2014-04-16.

I’m sure what he said was important, the barely-polite not-quite trash talking at an intra-industry marketing panel.  But we came for the images of the vehicle in the promotion.  You can never have too many images of the product.


  • Event: What is Affordable Luxury? Competing and Winning an Expanding Field of Buyers, a panel; 2014 Automotive Forum presented by J.D. Power and the National Automobile Dealers Association.



Cadillac exec: ‘I am not afraid of Tesla’; Michael Wayland; In MLive; 2014-04-15.

Quiz: What Kind of Office Speak Dominates Your Brain? | The Atlantic

Quiz: What Kind of Office Speak Dominates Your Brain?; ; In The Atlantic; 2014-04-24.
Teaser: Are you a Life Hacker? Have you Self-Actualized? The way you talk says a lot about your work life.

Also, The Quiz


Taxonomy of …

  • … of people
  • … of thinking
  • … of frames of mind

The Types

  1. The Self-Actualizers
  2. The Optimizers
  3. The Financiers
  4. The Marketers
  5. The Disrupters
  6. The Creatives
  7. The Life Hackers
Type Era
The Self-Actualizers 1960s-1970s
The Optimizers 1980s-1990s
The Financiers 1980s-2000s
The Marketers 1960s-1970s, 2000s-2010s
The Disrupters 2000s-2010s
The Creatives 2000s-2010s
The Life Hackers 2000s-2010s


  • Claim: academics have had a big effect on how workers work, all thanks to one group of people: consultants.



  • mechanistic
  • emphasis
    • accuracy
    • precision
    • incentives
    • maximized production.
  • Fredrick Winslow Taylor
    • Taylorism
    • Time & Motion Studies
  • George Elton Mayo
    • Australian
    • Hawthorne Works
    • Western Electric Company
    • Hawthorne Effect
  • Instead of thinking of workers as cogs in a vast machine, they began thinking of them as living units of a large, complex social organism.
  • The methodology of the Hawthorne experiment has since been criticized.


  • existential crisis
  • concepts
    • Alienation
    • Abseentism
    • Labor turn-over
    • Wild-cat strikes


  • authoritarianism [Germany, Japan]
  • “What was it about the culture of those societies that led them to suddenly shift from what was seen as quite enlightened and advanced to suddenly becoming very authoritarian?” attributed to Khurana.


  • diversified conglomerates
  • mergers & acquisitions
  • big business
  • Schools of Thought
    • Management Science
      • Decision-Making Theory
      • Carnegie Mellon
  • Peter Drucker; The Practice of Management; 1954.
  • Mangement by Objective
  • industrialist


  • Schools of Thought
    • Organizational Development
      • Douglas McGregor, Edgar Schein, Richard Beckhard
      • MIT
      • Organizational Culture, an older form of corporate culture
      • Taxonomy
        • Theory X => lazy work-haters who need to be closely supervised
        • Theory X => ambitious self-motivators who thrive in an atmosphere of trust
  • Douglas MacGregor; The Human Side of Enterprise; 1960.
  • Abraham Maslow
    • Hierarchy of Needs
    • self-actualization
  • George Leonard, Look, a magazine
  • Esalen Institute
    • Michael Murphy, Dick Price,
    • founded 1962
    • promoted by George Leonard “into the mainstream”
  • Human Potential Movement
  • Raymond Cattell
    • British
    • psychology
    • term: synergy
      from Synergism (theology), Protestant for cooperation between the human will and divine grace.
  • Thomas Kuhn
    • U.C. Berkeley
    • philosophy
    • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 1962.
    • term: paradigm shift


  • Consultants
    • Bain,
    • McKinsey,
    • Boston Consulting Group
  • Milton Friedman
    • quoted: <quote>“There is one and only one social responsibility of business—to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.”</quote>
    • an oped, The New York Times, 1970.


  • Jack Welch
    • General Electric
    • Work-Out Program
      • 1989
      • a formal language
      • terms
        • low-hanging fruit
        • rattlers
        • pythons
  • Charles Krone, management consultants to the stars
    • </quote>following the teachings of Armenian mystic Georges Gurdjieff.</quote>
    • cited as a failure.
    • 1984 => contracted at Pacific Bell to do corporate culture overhaul.
    • A “leadership development” program
      • known as “kroning”
      • thesis:
        • certain words helped employees communicate better
        • their use improves organizational health
      • terms
        • task cycle
        • functioning capabilities
    • failure mode

      • 23,000 employees trained
      • $40 million paid.
      • 1987 => “statement of principles” defined “interaction” as <quote>The continuous ability to engage with the connectedness and relatedness that exists and potentially exists, which is essential for the creations necessary to maintain and enhance viability of ourselves and the organization of which we are a part.</quote>
      • newspaper article(s)
      • California Public Utilities Commission investigates
      • end.
  • More consulting speak & jargon
  • entrepreneur
  • venture capitalist


  • Skip a little brother
  • Wall Street Culture
  • Networking Culture
    • advice networks
    • mentoring networks
    • coaching
  • Business School Culture
    • The Executive MBA
  • VUCA => Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity
  • Clayton Christiansen
    • books
    • 1995 => disrupt
  • Tom Peters; The Brand Called You; In Fast Company; 1997.
  • Mommy Wars start


  • Clayton Christiansen
    • Harvard B-School
    • term: disrupt


  • Maker Culture
    • creatives
    • makerspaces
    • DIY
    • Etsy
  • Lean In Culture; Women {Can,Can’t} Have It All
  • Diversity & Inclusiveness Theory


  • Rakesh Khurana
    • attributed as:
      • a professor at Harvard Business School
      • soon-to-be Dean of Harvard College
    • Seems to be the source of all the historiography
  • Edgar Schein
    • now age 86
  • Joanne Ciulla
    • attributed as: professor, University of Richmond
    • opines on The Krone Affair
  • John Van Maanen
    • attributed as: a management professor at MIT
    • opines on pseudo-scientific language in consulting.
  • Geoffrey Nunberg
    • attributed as: a linguistics professor at UC Berkeley.
    • opines on language choice
  • AnnaLee Saxenian
    • attributed as:
      • professor, U.C. Berkeley
      • Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128
    • opines on Silicon Valley culture contra Auto Industry culture
      • stability & effiency => output
      • vuca & chaos => innovation
  • Kevin Kelly
    • attributed as:
      • founding editor, Wired
      • Cool Tools, 2001, 2003, 2013
    • opines about the Maker Revolution; the employment evidence doesn’t support this.
  • Nancy Koehn
    • attributed as: professor, Harvard Business School
    • opines on emotion in the the office register.
  • Luke Visconti
    • attributed as: CEO & founder of Diversity Inc.
    • opines on diversity becomes “diversity & inclusion”
  • Shawna Vican
    • attributed as:
      • doctoral candidate, Harvard
      • studying organizational change
    • cited for color, background & verisimiltude
      • “talk of yellow people and purple people, that sort of thing”



without attribution, see the article.

  • “My proactive leadership must be working!”
  • “Bingo, sir”
  • “reach out”
  • “run it up the flagpole”
  • “circle back”
  • “boil the ocean”
  • “streamline”
  • “soup to nuts”
  • “low-hanging fruit”
  • “pain points”
  • “drilling down”
  • “bleeding edge”
  • “the bottom line”

Biz Speak

Optimization Culture
  • low-hanging fruit
  • rattlers
  • pythons
Human Potential Culture
  • 80-20
  • boil the ocean
  • sync up
  • streamline
  • restructure
  • let go
  • create operational efficiencies
  • human resources
  • task cycle
  • functioning capabilities
Finance Culture, Wall Street Culture
  • optionality
  • standard deviations
  • leverage
  • value-add
  • shareholder value
  • VUCA
  • mission
  • energy

Marketing 1.0 Culture, 1960s-1970s

  • run it up the flagpole
  • hard-sell
  • ideation
  • native solutions; e.g. native advertising

Marketing 2.0 Culture, Silicon Valley Cult-ure, Venture Capital Cult-ure, 2000s-2010x

  • establishing a #personal #brand.
  • (with or without irony)
    • #leanin
    • #twitter
    • #socialmedia
  • thought leader
  • disrupt
  • move fast, break things
  • bandwidth,
  • hack,
  • multi-task
  • download
  • innovation
  • top-down
  • bottom-up
  • entrepreneur
  • journey
  • passion
  • mission
  • vision
  • values
  • passion
  • purpose
  • work-life balance
  • lean in
  • unplug
  • life-hack
  • bandwidth
  • capacity
  • diversity unto “diversity & inclusion”
  • engagement
  • dialogue
  • recognition
  • experience
  • awareness
  • education

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The Palo Alto Group: Difficulties and Directions of the Interactional View for Human Communication Research | Carol Wilder

Carol Wilder; The Palo Alto Group: Difficulties and Directions of the Interactional View for Human Communication Research; In Human Communication Research; Volume 5, Number 2; 1979-Winter; page 171 (17 pages).


During the past two decades the network of communication researchers known informally as the “Palo Alto Group” has published several hundred articles and more than 20 books on what has been variously termed “New Communication” and the “Interactional View.” The work of this group, however, has been largely neglected in human communication research. The objectives of this essay are:

  1. To summarize the theoretical and epistemological bases of the Interctional View, noting the pragmatic instances for which this framework is invoked as an explanation adn justification
  2. to introduce some of the conceptual and methodological difficulties which need to be addressed in formulating appropriate research
  3. to suggest several general and specific directions for research in human communication


Four Main Theories

  1. Cybernetics and General Systems Theory
  2. Russell’s Theory of Logical Types
  3. Galois’ mathematical Group Theory
  4. A “rules” orientation to communication behavior


<quote>[Footnote 3] Further reading will reveal that “theory” is used here in other than a conventional sense. [Wilder] I often felt in pursuing this piece that I was deling with more of a social movement – even religion – than a communication theory; it may be that communication ideology is a more accurate term.  The argument behind this point is a lengthy one, although it might be noted that Watzlawik and Weakland’s characterization of their work as the “interactional view” (1977) rather than the “interactional theory” is no mistake or oversight.</quote>


  • Extensive References section
  • The family setting
  • The Double Bind, conditions and applications.
  • Reframing
  • Homeostasis of Problems
  • A focus on what is currently observed; not on causes & affects. [termed ...]
  • Communication by Levels
    • report level
    • command level
  • Thinking
    • strict thinking
    • loose thinking
    • part of the criticism that they did not construct a coherent theory in a school of thought (p 12).
  • Something about rules approach being compatible with Markov modeling.
  • Brief Therapy
  • Communication also occurs bu silence [the absence of communication]
    • tact, diplomacy, sublety, etc.
    • apprehension

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Handbook of Data Analytics | Leada


  • Brian Liou
  • Tristan Tao
  • Elizabeth Lin

Shop: Leada, a consultancy




  • Not a “handbook” in the sense that it’s not recipes for HOWTO at all.
  • Motivational interviews in a Q&A style; ~5 pages each
  • Career Advice.
  • Career Attractor.
  • No Math, Algos, Results.


  • What exactly is a data scientist anyway, and how is it different than a data analyst?
  • Who buys this stuff anyway?
  • What skills do such people need? [someone answers: PowerPoint 2-pager]
  • How does interviewing work in this area?
  • They interview for specific task-level skills; show passion, show “hunger to learn”


  • <bzzzz>Big Data</bzzzz>
  • <zzzz>B2B</zzzz>
  • <zzzz>BI</zzzz>
  • <zzzz>CRM</zzzz>


  • Cassandra
  • Excel
  • HadoopTM MapReduce
  • Hive
  • Java
  • Kaggle
  • MongoDB
  • PDF
  • SAS
  • Storm
  • NoSQL
  • Pig
  • Python
  • R
  • Word


  • regression
  • t-test
  • Algorithm complexity (Big O notation)
  • Machine Learning (general)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)


  • BigML
  • Cloudera
  • Facebook
  • Flurry
  • HG Data
  • Linkedin
  • Mode Analytics
  • Persontyle
  • Smarter Remarketer Inc.
  • Stylistics
  • Yelp
  • Yhat


  • C++ programming “low level systems programming
  • Quality Control
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Humanities, generally
  • Parasitology
  • Philosophy

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Diffusion of Innovations | Everett M. Rogers

Everett M. Rogers; Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition Paperback; Free Press; 5th Edition; 2003-08-16; 576 pages; kindle: $25, paper: $13+SHT; earlier editions kindle: $24, paper: $0.01+SHT.

Table of Contents

  1. Elements of diffusion.
  2. A history of diffusion research.
  3. The generation of innovations.
  4. The Innovation-decision process.
  5. Attributes of innovations.
  6. Innovativeness and adapter categories.
  7. Diffusion networks.
  8. The change agent.
  9. Innovation in organizations.
  10. Consequences of innovations.


Individual Decision Life Cycle Model

  1. Knowledge
    … of the innovation.
  2. Persuasion
    i.e. forming a favorable or unfavorable attitude toward it.
  3. Decision
    to accept or reject.
  4. Implementation
    … of the innovation.
  5. Confirmation
    i.e. seeking reinforcement of the decision from others.

Mass Adoption Life Cycle Model

  1. innovators,
  2. early adopters,
  3. early majority,
  4. late majority,
  5. laggards.


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Building for a World of Beacons | dot3

Building for a World of Beacons; ; dot3; 2014-04-07; 56 slides.
is CEO, dot-3 (and Locolo and Beekn)


  • dot-3 is a platform, Toronto CA
  • Beekn
  • Buzzz
    • iBeacon 101: The gateway drug for the Internet of Everything (IoT)
  • Propositional Reasoning
    • All iBeacons are BLE beacons.
    • All BLE beacons are beacons.
    • Not all beacons are BLE.
    • Not all BLE are beacons.
  • Bluetooth SMART
    • PXP => Proximity Profile => v1.0
    • iBeacon => Apple Proprietery
      • Trademark
      • Non-paired specification
      • Advertising interval
    • NO OFFERING => Android/Google/Samsung [Google/Motorola tech stack is gone]
  • Hardware
    • Slide 24 onward
  • Myths [not?] Exploded!

    • I need to send someone around to LOAD CONTENT onto my beacons
    • Beacons TRACK PEOPLE and are really just surveillance devices [uh ... this seems not a myth, but prima facie true; c.f. the Retail Case Study]
    • Beacons TRIANGULATE location.
    • No one ever turns BLUETOOTH ON.
    • No one will want to be SPAMMED with all these messages they’ll get.</quote>
  • Case Studies
    • Retail
    • Loyalty
    • Couponing
    • Other
      • Light Bulb
      • Bacon
      • Land Mines (context: United Nations & battlefield cleanup, not war making).



Persistent, Long-term Cerebral White Matter Changes after Sports-Related Repetitive Head Impacts | Bazarian, Zhu, Zhong, Janirgo, Rozen, Roberts, Javien, Merchant-Borna, Abar, Blackman

Jeffrey J. Bazarian, Tong Zhu, Jianhui Zhong, Damir Janigro, Eric Rozen, Andrew Roberts, Hannah Javien, Kian Merchant-Borna, Beau Abar, Eric G. Blackman; Persistent, Long-term Cerebral White Matter Changes after Sports-Related Repetitive Head Impacts; In PLoS One; 2014-04-16; 12 pages; landing.



Repetitive head impacts (RHI) sustained in contact sports are thought to be necessary for the long-term development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Our objectives were to: 1) characterize the magnitude and persistence of RHI-induced white matter (WM) changes; 2) determine their relationship to kinematic measures of RHI; and 3) explore their clinical relevance.


Prospective, observational study of 10 Division III college football players and 5 non-athlete controls during the 2011-12 season. All subjects underwent diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), physiologic, cognitive, and balance testing at pre-season (Time 1), post-season (Time 2), and after 6-months of no-contact rest (Time 3). Head impact measures were recorded using helmet-mounted accelerometers. The percentage of whole-brain WM voxels with significant changes in fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) from Time 1 to 2, and Time 1 to 3 was determined for each subject and correlated to head impacts and clinical measures.


Total head impacts for the season ranged from 431–1,850. No athlete suffered a clinically evident concussion. Compared to controls, athletes experienced greater changes in FA and MD from Time 1 to 2 as well as Time 1 to 3; most differences at Time 2 persisted to Time 3. Among athletes, the percentage of voxels with decreased FA from Time 1 to 2 was positively correlated with several helmet impact measures. The persistence of WM changes from Time 1 to 3 was also associated with changes in serum ApoA1 and S100B autoantibodies. WM changes were not consistently associated with cognition or balance.


A single football season of RHIs without clinically-evident concussion resulted in WM changes that correlated with multiple helmet impact measures and persisted following 6 months of no-contact rest. This lack of WM recovery could potentially contribute to cumulative WM changes with subsequent RHI exposures.


  • Cognitive testing is based on some software package
    • Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT)
    • Collins MW, Iverson GL, Lovell MR, McKeag DB, Norwig J, et al. (2003) On-field predictors of neuropsychological and symptom deficit following sports-related concussion. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 13: 222–229.


Startup City: The Urban Shift in Venture Capital and High Technology | Richard Florida, Martin Prosperity Institute

Richard Florida (Martin Prosperity Institute); Startup City: The Urban Shift in Venture Capital and High Technology; Martin Prosperity Institute; 2014-03-14; 68 pages.
Richard Florida is Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of
Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Global Research Professor at NYU


  • Executive Summary is the lede
    • Bay Area has 40% of all venture capital investment
      • The city of San Francisco leads in the Bay Area
    • East Coast Acela Corridor (a metro) ranks 2nd.
      • New York City has 80% of the metro’s venture investment
    • College towns are attractive:
      • Austin TX,
      • Raleigh-Cary NC,
      • Boulder CO,
      • Ann Arbor MI.
      • Lawrence KS.
    • Talent matters
      Measurement proxies:

      • the ratio of adults who are college graduates
      • the creative class.
    • Eds and meds don’t matter for tech investment: no evidence [this seems to contradict the "College towns are attractive claim"]
    • Tolerance does matter: tolerance ‘of’ or ‘for’ [ahem, gotta be a more PC way to frame tolerance]
      • immigrants,
      • gays.
  • Substantially data set recitation in bulk, with bar charts.


Per Metro

Normalized By Population Density

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An Introduction to Beacons: See the world in a whole new way with Bluetooth LE | Locolo, Beekn

An Introduction to Beacons: See the world in a whole new way with Bluetooth LE; (Locolo, Beekn); 2013-11-27; 46 slides.
is CEO, Locolo


  • Locolo, a UX creative boutique
  • Beekn, a blog
  • Capabilities
    • Low battery
    • Always on
    • sub-meter proximity accuracy
    • proximity inside buildings (where GPS won’t work).
    • triangulate to get location
  • Buzzzz
    • Context Matters
    • There is No Offline
    • Be the Beacontm
  • Case Study
  • Retail
  • Macy’s
    • Door greeters
    • Loyalty
    • Payment
    • Upsell



Professional Challenges Facing the Coaching Field From an Historical Perspective | Vikki Brock

Vikki Brock; Professional Challenges Facing the Coaching Field From an Historical Perspective; In International Journal of Coaching in Organizations (IJCO); 2009; 13 pages; also.


Coaching emerged during the postmodern period of the late twentieth century, born of a rapidly changing socioeconomic environment and nourished by the root disciplines of psychology, business, sports, and adult education. Now, approximately twenty years later, as we look forward to the professional challenges the field is facing today, we can benefit from the perspective we have gained on its short but explosive history. That history, characterized by the interaction between and the cross-disciplinary development of its root disciplines, is further complicated by the generational differences and varying professional backgrounds of its originators, as well as the changing socioeconomic conditions of the period.


  • Sources
    • Human Potential Movement
    • Esalen
    • National Training Laboratories (NTL)
    • Tavistock
    • Findhorn
  • Publications
    • Lovin and Cassteven’s Coaching, Learning, and Action.
    • Fournies’ Coaching for Improved Performance.
    • Megginson and Boydell; A Manager’s Guide to Coaching
    • Fernando Flores; Communication and Management in the Office
      of the Future; a dissertation.
    • Tim Gallwey; Inner Game; 1980.
  • Who
    • David Megginson
    • Fernando Flores
    • Werner Erhard
  • Practice & Doctrine
    • ‘est’ of Werner Erhard
    • Hermenet Inc., Fernando Flores
    • Actors Information Project (AIP), Jay Perry and David Rosen, New York City.
    • Sir John Whitmore brings Inner Game concepts to the U.K. 1980s.
    • Personnel Decisions International (PDI)
    • Jinny Ditzler; a practice; 1981; defunct.
    • Results Unlimited; 1980s
    • Thomas Leonard and Laura Whitworth; late 1980s; simliar to Results Unlimited of the early 1980s
    • Peer Resources, a Canadian company,
    • Rey Carr,
    • Greg Saunders
    • David de Rosenroll.
  • Model: Adoption Curve, a Bell curve

  • Emergence Curve, an Adoption Curve Model
    • Originators => (pre-model) pre-1985
      • Abraham Maslow,
      • Carl Rogers,
      • Fritz Perls.
    • Transmitters => 1985-1995
      • Timothy Gallwey,
      • Sir John Whitmore,
      • Thomas Leonard,
      • Laura Whitworth
    • Emerging Influencers => date
      • Marshall Goldsmith,
      • Anthony Grant,
      • Cheryl Richardson.
    • And so on into
      • Competition
      • Differentiation
      • Saturation
  • Prominence Curve, a lagged Emergence Curve
  • <quote>One might even take a cynical view that the difference between a psychologist and a coach is $50,000 per year.</quote>
  • Challenges
    1. How to apply interventions & treatments [without lots of education & certification] which is regulated [and with reason].
    2. A uniform body of knowledge; is it even a separate body of knowledge?
    3. Clients expectations; what are the skills & expertise of the technician and what are the possible menu remediations?
  • Images of the Future
    • Something vague about “coaching everywhere” “coaching for everyone”
    • Abundance vs Scarcity
    • Coaching is a preferred approach (for all interactions)
    • Coaching is a social phenomenon
    • Something about ‘raise awareness’



Via Amazon

In 1994 Vikki G. Brock saw the need for coaches to assist people as companies transitioned to a more participative leadership style. In 1995, she left her 21-year career at The Boeing Company to start VB Coaching & Consulting with the mission of providing premier coaching services to leadership. Dr. Brock specializes in bringing coaching skills into business and industry. Her clients are high performance and hi-potential leaders and organizations undergoing transformation. Vikki defines coaching as ‘raising awareness, so people are at conscious choice.” Since 2005, Vikki’s practice has expanded beyond North America to every continent. Committed to transformation at a global level, one-third of her clients are international leaders committed to making a difference in their country. Dr. Brock is committed to life-long learning and contributing to the field of coaching. The foremost subject matter expert on the roots and emergence of the coaching field, her impressive credentials include an Executive MBA, a PhD in Coaching and Human Development, and Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Vikki was one of the first coaches to receive an MCC from the ICF in 1998. Dr. Brock has been actively involved with governance, accreditation, and credentialing with the ICF since its inception in 1996. She served as Director of the History and Archive Division at The Coaching Commons, a project of The Harnisch Foundation (2005-2010). She has published numerous articles on the coaching profession, is an adjunct professor in a university executive coaching certificate program, and frequently speaks internationally on coaching. Vikki provides sessions face-to-face at client sites and by telephone from her 50’ sailboat named Cuidado, which is moored in Ventura Harbor about an hour north of Los Angeles, California.


The Bell-Mason Diagnostic for (Venture Capital) Investing

The Instrument

  • Space
    • 12 dimensions
  • Time
    • 4 stages, company development
    • 7 sub-stages, product development
  • Quantification
    • rules => yes/no
  • Visualization
    • a graph


  1. Business Plan
  2. Marketing
  3. Sales
  4. CEO
  5. Team
  6. Board
  7. Cash
  8. Financeability
  9. Control
  10. Technology/Engineering
  11. Product
  12. Manufacturing


  1. Concept
    • 0-12 months
  2. Seed
    • 3-12 months
  3. Product Development
    • 12–48 months
  4. Market Development
    • 24-48 months
  5. Steady-State
    • exit => IPO
  • Stage-to-stage transition => event-based state-transitions
    • continue in the state
    • exit the state
    • cease operations
    • etc.
  • Sub-state model of product development
  1. Product Development
    1. Hire & Plan
    2. Alpha Test
    3. Beta Test
  2. Market Development
    1. Calibrate the Market
    2. Market Expansion
    3. Steady-State Operation


  • Heuristic -> Rule -> Question
    • e.g. is there a design walkthrough or code review process?
  • Staged Evolution of Questions
    • questions & level of detail appropriate to the stage
  • Standard Questionaire


In the form of a Kiviat diagram.


  • “You don’t have to understand the technology to ask the right business questions”
  • Companies that scored 75 or higher had a business success rate of 95%; slide 26.
  • Justification
    • Factory-like, repeatable, optimizable => executable by lower skill units
    • Similar to Medical Schools
    • Alternatives
      • Case based => Biz School
      • Statistical Factor Analysis


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Two Roads Converged: Accelerating Market Adoption for Electric Vehicles | Geoffrey Moore at SVLG’s Driving Charged & Connected 2013

Two Roads Converged: Accelerating Market Adoption for Electric Vehicles; Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Driving Charged & Connected; 2013-06-06; 19 pages.

SEs Geoff Moore Keynote for Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Driving Connected & Charged; Palo Alto; 2013-06-06; 1:01:39.

Related | Secure Connection Failed

Nothing says “The Web is Misconfigured” quite like a low-level security protocol failure notice: Bazaar-NG: 7 years of hacking on a distributed version control system

Which encryption algorithms in what negotiation?  What did He Say, What did She Say?  How would  you even report or debug that?

The appropriate remediation is to drop into the clear:
Bazaar-NG: 7 years of hacking on a distributed version control system

A History of Coaching: A Personal Review | Paul Hemphill, Horizons Life Coaching

Paul Hemphill; A History of Coaching: A Personal Review; Horizons Life Coaching; 2012-02; 12 pages.


  1. Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Sports Coaching
  4. Business & Executive Coaching and the GROW model
  5. Management by Objectives
  6. Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  7. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Emotional Intelligence
  8. Wellbeing and Mindfulness
  9. Coaching Today: The Profession of Coaching


  • Subgroups
    • management consultancy
    • psychology
    • psychotherapy
    • linguistics
    • anthropology
    • meditation
    • NLP
    • CBT
  • SMART goals
  • Professionalization, Accreditation, Common Codes, Standards of Conduct
  • Claim: coaching does not have a linear history
  • 1970s
    • Sports Coaching
  • 1980s
    • Executive Coaching
    • Business Coaching
  • 1990s?
    • Coaching For All

General Temporal Ordering

New Age, Wellbeing & Mindfullness

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Coaching, counseling, career advice, personality profiliing, home decluttering, Reiki
  • Buddhism
  • Scott Bishop (U. Toronto) et al.x11 others; Standardizes the definition of Mindfulness; 2004
    • Definition
      • Self-regulation of attention
      • Present presence & acceptance
    • “Mindfulness: A Proposed Operational Definition”; In Clinical
      Psychology: Science and Practice; Volume 11, issue 3; 2004.
  • “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World”; Mark Williams, Danny Penman, Cygnus Books

 The Profession of Coaching

  • The profession/practice/field is immature
  • No consensus agreement on intervention & delivery protocols
  • Paradigm
  • Definition of a coach
    • listening
    • questioning
    • curiousity
    • intuition
    • non-judgemental
    • [has] emotional intelligence
    • motivational
  • Accreditation Bodies
    • International Coaching Federation (IFC), 1998
    • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
      • Code of Conduct filed with EU [when?]
    • International Institute of Coaching (IIC)
    • International Association of Coaching (IAC)
    • Association for Coaching (AC)
    • International Coaching Association (ICA)
    • etc.
  • Interest Groups
    • Society for Coaching Psychology (SCP)
    • Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP), of the British Psychological Society.
    • etc.


Android Is Huge. But Here’s Why Developers Keep Favoring Apple | Business Insider

Android Is Huge. But Here’s Why Developers Keep Favoring Apple; ; reporter; In Business Insider; 2014-04-03.

tl;dr => only poor people have Android; rich people have Apple gear.


  • Share of visits to e-commerce sites from tablets
    • iPad: 87%
    • Android: 11%
  • Average order value from tablets
    • iPad: $155
    • Android: $110
  • Share of visits to e-commerce sites from phones
    • iPhone: 60%
    • Android: 39%
  • Average order value from phones
    • iPhone: $126
    • Android: $136
  • Only on phones do Android users spend more.
  • Colorful
    • iPad users spend — $155 on 87% of visits
      colorful: Apple users do their shopping on iPad; only use their phones for the loose-change stuff.
    • An Android user is worth 1/4 of an iOS user


chart of the day ios android monetization gap

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Via: backfill

Samsung U28D590D, a 4K Monitor with DisplayPort

Specifications U28D590D

  • 28″ Screen
  • 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • Inputs
    • 1x DisplayPort (which version?)
    • 2x HDMI
  • $845+SHT.
  • Limited availability in 2014-Q2.