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What are the most innovative items being announced or shown at CES this week?

I guess starting with the assumption that there are still innovative products being made and announced (and shown) at CES. Assuming that there are at least a few what are the ones you are most looking forward to seeing - either at the show (if you are attending) or in stores later this year?

In particular are there any innovative products that show where gadgets of the future are going?

Anything that will be "must haves" in the near term?

Or are most things being shown incremental improvements over past models?

I still haven't attended a CES yet myself, had been thinking about going this year but the logistics of going at the very last minute didn't work out. My co-founder +Joel Shapira will be there to attend the Silvers Summit (http://silverssummit.com/) and to meet with some of the speakers and companies at the Digital Health Summit (http://digitalhealthsummit.com/).

He will be there looking for examples of companies building innovative products designed for and marketed to older adults - the large pool of customers aged 50-75. We are looking for both companies specifically building products for this market as well as companies with products or services which could be, with some innovative design, be built for the older adult market.
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An important point (if you don't know +Peter Shankman he is the founder of HARO (Help a Reporter Out) which is an amazingly cool service. One I really should monitor and participate in more frequently... (as should you)
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Absolutely love this line: "Because once you have a customer’s trust and faith, the rest becomes easy."
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This shot of Mount Rundle was unplanned and unexpected. I was driving into Banff, Alberta with my brother as the sun was setting, and out of the corner of my eye I caught the sun illuminating the tip of the mountain, reflecting in the lake below. Thankfully my brother is very supportive of my hobby, so he pulled off the side of the road and waited a good long while for me to set up this shot.
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I can't even begin to tell you how invaluable this advise is!
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More along the lines of my ongoing theme that "Data is the Sword of the 21st Century"

"...people who order vegetarian meals from airlines are more likely to show up for the flight."

“The incomes of data scientists begin to look more like tennis or golf players or hedge fund managers, rather than sitting in the bowels of Allstate‘s actuarial team,” he said.

And good for Hal Varian for investing in Kaggle.
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I went back down to Zuccotti Park in Manhattan to see how the #OccupyWallStreet protest was progressing a few weeks after my last visit (which I wrote about in https://plus.google.com/107033731246200681024/posts/Sy8Z2uWy655?hl=en). The crowd was larger - perhaps twice the size - and signs of permanent organization are starting to appear. The mood was serious but many of those in attendance really seemed to be enjoying themselves, and there was a real sense of community.

I was hoping to get on camera to voice my support for some of the key ideas behind this protest - that many of the companies in our financial sector have started extracting far more value from our society than they provide to it, and that we need businesses to remember a more honest form of capitalism, where companies make money by providing sufficient value to customers that they are happy to pay for it, where the gap between the amount extracted in profits to owners doesn't so far outstrip the amount paid to workers in the business that those workers need to go into debt to pay for ordinary living expenses, where government protects all its citizens, not just those who can afford lobbyists, and where society as a whole feels the virtuous circle that can only happen when companies create more value than they capture for themselves.

Alas, there was a press conference going on, with all cameras focused on an existing lineup of speakers. Since I only had a half-hour before heading for JFK for my flight home to SFO, I wasn't able to get on camera.

One of my favorite things about the protest (besides the issue they are bringing to the fore) is the lovely crowdsourced megaphone, in which the speaker's words are echoed phrase by phrase in shouts by the crowd of those closest to the front so that those further back can hear. There's a great example of this human megaphone in the video of +Dylan Ratigan's visit, which I happened to see on my Virgin flight in to New York yesterday. I've embedded a link below.

I'm not fond of all the populist rhetoric by some of the protestors. It's understandable though, why people are using the language of class warfare when the other side is actually practicing it. But name calling both obscures the fundamental rightness of the #OccupyWallStreet position and alienates those who might otherwise be supporters (after all, even Warren Buffett, one of the greatest capitalists of the past half-century, agrees with many of their positions). And as the Tea Party has also shown, anger gets attention. But anger can get out of control, which is why it's so important for the #OccupyWallStreet movement to do some work on message control.

I'd suggest that the protesters get a bunch of copies of Gene Sharp's From Dictatorship to Democracy http://aeinstein.org/organizations98ce.html, which was reportedly influential in the Arab Spring, and study it. There's something building here that I really like. But it's important that it go right. (Hmm. I think I'll order a bunch of copies and send them there.)

As I think about all of these revolutions around the world, I'm constantly mindful of a book I read a few years ago, Jay Winik's The Great Upheaval, which contrasts the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and an abortive revolution in Russia that was put down by Catherine the Great at about the same time. We're not talking a revolution here in America, but there are lots of lessons to be learned from past and present revolutions. And in their heedlessness and their greed, the Wall Street bankers do so remind me of French aristocrats before that Revolution, which began so nobly and ended so badly.
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"Still, research finds that predominantly communal qualities, such as being nice or compassionate, are more associated with women; and predominantly agentic qualities, such as being assertive or competitive, are more associated with men."
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  • Northwestern University
    Rhetorical Analysis/Communication, 1990 - 1994
  • Cathedral Prep
    1986 - 1990
  • DePaul University
    Leadership & Effectiveness, 2002 - 2005
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  • Callidus Software
    Strategic Sales Executive, 2013 - present
  • Beyond Age
    Chief Orchestrator, 2010 - present
  • Cameleon Software
    Strategic Accounts Director, 2012 - 2013
  • WWBLL Network
    2009 - 2012
  • Stratus Technologies
    2009 - 2009
  • Marathon Technologies
    2008 - 2008
  • Reconnex
    2007 - 2007
  • Citrix Systems
    2004 - 2007
  • NetScout Systems
    1999 - 2004
  • Network Associates
    1997 - 1999
  • McAfee
    1997 - 1999
  • Sachs Group
    1994 - 1997
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