I was going more towards the idea of Google Stores similar to Apple Stores - however, I do not see it happening.
Hardware really isn't Google's game in my opinion - sure, they sell the Chromebook Pixel and the Nexus line - to me those are "engineering reference designs" and by selling them to non-employees, they get free marketing from Google evangelists.
Why not do that! I mean, people who love Apple or Xiaomi or whatever do the same thing, so Google is smart to do it.
Kiosks in larger stores are a logical and low-risk way to do it.
I think it would be much more difficult to pull off something like the Apple Store concept.
Microsoft's experience might shed some light on it.
The Microsoft Store closest to me is practically empty every day except near Christmas, unlike most Apple Stores.
Brick and mortar stores don't make sense for a lot of businesses - I think this may be the case for a lot of Android OEMs.
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Great Event and Hangout on Air .
Microsoft has so far refused to play the game like other boys on the dominant mobile platform Android in the hope that such self denial would enhance its mobile OS market share which alas has not been happening. While the new CEO Satya Nadella has been saying the right things like cloud first and mobile first we have been waiting for some actions rather than words. Is the announcement of android SDK for Office 365 a sign of Microsoft taking android more seriously. Now that the mobile OS marketshare has been decided, winning the war for services and leveraging the best product (Office) is crucial for the companies continued success in the enterprise market that has been the bread and butter revenue source.
Forming macro opinions or listening to the macro or market predictions of others is a waste of time
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However, I found this statement quite alarming:
But even more, by going off-grid, companies can also avoid a 22% tax on electricity – which is levied to cover the cost of funding renewable energy.
I think there are many intractable problems with companies going off-grid. People may be sick of large utilities reaping the benefits of large customer bases, but the industrialized electricity grid offers something vital to industry - continuity of supply.
Can you imagine the anarchy of hundreds of local electricity 'islands', all under the control of different authorities and all requiring some form of backup in case of failure? What happens when a weather event (storm, no wind on a cloudy day...) knocks out the off-grid supply of a large factory? Where does it get it's power from if there is no utility to supply from another non-local source? Do the workers just go home with no pay? For how long? Fully redundant electricity generators are very expensive. Can the company afford to fix it when it fails?
And how does a government regulate such an environment? Are we to abandon standards and efficiencies of scale just to accommodate energy sources that aren't up to scratch? Are all these off-grid islands to have their own full-scale fossil powered backups also? A lot of companies already have diesel backup generators, but these rarely cover full load and are designed to run for the usually short intervals needed to restore power from the grid.
I find it preposterous that companies are being incentivised to go off-grid. It is hugely regressive.
If you asked me what it would be like to have a half of a million followers two years ago, I would have probably told you something completely different than the way I currently feel.
The other night, I was having a conversation with a friend over a beer and we were talking about the music industry and how people try to “make it.” Some musicians try the grassroots approach while others spend thousands of dollars promoting their bands and music. A lot of musicians, though, resort to playing covers (other people’s music) to get noticed. It’s an easy way to get someone’s attention when you’re playing something they are already familiar and comfortable with. However, if you condition an audience to hear things they are already comfortable with, what happens when you change the tune and start broadcasting your own music?
I think that the common school of thought dictates that by having a large audience, you will have a large exposure which can result in a large conversion and bigger recognition of your success. However, in order for anyone to celebrate your success, you have to be successful.
When people seek to build an audience, I now question their goal--something I wouldn’t have done two years ago. I bet if you asked a bunch of people trying to “grow a presence” on social media what their goal was, it would be exactly that, to grow a presence. However, what is the goal? Is it to get 10,000 followers? A million?
Whatever the number, there needs to be a purpose. For musicians, it might be to spread their sound. For artists, to share their gift. And for writers, to find more readers. However, for most of us that aren’t dedicated to a certain craft or talent, I think the answer is harder to find.
After I was placed on Google’s Suggested User List (sometime around July of 2013) I began this quest to create compelling content. I wanted to focus my voice and create things that were worth sharing. I went against some of the best wisdom I ever received, “be not a man of success, but a man of value.” I wasn’t trying to create anything valuable, I was trying to be successful in finding and creating things that were worth sharing.
Fast forward to the beginning of this year when I pledged to myself to create original long form content on a regular basis. I was taking something that I loved doing and turned it into a job. I made my love a labor, and I didn’t love doing it anymore.
This brings me back to a principal that I have been kicking around for the last couple of years, the “creative passion index.” I believe each of us has 100% of creative and critical energy that we can expend each day. We have the choice of where this energy goes. Some of us search for the perfect job where we can spend 100% of this energy doing what we love. But, for the rest of us, this quest is unrealistic. Many people wouldn’t be able to maintain their standard of living doing what they love, and that’s just the reality of it. For the rest of us, I think we should spend 80% of our energy doing what we need to do and 20% of our energy doing what we love to do.
By focusing the majority of your energy on what you need to do, you ensure you will be able to keep the roof over your head and food on your table. By reserving one fifth of your energy to doing what you love to do, you will always be able to look forward to the time that you will spend pursuing your passion. With this balance, you don’t have to worry about your passion becoming a bourdon.
When you suddenly find yourself with a large following, there is a high risk that you will change your behavior. You will feel that you “owe it” to someone to do something different. Whether that is to change what you write or post about, or to filter yourself and only share certain things. Either way, having an audience changes the way people perceive you, because it changes the way you broadcast yourself to the world.
Think about it, if you had a Twitter account with 100 followers, would you say things you wouldn’t say if you had 500,000 followers? Be honest.
Anyway, I don’t want to make it seem like I’m ungrateful for having been given the opportunity to share with so many of you. I am truly ecstatic to have so many of you tuned into the things that I write, create and share. I am touched by the connections I have made, the people I have met in life and the compassion that so many strangers have showed me over the last several months.
Now that I have 500,000 followers, I feel like it’s time to do something positive that impacts more than just me. No, I don’t want to create a charity or start resharing everything that the +American Heart Association or +St Judes Childrens Hospital posts. (Although I really do love those two charities and fundraise for them each year). No, I want to give back the same way that Google+ gave to me. I want to give you all the opportunity to be discovered by thousands of other people around the world. So, if you’re doing something awesome that you want to share, let me know.
To those of you that have helped me grow this presence on this platform: Thank you. You know who you are. You introduced me to some amazing people, showed me some incredible things and taught me so much knowledge that has enriched my life, my career and my outlook on the world.
To those of you that interact with my content, leaving comments, +1’s and sharing it with your audiences: Thank you. You know who you are. You are the people that inspire me to find more and more interesting things to share each day. Your comments and conversation enlighten me and give me a new perspective on so many things.
To those of you who are trying to grow an audience so you can do something awesome: Stop and just do something awesome. The right people will find you and make sure that your awesomeness is shared with the rest of the world.
Google+, as a social network, is just starting to lay its roots. Sure, there are lots of figures out there that show a flourishing growth in active users and adoption of the platform. However, I believe that people are just starting to understand the potential that the Google+ ecosystem offers. I believe that by investing energy here, by creating communities, forging relationships and building networks, we are going to be part of the foundation of the most interactive social platform in the history of the Internet. I see a future where we joke about the time we wasted on Facebook, and the silliness of tweeting during a television show.
Now, with a social layer the intertwines instant messaging, music, video, teleconferencing and every corner of the Internet, we are free to move about the web and share with the people that share our interests. This is just an amazing concept, an amazing platform and its potential is just starting to be tapped.
A couple of years ago, I made a bet at a bar that Google+ would be the next big thing. A few people laughed and not one of them took me seriously. Well, who’s laughing now?
Realizing that this network has such an amazing potential to encourage sharing of passions, ideas and perspectives, I know that once you stop trying to focus on what’s trending and start to dive into what inspires, you will find the people that really mean something to you: the people that share your interests. The only way you will find those people is if you are open to meeting them, conversing, exchanging ideas and sharing your stories and perspective.
The bottom line is that the people you meet here are just downright awesome and it’s unlikely that you would ever find them without something as incredible as this platform.
Moving forward, instead of trying to stick to some plan or focused content, I am just going to continue being true to my personal brand, and the only way I can think of doing that is to just be myself.
Indians lose crores in bitcoins as Japan exchange collapses
Most of the affected Indians refused to identify themselves, fearing probing questions from tax and other authorities in India as they had mostly used untaxed money for purchase of those bitcoins and were looking for easy returns in this so-far unregulated market.
#bitcoin #swissbank #india
- ProcessISInc (GE, CMI, Booz, CAT)Managing Principal, presentConsulting, Training and Program Management Process Improvement Solutions Efficiency Improvement Solutions Problem Solving Solutions - Root Cause Analysis New Product Introduction and/or repositioning New Process Introduction and/or repositioning New Service Offering introduction and/or repositioning To Grow the Top line and/or Expand the Operating Margin
- CumminsProject/Program Manager/Engineer, 1995 - 2005Program Manager, NPI, Customer Engineering, Rapid Problem Solving (RPS), Root Cause Investigation, DMAIC, DFSS, Marketing, Supply Chain, Procurement, Heavy Duty Operations, Control System Design Engineer/Manager, On Highway Diesel Engines
- General ElectricSenior Program Manager, 2005 - 2007Senior Program Manager, Energy, Power Generation, Managed programs with budgets over $5MM, Field Data Collection Management and Analysis for Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines, Generators and Balance of Plant (BOP), Lean
- Booz Allen HamiltonAssociate, 2007 - 2007Operations, Power Generation, Energy, Consulting, Lean
- Caterpillar Inc.Senior Program/Project Manager, 2007 - 2008Senior Program Manager, Operations, APQP, Quality, NPI, DMAIC, Lean, Manufacturing, Heavy Construction and Mining
Shaker Cherukuri, MBA/MSEE, is the managing principal at Process Improvement Solutions, Inc . He has over eighteen teen years of experience encompassing two continents in various industry segments: discrete manufacturing, power systems/services, energy (power generation), heavy construction/mining equipment and technology.
- Proven track record for success. Over $350MM economic benefit generated between Cummins, GE (Energy), Caterpillar.
- Over $250MM opportunities identified as a consultant.
- Awarded Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Department Of Energy (DOE) Contract via Shaw Areva at the MOX Project. MOX project is setting up the infrastructure to build Nuclear Power plants in the United States
Shaker's expertise was garnered from having worked at three fortune 500 companies in the United States, two of which are also DJIA components (Cummins, GE, Caterpillar) and one of the top five management consulting firms (Booz). Shaker also worked at two leading technology firms in Bangalore and Mumbai, India (WIPRO and Rolta).
Shaker has an MBA in marketing from IU Kelley School of Business and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Louisville.
He is also an expert in Lean, DFSS and DMAIC having trained in these Six Sigma Methodologies at Cummins, GE, Caterpillar and Booz Allen Hamilton.
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- IU Kelley School of BusinessMBA, 2002 - 2005
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