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Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave

Posted by AC Team - on Friday, 06 January 2012

Hallyu: Riding the Korean Wave
If you know Rain, BoA (shown left), and Sistar, then you already know K-Pop, Korea’s contemporary pop music and its artists. K-Pop music is one of the fastest growing music genres in the world, and along with Korea’s popular TV drama serials, films and comic books are a growing source of export revenue for Korea.   The growing global fan base of Korea's entertainment and cultural offerings, known as "Hallyu" or the "Korean Wave" feels more like a tidal wave in some...

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Guy Kawasaki - The Top Ten Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 08 April 2013

Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

Guy Kawasaki: The Top 10 Mistakes of Entrepreneurs

UPDATE:

We received alot of positive feedback to our posting of Guy Kawasaki's Spring, 2013 talk at the UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan).

The former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures is such a good speaker that you wanted to hear more of him.  He was the keynote speaker at the first Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond in 2005, and its timeless. 

You can click on the top blue headline to the full story and his video or click here. In his keynote, "The Art of the Start" he gives insight into the characteristics that make a successful start-up.

His first test is, "Are you making "meaning?"  He finds that the start-ups which have the highest chance of success are created by people who have a mission. He says they want to make "meaning" and not money. He feels the entrepreneurs who more often succeed are those who want to change the world. They want to make the world a better place, to improve the quality of life, to right a wrong, to fix something and change it to make it better, or they want to prevent the end of something good. 

He urged his audience of students to be "Prototypers" not typists. He was referring to entrepreneurs who create things, or develop something, versus those who merely write a business plan with a mission statement. 

Kawasaki says, "Get going." "As an entrepreneur - Think different. Don't look at the existing status quo. Don't look at what is successful now, except to say how can I leap frog that? How can I change the world. How can I shift paradise? How do I get to the next curve? How can I create the next curve?"

Second, "You should polarize people. Create products and services that you love." 

Third, "Find a few soul mates. There is this myth about the solo entrepreneur - that is a vastly overrated...

Business and Heartbreak by Marilyn Tam

Posted by Marilyn Tam on Friday, 11 May 2012

Business and Heartbreak by Marilyn Tam

 Business and Heartbreak

By Marilyn Tam

“Violence is what happens when we don’t know what to do with our heartbreak… learn how to allow your heart to break open to embrace the lessons with compassion, not broken into sharp shards that hurt others as well as yourself”

-                     Parker J Palmer, author, educator, and founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal. 

Dr. Palmer directed the above quotation at leadership and democracy, but I think it applies to how you should manage your business and life too. Violence in business and life thankfully does not usually degenerate into physical force, but the above concept is instructive in how we deal with all our challenges. 

When we have a life or business challenge, do we narrow our focus to how we can get out of the immediate circumstance, or do we expand our vision and strategy to learn how we can improve the results for this and other situations?

With a challenge is looming in front of us, it is easy to fall back into a reflexive mode. We want to make the problem go away immediately, but a decision made in haste or from anger is less than ideal. The flight or fight instinct is activated and to respond aggressively or retreat without full consideration of the options, often prove to be worse than the initial situation. 

Many years ago when I was Vice President of Nike Apparel & Accessories, we were faced with a severe shortfall in sales on our launch line of Major League Baseball apparel. The customers stayed away in droves. Several retailers wanted us to take the merchandise back...

Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee arrested & charged with assault for allegedly beating a homeless man.

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 19 January 2012

Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night, January 16, 2012 by LAPD offices and FBI agents. The full story here. 

Ski Jackets with GPS Tracking? 2-way voice bracelets?

Posted by Suzanne Kai on Monday, 28 August 2006

Ski jackets with GPS tracking? How about bracelets that have 2-way voice capabilities linking patients to medical facilities. These are just a few examples of how wireless technology is dramatically changing our lives.

More than fifteen thousand attendees are expected at this year's fall CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2006 in Los Angeles September 12 - 14.

The conference has a jam-packed schedule of seminars and keynotes and an exhibition hall showcasing the latest in wireless technology and product offerings.

With the explosion of wireless technology, the conference will have seminars of interest to the entertainment industry, as well as medical, healthcare, government, automotive, and retail. Additionally, the CTIA show reflects the growth in wireless entertainment - encompassing everything from music downloads to digital cameras to interactive games.

The technology behind many applications that James Bond would love is being developed by some of the companies exhibiting at CTIA this year. Telit Wireless Solutions is one group that has GPS embedded products. Telit is projecting to sell more than ten million GPS units in 2007 a 32% jump in annual growth rate in sales.

Irvine, California based Networks In Motion offers a location-based application called FamilyFinder, that enables parents to locate their children using a secure Web site or cell phone and PhotoFinder(TM), which adds location-based geocoding and advanced photo management features to GPS-enabled mobile camera phones.

Major U.S. telecommunications companies are using the Networks In Motion platform to launch location-based, real-time navigation services on GPS-enabled mobile phones. The platform delivers voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions with auto-rerouting if a turn is missed, as well as local search of points of interest and detailed color maps that can be quickly panned and zoomed.

Watching live TV on your cell phone? It's already...

Fearless Women: How to Succeed Using What You've Got

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 08 June 2005

Last year I received a call from Arielle Ford, the publicist to some of the most renown names in the book business: Deepak Chopra, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz and many more. Would I be interested in being featured in a book titled, Fearless Women: Midlife Portraits, about women who have achieved life success by working through their fears? Arielle explained to me that by the time a Fearless Woman reaches her forties, her effortless good looks of youth have matured into the warmth and beauty of a life well lived. Her infectious vitality, sense of purpose and desire to make the world a better place, warms and positively changes everyone she connects with.

By Marilyn Tam

Last year I received a call from Arielle Ford, the publicist to some of the most renown names in the book business: Deepak Chopra, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz and many more.

Would I be interested in being featured in a book titled, Fearless Women: Midlife Portraits, about women who have achieved life success by working through their fears?

Arielle explained to me that by the time a Fearless Woman reaches her forties, her effortless good looks of youth have matured into the warmth and beauty of a life well lived. Her infectious vitality, sense of purpose and desire to make the world a better place, warms and positively changes everyone she connects with.

Wow, I was impressed and amazed to be considered a Fearless Woman! I submitted my credentials to the authors who promptly replied that they were ecstatic that I agreed to be in the book. This was certainly good for my self esteem. I reported to the photo shoot somewhat apprehensive, no, extremely apprehensive and with a serious case of self doubt.

With glamorous people like Cybill Shepherd (movie star), Joni Mitchell (legendary singer) and Erin Brockovich, whose research and direct action...