The biggest acts of 2013 remodeled the standard album rollout into a highly engaging blockbuster event, shattering any preconceived notions of hype. Some explored new sounds by collaborating with an eclectic mix of talent. Others took risks to deliver an elegant, challenging, and important record. A handful did both. But only one reached above and beyond.
My latest article for the Catalyst blog is all about how brands are using their packaging in fun and innovative ways. Packaging? Yup. You know, the stuff that holds the other stuff we bought.
You can read about how brands are thinking ON the outside of the box here.
Weekend in Stratford in pictures via Google+
Ever wonder how Spider-Man developed the technology to shoot webs? Wonder no more. The following Wired.com post explains everything you need to know about Spider-Man’s webs.
The Physics of Spider-Man’s Webs -> http://ow.ly/wkuMA
This past month’s Coffee Lounge session featured the most inspiring and engaging speaker to date in this short series. Khalil Shariff is the CEO of Aga Khan Foundation Canada and a self-professed champion of civic engagement.
Khalil opened up his 40 minute talk with a long pause before stating: “We are currently living in a world where there is lots of instability.” Thus started a very thought provoking and inspiring discussion.
Here are some notes from the session this past weekend:
What should we understand and how should we react to this fragile global situation is our problem and possibility.
While the rest of the world might take different routes, we, as Ismaili leaders, can influence the path so that the results are peace and plurality for the world.
- Aga Khan still educates people on the difference between philanthropy and duty, “the mandate of the office of Imam to improve the quality of worldly life for the concerned communities.” Speech by Aga Khan in Germany
- Encouraged all of us to watch the address by Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter to the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat.
Being a Canadian Ismaili has both opportunities and responsibilities. We have the responsibility to use our talents, education, and status in the world as Canadians and in Canada as Ismailies to make this world a better place through tools such as institutions.
Canadian Ismailies don’t throw their hands up but they respond. How? They take action: Whether through the Partnership Walk. Volunteer assignments and even travelling abroad to work and serve in developing communities.
There were so many more points. More than can fit into a short blog post.
Here’s what I strongly recommend: If you’re in Toronto and you know that there is a Coffee Lounge with the Ismaili leadership do everything you can to connect and attend.
Nike President on Fuelband News: We’re Excited for a Future With Apple
Nike President and CEO Mark Parker has added fuel to rumors on Friday that the company’s Fuelband software could end up in the Apple iWatch. With Apple CEO, Tim Cook, on the Nike board, this seemed like a no brainer. Interesting news.
UK’s Telegraph recently wrote a piece on the demise of wearable technology. With Nike confirming that they are closing the digital division that brought us the FuelBand, the thought amongst media is that such devices may have seen their last breath.
However, I for one, refuse to believe this. The Pebble smartwatch is still widely popular. And Samsung continues to build their smart device capabilities. Not to mention, everyone seems to agree that Apple will soon launch their iWatch.
What do you think?
Last week I was an official guest of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in Taipei. As part of my visit, I had the opportunity to visit 4 different technology companies. One of them was XYZprinting.
XYZprinting is attempting to disrupt the 3D printer marketplace with their new line of 3D printers. I wrote a piece for itbusiness.ca about my visit last week. If you’re a fan of the whole “maker movement” this might be an article that you enjoy. I hope you like it.
Social writing platform and writer’s network Wattpad has been at it for a while now, and they’ve quietly amassed a massive user base that engages regularly with the site, posting their own stories and reading the stories of others, all the while engaging with one another through feedback, criticism and support. Now, the startup has raised a Series C round of funding worth $46 million, led by OMERS Ventures, and including August Capital, Raine Ventures and Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund, and all of the company’s existing investors
According to a job listing obtained by VentureBeat, Uber plans to pay bike couriers between $20 and $30 per hour for “on-demand deliveries.” Uber plans to give couriers a free iPhone 4S, allowing them to “receive pickup requests from nearby customers.”