Archive | May, 2012

CEO Commencement Wisdom 2012

31 May


Eric Schmidt
Google, Executive Chairman
University of California at Berkeley, May 12

“Find a way to say yes to things. Say yes to invitations to a new country. Say yes to meeting new friends. Say yes to learning a new language, picking up a new sport. Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job. Yes is how you find your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference in your life, and likely in others’ lives as well. … Yes is a tiny word that can do big things. Say it often.”


Dan Akerson
General Motors, CEO
Columbia Business School, May 13

“I hope you came to this great university with more in mind than getting a degree that would help maximize your earning power. Let me be clear. Making money is good. I’m all for it. I have been blessed in ways I never imagined, and I hope everyone has the same opportunities and success I’ve enjoyed. But society needs more from you right now. Some of the institutions our society relies on are in serious disrepair.”


Greg Brown
Motorola Solutions, Chairman
Rutgers University, May 13

“Whatever you strive for, don’t dwell on constructing the perfect plan or search for the flawless solution, because perfect can be the enemy of progress. Have the confidence to forge ahead with a good enough plan, with imperfect knowledge. Then continually adjust, adapt, and learn.”

Muhtar Kent
Coca-Cola, Chairman
University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School, May 13

“I was in New York, and I answered a [Coca-Cola] newspaper ad. … I spent the next nine months on trucks. In Atlanta, Georgia, Lubbock, Texas, Needham, Massachusetts, and outside Los Angeles. It wasn’t glamorous work. Getting up at 5 a.m., going into supermarkets, bringing product in off the truck, stacking it on shelves, and building displays. And frankly, there were moments when I asked myself what I was doing. But I always believed that today is better than yesterday, and tomorrow is better than today.”


Charlie Ergen
Dish Network, Chairman
Wake Forest University, May 21

“I encourage you to take the jobs where you will learn the most, and the other paycheck will take care of itself.”





Have Vision.

30 May

Staying focused is difficult without vision.

Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Fireworks Celebration

29 May


Event Production by Foghorn Creative –
Video Produced by Michael Coleman –
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy –

Desire: To Learn and to Grow

29 May

Today’s advice comes from coverage of former NYSE CEO and Chairman Richard Grasso speech in The Ticker:

“The only thing I had was a desire to learn, grow and hopefully to take people with me who are good people, who wanted to do the same thing.”

Grasso started out at the New York Stock Exchange as a back-room trader in 1968, earning just $81 a week. Even as he ascended the ranks there, he says, he never separated himself too much from that eager, hungry up-and-comer. He remembered how grateful he was for the chance to work there, and that carried over into his hiring practices.

The former chairman says he didn’t discriminate based on which school issued applicants’ degrees or the backgrounds of prospective employees. Instead, he chose a variety of folks who offered an array of experience and skills.

That’s why Grasso credits his success, in no small part, to his employees — who he always made sure felt comfortable and welcome, from their first day on the job.

“You can have a strong balance sheet, you can have all kinds of market penetration, if you have the wrong people that will quickly go away.”


25 May

MIT students have figured out an amazing way to get ketchup (and other condiments) out of their respective containers. LiquiGlide was invented by MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith, along with a team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists, according to the story, first reported over at Fast Company. The research team, part of the Varanasi Research Group spent the over two months holed up in MIT’s labs developing this amazing substance. The following videos introduce us to “LiquiGlide,” a coating of non-toxic materials that allows every single drop of your favorite condiment to flow effortlessly out of the bottle.






Getty Images – From Love to Bingo

24 May

Patient research work involving more than 5 thousand photographs resulted in a 1 minute film that AlmapBBDO created to advertise Getty Images, the world leading image database for creating and distributing visual contents. The film is surprising when showing 873 images in 15 images per second, sufficient speed to transform the series into a video that, without any text, tells a beautiful story. All photos, without any exceptions, are from the Getty Images archives.


Copywriter Sophie Schoenburg and art director Marcus Kotlhar worked 6 months researching images, improving the script and building each scene so they would not only be understood, but would also touch viewers. Sometimes, for example, a scene would look perfect on paper, but the images chosen to depict it were not sufficient or did not perfectly match up to offer the right movement and sense. And hence the research had to be restarted. The film was directed by Cisma, via Paranoid BR, along with Marcos Kotlhar, the art director at the agency.

For this creation team, the purpose was to adhere to the concept that Getty Images has so many images that anybody is capable of telling any story they want by only using their archives. In the film “Do amor ao Bingo em 873 imagens” [From love to Bingo in 873 images], a storyteller in the corner of the screen describes the images used. The Getty Images logo appears at the end of the story, but the storyteller continues to turn until reaching the exact number of images in the Getty Images archive.

Credits — Film

Advertiser: Getty Images
Title: From love to bingo in 873 images
Product: Getty Images
General Creative Director: Marcello Serpa, Luiz Sanches
Creative Director: André Kassu, Marcos Medeiros, Renato Simões
Art Director: Marcos Kotlhar
Copywriter: Sophie Schoenburg
Producer: Paranoid BR
Executive producer: Egisto Betti
Direction: Cisma, Marcos Kotlhar
Animation: Split Filmes, Marcos Kotlhar
Rtvc: Vera Jacinto, Gabriel Dagostini, Diego Villas Bôas
Soundtrack / Voice-Over Artist: Kito Siqueira
Editor / Assembler: Marcos Kotlhar, Jonas Brandão
Finishing Editor: Split Filmes
Service: Cristina Chacon, Marina Leal
Media: Paulo Camossa Jr
Approval: Renata Simões

The Arrow of Time

23 May
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Work with experienced people (with connections).

22 May

Today’s advice comes from CEO Adam Aronson of  Arrowsight

“Instead of trying to do things on your own, find the very smartest, most experienced people that you can and inspire them to help you.”

Aronson says he relied heavily on consultants when he was launching Arrowsight, a video surveillance company that measures employee performance.

He hired experienced professionals who could help him analyze the markets and figure out what industry was best to break into first. Key to his initial success was also working with people who had connections to the industry and could help him land clients.

“Instead of making a decision based on your own ideas entirely, especially if it has to do with the long term direction of your company, I would recommend hiring smart consultants to come in and help you analyze that.”

SKYFALL teaser

21 May

James Bond is back for the 23rd time, with Daniel Craig returning as 007 to take out his latest villain, Javier Bardem.


In theaters November 9, 2012.

Leadership starts in “complaining and dissatisfaction”

16 May

Today’s advice comes from Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga

“There is so much ambition and hard work in the world, but there is so little leadership. Not many people really want to be leaders, because it is scary, it’s risky. … It means getting outside your job, raising your hand and saying, ‘Hey, I think we are going in the wrong direction.’ “

Pincus says that leadership starts in “complaining and dissatisfaction” about what is wrong, but a real leader takes it a step further and fixes it.

“First, it’s important to know what your goal is, because if you don’t know what your goal is, you will definitely never achieve it. If you don’t have a clear goal, you will probably make so many compromises in your career or whatever it is you’re doing that you will wake up one day and forget why you chose to do what you are doing.”

Having a firm idea about the right direction and what you want to do is important for any leader and entrepreneur, Pincus says.

“It’s a lot like dating. It took me a long time to learn that it is about reducing bad leads. By being really upfront about who you are and what you want and where you are going, you stop wasting time.”

via his interview with John Swartz of USA Today

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