February, 2006

  • Ivan Joseph's WebLog

    Two weeks off during Christmas

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    I mentioned earlier that Sun has a policy of compulsory vacations. Turns out Amgen has something similar - the whole company takes time off during Christmas. I'm told that being a bio tech company that competes aggressively with Genentech, they try to...
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    Japanese Visa - third degree price discrimination

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    Usually whenever I travel abroad I need to get a visa and often friends / colleagues from other countries don't need one. I remember once even not being able to make a trip since I was transiting through Canada and didn't have a Canadian visa When...
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    Traffic Congestion - a taxing solution

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    Gary Becker, Nobel Prize winning economist has suggested a tax levied differently based on time of day. Read more in his blog post - http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2006/02/the_solution_to.html There are positive incentives like we have...
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    Land of the rising Sun

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    Next week I head off to Japan for a couple of days to run a Marketing pilot. I'm pretty excited - it's my first trip to Japan and after having read and heard so much about it am keen to see what it really is like. Just checked the weather - it's equally...
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    More names

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    So I was thinking about naming a bit more and thought about the clever naming schema developed by Motorola in which they knock off a vowel but the word retains its meaning eg Rokr, Razr, Pebl. Clever because it catches the eye, is distinctive, can...
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    Jack of all, master of none

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    I was at this interesting training program a couple of weeks ago called 'Developing Value Propositions for New Offerings' when Professor Dipak Jain, Dean of Kellogg said something quite insightful. He said that the reason that 2 in 1's or different...
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