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    A numerologist delight:-)

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    In a few hrs from now the time will be 01:02:03 on 04/05/06:-) For the exact sequence of numbers to recur we will have to wait till ...3006!!
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    Useful Japanese phrases

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    My colleague Eve Psalti has been kind enough to give me a list of phrases that will come in handy as I work on the project in Japan. Here they are: Good Morning - Ohayo-go-zaimasu Good Day - Kon-nichi-wa Good Evening - Kon-ban-wa Look forward...
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    Microsoft - The World's Most Trusted Company

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    I mentioned in a previous post about how Microsoft is the No 1 brand in Japan. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that opinion leaders worldwide have rated Microsoft as the 'world's most trusted company' For those familiar with the travails that Microsoft...
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    Hollywood and the University of Chicago

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    It's funny but it seems like the Uof C is getting increasing attention from Hollywood. I recently saw 'Syriana' where Matt Damon plays the role of an Energy Derivatives trader and I think is a grad of Chicago. On my recent trip to Japan I saw 'Proof...
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    Windows Embedded Student ChallengE forum

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    Jim Wilson with whom I've had the pleasure of working while I was in MED has started a blog / forum around Windows Embedded Student ChallengE. http://windowschallenge.learningce.com/default.aspx As the blog gets populated I'm sure participants will...
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    Microsoft - No 1 brand in Japan

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    At the Japan office, during one of the presentations it was pointed out that based on recent Nikkei research, Microsoft for the first time in it's history is the number 1 brand in terms of awareness in Japan. The top 5 were: Microsoft Toyota...
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    'Kaizen' Versus Discontinuous Innovation

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    Returned last Saturday after two days in Tokyo. It was obviously very busy with a bunch of meetings but it was fun just trying to understand the nuances of doing business there. I was told by Fujibayashi-san one of my colleagues in Japan about 'Kaizen...
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    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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    Pass phrases instead of pass words

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    Interesting idea which has been around for a while but I don't know if popular. Instead of passwords which usually are coined based on birthdays, anniversaries, other interesting dates around ones lives - and which consequently may be less secure, use...
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    MIT/ Sloan MBA has been offered a job

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    Those who have been reading this post might be familiar with the questions that an MIT/ Sloan MBA had posed which I had posted on this blog. Well, the good news is that he has received an offer with the Windows team. So welcome to Microsoft Vineet...
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    Customer Life Time Value and dogs!!

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    Increasingly businesses are recognizing the importance of customer profitability, not just in the present but over their lifetimes. Businesses that can do so accurately - (CLTV = NPV ((Sum (Revenue - Cost) * Retention Rate) - Acquisition Costs)) will...
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    The power of CRM

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    I recently attended a two day training program on 'Data Driven Decision Making' - It was conducted by two Professors from Kellogg (that other Chicago school:-)) The program was all about communicating the power of decisions based on marketing data...
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    The whole company takes a vacation!

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    Happy 2006 everybody! Hope it is full of good health and happiness!!! Over the holidays, I visited a classmate from bschool who works in Sun. He mentioned that at a particular time of the year, the entire company takes vacation. This is in the June...
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    All Hands Meeting - a lot of energy

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    Last Friday we had the WWESS all hands meeting for Hardeep Walia's org. It was a day long affair - going into it I was surprised that it would be a day long event since previous experience was of 3-4 hours (in other groups of course). I must admit...
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    What's in a name?

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    I've recently been involved in some naming/ branding work as part of my job and have been thinking about the genesis of some names - it's pretty interesting. Coca- Cola - named based on it's ingredients Mercedes - The founder's daughter's name ...
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    Gary Becker's blog

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    Gary Becker, University of Chicago Professor of Economics and Sociology and Nobel Laureate 1992 and Richard Posner have written a piece on the riots in France and how the French govt's 'stick' policy could be replaced by a 'carrot' policy to keep kids...
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    Windows Embedded Student ChallengE - Registration extended to Jan 22, 2006

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    That's good news for those who have just got the information about the contest. This has been a great contest over the past two years and we want to see more and more teams register so all of you who are sitting on the fence sign up NOW! www.windowschallenge...
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    movescope.com - a startup for your next move

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    The husband of a friend from business school has started a company of his own to make it easier for those who are moving to do so safely and cheaply. This was a result of their experiences while moving - 4 times in tha past 12 months to places around...
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    Who is your most knowledgeable contact:-)

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    Encarta of course. 1. Open MSN Messenger and sign in. 2. Add Encarta as a contact: encarta@conversagent.com 3. Double click Encarta from your Contact List. 4. Ask a question! Thanks Ivo!!
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    Worldwide Enterprise Services - Microsoft's UN

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    So many nationalities here - the diversity is stunning. The numbers below are just for Hardeep's team courtesy of Todd Latham our 'world citizen':-) Nationality Total USA 29 India 7 ...
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