The worlds of Mixed Reality (MR) and Extended Reality (XR) are moving fast, relative to Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Here’s a quick summary from What really is the difference between AR/MR/VR/XR?: VR is immersing people into a completely virtual environment AR is creating an overlay of virtual content, but can’t interact with the environment MR is a mixed of virtual reality and … Continue reading Immerse
I want to ask entrepreneurs to estimate how much time, energy, mindspace you have spent raising capital. Have you tracked your efforts? Not by how much capital you have raised, but by the number of hours spent raising capital or thinking about it. The US sees 8,000-10,000 yearly VC deals. If these are anything like the ones in my network, founders expect to spend around … Continue reading Are STOs the new IPOs?
Two days ago, I spoke at the Stay Boutique Live Trifecta event at Los Angeles. Organized by the Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), the Trifecta brings together an eclectic mix of boutique/lifestyle hotel owners, representatives, consultants and industry publications. As the CEO of Go Moment, I was honored to have been invited to lead a workshop and to be amidst the discussions. It was … Continue reading What’s happening at independent hotels
Mona Hatoum’s work reminds me of the latticework of mental models as used by Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, and Charlie Munger. Artist: Mona Hatoum, Impenetrable, 2009. Photo credit: Markus Elbanus/Courtesy The Artist and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art — (Beautiful images are inspiring; I’ve been collecting these since 2010. Check the archives under vwls.) More about the artist: Making the Ordinary Anything But Continue reading Impenetrable
Last year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, called Artificial Intelligence (AI) the “most important thing humanity has ever worked on.” AI is, in his book, something that is more profound than electricity or fire. Maybe even more important than language itself. I shared a video of his talk on my LinkedIn feed recently and it ignited conversations on my … Continue reading My top 9 myths about AI
In a recent New York Times article (Tech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two), Eduardo Porter examines the impact of automation on the US labor market. His conclusion? “Robots aren’t taking ALL the jobs. They are leaving the crummy ones for humans. The Luddites, it seem, weren’t entirely wrong.” We’ve read reports (see this and this) before that argued that frontier tech like … Continue reading Will AI destroy the economy?
Gong Xi Fa Cai. Happiness and Prosperity. We’re in the year of the pig. About 1.45 billion (population of China and the Overseas Chinese population) people ring in the lunar new year – sparking, possibly, the largest human migration in the world. Why? People travel home for the reunion dinner. To help with those dicey dinner table conversations, the Singapore Government pulled together translations … Continue reading How to talk tech
Last week, Go Moment won the most innovative solution award at the Innov8 event at the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA 2019) conference in LA. We had eight minutes. And seven other contenders. Any win energizes a team and the Go Moment team is no exception. We celebrate. Occasionally, we get on a boat, and explore new destinations together. Three explanations The win at … Continue reading Go Moment wins Innov8 at HEDNA 2019
Image credit: Alena Velichko or Aenami https://aenamiart.artstation.com/ Head over to reddit to see the comments that this is inspiring! — (I’ve been collecting beautiful images for inspiration since 2010. Check the archives under vwls.) Continue reading Sunset over the city by Aenami
Google turns up 20.7 million results for Kaizen. Depending on where you’re located, a few of these are likely to be for local strategy consultants and investment firms. Wait. You haven’t heard of Kaizen? Are you asking what Kaizen is exactly? It’s Japanese for “change for the better.” Seems simple, but it’s not quite. Revolving around the word is a world of interpretations, historical significance, … Continue reading How to get better at getting better
A classic LA sunset, El Matador Beach. Image credit: Artem Chebokha. (Check out his page.) — (Beautiful images are inspiring; I’ve been collecting these for inspiration since 2010. Check the archives under vwls.) Continue reading Survivor
Three weeks ago, NYU Stern professor Scott Galloway signed off for the last time on Winners and Losers. Galloway’s weekly series, Winners and Losers, had a brilliant four year run. The series chalked up 50 million views over the years; a fact that Galloway doesn’t exactly shy away from in the final installment. Personally, I’ve been a fan of the sharp, incisive, and sometimes even … Continue reading Scott Galloway’s Winners and Losers: 2014-2018
I dig dataviz. Data visualization isn’t esoteric. Neither is it a world inhabited by math geniuses and data scientists alone. On the contrary, most projects are visually stunning and lots of fun to play with! What I love most is how the artists (yes, they’re artists; not just creators!) zoom in to the essential within large datasets, unearth insights, and communicate these creatively while destroying … Continue reading Get a grip on complexity with beautiful data visualization
…and impress your investors For most startup founders, few things make eyes glaze over faster than financial modelling and business plan generation. What’s not to love about numbers and wild projections?! If you are in startup or fundraising mode, chances are that these are high up on your list of things-that-must-be-done. Despite limited time and energy (hello, 100-hour work weeks), we prioritize these because they’re … Continue reading How to develop a financial plan in 13 hours
Kurt Koffka: The whole is something else than the sum of its parts ——– Image credit: https://www.relativebrand.com/ (Beautiful images are inspiring; I’ve been collecting these for inspiration since 2010. Check the archives under vwls.) Continue reading Banff, Canada
Let’s talk about the Google walkout. We know the details. On November 1, 2018, 20,000 workers in Google offices across 50 cities walked out. The move attracted tremendous attention – The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo called it “a watershed moment”. Kara Swisher hosted all six of the organizers, at once, on her podcast, Recode Decode. Before we go further, know this: Google has backed … Continue reading What can the Google walkout teach us?
I’ll keep it simple: I’m going to write. More often, more consistently, and right here. I’m not jumping onto the content marketing bandwagon as much as I am stitching together disparate threads and creating a single destination to showcase the end result. Besides my professional ventures, I have been collecting random, beautiful images for inspiration since June 2010. I have assembled them all at this … Continue reading This isn’t a Trojan Horse
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