Monday, January 30, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Genius of Trump's Strategy

This isn't an endorsement.

Since the election, though, I've said that "whatever you think of Trump, he has his own wing in the Marketing Hall of Fame."

This article from HBR does a fantastic job of explaining it in great detail (PDF here)

HT: Asher for sending to me.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Why sports are great

In the past week alone, we had the Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary, the fantastic Clemson-Alabama finish, and then another Rodgers miracle in Dallas. 

Movies are wonderful, but sports are t scripted. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Honoring the Greatest Generation

If you have a relative who served in the Pacific in WWII, you may want to see about having him/her recognized through the National Museum of the Pacific War.

My brother, Barak, made sure that our grandfather had a page up.  It's a nice piece of history and a tribute to his legacy.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

How much Google knows about you...

People worry about "big brother" and they think Government.

If you have an Android (and I think Apple does the same), if you go to your Google Maps history, it's pretty eerie.

I changed some of these, but they can pretty much pinpoint exactly where you went.

Think a doctor, a hotel, a therapist, a bar....

Monday, January 02, 2017

Stone Mountain visit...Atlanta 2016, Day 3

The claim to fame of Stone Mountain, Georgia is that it is apparently the largest high-relief sculpture in the world. And it is impressive.
Well, that and, apparently, in 1915 following the release of the movie "Birth of a Nation" and the lynching of Leo Frank, the Ku Klux Klan was reborn.Surprisingly enough, there aren't a lot of monuments or markers about that.

Leaving aside the modern-day sensibilities about Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee, the carving is really impressive. It was started by Gutzon Borglum (but not finished by him), who later went on to carve Mount Rushmore.

The mountain is one HUGE, gigantic piece of rock and it is enormous. The largest of its kind in the world.  We took the cable car up and took the walk down (well, some of us did, at least) and for those reasons (the natural beauty and the immensity of the human achievement of the sculpture), it's worth a visit.

Unfortunately, the attraction of the sculpture has now been surrounded by an amusement that I would describe as kitschy. It's got "fake snow," which I guess is fun if you've never seen snow as was the case for some people we met there from Florida.

It had the standard shops and shows and crafts, but to met, it felt like a sad effort to commercialize something that should stand on its own.

Of course, it could be a commentary on the state of our society and what we value.
This was the end of our trip so our team was pretty much tired and we took it pretty slow.  
Worth a visit and glad we did it. Still, worth managing expectations if you do go.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

What Your Worthwhile Journey Will Look Like This Year

Early on in my Sprinklr career, I hit a really rough patch. I wanted to quit.

As fate would have it, I found myself watching a documentary about the Navy Seal training program where I learned that their motto is "Embrace the Suck."

You need to go through really trying times to get to greatness.

It inspired me and led to the creation of the "Sprinklr Trough of Disillusionment" which gave perspective to many in the early days of the company.

Today, I saw a tweet which brought me back and summarizes what I consider to be an accurate reflection of life's most worthwhile journeys.