Berkshire Hathaway Embracing Media? An Asian Perspective. Bamboo Innovator is featured in BeyondProxy.com, where value investing lives

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Why ‘Overlearning’ Is The Key To Ridiculous Success

Why ‘Overlearning’ Is The Key To Ridiculous Success

ANNIE MURPHY PAULTHE BRILLIANT BLOG AUG. 19, 2013, 5:10 PM 4,336 2

“Why do I have to keep practicing? I know it already!”

That’s the familiar wail of a child seated at the piano or in front of the multiplication table (or, for that matter, of an adult taking a tennis lesson). Cognitive science has a persuasive retort: We don’t just need to learn a task in order to perform it well; we need to overlearn it. Decades of research have shown that superior performance requires practicing beyond the point of mastery. The perfect execution of a piano sonata or a tennis serve doesn’t mark the end of practice; it signals that the crucial part of the session is just getting underway. Read more of this post

Su Yongle, one of the creators and an angel investor in one of China’s most popular animated series, Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, has lost interest in the Pleasant Goat brand and is now looking to invest in the field of online education

Pleasant Goat creator to move on to pastures new

Staff Reporter

2013-08-21

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Su Yongle, one of the creators and an angel investor in one of China’s most popular animated series, Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, has lost interest in the Pleasant Goat brand and is now looking to invest in the field of online education, selling part of his holdings for an estimated HK$17 million (US$2.2 million), reports the Chinese-language Chinese Entrepreneur magazine. An angel investor is an individual who provides capital for a business startup, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. Su initially invested 3 million yuan (US$490,000) in making animated films before he created CPE Culture Communication Co. When Wong Wai Ming, former chief director of the series, began to establish the cartoon, Su decided to mass produce the series with the aim of seeing Pleasant Goat on TV screens throughout the country. In July 2005, Pleasant Goat made its debut in Hangzhou and was broadcast on the Zhejiang TV station before finally being broadcast nationwide. Guided by Su and Wong, more than 500 episodes of Pleasant Goat were produced by 2008. Read more of this post

Sometimes the best that a company can hope for is death; Failed businesses are seen as victims of errors rather than as having simply run their course

August 20, 2013 5:52 pm

Sometimes the best that a company can hope for is death

By John Kay

Failed businesses are seen as victims of errors rather than as having simply run their course

The Financial Times has carried an unusual number of obituaries and stories of terminal illness this summer. There was the bankruptcy of Detroit and the slide into administration of once-ubiquitous companies, such as Jessops, the high-street camera retailer. Then there was last week’s announcement of the continuing troubles of BlackBerry, which made the defining business product of the first decade of the 21st century. Humans have always found it hard to cope with the idea that every individual has a lifespan even as life itself goes on. The idea of a natural life cycle for a business, or industrial centre, is even more difficult to accept. So we ask: what can be done to revive Detroit? Can BlackBerry find a new role? Read more of this post

Bugaboo: the pull of a cool pushchair

August 20, 2013 5:09 pm

Bugaboo: the pull of a cool pushchair

By Emma Jacobs

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Bugaboo founder Max Barenbrug, left, and chief executive Nico Moolenaar. Photographer: Paul O’Driscoll. Man with a pram plan: Max Barenbrug wants substance not hype to be the reason a Bugaboo is bought by parents

O n Fridays, Max Barenbrug, co-founder of Bugaboo, the maker of expensive statement strollers and prams used by Elton John, Madonna and reportedly the Duchess of Cambridge, is found at home. This time is earmarked for his two children but as they are aged 10 and 11, for the most part they are at school and he is on his own. “At home I am totally Max, which is sitting silently and thinking. I like to be alone. When I am with the children I ask the girls, ‘do your thing, don’t bother me’.” The childcare strategy allows him freedom to ponder. “I don’t like to work extremely hard. I have never worked extremely hard.” Which is a rare statement from an entrepreneur. His philosophy is that products are “1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent transpiration. Transpiration can be outsourced, inspiration is where you make a difference and I focus on that. An idea should be in the head as long as possible.” Read more of this post

How French Brand Vilebrequin Cornered The Market For $200 Swim Trunks

How French Brand Vilebrequin Cornered The Market For $200 Swim Trunks

ROBIN MELLERY-PLATTTHE BUSINESS OF FASHION AUG. 20, 2013, 7:04 PM 1,394

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SAINT-TROPEZ, France — Winding down the Corniche, one of Europe’s most breath-taking roads, and descending into Saint-Tropez from the direction of Monte Carlo, the super-yachts cruising the bay below look like nothing more than polished toys, discarded in a child’s paddling pool. Henri Matisse, the most renowned Tropezian artiste en résidence, would have enjoyed the view at Le Byblos’ palette-shaped pool. Under the hotel’s terracotta and sand façades, swimsuits printed with colourful turtles, palm trees and maritime themes are everywhere. Almost every male guest is part of the riot. Read more of this post

Thiel Fellow Launches A Topical Energy Spray For Absorbing Caffeine Through Your Skin

Founders Who Can’t Handle A Full Cup Of Coffee Want Everyone To Start Spraying On Caffeine Instead

ALYSON SHONTELL AUG. 20, 2013, 6:12 PM 1,479 2

In case you don’t like drinking, eating or inhaling caffeine, two founders going through investor Peter Thiel’s fellow program are creating another way to energize you. Ben Yu and Devon Soni have launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo for a product called Sprayable Energy. It’s an unscented, colorless formula that can be sprayed on skin, kind of like sunless tanner. It contains water, a derivative of the amino acid tyrosine, and caffeine. Four sprays equal one cup of coffee, the founders say, and each little bottle has up to 160 squirts.  The founders say they’ve “struggled with caffeine sensitivity” and the product they’re perfecting will give energy without the jitters. They also say Sprayable Energy users won’t experience a caffeine crash later in the day. Yu and Soni are seeking a modest amount, $15,000, to bring their idea to life. They’ve already raised more than $11,000 to tackle what they say is a $45 billion market. It’s worth noting that the a number of innovative ways to shoot caffeine into your system have been blocked. Perky Jerky was forced to stop putting caffeine in beef jerky, and the FDA went after inhalable solutions too.

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