Any Benjamin Franklins in Asia (Part 2)? Reflections from the Story of Linkabit-Qualcomm and the Inverted U-Curve of Singapore/Asia

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Any Benjamin Franklins in Asia (Part 2)? Reflections from the Story of Linkabit-Qualcomm and the Inverted U-Curve of Singapore/Asia

Without Dr Irwin Jacobs, Sam Walton most probably cannot scale up Wal-Mart with the VSAT technology enabling Captain Sam to solve the inventory management problem that comes from scaling up at the VSAT-network of distribution centers and to video-call his managers to give pep talks for Saturday meetings; and San Diego will not be able to transform from a sleepy West Coast town to a successful innovation hub. That was one of the many insights that the Bamboo Innovator had gotten after hearing the presentation on Driving Growth Through Science and Innovation on 23 January at the Singapore Management University (SMU) by the billionaire inventor-entrepreneur of the CDMA technology that makes over 3 billion cell phones possible. Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi and five others have founded Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) (to deliver “QUALity COMMunications”), a super-compounder up over 130-fold to a market value of $125 billion or over 40% of the GDP of the country Singapore, and the fact of its scale and continued business model scalability has eluded most in the audience. Not surprisingly, Jacobs was told then that his big idea of CDMA digital wireless technology that creates a unique code for each call and so allows greater sharing of the airwaves simply violated the laws of physics. Thankfully he and his like-minded partners preserved. Qualcomm, through a combination of technological superiority, cunning business acumen to build an innovative business model that collects 3% of the price of virtually every handset sold in the world as royalty, and sheer tenacity, has become the undisputed standard by which telecom companies now measure themselves. Qualcomm’s rise mirrors that of the cell phone: Both are ubiquitous, both continue to evolve rapidly, and both turned the status quo on its head. Read more of this post

Nintendo desperate for a power-up Analysts and gamers worry company won’t recover mojo

Nintendo desperate for a power-up

Analysts and gamers worry company won’t recover mojo

BY KYOKO HASEGAWA

AFP-JIJI

JAN 31, 2014

There was a time when wherever Super Mario Brothers went, the gaming world followed, but an industry that has moved on in leaps and bounds since then just shrugged at the latest reset by Nintendo this week. Read more of this post

China’s internet vigilantes and the ‘human flesh search engine’; a Chinese official in charge of internet surveillance gave notice that mobs of web users who turn on individuals and make their lives a misery will not be tolerated

28 January 2014 Last updated at 20:07

China’s internet vigilantes and the ‘human flesh search engine’

By Celia HattonBBC News, Beijing

Last month a Chinese official in charge of internet surveillance gave notice that mobs of web users who turn on individuals and make their lives a misery will not be tolerated. In China it happens often and on a massive scale, earning the phenomenon the title of the “human flesh search engine”. Read more of this post

Have EM outflows only just begun?

Have EM outflows only just begun?

Izabella Kaminska

| Jan 31 10:01 | 9 comments Share

SocGen’s cross-asset research team believes that when it comes to EM outflows they may have only just begun:

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As the team notes on Friday, this is especially so given the Fed doesn’t appear to care about the EM sell-off: Read more of this post

Incidental Vs. Integral: Understanding your Emotions

Incidental Vs. Integral: Understanding your Emotions

by Karen Christensen | Jan 31, 2014

Stéphane Côté, a professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management talk about understanding emotions

Your recent research looks at emotionally-intelligent decision making. How do you define ‘emotional intelligence’?
Some of the most critical skills of emotional intelligence (‘EI’) include empathy, which is the ability to understand how other people feel; emotion understanding, which entails identifying the reasons for your own and other people’s emotions; and regulating your emotions, which involves coping with stress, modifying undesirable emotions and generating desired emotions. Getting rid of anger, for instance, and generating enthusiasm.   Read more of this post

Eight Essential Questions for Every Corporate Innovator

Eight Essential Questions for Every Corporate Innovator

by Scott Anthony  |   1:00 PM January 31, 2014

One of the first, and most lasting, pieces of career advice I received came from Linda Bush, my first project manager when I was a wee pup working at McKinsey & Company. “Ask a lot of questions,” Linda advised me. “You might think you are being annoying, but it’s the only way you learn. And trust me, people will tell you when you have crossed the line.” Read more of this post

Myer merger offer more about fear of future than great opportunity; The $3bn plan rejected by David Jones says much about the state of the department stores, though all may not yet be lost

Myer merger offer more about fear of future than great opportunity

The $3bn plan rejected by David Jones says much about the state of the department stores, though all may not yet be lost

Martin Farrer

theguardian.com, Friday 31 January 2014 08.08 GMT

One Citigroup analyst said Myer’s plan is basically a defensive move and doesn’t offer shareholders a big enough upside. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

If there was ever a sign that the glory days of Myer and David Jones were over, then it came with Thursday night’s merger story. Read more of this post

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