Monthly Archives: March 2011

What I’ve learnt at SXSW

by Nancy Medica on 03/23/11


We met lots of interesting people, and that’s what SXSW it is also about, right? Apart from Natanya and Russ, the conference allowed me to finally meet Fernando Labastida, who leverages the IT Latin American market. That’s why we interviewed him regarding why US companies should outsource to Latin America, you can read and watch his interview here.

Fernando introduced us to the StartUp Bus – Lemonade Stand guys. They took a bus from New York to Austin and in 48hs developed a great app to sell online. Team work and staying awake is what mattered for this guys! We also met different entrepeneurs and IT guys from Latin America thanks to Fernando: Alan Colmenares who innovates from Colombia with digital projects and Daniel Undurraga founder of Groupon Latin America and whom we interviewed about how to succeed with your startup if you are in Latin America. Thanks to Fernando I also met a social media guy: Ian Greenleigh that just like me, got a job through marketing himself in social media!

The NearshoreAmericas journalist Josette Rigsby interviewed Cesar and asked him about what it is like to offer outsourcing IT services . You can read her interesting article here.

We also talked with Jose Briones about Product Management while Ricardo Guerrero tried to make us dance Salsa (ha!) and through whom we met Peggy Dold who apart from doing Marketing for global entertainment, she loves Argentina! Peggy is developing a very interesting social music app. Famous twitterers Mauro Accurso and Dominican Joan Guerrero found Ricardo while we where eating, and now we’ve got new social media friends! Estuardo Robles and Tom Evans also were present at this event and we enjoyed some meals together and shared a GroupMe to keep in touch and organized all our SXSW days.

We attended several parties hosted by well known companies: AMD, Microsoft, Google, among others. We had a great time. In the Google party we met Catherine Liao, she had a great idea to develop a “wine app”! At the Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 party I finally met Gregg Hansen, AMD VP. Gregg congratulated me on my LinkedIn CS promoting job, thanks Gregg ;)

We also met people from Argentina, like Antón Chalbaud, from AltoDot which develops interesting Social Marketing IT.

African Leaders, Stay Off Facebook: Number of Fans Correlated With Regime Instability

Time News Feed

Goodluck JonathanIn a wacky little study, Ethan Zuckerman of Harvard University’s Beckman Center for Internet and Society found having more followers on Facebook was directly proportional to regime instability for leaders on the African continent.

In the list of top ten leaders by number of followers Zuckerman says: “we’ve got two leaders who’ve been forced out of power (Ben Ali, Mubarak), one struggling to retain power after losing an election (Gbagbo), one facing protests like the ones that toppled his neighbor (Bouteflika) and one in danger of arrest from opponents within his coalition government (Tsvangirai.)”

(More on See pictures of an African leader in trouble, Muammar Gaddafi)

Below is the list as of December 2010, when research was conducted:

341,759: Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria
232,424: Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia
61,510: Mwai Kibaki, Kenya
59,744: King Mohamed VI, Morocco
57,072: Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe (Prime Minister to Robert Mugabe)
21,306: Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzania
15,723: Hosni Mubarak, Egypt
15,377: Laurent Gbagbo, Ivory Coast
14,714: Jacob Zuma, South Africa
12,658: Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria

We aren’t saying anything about cause and effect, cause Africa’s a pretty unstable place right now, but Fast Company reports 50% of politicians on Online Africa‘s list have been thrown out of office or dealt with career-threatening crises in the past four months.

Turns out Facebook “fans” may not necessarily be loyal. Goodluck Jonathan, you could need some luck. (via Fast Company)

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In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island

The New York Times

James Yang
Published: March 26, 2011

THE Web is poised for a comeback.

How’s that? Isn’t the Web already the crucial utility of online commerce, information and entertainment? In many ways, it certainly is. The Web’s importance is indisputable — but there are signs that it is slipping. Investment, innovation and energy have been shifting elsewhere in computing — mainly, to shopping, gaming and news applications for smartphones and tablet computers.

These applications often tap into Web sites for information on all manner of things. But they do not reside on the open Web, and cannot be searched and linked to one another in the same way Web applications can. Think of the apps tailored for Apple’s iPhones and iPads, or those made for Google’s Android operating system. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have similar characteristics, as walled gardens that are connected to the open Web but are separate from it. (more…)

When Appropriation Masquerades as Reconceptualized Art


MARCH 25, 2011


Richard Prince has long reveled in his pose as a postmodern pilferer of other people’s images—in being what’s known as an “appropriation artist.” Most famously, in 1980 he began taking pictures of Marlboro Man magazine advertisements—rephotographing them—stripped of logos and text. And now his sticky-fingered status has been officially confirmed by U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts, who slammed him this week for not just appropriating, but misappropriating, dozens of works from another artist. The ruling has the art world’s appropriators reeling—one blogger called the ruling “kafkaesque”—as the rarefied, anything-goes realm of conceptual art runs up against the hard-nosed realities of intellectual-property rights.


Patrick McMullan
Richard Prince in 2008.

The images Mr. Prince used for a 2008 show in Manhattan came overwhelmingly from a book, “Yes, Rasta,” by French photographer Patrick Cariou, who had spent six years taking pictures of Rastafarians in Jamaica. Mr. Prince made photographic copies of dozens of these images, blew them up and then added his own touches. Some he simply distressed or tinted. To others he added some paint or collaged in bits of other appropriated images: For instance, he drew some sunglasses on a Rasta man in the jungle and put an electric guitar in his hands. Mr. Prince and his agents, the Gagosian Gallery, were able to sell and barter these works for close to $20 million. (more…)

Welcome to the Real Social: New Music Apps Bring Listeners Together

Eliot Van Buskirk
Posted: March 25, 2011 04:02 PM

I think we’re not alone now. There does seem to be someone else around, to invert the immortal words of the ’60s (and ’80s) hit.

By the time I sat with a roomful of other people to watch Steve Jobs unveil the first iPod in 2001, music listening was already well on its way to becoming a solitary activity — a transition spurred by recorded music, then headphones, the Walkman, and the flood of MP3s transmitted over the internet to our computers, where we mostly listened with headphones on our lonesome.

Sure, Napster involved connecting to other people’s music collections, the same way we connect to our friends’ favorite music through the all YouTube music posted on Facebook. But for most of the digital music revolution, we have listened alone.

The pendulum appears ready to swing back the other way. Although the Microsoft Zune, with its emphasis on “the social,” has gone to that great gadget bin in the sky, weightless apps that run on multiple platforms are proving far more successful at bringing listeners together than a single hardware platform ever could be. (more…)

How AT&T Figures It Will Dominate the Wireless Airwaves

Art Brodsky

Art Brodsky

Communications Director, Public Knowledge

Posted: March 26, 2011 02:04 PM

It’s easy to imagine the ultimate meeting in AT&T’s corporate headquarters that finalized the decision to buy out No. 4 national wireless carrier T-Mobile. AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson is at the head of the table. He goes around the table checking with his top executives — Wayne Watts, the general counsel; Ralph de la Vega, who heads AT&T Mobility; Rick Lindner, the chief financial officer; John Stankey, who is in charge of business solutions. There probably were others, but those were the key players who would participate in the investor webcast. (more…)

Brand Anna


[0411magWintour3] Mario TestinoAnna Wintour, photographed at her suite at the Paris Ritz, taking in a tennis match between couture shows.

To understand what’s happened to Anna Wintour and to the fashion industry as a whole, it helps to look at two photographs. The first is a 1955 Richard Avedon shot of the model Dovima, dressed in a black Dior gown with flowing white sash, stretching her white arms toward two enormous pachyderms that flank her like bodyguards. “Dovima with Elephants,” as the photograph is known, may be fashion’s most iconic single image—perfectly posed and concerned with absolutely nothing but itself. A print sold for $1,153,011 at Christie’s last November—a record for an Avedon. (more…)

The worst moments are your best opportunity

March 2011
Seth Godin’s Blog

That’s how we judge you and how we remember you.
You are presumed to be showing us your real self when you are on deadline, have a headache, are facing a customer service meltdown, haven’t had a good night’s sleep, are facing an ethical dilemma, are momentarily in power, are caught doing something when you thought no one else was looking, are irritable, have the opportunity to extract revenge, are losing a competition or are truly overwhelmed.

What a great opportunity to tell the story you’d like us to hear about you.

Echo Nest & Columbia University Release Free Million Song Dataset
March 2011

image from A free Million Song Dataset has been released in an effort to empower the creativity of music software developers. To get the massive project off the ground, The Echo Nest provided the music analysis and metadata, Columbia University’s LabROSA (Laboratory for the Recognition and Organization of Speech and Audio) did the research, Infochimps is handling the hosting and there’s even some funding from the National Science Foundation.  What does all this mean for music?

Software and app developers, academic researchers, and data scientists can now use the Million Song Dataset to test theories and build algorithms for music recommendation, cultural analysis, and countless other purposes.

The dataset which brings together information ranging from loudness to length and realease date to  energy level.  No actual music is included in the song data;  but does include mapping to 7digital’s library of 30-second samples, allowing researchers to test their technologies with real songs.

Interested parties can go here for the code, instructions, benchmark results for example tasks (like automatic song tagging and artist recognition), artist mapping to Yahoo’s user ratings, and demonstrations of how to fetch audio snippets from 7digital and represent artists on a world map using the data, as well as a forum and FAQ.

Univision ramps up 24-hour news net

Telenovela, sports channels also in works

Univision’s soccer rights deals for national and international games will pump its sports channel.

Buttressed by an influx of capital from its core programming supplier Televisa, Univision is planning to launch three Spanish-lingo cable channels, starting with a 24-hour news channel this year. Plans are also afoot for telenovela and sports channels.

Univision’s outgoing CEO, Joe Uva, revealed the information in a private conference call with investors during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings announcement on Feb. 24. Info was buried in a transcript and only recently came to light. (more…)