Monthly Archives: January 2013

Guy Kawasaki to Traditional Publishers: Your Days are Numbered

Mark Fidelman, Contributor

Mention Guy Kawasaki’s name and you instantly think of one of two things: Apple’s Social Evangelist or best-selling author. He’s combined both talents in his latest project, a book called APE (Author, Publisher Entrepreneur, How to Publish a Book) which is a comprehensive guide to self-publishing.

Guy Kawasaki APE

Guy Kawasaki

Do authors really need to read this book? That was the question on my mind when I reached out to Kawasaki to learn more. Kawasaki is a very busy guy, and I could detect from our interactions that he was passionate that every author be given the chance to learn the advantages of self-publishing.

From my perspective, he delivers.

“I wrote APE because I found out how hard it is to self-publish a book when I wrote What the Plus! It drove me crazy to think that people are struggling with a process that should be about creativity and the dissemination of information, not figuring out formats and reseller deals. So I wrote a book to solve this problem,” said Kawasaki. Therein lays the difficulty for most authors. Most would rather self-publish given the increased flexibility, time to market and higher royalties, but the process of creating a quality book and having it properly marketed is challenging.

“The process takes twelve to eighteen months to publish a book—Apple introduces new models of iPhones faster than that,” Kawasaki explains. In my interview with him, Kawasaki acknowledged that traditional publishers are behind, even detrimental to authors in some circumstances: “The issue is that they <publishers> are limited to the traditional way of making money: selling books printed on paper to customers who are willing to wait twelve months for a book and who use the publisher’s imprint as a proxy for quality. Those days are gone.” (more…)

Just as People Adapt to Cultural Shifts, So Must Brands

Bono Sings the Praises of Technology

MIT Technology Review

The musician and activist explains how technology provides the means to help us eradicate disease and extreme poverty.

Bono with Bill Clinton in New York City in 2011; with Steve Jobs in San Jose, California, in 2004; and with nurse Abena Wonka at a community clinic in Accra, Ghana, in 2006.

By Brian Bergstein
January 2, 201

To say that Bono is the lead singer of the rock band U2 is like saying that Thomas Edison invented the record player: it leaves out a lot of biography. The 52-year-old Irishman (born Paul Hewson) is also a technology investor and an activist who cofounded the ONE and (RED) organizations, which are devoted to eradicating extreme poverty and AIDS. He has spent years urging Western leaders to forgive the debts of poor nations and to increase funding for AIDS medicines in Africa.

Bono answered questions over e-mail from MIT Technology Review’s deputy editor, Brian Bergstein, about the role technologies—from vaccines to information services—can play in solving our biggest problems.

It’s 2013, and millions of people are still short of food or proper medical care. Have technologists overpromised?

The tech that’s been delivered has been staggering in its measurable achievements. For example, antiretrovirals, a complex 15-drug AIDS regimen compressed into one pill a day (now saving eight million lives); the insecticide-treated bed net (cut malaria deaths by half in eight countries in Africa in the last three years); kids’ vaccinations (saved 5.5 million lives in the last decade); the mobile phone, the Internet, and spread of information—a deadly combination for dictators, for corruption. (more…)


The Kernel


Image: Stock
Image: Stock

Should entrepreneurs set their sights on education? Saad Rizvi says yes.

It is impossible to anticipate what changes the next fifty years will bring, but some of the elements that will drive that change can be predicted. We face some truly fundamental challenges that need to be overcome if the nine billion people living on Earth in 2050 are to lead fulfilled lives – the nature of the economy, the health of the environment and the avoidance of catastrophic conflict, to name just three.

We also know that the pace of innovation will continue to accelerate in science and technology, posing all of us the challenge: can the search for social solutions – that seize the good from science and technology and prevent the harm – keep up? All this is happening in a G-zero world in which a historic transition from Atlantic global leadership to Pacific global leadership is evidently taking place. Meanwhile, the nature of global leadership itself is changing as the problems we seek to solve become more complex and less amenable to the diplomatic means of the Cold War and before. (more…)

5 ways that technology will change the entertainment industry in 2013

With AFP Story by Michael THURSTON: US-e

The Next Web
January 2013

And so the end of another year and inevitably the time for tech bloggers to share their predictions for the year and naturally I’m no exception.

Here then are my thoughts on how the entertainment industry will evolve through use of technology in 2013.

1. More media streaming services become third-party ecosystems

Following the lead from Spotify, more streaming services will use their accumulated user data, combined with information available from API’s provided by the likes of The Echo Nest and Rotten Tomatoes to power apps – either within their own sphere or on mobile, where of course even more contextual data such as location or time of day is available.

For example – imagine a Netflix-powered app which could utilise users taste in genres and their favourite actors to make recommendations for forthcoming films that will be screening at their local cinema. (more…)

Video Of The Week: The Golden Rules

AVC Musings of a VC in NYC
Dec 29, 2012

The 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps from Carsonified on Vimeo.

Univision wraps 2012 with gains in key demo

Media Moves

21 December 2012

Noticiero Univision new set
Noticiero Univision got record ratings during
the week of Dec. 10, 2012.

Univision is poised to end 2012 as the #4 network in the country (broadcast or cable) in the 18-34 coveted key demo. It has seen an increase in viewership among adults 18-34 to 984,000, lifting the network from 5th place a year ago.

During the week of December 10 to December 16, Univision showed record growth due to extensive coverage of Jenni Rivera’s tragic death: (more…)

How Innovators Want to Transform African Media

Your guide to the digital media revolution

by Jennifer Dorroh
December 26, 2012

Winning ideas in the African News Innovation Challenge include using mobile phones for reporting corruption and supporting crowdsourced photos and news. Image courtesy of

Ideas for spurring data-driven journalism, verifying media reports, and creating better tools for investigative and citizen journalism emerged as winners in Africa’s first news innovation contest.

The African Media Initiative announced the 20 winners of its African News Innovation Challenge, which aims to drive media innovation by investing $1 million in startup capital. Twenty winners will receive between $10,000 and $100,000, along with tech support and business development advice.

“Finding and supporting great ideas for improving news reporting was one of our chief aims,” said African Media Initiative Chief Executive Amadou Mahtar Ba. “But an equally important objective was to kick-start a pan-African community of news innovators and journalism technologists.” (more…)

Philip Glass, Music Apps, And The Future Of The Album

ReadWrite Play
John Paul Titlow

December 23rd, 2012

Philip Glass, Music Apps, And The Future Of The Album
The new Philip Glass album is completely mesmerizing. I don’t mean the CD, or the MP3 download or even the vinyl version – I mean the app. In addition to more traditional formats, the famed composer has released REWORK, a compilation of remixes, as an iPad app. An immersive, interactive and incredibly cool iPad app.

Normally, releasing an album in the form of an app would seem like a dumb idea. All the open-source-minded, anti-walled-garden, Web-is-better-than-native-apps advocates out there would agree. Why trap your creative hard work behind the impenetrable wall of a proprietary mobile application? I couldn’t agree more, in theory, but something about the REWORK_(Philip Glass Remixed) app for iPad has me wondering if this apps-as-albums concept might be a surprisingly large part of music’s future.

As I’m writing this on my laptop, my iPad is propped up next to me. Just beyond my direct field of vision, there’s an array of cubes floating in 3D space, flowing like water to the rhythm of the drums backing this electronic soundscape I’m listening to in my headphones. If I touch the screen, some of the blocks fly upwards. If I move my finger across the screen, more blocks are disrupted in its path. (more…)

The Mobile Industry Matured In 2012 – And Grew Like Crazy

ReadWrite Mobile
Dan Rowinski
December 26th, 2012

The Mobile Industry Matured In 2012 - And Grew Like Crazy

Velocity Of Mobile Adoption

The overall velocity of smartphone adoption may be starting to slow in the United States and other first world markets like Western Europe, but the rest of the world is starting to see extraordinary mobile adoption rates. For instance, according to analytics firm Flurry, China’s growth rate of iPhone and Android devices was 291% between October 2011 and October 2012. Countries like India and other populous Asian states are starting dip into the smartphone pool in force as well and the sheer magnitude of those populations will be the primary driving force in smartphone adoption over the next several years. The U.S. is very close to its saturation point for smartphone adoption. Nearly 181 million people in the U.S. have an iPhone or an Android and total smartphone adoption is likely near 208 million or so. If you consider that the population of the U.S. is about 315 million and a good third or so of the populous are either too young, too old or too poor to buy a smartphone, there is not much more room for smartphone adoption in the states. But, for people that do own smartphones, their use of apps and the mobile Web is increasing year-over-year, quarter-over-quarter. For instance, Flurry notes that people spend127 minutes a day on mobile apps, an increase from 94 minutes a day in December 2011. 2012 saw the first billion smartphones in consumers hands. The next billion is not far behind. (more…)