Update: Global Supply Chains and Cloud Computing

Last month, we reported on an Economist – Standard Chartered report on the changes occurring in global trade routes, especially within emerging markets. They recently published three videos updating this report about the effect that cloud computing, 3d printing, and robotics have on the way these markets are growing and interacting with one another.

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The impacts reported on are profound and the videos are very informative, as you might expect from The Economist. I urge you to check them out by clicking on the image above or clicking here.

IFC’s “If I Was In It” – Jurassic World

“Self-taught film students,” Mike and Frank just saw Universal Studios’ new film, Jurassic World. While sitting in a local diner, they review the film for IFC’s Comedy Crib mini web series “If I Was In It”. While the young men give a mostly good review, they feel strongly that the film would have been significantly better…if they were in it.

After giving a brief synopsis, the two go back and forth about what they would have done if they themselves were in the film. For example, Mike believes that he would have taken a vacation package that did not include dinosaurs, listing multiple alternative vacation alternatives. Frank also goes on a rant about how he believes that the film was created by communists trying to deny the existence of God…arguing that it should really be called “Church World”. The banter between the two friends is clearly quirky and out there, but humorously entertaining.

IFC is an American cable and satellite channel that reaches over 63% of American households with television. Their launch of the online-network “Comedy Crib” features 18 different series of comedy shorts, all available online at your convenience here.

Emerging Markets Are Strengthening Their Supply Chains

The Economist’s “Growth Crossings” series is a content hub about the future of supply chains within emerging markets. As these emerging markets grow and evolve over the next decade, supplies, products, and services will have to be effectively and efficiently moved all over the world. In response to this, emerging market companies are focusing their attention on supple chain, ensuring that it can handle the quick growth expected within their markets. The infographic (check it out below) that The Economist published on the series’ microsite highlights this trend. I think the third image is especially interesting as it gives insight into where to expect growth within these emerging markets over the next decade or so. Check it out below and check out the Growth Crossings website for videos, articles, and other information on the topic.


Yahoo Otherspace

First it was Community, then Sin City Saints, and now I discovered another show up on Yahoo Screen called Other Space. Have a peek, it’s hilarious. Or, you can watch it up on Here

Technology of the future


Our NYC police patrol with drones, iWatches can probably call doctors if our heart rate is off, self driving trucks are roaming the highways of Nevada, and overall, it’s becoming obvious that in the future, technology will influence us all in many different ways.

Here’s an great read put together by the Economist and Samsung about technology in the enterprise. Adaptive traffic lights and connected cars saving the environment, love it.

Check out the study yourself.



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Are we oblivious to mobile device security?

I just read a fascinating study put out by Lookout about many are fairly oblivious when it comes to protecting their data on mobile devices. Very scary. All my devices are not only locked but also encrypted!

There’s a write up and and the full study in PDF format on this page.



Community — A TV show not on TV?

After watching the new Sin City Saints show, I started looking around and I discovered there was a a much longer running show that was also really good. Most interesting is this isn’t on TV, it’s on Yahoo Screen. Are TV’s going the way of the Dodo bird? Looks like it.

Either way, if you’re at work, wearing headphones, and want to check it out, you’ll find Community here.

The Lantern Bistro

lanternbistroIf it’s another winter NYC day and you’re looking for something to do with the kids, and you happen to have a giant box around, try letting your kids experience business.

And, make them movie stars.



Snow In The City

snowWith this whole Winter Storm Thor deal, I’ve been asked several times recently what it’s like living in the city when the snow really starts coming down. It’s WONDERFUL! Being in the city is exactly where you want to be when the snow comes on.

Awesome pros for snow in the city.

They plow the streets immediately, all 6,000 miles of them. NYC will keep the streets open best they can, even in the worst snowstorms. Besides all the snow plows, all the trash trucks double as snow plows, and there are thousands of trash trucks.

Public transit almost never shuts down (maybe once every couple of years) When it does shut down, it’s incredible. You can walk down the streets and there’s almost nobody on them. Snow days are awesome for pictures or walks down the street.

The sidewalks have so much foot traffic the snow melts almost immediately. Yeah, it’s crazy, but it happens. There’ll be drifts everywhere, but you’ll see the paths melt up quickly.

Every building owner or renter is by law required to go out and shovel the snow off the sidewalks. It’s part of doing business in NYC.

Pilgrim Hill is off the hook with sledding.

Downsides for snow in the city.

Before a major storm, all the grocery stores pack up like the subways. Literally — think a 2 hour line just to get some milk and coffee.

All the airports shut down pretty quickly, and this usually sucks because all us business people need to travel all the time, or we have people traveling to us.

The bridge and tunnel crowd is usually buried and totally shut down, but NYC loves snow days!. (Manhattan is an island, we call the commuters from off the island, like New Jersey or Long Island the bridge and tunnel crowd)


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