Idris Mootee

What's the Future of Design in China? What Is China's Design Strategy?

What’s the future of design in China? Or will China ever have a real design future? Do they ever need one at all? As part of our China strategy I’ve visited half-a-dozen of design firms in China last week and got a pretty good snapshot of the state of the industry while sharing my points of view on how design will evolve in China.

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How Do You Know if Your Business Model Is Out-Dated? Are You Acting to Fail or Failing to Act?

The title of this book caught my attention in a book store in Hong Kong. I didn't open or buy the book, just thought the title was funny. Meeting with a couple of friends here in Asia and the common topic is business is getting tougher and tougher. Out of the half-a-dozen people I've talked to you, all six of them are executing on business strategies that are not creating value in the long term.

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The Future Is Not More Gadgets. Future Gadgets Will Do Things such as Enhanced Cognitive Assistance and Collaborative Filtering. And That Gadget Is Probably Your Phone.

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In Japan, Even Robots Are Affected by Continuing Job Losses

by: Idris Mootee

Here's the view form the 51F of Roppongi Hills Club. I have lunches with some old friends here in Tokyo and talking about the challenges technologies companies are facing here. Many things have changed since I worked here in the early 80s. One thing that has not changed here in Japan, the country still has a pretty formal attire culture for business much like London. They are slow in adopting the dressing down trend, probably 5 years behind America.

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Is the Freeconomics Real? We're Seeing It Everywhere

Just three minutes walking down Baker Street in London I saw signs of free offer eveywhere (see pictures). Is free the future? Or just a reflection of the current economy? It has been 4-5 years since Chris Anderson, the author of The Long Tail, first brought up the idea of the free economy. Technology is offering consumers better deals and enabling innovative business models that are reshaping economic theory. In this economy, free is definitely attractive to many consumers.

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An Ethnographer Is More than a Lab Rat with a Notebook or a Lab Bat with a Hard Drive. Who Is an Ethnographer?

Ethnography is hot. Many are quick to claim that they do ethnography by observing people. It is like saying anyone who drives a taxi in NY is a screenwriter. Or anyone who knows how to operate a camera can be a photojournalist.

 

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Media Disruption Continues as Attackers Fail and Defenders Wonder What's Coming Next?

I am just counting how many industries today are getting near their industry breakpoints, accelerated by the current crisis and changes in consumer attitude towards anything. With macro forces pushing a collision between previously unrelated industries and the smart ones know a reset is necessary. Media is on top of the list.

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HP Was Founded in a Garage That Started the Wave Two of Transformation of the Modern Enterprise. Watch out for the Next Wave Which Will Be Driven by Social Technologies

This is the garage where David Packard and William Hewlett started their new company in 1938 as fresh Stanford University engineering graduates. This is probably one of the key places in California that can be called the birthplace of Silicon Valley. If you visit this tiny garage, you will find In front of the house a plaque officially declaring the location the "birthplace of Silicon Valley” some 70 years ago. The Valley not only transform businesses, it also transform societies and politics.

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What's the Last Innovation We've Seen Coming out from the Banks? Scenarios for Banks in 2020?

By 2020, today's 39 year old will turn 50 and today 9 year old will be 18 and both represent a whole new generation of customers for the financial services. The 18 will be in the market for financial services and having gone through the banking and credit crisis they will be very skeptical of financial institutions. The newly turned 50 will be joining a powerful group of boomers that have very different idea of what they want for the second part of their life as well as their financial goals.

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What's the Last Innovation You've Seen Coming from the Insurance Industry?

by: Idris Mootee

 Last week I’ve received this email from one reader of my blog. Here’s his question:

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