A teaser showing how ESA Rosetta’s Philae lander will land.
Early 20th Century #Russia in Color #Photography http://buff.ly/1pNpdY1
The backbone of space communication: NASA Deep Space Network
Use analytics to find the meaning in the data, not just quantitatively, but also qualitatively!
Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:
It was hardly what you’d call an “adequate sample size” for market research, but the results were nevertheless eye-opening for the maker of a pain-relief ointment: A single consumer posted an online photo showing how he placed foil over the ointment to prevent it from staining his pants.
Despite years of consumer research, the pharmaceutical firm hadn’t known about the staining problem. That photo prompted the company to change the product and its communications about the ointment, creating significant value for the firm.
The beauty of listening to social-media chatter is that one picture or one comment can have an outsized impact on your consumer knowledge and, as a consequence, your profitability. But a lot of people in business don’t appreciate that.
Corporate social-listening efforts are typically driven by econometricians, computer scientists, and IT technicians—the people who are expert in database management. They understand digital information, but they don’t always…
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The largest man-made structure in space ever is celebrating its birthday and looking optimistically in the future. This video shows its wonderful journey thru’ its last 15 years.
The whole project did take long to realise. This infographic shows the history of its construction and development.
Video Source: Space.com
Infographic Source: Space.com
I grew up in a physical world, and I speak English. The next generation is growing up in a digital world, and they speak social.
Angela Ahrendts, former CEO of Burberry
Source: Burberry's Social Story – YouTube.
Some there are who are nothing else than a passage for food and augmentors of excrement and fillers of privies, because through them no other things in the world, nor any good effects are produced, since nothing but full privies results from them.
Leonardo Da Vinci, XIX Philosophical Maxims. Morals. Polemics and Speculations in The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (Richter, 1888)
Quite meticulous analysis of recent failure of startup, Everpix, to secure required Series A funding. I esp. liked the point Andrew Chen made in his post that many startups try to be like Apple, thinking Apple is very much just product-oriented. He says (thinks) it is not entirely true. Here’s the excerpt:
It’s funny that people take the lesson away from Apple that you should just focus on product. That’s only half the story, I think, because when you dig into why Apple is so secretive, it’s because the company is really focused on advertising and product launches. The secrecy that’s so deeply embedded in the organization facilitates their distribution strategy- can you imagine building your company culture around your marketing strategy?
For any startup to become a successful company, I believe there are 3 primary stages, Create, Build and Execute. Many fail at the Create stage, by assuming it is only about creating the product. To be a successful company, you should be busy creating the business, in other words, creating the customers. That happens not just with great product, but with right marketing and distribution strategies, which leads to giving right growth momentum to the business to succeed. This wonderful analysis shows, how Everpix failed on many of these counts.
Click this link to read full analysis: When a great product hits the funding crunch
NASA’s Kepler space telescope scanned a very tiny portion of the sky for planets and came out with 3538 known and candidate exoplanets. This beautiful multiple juxtaposition of these candidates are shown to be moving to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Very poetic, yet scientific!
Source: New Scientist