Everyone has probably heard by now that Blackberry has agreed to a sale at $9 per share (which is 6% of its peak of $149 that they hit on June 19, 2008).
Incidentally they hit their peak price just days before Apple launched the AppStore that really made the iPhone a household name. I have put a blue mark on the graph showing the approximate launch of Apple’s AppStore in July 2008.. just a couple days after Blackberry hits its peak stock price. Since then the Blackberry stock price has just fallen one-way down.
One of the most visible examples in our times of how the game can change if you dont respond swiftly to threats that emerge to your business model.
(Initial graph image from Quartz – qz.com)
Experience changes perspective…
Speaking from a technology angle, it is the trifecta moment.. when you use something that has the right mix of the human emotion + software + hardware.
If you guys are observing Google’s mobile strategy on iOS — it’s a very good case study on a successful mobile strategy and an even better example of great execution of the strategy.
First: Create a series of small apps that do individual things very well
Then: Use a common design language across all apps. Use good UX to entice customers
Then: Create a whole layer of apps that act collectively to replace Apple Native functionality allow these apps to interconnect with each other well. Like an ecosystem.
Then: In effect the user is encapsulated in a Google ecosystem on their mobile phone (just like they did on the Web some years ago).
Finally having released Google Now on iOS, they have given iOS users a full taste of what’s available on the Android platform. And created the temptation to switch those users over to Android.
Perhaps the next step is to release fully Google branded mobile devices.. they did after all buy Motorola Mobility..
UPDATE, 7th May 2013: Google is doing it. look at the latest Gmail app release notes:
Gmail for iOS now links direct to Google Maps & YouTube apps <link>
Sharing this story from a passenger who rode an airline going to HK. This can happen on any airline going to any destination. These are very hard times for a lot of people. Read below and be careful on your next flight.
“I would like to draw your attention to an attempted robbery on a flight into Hong Kong last week. With an hour to go, during the flight, I thought I noticed my bag being replaced in the overhead locker. I wasn’t sure and decided it was probably a fellow passenger, moving it to access their own bag. I dismissed any thought of any wrong doing, but upon arrival in HK, something told to me to retrieve the bag, just to make sure nothing suspicious had occurred.
When I opened the overhead locker (not above me) and saw my leather bag was the only one occupying the space I knew there was a problem. I examined the content, only to find all of my wife’s jewellery, along with some cash had been stolen, during the flight. I raised the alarm and my wife and I quickly blocked both aisles to stop anyone at the back of the plane disembarking….there were around 120 passengers…. My wife and I both shouted for assistance from the stewards and stewardesses.
Eventually a steward told me that security had been called but passengers were becoming very agitated and unwilling to show patience or understanding….they just wanted to get off the plane….my wife and I were the only people controlling the passengers. I pleaded with the passengers to check their own bags at which point three fellow travellers reported they had also been robbed. It was only at this point, did I see any evidence from the cabin crew that they were willing to provide any meaningful support.
I vaguely remember seeing a passenger wearing black, sporting a white base-ball cap and pleaded with the rest of the passengers to see if they could remember anyone fitting my description. It turned out to be a passenger standing in front of me, who once identified proceeded to offload money, jewelry, camera equipment and false documents, running into tens of thousand, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods.
By this time security had boarded the plane, the Captain had been informed and was standing in the rear section watching the events unfold. Eventually a policeman boarded the plane and I was able to explain the events leading up to my apprehending the thief. I have since been informed this criminal activity is reaching epidemic proportions and the authorities caught three thieves, just last week, (with 30 already on remand since early December) on flights into HK, with all the criminals coming from the same town in China. It is estimated that only 5% are being caught judging by the reports of passengers contacting the police after they have arrived at their destination.
They sit in the back row of the plane observing where bags are behind or away from the passengers and systematically pull them from the overhead lockers, while passengers rest or watch movies, take them to the back of the plane and steal any valuable contents. They prey on foreign airlines as the penalties are so lenient, the pay-off makes it worth the risk.
I naively have never thought of robbers operating on planes, but now I have experienced it first hand, there are a few takeaways:
1. Hand luggage should ALWAYS be locked.
2. Do not assume luggage under your seat is safe….last week one passenger had her purse stolen by the guy sitting next to her while she slept !!
3. If in doubt, wear or keep any valuables ON YOU at all times !!
4. Don’t assume, like me, that everyone on a flight is a law-abiding citizen.
5. Do not assume business class travel is secure….robbers can be wealthy.
Found in an email from about 3-4 years ago. I have no idea who wrote these.. so I cant give credit. But they are a great read:
- Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
- Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
- Record your late night shows and get more sleep.
- When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement ‘My purpose is to____ today.’
- Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
- Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did in 2007.
- Make time to practice meditation, yoga, tai chi, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
- Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
- Dream more while you are awake.
- Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
- Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
- Try to make at least three people smile each day.
- Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
- Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
- Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
- Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid.
- Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
- Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- Burn the candles, use the nice bed sheets, Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
- Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’
- Forgive everyone for everything.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
- However good or bad a situation is, it will change. So stop complaining about the weather, the job, the rents etc etc
- Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
- Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
- Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
- The best is yet to come.
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
- Do the right thing!
- Call your family often.
- Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: ‘I am thankful for ___.’ Today I accomplished ____.
- Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
- Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
Looks like people are looking for new types of Holidays.. the days of Sun, Sea and Sand holidays are over.
Folks now want the holidays that are health retreats with Yoga, fresh food, fresh air, learning a new sport.
Interesting trend and something that travel companies need to stay ahead of.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.
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This is real. I saw this company’s corporate website some months ago and they had used a variety of stock photos to showcase leadership, innovation etc (you know.. the usual pictures of people looking in the same direction and smiling back).
But looks like they forgot to buy the real stock images. You can see the watermark in the picture below. Cheapstakes..