Category: innovation

Please no MBAs

ning says “Please no MBAs”, originally uploaded by kenjimori. While I am an MBA and greatly indebted to many academic researchers in the fields of marketing and strategy in particular, I think Ning has its point in asking “Please no

Posted in innovation, mba

Open is the new proprietary

In the “Open is the new proprietary” world, the winners like Google try to be open and the losers like docomo try to be proprietary in the same exact deal.  The important lessen to be learned here is that it’s

Posted in docomo, facebook, google, innovation, Japan, japanese, mixi, ning, open+social, openid, openisthenewproprietary, Tokyo

design for eco

Every time my family buys one of those powder detergents, which is quite popular in Japan, it comes with built-in spoon, which helps gauge the amount of power you need for a given size of water. Producing another new spoon

Posted in 7-11, eco, innovation, marketing

the reading (& watching & listening) list for music industry

In “How Napster changed the world,” Don Dodge notes “Pioneers are usually unsuccessful“. I think there is some truth in considering iTUNES and iPOD rather followers than pioneers. Reference: Apple’s strategy a familiar tune. Matthew Yi, SF chronicle, August 16,

Posted in copyright, innovation, lightweight+model, marketing, media, music

Commoditizing mobile phone industry (JP)

Softbank mobile’s Son-san reportedly annouced the new pricing program (note the article in Japanese, Nikkei, the content will disappear within a few months) for its mobile phone. Now he is going to offer JPY 980 (USD 8.3) for the basic

Posted in au, ソフトバンク, docomo, innovation, Japan, keitai, mobile, SON-san, yahoo

Word Of Mouth (WOM) takes care of itself

Word of mouth might just take care of itself when the product or service is remarkable like YouTube. No adaptation to specific local market needs. The following chart is the comparison of community size for YouTube vs. Google Video inside

Posted in ミクシィ, google video, innovation, Japan, mixi, Tokyo, wom, YouTube

New taste

What’s new in academic research is new because it is different from the past research in approach and methodology but NOT in taste. No matter how different a given thesis tastes from the past ones it is immediately rejected unless

Posted in innovation, marketing, sense-making

User interface is a passion

“User interface is a passion.” No, he didn’t use that phrase in his presentation. Or, might not even think so by himself. But that’s what I read from the presentation made by the founder of del.icio.us, Joshusa Schachter. Somewhat technical,

Posted in del.icio.us, folksonomy, innovation, Joshusa Schachter, media, rss, social media, tag, user interface

Broadcast as video

If “broadcast as video” is the new direction the ad agency-TV industry will pursue as Jeff Jarvis notes in the comment section of a vc’s post “Umair, Jarvis, Disney, and Me“, Gyao.jp of Japan is probably more or less in

Posted in ギャオ, broadcast, consumer technology, 無料, digitize, disney, fred wilson, gyao, Hiroshi Kume, innovation, Japan, jeff+jarvis, MSM, newspaper, non-skippable, softbank, Tokyo, USEN, vod, yahoo, yomiuri

Japan’s NHK blog goes live with its live TV show

The randomness, that sense of never quite knowing who’s going to post when and what, is both the joy of the new site and slightly scary. It’s the lack of control you feel you have at times – and control, I realise, is the one of the hardest things for editors to cede.

Posted in つながるブログ, ブログ, innovation, Japan, kenji mori, media, MSM, social media, Tokyo