Samsung Galaxy 3 Beats Apple IPhone To Best Smartphone Award

SKOREA-US-SAMSUNG-APPLE-IT-INTERNET-PATENT-STOCKSSamsung continued a great year last night by picking up the smartphone of year award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona beating off the challenge of Apple and its iPhone, HTC Droid DNA, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung Galaxy Note II. It was one of four major awards for Samsung, compared with none for Apple.

The S2 beat the iPhone 4s at last year’s show.Samsung was device manufacturer of the year and Apple won the tablet category.

In the 2013 entry level/feature hone category Nokia’s Asha won out over three other Nokia phones and the Samsung C3312. Google’s Nexus 7 won the tablet race. You can see all the awards here.

For people interested in car sharing BMW Mini with partners Sixt and Vodafone, won the award for Best Mobile Product or Service for Automotive.

But it is the best smartphone award that carries most kudos. Samsung not only won that. They won best device manufacturer and best Best Mobile Enabled Consumer Electronics Device for the Galaxy camera, and Best Mobile Infrastructure for Smart LTE Networks (they also won the CTO Choice award for their LTE technology).

It rounds off a year in which Samsung has had to defend its reputation against copycat charges in the American courts. And it shows that outside of north America Samsung enjoys widespread admiration among its peers. It remains to be seen, however, whether the run will continue for Samsung with the S4, which seems to be hitting snags.

[Forbes.com]

6 Weird Things that Affect Your Relationship.

relationship imageRecently, research revealed that how much sleep you get (or don’t) majorly affects your bond with your guy. But a lack of shut-eye isn’t the only thing that can sabotage your love life. Here are six more weird factors-all backed up by scientific studies-that can totally eff with your relationship.

By Natasha Burton

1. Your Weight
Looking at nearly 200 newlywed couples, the University of Tennessee found that both men and women are more satisfied in their relationships when the woman’s BMI was lower than the man’s. While the study ruled out other factors like depression and income, which could have skewed the results, these findings are certainly not a reason to drop pounds. After all, the happiest relationships are those when both partners love and accept each other at any size, right?

2. Your Guy’s Parents
According to a study at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, couples have a 20 percent higher chance of breaking up when a woman is BFF with her guy’s parents. So, if you’re not super close with your man’s mom… that might actually be a good thing.

3. Your Commute
Slogging through traffic morning and night seriously ups your stress levels-which in turn can totally affect your home life, according to research from Umeå University in Sweden. In fact, the risk of breaking up increases 40 percent if you have to commute to work every day.

4. Your Contraception
Taking the Pill helps prevent pregnancy-and maybe breakups as well. According to one study, women who were on the Pill when they met their partners are more likely to remain in their relationships than those who weren’t. The reason? Researchers concluded that those not on the Pill tend to judge potential boyfriends by more superficial qualities-like how good looking and good in bed they are-causing those relationships to end quicker.

5. Your Cell
Obviously, texting your mom while your guy’s trying to tell you about his day is beyond rude, but the University of Essex found that your smartphone can put a damper on your relationship even when you’re not using it. Couples who had heart-to-hearts with their cells nearby reported that they felt less trust in (and empathy from) their partners.

6. Your Dog
A U.K. study found that owning a pet might screw with your dating life. After surveying single men and women about how they’d feel dating someone with a furry friend, a whopping 28 percent said they’d never shack up with a dog owner. Lame sauce.

[yahoonews.com]

EVENT MANAGEMENT & CONSULTING – St Bokassa.

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Our expertise covers all aspects of events; planning, Management, Coordination and Execution. We deliver cost effective events without compromising on the final output.
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Oscars Real Winners And Losers

Another Oscar ceremony has come and gone. Expectations were met (Daniel Day-Lewis winning Best Actor) and there were some surprises (Ang Lee beating Steven Speilberg for Best Director). Following along on Twitter, there were plenty of complaints about the host, the length of the ceremony and some of the presenters. We got a song about boobs, Jennifer Lawrence taking a tumble and lots of long-haired blond men winning in some of the more obscure categories.
Here’s a look at the real winners and losers from tonight’s award show.

Life of Pi

Pi didn’t really need any help from the Oscars. The film didn’t make too much of an impression at the U.S. box office but it earned $583 million at the global box office making it the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Tonight the Fox film walked away with four Oscars including one for Ang Lee for Best Director. Most people were expecting Steven Spielberg to win in that category. The awards will likely give the film a boost on home video (it’s down to just 550 theaters nationwide) as people rent it to see what the fuss was all about.

Daniel Day-Lewis

The actor was a shoo-in to win Best Actor for Lincoln but he is now the bona fide greatest actor of his generation. This is Day-Lewis’ third win for Best Actor. He won in 1989 for My Left Foot and in 2007 for There Will Be Blood. Day-Lewis is picky about what roles he takes, only doing a movie every two to three years. If he wanted to, Day-Lewis could start demanding a large salary for his work since he basically guarantees Oscar recognition. But the films he usually chooses to appear in have limited budgets. He’s clearly an actor who truly works for the love of his art. Tonight he joked that he was supposed to play Margaret Thatcher but he has actually become the Meryl Streep of actors.

Jennifer Lawrence

Life Day-Lewis, Lawrence was the favorite to win in her category and her win wan’t a huge surprise. But between winning an Oscar and starring in the hottest new teen franchise (The Hunger Games), Lawrence is now officially the hottest actress in Hollywood. She can carry an action film and win an Oscar. She’s already getting a reported $10 million for the next Hunger Games movie but don’t be surprised if that number escalates for future films. Everyone in Hollywood is going to want to cast her (if they don’t already) and she’ll have plenty of leverage to basically ask for whatever she wants.

Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein is usually the king of the Oscars. Last year he dominated with The Artist and the year before that The King’s Speech, also from The Weinstein Company, won four Oscars including for Best Picture and Best Actor. Weinstein looked like he was at risk of possibly getting shut out tonight since his two big movies in the running, Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained, weren’t expected to win very much. But he ended up with three big awards. Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings. Christoph Waltz was a bit of a surprise winner in the Best Supporting Actor category for Django Unchained and Quentin Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay for Django. Sure, he neglected to that Weinstein in his speech but the movie mogul’s presence could be felt anyway.

Seth MacFarlane

I thought MacFarlane did a pretty good job but Twitter sentiment seemed to be mostly against him and he didn’t seem to win a lot of friends in the room. Ben Affleck even gave a jab when he came up on stage to announce a category, though it was unclear if he was being snide because of a Gigli joke or a joke about Lincoln getting shot. It’s a tough gig though. I can’t remember the last time a host killed at the Academy Awards. I’d be surprised to see MacFarlane invited back for a return performance.

Renee Zellweger

Zellweger’s career has hit a serious rough patch lately. With all of the attention (mysteriously) paid to the movie Chicago at this year’s Oscars, the ceremony would have been a great place for her to reintroduce herself to Hollywood. Instead, she appear emaciated and confused. She wasn’t able to read the winners of two envelopes that she looked at and was saved by Queen Latifah reading the winner over her shoulder. Zellweger won an Ocar in 2003 for Cold Mountain but in the five years after that her box office earnings fell $378 million from what she had earned the five years before she won.

[Forbes.com]

The 25 Most Miserable Places in the World

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The misery index, a crude economic measure created by Arthur Orkum, sums a country’s unemployment and inflation rates to assess conditions on the ground (the higher the number, the more miserable a country is). The reasoning: most citizens understand the pain of a high jobless rate and the soaring price of goods.

Business Insider totaled the figures for 197 countries and territories — from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe — to compile the 2013 Misery Index.

Note: Results are based on CIA World Factbook data, which estimates figures for countries and territories that do not have reliable local reporting agencies. The CIA World Factbook was last updated on February 11, 2013.

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THE BEST ‘WED AWARDS 2013’ NOMINEE – NWANDOS SIGNATURE .

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Nwandos Signature is a one stop shop for Event Management services and products. We specialize in provision of creative venue decoration services as well as all other support services that will make your events positively memorable and stress-free.

Our exceptional reputation is derived from our dedication to your affair, our attention to fine detail and our desire to always provide more than promised. Our goal is to provide professional and creative event services for you, your guests and clients. With a vast experience in the events and management industry, we have built a solid brand to be reckoned with over the years coupled with our unique service and professionalism having us leave a mark in the Events and Management sector.

We are exceptionally positioned to handle your dream events and put that glittering effects into your occasion making it to be the best ever and leaving you with a long lasting memory never to forget.

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Lakers’ Jerry Buss Leaves Legacy As The NBA’s Greatest Owner

Longtime Los Angeles Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss died Monday at the age of 80. He had been at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in recent days with an undisclosed type of cancer. The news was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

Buss made a fortune on Southern California real estate in the 1960s and 1970s. He then led a partnership in 1979 that bought the Lakers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, The Forum (the arena which housed both teams) and a 13,000-acre ranch in the California Central Valley from Jack Kent Cooke, who achieved fame through his ownership of the Washington Redskins. The Lakers’ piece was valued at $20 million. Last month the team was valued at $1 billion in Forbes annual look at the business of basketball.

While $20 million might seem like a bargain for a marquee franchise like the Lakers, the NBA was a very different league in 1979. The league was reeling from drug allegations. Playoff games were shown on tape-delay. CBS and USA paid less than $20 million annually for the broadcast rights to the entire league. It was also the year that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird joined the NBA and it began its staggering ascent over the next three decades. The Lakers and Buss were in the middle of it all.

The Lakers and Buss collected NBA stars like Magic, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. These players helped lead the Lakers to 10 titles under Buss’ ownership (the franchise has 16 championships overall). The next best during that time are the six titles won by the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. The Lakers’ chief rival, the Boston Celtics, won four titles since 1979. The Lakers won two-thirds of their regular season games since 1979–the best record in the NBA.

The Lakers became the biggest show in town under Buss. Celebrities flocked to the Forum, and later the Staples Center, to see “Showtime” and the stars on the court. Courtside seats set fans like Jack Nicholson back more than $3,000 a game, while luxury suites cost more than $300,000 on average at Staples.

Buss was never afraid to spend money to attract stars. The Lakers have the NBA’s highest payroll this season, $99 million, for the fourth straight year. Buss could afford it. The Lakers operating profit averaged $37 million a year the past 10 years, which is second best in the NBA behind the Bulls.

The Lakers are in a huge transition period with Buss’ death. Buss was the longest-tenured NBA owner (a post now held by Clippers owner Donald Sterling). Buss was a regular at Lakers games, but he did not attend a game this year as his health deteriorated. Two of his kids, Jeanie and Jim, have been running the franchises with Jim focused on the player side and Jeanie concentrating on business. AEG, which owns a 27% stake in the Lakers, put itself up for sale last year.

Buss’ estate faces a massive tax bill with the soaring value of the Lakers, as he owned two-thirds of the billion-dollar franchise. The Lakers are expected to stay in the family thanks to its massive $3.6 billion television deal with Time Warner Cable, which kicked off this season. The 20-year deal includes a 5-year option that is expected to bring the total value to $5 billion.

If the Buss family needs to raise money to pay estate taxes, they have a benefactor in their backyard. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest man in L.A., bought a 5% stake in the Lakers from Magic Johnson in 2010 and could easily afford a bigger stake if the Buss family wants to raise any cash.

[fORBES.COM]

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under immense pressure. The process of making these decisions comes from an accumulation of experiences and encounters with a multitude of difference circumstances, personality types and unforeseen failures. More so, the decision making process is an acute understanding of being familiar with the cause and effect of behavioral and circumstantial patterns; knowing the intelligence and interconnection points of the variables involved in these patterns allows a leader to confidently make decisions and project the probability of their desired outcomes. The most successful leaders are instinctual decision makers. Having done it so many times throughout their careers, they become immune to the pressure associated with decision making and extremely intuitive about the process of making the most strategic and best decisions. This is why most senior executives will tell you they depend strongly upon their “gut-feel” when making difficult decisions at a moment’s notice.

Beyond decision making, successful leadership across all areas becomes learned and instinctual over a period of time. Successful leaders have learned the mastery of anticipating business patterns, finding opportunities in pressure situations, serving the people they lead and overcoming hardships. No wonder the best CEOs are paid so much money. In 2011, salaries for the 200 top-paid CEOs rose 5 percent to a median $14.5 million per year, according to a study by compensation-data company Equilar for The New York Times.

If you are looking to advance your career into a leadership capacity and / or already assume leadership responsibilities – here are 15 things you must do automatically, every day, to be a successful leader in the workplace: . Make Others Feel Safe to Speak-Up

Many times leaders intimidate their colleagues with their title and power when they walk into a room. Successful leaders deflect attention away from themselves and encourage others to voice their opinions. They are experts at making others feel safe to speak-up and confidently share their perspectives and points of view. They use their executive presence to create an approachable environment.

2. Make Decisions

Successful leaders are expert decision makers. They either facilitate the dialogue to empower their colleagues to reach a strategic conclusion or they do it themselves. They focus on “making things happen” at all times – decision making activities that sustain progress. Successful leaders have mastered the art of politicking and thus don’t waste their time on issues that disrupt momentum. They know how to make 30 decisions in 30 minutes.

3. Communicate Expectations

Successful leaders are great communicators, and this is especially true when it comes to “performance expectations.” In doing so, they remind their colleagues of the organization’s core values and mission statement – ensuring that their vision is properly translated and actionable objectives are properly executed.

I had a boss that managed the team by reminding us of the expectations that she had of the group. She made it easy for the team to stay focused and on track. The protocol she implemented – by clearly communicating expectations – increased performance and helped to identify those on the team that could not keep up with the standards she expected from us.

4. Challenge People to Think

The most successful leaders understand their colleagues’ mindsets, capabilities and areas for improvement. They use this knowledge/insight to challenge their teams to think and stretch them to reach for more. These types of leaders excel in keeping their people on their toes, never allowing them to get comfortable and enabling them with the tools to grow.

If you are not thinking, you’re not learning new things. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing – and over time becoming irrelevant in your work.

5. Be Accountable to Others

Successful leaders allow their colleagues to manage them. This doesn’t mean they are allowing others to control them – but rather becoming accountable to assure they are being proactive to their colleagues needs.

Beyond just mentoring and sponsoring selected employees, being accountable to others is a sign that your leader is focused more on your success than just their own.

6. Lead by Example

Leading by example sounds easy, but few leaders are consistent with this one. Successful leaders practice what they preach and are mindful of their actions. They know everyone is watching them and therefore are incredibly intuitive about detecting those who are observing their every move, waiting to detect a performance shortfall.

7. Measure & Reward Performance

Great leaders always have a strong “pulse” on business performance and those people who are the performance champions. Not only do they review the numbers and measure performance ROI, they are active in acknowledging hard work and efforts (no matter the result). Successful leaders never take consistent performers for granted and are mindful of rewarding them.

8. Provide Continuous Feedback

Employees want their leaders to know that they are paying attention to them and they appreciate any insights along the way. Successful leaders always provide feedback and they welcome reciprocal feedback by creating trustworthy relationships with their colleagues.. They understand the power of perspective and have learned the importance of feedback early on in their career as it has served them to enable workplace advancement.

9. Properly Allocate and Deploy Talent

Successful leaders know their talent pool and how to use it. They are experts at activating the capabilities of their colleagues and knowing when to deploy their unique skill sets given the circumstances at hand.

10. Ask Questions, Seek Counsel

Successful leaders ask questions and seek counsel all the time. From the outside, they appear to know-it-all – yet on the inside, they have a deep thirst for knowledge and constantly are on the look-out to learn new things because of their commitment to making themselves better through the wisdom of others.

11. Problem Solve; Avoid Procrastination

Successful leaders tackle issues head-on and know how to discover the heart of the matter at hand. They don’t procrastinate and thus become incredibly proficient at problem solving; they learn from and don’t avoid uncomfortable circumstances (they welcome them).

Getting ahead in life is about doing the things that most people don’t like doing.

12. Positive Energy & Attitude

Successful leaders create a positive and inspiring workplace culture. They know how to set the tone and bring an attitude that motivates their colleagues to take action. As such, they are likeable, respected and strong willed. They don’t allow failures to disrupt momentum.

13. Be a Great Teacher

Many employees in the workplace will tell you that their leaders have stopped being teachers. Successful leaders never stop teaching because they are so self-motivated to learn themselves. They use teaching to keep their colleagues well-informed and knowledgeable through statistics, trends, and other newsworthy items.

Successful leaders take the time to mentor their colleagues and make the investment to sponsor those who have proven they are able and eager to advance.

14. Invest in Relationships

Successful leaders don’t focus on protecting their domain – instead they expand it by investing in mutually beneficial relationships. Successful leaders associate themselves with “lifters and other leaders” – the types of people that can broaden their sphere of influence. Not only for their own advancement, but that of others.

Leaders share the harvest of their success to help build momentum for those around them.

15. Genuinely Enjoy Responsibilities

Successful leaders love being leaders – not for the sake of power but for the meaningful and purposeful impact they can create. When you have reached a senior level of leadership – it’s about your ability to serve others and this can’t be accomplished unless you genuinely enjoy what you do.

In the end, successful leaders are able to sustain their success because these 15 things ultimately allow them to increase the value of their organization’s brand – while at the same time minimize the operating risk profile. They serve as the enablers of talent, culture and results.

[Forbes.com]

SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK LAGOS 2013: OPEN & CONNECTED !

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February 2013 will mark the first time Social Media Week takes place on the continent of Africa! Social Media Week Lagos brings together thought leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs and everyday citizens from Nigeria -and throughout the continent and the diaspora- to explore how people and organizations are connecting to share new ideas and information.

http://socialmediaweek.org/lagos/

Nigeria’s Largest Wedding Exhibition

Akin Eso, the organiser of WED Expo and publisher of WED, revealed that the exhibition will be a 3-in-1 event, and all 3 events have been planned to hold in one location, The Palace at TBS Lagos from March 21st to 24th 2013.
Additionally, it has been projected that 300 exhibitors and over 50,000 guests which consists of brides, grooms, their friends, family, parents will be at WED Expo 2013. In a bid to make WED Expo 2013 a grander exhibition, an addition has been made to the programme as there will be Wine Fest @ WED Expo where there will be wine and spirit distributors from top brands all over the world come and showcase their brands to clients as weddings are major events where different types of wines are consumed in volume. Over 50 Wine and Spirit exhibitors are expected.

Also to be featured in WED Expo 2013 is an Awards ceremony: WED Awards which
will be a night of glamour and grace that will reward entrepreneurs in the Wedding industry. The award night promises to be the talk of the town for a very long time.
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A week long fashion show tagged Lagos Wedding Fashion Week has also been incorporated into WED Expo 2013 all with the aim of making WED Expo 2013 a grand and not-to-be-easily-forgotten event.

Speaking on the reason for the inclusion of Lagos Wedding Fashion Week, Akin Eso noted that “Wedding fashion has changed over the years with brides and grooms now very keen on what they wear. The amount of designers focused on the wedding industry has also increased from bridal gowns to suits and bridesmaid dresses, this event promises to be a game changer.”
Designers from all over the world will be in Lagos to showcase the best of wedding fashion at WED Expo 2013.

Venue: The Main Bowl of Tafawa Balewa Square – TBS, Lagos, Nigeria.
Date: Thursday, March 21st 2013.

Time: 12:00 AM

Bone-Based Software Improves How We Design, From Detergent To Tanks

The future of architecture is evolving before my
eyes on the laptop of Luca Frattari. In a series of
keystrokes the architectural engineering Ph.D., now
a business development manager at software firm
Altair, thins out the blocky outer shell of a new
skyscraper into a willowy exoskeleton that would
stand out even among the gaudier designs in the
Dubai skyline. Its irregular lattice leaves room for
giant, undulating pools of window glass. Yet when
he runs a wind-flow analysis on the simulation, the
building’s organic form wicks away stiff breezes far
more efficiently than a rectilinear structure. And the
reduction in outer material gives the building an
excellent chance of going up faster and for less
money.
More things should look bony. Millions of years of
evolution have honed the skeleton into the perfect
shape for survival. Our hollow, long bones are thick
and strong where needed, and light and flexible
where possible. Their excesses were purged long
ago.
Adapting nature’s forms to human problems, a
trend called biomimicry, is an idea that has taken
root at engineering-intensive firms such as Ford,
General Motors, Boeing and Airbus, all of them
hungry buyers of technology to improve the shapes
of the machines and structures they build. The
biggest computer-aided engineering software firms,
Ansys, Dassault Systemes and LMS International, a
Siemens subsidiary, have enjoyed double-digit
revenue growth in recent years as large customers
snap up their pricey suites of simulation and
material analysis software. Unseen by drivers and
frequent fliers, the straight angles and solid forms
under the skins of autos and airliners have been
replaced over the past several years by funky-
looking ribs that are lighter and stronger than the
original. For each hundred pounds trimmed off a
car, drivers could save about 1% to 2% on fuel
economy, which could add up to billions of dollars
nationally, according to the U.S. Department of
Energy. Even shaving 1 gram off a water bottle
would eliminate 160 million pounds of material per
year, assuming consumption of 200 million bottles
per day, says Thierry Marchal, Ansys’ director of
industry marketing for consumer goods
Altair of Troy, Mich. has a lead over its rivals in a
particularly interesting field called topology
optimization, according to research firm CIMdata.
Altair’s OptiStruct software simulates on metal and
carbon-fiber structures the same trial-and-error
forces that have shaped bone growth over
millennia–but repeats them at semiconductor speed
until an engineer arrives at a design that meets the
need without any excess material. The process can
lead to unique and sometimes non-intuitive shapes
that are often 20% to 30% lighter than traditionally
formed structures.

The privately held company, cofounded by CEO
James Scapa
, a Ford veteran, and two others in
1985, got half of its estimated 2012 revenue of
$240 million (up 13% from 2011) from the auto
industry but is growing 30% year over year in
aerospace and electronics, three times the growth
of its steady auto business. Airbus used Altair
software to shed a thousand pounds off the A380 by
redesigning 13 wing ribs on each side of the plane.
Altair now works with more than 3,000 clients,
including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA and the
Department of Defense, but it is rapidly spreading
the gospel of evolutionary perfection to a wider
audience in consumer products and infrastructure
and among commercial architects.
In October Altair released what it says is the first
simulation and analysis software designed to be
easily used by the engineering masses. Called
solidThinking Inspire, it will be bundled into Altair’s
flagship software package ($20,000 on average) or
sold separately for $8,000. Early adopters of Inspire
include auto supplier Key Safety Systems and the
Pratt Institute in New York. Architects in the U.S.
and Europe are planning high-rises to be unveiled
later this year in Asia that will look like
descendants of the biomorphic forms created by
Antoni Gaudi and Frei Otto.
Altair got its inspiration for bone-based software 20
years ago when Scapa and his chief technology
officer, Jim Brancheau, found Jeff Brennan in a lab
at the University of Michigan. Brennan was a
biomechanical engineer studying how humans
bones grow; Scapa brought Brennan in to oversee
what would become OptiStruct. Brennan spent the
early 1990s schlepping a computer from one
carmaker to another, struggling to get analytical
engineers to accept his OptiStruct
software’s counter-intuitive visual results. After
OptiStruct became part of Altair’s bigger
HyperWorks software suite and no longer needed
individual salesmen, Brennan eventually took over
as CMO. “We brought Jeff in, and for years and
years the competition couldn’t see why we did it–
they said there was no market,” Scapa says. “Now
they are trying to catch up.”
Altair says it has grown at a 14% compounded
annual rate since 2004 but has no plans to go
public. It is majority owned by its three founders
and last raised money eight years ago selling an
undisclosed minority stake to General Atlantic for
$30 million. Scapa aims to reach $1 billion in
revenue by 2020, a stretch goal that largely
depends on how much Inspire broadens the user
base.
Even if Altair fails to hit the billion-dollar goal, it
will be an aesthetic victory for the rest of us as
more buildings, cars, trains and gadgets take on the
swooping curves beloved by nature.

[Forbes.com]

Meteoroid falling over Russia caught on camera

damaged school window .

damaged school window .

A meteoroid broke up in the atmosphere over the
Russian city of Chelyabinsk on Friday morning,
injuring nearly a thousand people as it lit up the sky
and sprinkled fragments over the city.
Mikhail Yurevich, regional governor of Chelyabinsk,
said up to 950 people suffered injuries from flying
glass and debris as windows exploded from the
shock wave.
The toll is believed to be the largest number of
people ever injured by space debris. “I am
scratching my head to think of anything in recorded
history when that number of people have been
indirectly injured by an object like this,” said Robert
Massey, deputy executive secretary of Britain’s
Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).

“It’s very, very rare to have human casualties” from
a meteorite, he said.
Mr Yurevich said that two-thirds of the injuries were
light wounds from pieces of glass and other
materials. In the city of Chelyabinsk alone, 758
people had required medical help, the city said in a
statement on its website. Sixteen were hospitalised,
including three children.
Video footage taken by residents on dashboard
cameras in cars and mobile phones in the Urals city
showed a meteor streaking through the sky, and
then a blaze of light followed later by the sound of
explosions and breaking glass.
A warehouse wall at a zinc factory in Chelyabinsk,
900 miles east of Moscow, collapsed from the force
of a blast and at least one school had its windows
blown out, injuring children.
Local residents expressed their shock and fear on
social media. “I thought the world was about to
end!” said one. One video showed residents
swearing and shouting “It’s a bombardment!” at the
sound of an explosion which sets off car alarms.
Lyudmila Belkova, a kindergarten teacher, told
reporters: “I was giving a PE lesson when I saw a
white streak in the sky through the window, and
then there was a bright flash. I shouted at the
children, ‘Lie on the floor and close your eyes!’ And
then there were five or six explosions. Some of the
kids raised their heads but I shouted at them to
keep their eyes closed.”

Schools and kindergartens were closed and about
20,000 rescue officials were put on high alert, while
the city’s internet and mobile phone services were
disrupted.
“It was a meteoroid that burned up as it approached
the Earth and broke into pieces,” an emergencies
ministry official told news agencies. The object,
which disintegrated at about 32,800ft, left a clear
double trail in the sky.
Police said they had initiated “Operation Fortress”,
increasing security at strategic buildings.
It was unclear if fragments of the meteor reached
the ground, or if shock waves alone had caused the
damage. Some witness spoke of dust and small
pieces of debris falling. The regional governor’s
office said one part of the meteoroid had fallen in a
lake near the town of Chebarkul, 50 miles west of
Chelyabinsk.
“This was a very bright bolide that was perfectly
visible in the light morning sky; the object was
quite big with, apparently, a mass of many tens of
tons,” Sergei Smirnov of St Petersburg’s Pulkovo
Observatory told Russian state television.
Another scientist said it most likely weighed “a few
tons” and was probably made of iron.

[telegraph.co.uk]

Buffett buying Heinz for $23.3B

NEW YORK — Billionaire Warren Buffett is dipping
into the ketchup business as part of a $23.3 billion
deal to buy H.J. Heinz Co., uniting a legend of
American investing with a mainstay of grocery store
shelves.
It’s the largest deal ever in the food industry and is
intended to help Heinz accelerate its transformation
into a global business. The company, based in
Pittsburgh, also makes Classico pasta sauces, Ore-
Ida potatoes and Smart Ones frozen meals.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and its partner on
the deal — 3G Capital, the investment firm that
bought Burger King in 2010 — say Heinz will
remain headquartered in Pittsburgh.
Heinz CEO William Johnson said at a news
conference that taking the company private would
give Heinz the flexibility to make decisions more
quickly, without the burden of having to report
quarterly earnings.
Last year, Heinz had sales of $11.6 billion, with
ketchup and sauces accounting for just less than
half of that. Given the saturated North American
market, it has increasingly been looking overseas
for growth. In 2010, for example, the company
bought Foodstar, which makes Master brand soy
sauce and fermented bean curd in China. Heinz
expects emerging markets to account for a quarter
of the company’s sales this year.
At a news conference following the announcement,
Johnson said the deal got under way eight weeks
ago when managing partners from 3G Capital
visited him for lunch. The men were familiar with
each other
because Heinz is a supplier for Burger King.
Buffett said on CNBC Thursday morning that 3G’s
billionaire co-founder Jorge Lemann approached him
about the Heinz deal on a plane they were on in
early December.
Buffett did not immediately respond to a message
from The Associated Press on Thursday. But he has
recently said that he’s been hunting for elephant-
sized deals.
Locally, Berkshire Hathaway owns Milford-based
CTB Inc., which designs and produces equipment for
the grain, poultry, hog and egg industries, and RV
manufacturer Forest River of Elkhart.
Berkshire’s biggest acquisition ever was its $26.3
billion purchase of BNSF railroad in 2010. Before
that, it was the $16 billion stock purchase of
reinsurance giant General Re in 1998

[www.southbendtribune.com]

NEWS/ Marc Jacobs Reveals Fabulous Diet Coke Can

Always wanted a Marc Jacobs piece, but couldn’t
afford one of his designer duds?
Then you’re in luck, because the fashion icon has
just debuted an affordable new line—of Diet Coke
cans
, that is.
That’s right, just a week after showing off his abs in
a sexy ad for the soft drink giant, the designer—and
newly appointed Diet Coke 2013 creative director—
has unveiled three limited-edition cans.

And his creations, inspired by female empowerment
in the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, are just as fabulous as his
clothing collections. Take the ’90s-inspired can,
which features his signature swallow print and a
glam model in a punch-colored cocktail dress.
Darling bow ties decorate his ’80s design, which
includes a model is a sharp tux with the decade’s
trademark strong shoulder silhouette, while the
final can in the series stars gal in a trendy mixed-
print outfit that combines classic stripes with a
playful houndstooth pattern.
Even if Diet Coke isn’t your thing, we think it’s fair
to say you’ll find these cans are refreshing, thanks
to Jacobs’ designs. The first set of designer divas is
slated to hit shelves in Europe next month.
Which Marc Jacobs Diet Coke can is your fave? Tell us in the comments!

[eonline.com]

Citychops.com – The online Food ordering service.

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CityChops.com is a free online food ordering
service that allows customers to choose from a
variety of restaurants in Lagos Nigeria and order meals for
pick up or delivery. With times changing and the
need for quick and simple solutions for the average
Nigerian, CityChops.com allows you to order food
from wherever you are.
From the comfort of your home, office or backseat
of your car, 1) select a restaurant, 2) choose your
meal, 3) decide whether you want it to be delivered
or picked up and let us do the rest! Users can search
by location, cuisine, restaurant name or food item
and we’ll filter your options for you. We allow you
the flexibility to pay online or when your food
arrives. It couldn’t be simpler!

http://www.citychops.com

Writing a Business Plan? 4 Common Mistakes to Avoid

You’ve got a winning business idea. You’re excited,
inspired, and poised to take the plunge
(congratulations, by the way!). Next step: write a
business plan.

Unfortunately, Googling “writing a business plan”
yields an intimidating 99,600,000 results. There’s
an abundance of tips on how to craft executive
summaries, marketing plans, and projections.
While these are all fundamental pieces of a
business plan (and you should definitely do them),
there’s a little more to it than that. A stellar
business plan spreads a little magic, leaving its
reader eager to get involved.
To help you whip up your own dash of brilliance,
let’s look at (and learn from) some of the common
mistakes budding entrepreneurs make when
penning their plans.
Common Mistake #1: Thinking You Don’t
Need to Write One

Before we get practical, let’s take a step back and
get clear on the point of writing a business plan.
Well, what is the point?
A lot of entrepreneurs think they only need to
develop a formal business plan if they’re seeking
investment. This is a costly folly. Writing a business
plan gives you a chance to thoroughly evaluate
your idea inside and out, uncover its upsides and
potential pitfalls, and, most crucially, think up ways
to avoid them before they happen. It’s your chance
to stare long and hard at your ideas’ weaknesses
and decide whether or not you can overcome them.
And sometimes, you won’t be able to. I’ve written
two business plans that uncovered insurmountable
obstacles and made me realize my idea was
completely impractical. It was a valuable pressure
test that saved me time, energy, and money in the
long run.
On the other hand, if you conclude that you can
overcome any potential pitfalls, you’ll be rewarded
with an unshakable conviction that your idea can
(and will) succeed. And believe me, you’ll need it!
As an entrepreneur, you’ll be tested in ways you
never thought possible.
Common Mistake #2: Speaking in Features
All too often, people pitch their business ideas by
rattling off a bunch of features. They tell you what
their product does and how it works, including how
it has more power, more muscle, more buttons,
more everything—than the competition.
But they seem to miss a crucial question: Why?
Why will people care? Why does it matter that this
business exists at all?
This is the juicy stuff. The answer to this question is
what drives customer loyalty; it’s what makes
people pay more for your product than cheaper,
similar offers from competitors. It’s also the
backbone of the communities that people believe in
and want to be a part of.
For example, Dollar Shave Club exists to stop big
brands from robbing us blind (in the form of
expensive razors). So, the company will ship you
cheap razors each month. Could just you as easily
buy them at the store? Of course. But it’s a concept
people buy into, and it’s delivered with an
infectious attitude that customers are eager to
adopt.
And what about Zipcar? This car rental service is on
a quest to reduce car ownership. Are the company’s
vehicles top-of-the-line Hummers with all the bells
and whistles? No—but that’s not what’s important.
The company is selling a mission, and ultimately,
its customers care a lot more about that than fancy
features.
Common Mistake #3: Writing Your Business
Plan in a Vacuum

It can be hard to project what the future of your
business will look like. Plotting out best and worst
case scenarios is a worthwhile exercise and a great
place to start, but it’s really just the beginning—the
real learning happens when you turn to other
companies who’ve done it before and borrow their
recipes for success.
So with your detective hat on, spend some time
looking at analogous businesses that—admit it—
you’re a little jealous of. How exactly did they get
there? What did they refuse to compromise on?
What did they ruthlessly go after? The trick here is
to hone in on what made these companies
successful—then apply those general concepts to
your own idea.
It’s also worth thinking beyond the scope of your
industry and seeking inspiration from worlds
outside your own. For example, when I was first
setting up my business, Never Liked It Anyway, it
was clear that the site had more in common
with He’s Just Not That in to You than it did eBay.
Following this logic, I started looking into
entertainment platforms to see what lessons I could
adopt. It was incredibly helpful and shed light on a
direction for my business that I would never have
considered otherwise.
Sometimes when you’re writing a business plan, it
can feel like you’re pulling information out of thin
air—especially when it comes to the numbers. But
learning about the successful strategies of the
masters that went before you is a great way to
ground your projections and expectations in reality.
Common Mistake #4: Only Looking to the
Near Future

When you write a business plan, you’ll need to
spend some time in the weeds of detail, but you
should also take time to stand on a tall balcony
overlooking the entire garden.
What I mean is this: Set aside the number crunching
for a while, and take time to analyze the bigger
picture. What do you want your business to be
known for 10 years down the road? What do you
want to go down in history for? Think beyond just
the immediate impact of that product—after all,
Steve Jobs won’t be remembered for inventing the
iMac, but for completely revolutionizing computing.
This kind of unbridled ambition is the lifeblood of
entrepreneurship. We don’t just want to make cool
stuff—we want to change things, and change them
for the better. And above all else, a business plan
should capture that sentiment on every page.

When you sit down to write your business plan,
include the standard elements, of course—all the
usual suspects like the situation analysis,
forecasting, and operations strategy are critical. But
be sure to leave some room for the magic. It’s the
bit that will get you investors, loyalists, buzz, and
most of all—personal conviction.

[Forbed.com]

Kleverbeast: The WordPress of Mobile Apps?

For nearly a decade we’ve seen companies like
WordPress, Squarespace, Shopify and Tumblr do
battle for the hearts and minds of non-technical
website builders. The attraction is clear: An online
world that demands a digital presence offers
companies like these a near infinite runway for
growth. Though none have translated their success
into a billion-dollar business—or even $100 million
in sales—there’s an obvious future in providing
website-building tools to civilians.
With the desktop world rapidly transitioning to
mobile, it was only a matter of time before the
trend repeated itself on phones and tablets. A quick
Google search of “make a mobile app” brings up a
slew of unfamiliar company names: Widgetbox,
Appmaker, iBuildApp
. In other words, the race is on.
Another competitor enters the already crowded fray
today. Cofounded by CEO Dinesh Moorjani, the
former head of IAC’s mobile incubator Hatch
Labs, Kleverbeast aims to help non-techies design
apps for iPads and Android tablets.
A tour through the company’s app-making software
reveals a platform that remains intuitive and
enjoyable even while offering broad functionality
and customization. A grandmother would probably
still have some trouble navigating, but anyone
comfortable on the Web should pick it up in a
matter of minutes. Users begin by choosing from
among five templates designed for showcasing art
and photography, building e-commerce stores and
documenting travel. From there, the software takes
you to a ready-made model, filled with content
from actual, working apps. Users can plug in their
own words, photos and videos into the existing
format or tweak layouts to create their own
presentation. While making changes, users can
click “Test App” to run through a working demo on
a tablet via the Kleverbeast viewer.

As this writer spoke to Moorjani during a recent
meeting, VP of marketing Chris Jacob whipped up
and published an app in ten minutes using pictures
he pulled off the Web. Once you get the hang of the
thing, it’s that easy. Chinese artist Zeng Fazhi and
photographer Lawrence Schiller, known for his work
with Norman Mailer and photos of Marilyn Monroe,
are early adopters.
The company runs on a SaaS model, charging $29
per month
for hosting and use of the software. In
comparison, Moorjani points out that the cost of
hiring an iOS or Android developer to make a
mobile app from scratch is generally five-figures.
Kleverbeast also offers monetization tools, like in-
app purchasing for e-commerce stores and ad-
serving for blogs. The 21-person company, based in
the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, has raised $2
million in seed funding and $1.5 million in bridge
financing from an undisclosed set of angel
investors.

[Forbed.com]